Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio- Ars Nova — First Impressions


Girls are ships. Time to ship ships.


Sexual innuendo aside, this episode was really promising. Mysterious enemies. Political maneuvering. Isolated nation states. Submarines and WWII battleships. Cool action scenes.

It looks really nice too. Kind of reminds me of Noein in this regard, but with modern graphics capabilities. Story-wise, it feels a bit like Eureka Seven, in that a group of “outlaws” travel the world together. I’m curious to see how the captain became a “traitor” to humanity.

I’ve heard other people comparing this show to Moretsu Pirates, but no, this is nothing like Moretsu Pirates aside from the fact that there is a ship. At least I hope that’s the only thing they have in common. This show actually has things going on, not just girls sitting around drinking tea. I’m assuming the show will proceed by spending the first half engaging in some minor battles while introducing the rest of the crew, leading up to some final battle likely involving a reconcilating with the other ships at the end. Maybe the captain will become an admiral and come aboard all the ships.

9 thoughts on “Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio- Ars Nova — First Impressions

  1. I don’t mind CGI, personally.
    Let’s just observe for some more episode where will it go from there.
    What if the other battleship girls join his rank?
    A harem of personified battleships?
    We have just gotten a new genre here.

  2. I think this is the first series I’ve seen with CGI animated characters. The Berserk movies use it, too. I like it, although I would miss (good) hand-drawn characters if in a few years time CGI became the new standard for everything.
    I agree w/ you about the promising setting. One cour seems not much for a setting of such size, though. I hope it won’t get rushed.
    Also, I don’t like the main girl that much. How come you despise life-sized dolls adoring their masters but don’t mind what amounts to the same thing in this series?

    1. Apparently they started in the middle of the manga, skipping the time period between acquiring the submarine and the battle with blue-haired ship. So it seems like they probably have a good plan of how to fit it all into one cour.

      I don’t mind the ship girl as much as the unbreakable machine doll because she doesn’t try to sexually molest him. She obeys his orders but doesn’t worship him.

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