When aviation mechanic (and anime fanboy) Takuya Isurugi is transferred to the 801st Tactical Training Squadron, he gets more than he bargained for. Moderated by hard-headed veteran ace Mitsuru Konishi, the "Airbats" are an all-female aerial acrobatic team consisting of loose cannons Miyuki Haneda and Arisa Mitaka, karaoke freak and gambling genius Sakura Saginomiya, and junk food lover Yoko Shimorenjaku. Both Haneda and Mitaka do not get along with each other, and their rivalry worsens when they both fall for Isurugi. But with the entire JASDF having doubts about the team, the Airbats must work as a team or face total disbandment.
#1: "Taiyou ga Atatameta Kimochi (The Sun Warms My Heart)" by Aya Hisakawa and Ai Orikasa (eps 1-3) #2: "Fuchu Shigure (A Light Rain in Fuchu)" by Kikuko Inoue (ep 4) #3: "Love Letter in the Blue Sky" by Yukana Nogami (eps 5-7)
This is one I didn't enjoy at all and had to force myself to finish.
The problem here isn't the artwork or the animation. Both are above average for it's time. And the music is good as well. It's also not that it's a slice of life anime, I enjoy that sort of amime more than most here seem to. My main problem is that it tries to dip into the love triangle thing that was just starting to gain popularity at the time, a subgenre that I'm not particularly a fan of, but even so it does it very poorly. There is really no
build up, the female charecters don't get to know the male AT ALL before they are suddenly fawning over him and fighting over his affection. The whole thing seems tacked on and prevents me from enjoying the anime at all. Also I will add that who ever wrote this anime/manga (not sure if it's similar in the manga or not or if he is to blame for this mess at all) but any romance aspect at all seems to be almost instant in this universe. Like in the final episode where the charecters only know each other for a few days and they are suddenly maddly in love with each other and to the point of proposing marriage. There were also other elements of the show that I just couldn't but a finger on that were frustrating or unsettling to me. All and all I think this anime could have had potential but was marred by bad execution and love triangle plot that really didn't need to be there.
This one..is a weird yet likeable. Even me, I don’t understand. All I know is that I really really like and enjoyed watching this odd ball short OVA series.
The main story focuses to the 801st Squadron, and the never-ending love triangle rivalry between the main heroines to the main protagonist. Each episode focuses on a specific plot, but its still telling the overarching narrative of the main story. You can pretty much tell this series is from the 90’s with the weird but passable comedy, its quite amusing and interesting watching it. It never made me laugh, but I did slap my forehead a couple
of times cuz of its absurdity.
The art & animation is so 90’s. Watching the OVA’s made me go on a nostalgia mode. The art even reminds me of Saber marionette series. Infairness, the animation went well alongside the art. Both fitted well together.
I tried to like each character, but, I can never like them. Hahahaha. Each one of them had a role in the series, even Yuko, the pink haired annoying character. I do acknowledge Sakura as the best girl. She’s very manipulative, loves to sing (I guess she’s bad at it, but loves it anyway) and loves to do some bets. She’s the only character that almost became my fav character in this series. And bruh, she also had an episode dedicated to her. Damn.
Overall, this series is quite fun to watch. It’s quite short and easy to watch. Definitely a recommendation to people who wanted to watch very very short old classic animes.