In the near future the world's climate shifted creating in the Western Pacific a perpetual super cyclone: the Grand Roar that altered the earth, flooding most countries. Shipping and navigation became important to nations and following the appearance of ocean pirates, necessisated companies to hire escort cruisers to safeguard their investments. Hyousuke Nagimiya is a system engineer that was comissioned to upgrade the Pascal Magi manned by an entire crew of women with its captain, Misaki Nanaha. Together the crew strives to prove themselves to their detractors that they are no mere 'Alice Brand'. Yet as they go about their mission a larger global conspiracy seems to be working behind the scenes to take advantage of this new world order.
The story takes place around an all female company that work for a civilian company called "Haru-Nico," consisting of ex-navy and civilians. They are hired by other companies to provide an escort/protection servrice. Being an all female group they are the black sheep of the civilian and military navy's, often dubbed as Alice Group. From the first battle you can easily tell theat the girls try too hard to show that they're not pushovers, by disobeying orders and fighting to the end. This type of recklessness creates tensions with the comany and the Federal Navy. So not only do they have to stop pirates they have to watch their back as well.
Art 5/10 Sound 7/10
When the fighing happens, action sure gets pretty intence. Its very flashy and smooth considering most of the fighting is done with CG. They even go far as name their war technology based on real life history references like vasser, olvier, etc. With the detail in commands and "war speak" it reminded me like watching a star trek episode (good or bad thing is your decision). The detail in the fight language futher enhances the 'realism' to their wareffort. My only gripe with the fighting is that they glorify the homing missle a little too much (if you watch the show you'll know what i mean). But as futuristic warfare goes, its pretty damn good IMO.
The characters are pretty much your run of the mill kawaii anime girls all from the big busty horny chick (Clio or Mitori), to the small timd and shy loli (Miharu), and even a pair of excentric yet innocent twins (Mashu and Manashu). Time off from fighting is nothing but pure fanservice all the way through to the next battle. Doing things like haing out on the beach, setting up parties, performing at trade shows, they're all fanservice (theres even a side joke about this in EP7). they even spend 3-5 seconds of "closeup pan&scan" action ALOT. Theres also afew taboo moments as well. On top of that, shoujo-ai runs rampant throughout the show. Mostly shown by the show's antagonists.
The two girls (the names escape me ATM) are sisters. Trying to make a name for themselves in the pirate community, they are the best at what they do. The only catch for these girls is that they prform all their attacs in a room together...while pleasuring each other at the same time. It doesnt go hardcore but it leaves little to the imagination. But they should be given an award for best multi-taskers in a wartime enviroment. Anyways theres may or maynot also be a 'thing' with the main characters. This show manages to put anything and everything ecchi into this show (you've been warned).
If youre into all those fanservice/ecchi/taboo situations, by all means pick this show up. But if your into the very technical style warfare (like Star Trek or any other similar show) this will keep you interested in the hows and whys of the battles. They even make things like hacking into mainframes interesting. Anythign that can do that gets a good rating from me. But the downside is the off action story and drama. Not really interesting but then again how can you do that when you try to cover all the points of ecchiness?