|801 TTS AIRBATS (Jpn: AOZORA SHOUJO TAI)
Lt. Yeager; Arisa Mitaka (left to right)
In this interesting romantic comedy with a light action sauce, Takuya Isurugi, a service technician in the Japanese Self-Defense Force, is transferred to the 801st TTS squadron, which specializes in aerial acrobatics. He finds out quickly that all of the members of this squadron were basically cast-off troublemakers from other units (in his case, for being an otaku over hobbies like modeling). Sgt. Arisa Mitaka has an attitude a mile wide (and the problem is nobody's but yours) and is definitely the fighting sort. Most of the time, it's with fellow pilot Miyuki Haneda, a relatively sweet woman who landed in this outfit for slugging a superior officer who tried to pick her up, over Isurugi, who they both eventually fell in love with (you know that an anime caters to guys when not one, but two attractive women fall for the good-hearted geek male lead). While Arisa definitely can't let the tough girl act go (and I don't think she should--she looks delectable shoehorned into motorcycle leathers), she winds up letting the mask slip frequently around Isurugi and saving a little girl from an accident in another episode, so she's really not all that bad. The producers of this series also decided to have the most fun with her in The Obligatory Hot Springs Episode, which, as we all know, is perfectly fine with me. In one of the later episodes, a unit of the American Thunderbirds team comes to the unit to collaborate with them in a show, but when the arrogant (she's American, so they have to make her that way) Lieutenant Yeager gets up in Mitaka's face, trouble ensues--and no, it's not because of the fact that her bust is bigger than Mitaka's, or that she jumps up out of a chair at a party and some things jump another second longer. Those are just the reasons for including her in this entry. dB) When all is said and done, really, this is a light-hearted piece of work, especially driven home by a sweet final episode that doesn't focus on the characters above. Check it out at least once. Created by Toshimitsu Shimizu, who also gave us Rei Rei and Android Ana Maico 2012.
Out of print (previously on ADV Films on bilingual DVD). Anybody got a copy of the R1 DVD set they can sell me?
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