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Azur Lane Episode #02 Anime Review

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"MELEE - Pulsing Waves, Steel Wings"
© Manjuu Co., Ltd., Yongshi Co., Ltd. & Yostar Inc. / Azur Lane Production Committee

“MELEE – Pulsing Waves, Steel Wings”

What They Say:
Azur Lane, a combination of all the different Camps in the world, was once successful in repelling the underwater menace, the Siren. Now splintered, they must face a new threat in Red Axis, former allies who crave to wield this otherworldly Siren technology for their own nefarious desires! Who will be victorious in the never-ending war between these battleship girls!?

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the battle from the previous episode, it’s no surprise that the Azur Lane base is a complete mess. Some cute looking duck things are going around fishing injured shipgirls out of the water. It’s exactly as adorable as it sounds. Prince of Wales and Illustrious are discussing the battle and making preparations for the next one that will inevitably follow. They also acknowledge that they were victorious only because of Enterprise. Prince of Wales praises her relentless strength while Illustrious calls her unsafe. Speaking of Enterprise, the battle has taken a lot out of her and needs rest. Cleveland urges her to do so but she refuses, warning her that they can’t lower their guard while their enemy is still close.

What follows next are a few moments of cute shipgirls doing cute things. Nothing wrong with that. I’m sure that’s why some of us are here in the first place. However, there were also a few moments of cute shipgirls doing…sexy things!? You read that right. There’s a scene where a sleepy Laffey accidentally pulls down Javelin’s shirt, much to her chagrin. Laffey is in the same boat though as her top also slips off. This isn’t surprising at all since her top is always so darn loose. Some naughty crab crawls onto her exposed chest but before it can cause some mischief, Javelin yanks it off and pulls up Laffey’s shirt. I never knew crabs were such perverts. So yeah, unexpected shipgirl fanservice. I’m sure a lot of fans out there appreciated that.

And you know what? There’s still a little more. Elsewhere, Akagi and Kaga are having some very sensual sisterly bonding. Akagi sure loves touching Kaga, a lot. She also likes licking her. They’re soon joined by Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen. They discuss a few things and recognize that Enterprise is going to be trouble for them. They can’t afford to underestimate her. A notification arrives and informs them that there’s a detached force nearby. Naturally, they decide to have a little fun for them.

I would like to highlight two conversations that happen next. Ayanami and Destroy Z23 are conversing about their mission. Ayanami doesn’t dislike fighting, nor does she particularly enjoy it. She asks Z23 if she enjoys fighting. Z23 shrugs the question off and states that what they like is irrelevant. Their duty is to execute the mission. Nothing less, nothing more. Back at the Azur Lane base, Javelin and Laffey are having a picnic. A few moments later, they are joined by Enterprise. She still doesn’t appear to be in great shape. Javelin asks her why she pushes herself so hard? Enterprise laughs off the question and remarks that the purpose of their existence is to fight. That right there is probably my biggest gripe with the show. They’re fighting just for the sake of fighting. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fights. But I feel like they lack some substance, you know?

Speaking of fights, it’s about time for one! That previously mentioned nearby Azur Lane detached force includes Heavy Cruiser Northampton, Destroyer Hammann, Light Cruiser Helena, Light Aircraft Carrier Long Island, Battleship Arizona, and Aircraft Carrier Hornet. Oh my goodness, so many shipgirls! More names that I’ll have to try and remember. By the way, Hornet is Enterprise’s younger sister. They’re attacked by the Red Axis sister pair of Aircraft Carrier Shoukaku and Aircraft Carrier Zuikaku. Being notified of the attack, Enterprise immediately sorties despite not being a hundred percent. Her sister is in trouble after all! Cleveland, Javelin, and Laffey tag along too. When they arrive at the battlefield, they discover that all the shipgirls there have been defeated except for Hornet. She’s barely able to hold her own against Zuikaku. Enterprise interjects in their fight and takes over for her sister.

While Enterprise and Zuikaku trade blows, Battleship Queen Elizabeth and her noble fleet of the Royal Navy arrive. In true English fashion, she’s having tea served by her shipgirl maids. I don’t know why this amused me so much, but it did. Anyways, Enterprise and Zuikaku are having an amazing fight. I’m glad the quality of the action hasn’t diminished at all. Enterprise eventually overpowers her foe and attempts to finish her off. However, her bow snaps in half before she can fire off the finishing shot. Knowing that this is her best chance, Zuikaku powers up her katana and charges at Enterprise. Enterprise attempts one last attack but to no avail. Fortunately for her, one of Queen Elizabeth’s maids blocks the attack for her in the nick of time. Sadly, we’ll have to see the conclusion of this fight in the next episode.

In Summary:
Cute shipgirls doing cute things, superb battles, and a little fanservice sprinkled in here and there. It seems like a recipe for success. Who am I to argue? That being said, I really do enjoy the fights. They’ve been consistently great in these first two episodes. Like I mentioned earlier, I just wish they had more substance to them. There’s also just so many gosh darn shipgirls to remember! So many shipgirls, so little time. But hey, I’ve recently started playing the mobile game so I’m sure that’ll help me. Everything considered, this was another fun episode.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Funimation

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