Originally Posted by Buckeye
With the situation dire, the Scarlet Twins activate a berserker program when preventing the Red Shift is the top priority. Christopher went down without much resistance as he was crushed and his TSF was seized. It was thanks to Yuya who the Twins were about to hurt that they were able to stop them. As for the remaining BETAs, the U.S. bombers took care of the rest. Now that the whole RLF incident is over, Yui is getting ready to head back to Japan, saying goodbye to everybody. Even though their countries may be at war, Yui and Cryska will never be enemies, but rivals in love.
Despite the series being up and down, the series definitely ends very nicely. It was going to look like a battle between the RLF and BETAs, but in the end it all set up the Scarlet Twins to do what they were built for, and for Yuya to have his feelings reach them just when it looked like they were ready to self-destruct. The battle is far from over with the BETAs and the Soviets, but now a lot of doubts have been cleared out so that the war can properly proceed.
Overall, this series had a mixture of good episodes with some really bad ones. It started out with a forgettable and dark prequel, followed by lots of episodes that develop the characters before going into battle. Then more characters are introduce and a new enemy comes to expose secrets and push the characters to the brink. The first few episodes following the prequel were good, but it went south to the point that I was thinking about dropping the show. But the final arc was nice to watch. The characters in this show are really nice, and the show does a solid job in developing them. It could have been worse since it could have involved many more battles against the BETAs, which is what made the prequel so tough to watch, but watching the pilots interacting at the base is what the show is all about considering its visual novel roots. It took awhile, but I ended up enjoying this overall.
Didnt follow this series on CR, but based on what I've seen on blogs and such... this is a pure prequel... and is set in the Unlimited universe. Nothing from the Alternative universe comes into play in this show.
Lots of nice background info for the VNs: Unlimited/Alternative. Oh the whole Total Eclipse is C at best. Animation is spotty and some of what was shown in the conflicts with the info from the VNs from what I recalled. And I guess it couldnt be helped that I wouldnt have much attachment to the characters since there is no build up akin to Extra/Unlimited.
With 25 eps they could of done 12/13 eps of Extra/Unlimited instead... Focus on Meiya and the cram in as much of the other girls as possible as a set up to Alternative.