Hero pose!

Spring 2013 – Majestic Prince


Majestic Prince. This sounds like it’s gonna be a bishie mecha anime in the mold of Star Driver. But no. The character designs ain’t really pretty. In fact, it feels rather unpolished. But meh, I’ll live with that. It’s not that horrible anyway.

I can't take such art seriously...
I can’t take such art seriously…

So the premise is the usual aliens-invade-Earth plot. You’ve got the alien baddies…

Alien face
Alien face
Alien force
Alien force

and the standard mecha to fend them off with.

This is the boring looking one.
This is the boring looking one.

Heck we even got your standard masked man.

It's a trope I guess.
It’s a trope I guess.

But this is where things diverge. Our main cast is not a bunch of high school kids who accidentally chance upon a giant robot. Nor are they the up and coming ace soldiers of the army. They’re actually the five worst students of the training facility for mecha pilots.

But here’s the thing. As bad as they are, when a request for soldiers to help stall the alien invaders as a base is evacuated arrives, they are the five-man group sent out to sortie. It made totally no sense that everyone aside from the commander are flabbergasted.

In any case, the five youths are given state of the art mechas composing of a gunner unit…

Gunner
Gunner

a control unit (sensor type)…

Control
Control

a booster unit (something like high-speed blitzkrieg)…

Booster
Booster

a forward unit (vanguard)…

Forward
Forward

and a leader unit…

Leader. Yes, it is only at this point it becomes clear who the lead character is.
Leader. Yes, it is only at this point it becomes clear who the lead character is.

And so they sortie, and the mechas are quite fine~

Shiny~
Shiny~
Shiny~
Shiny~
Shiny~
Shiny~

To everyone’s surprise, they manage to hold off the enemy and do quite well, largely thanks to some form of AI unit in their machine. It has yet to be fully explained at this point. Some Juria system.

But a problem arises when there are civilians left behind in that evacuated base, whom the army pretty much gave up on. Hitachi Izuru, the leader of the five, decides to follow his dream of becoming a hero and ignore orders to fall back and continues to fight on the invading aliens, only to pull off a miracle in making the enemy retreat.

It's like they don't know they're under attack.
It’s like they don’t know they’re under attack.
Hero pose!
Hero pose!

And here begins the unlikely tale of the 5-man Team Rabbits.

It’s ok for a mecha show. The mechas look cool. Character designs are meh. Alien enemies are a hit-or-miss thing. Peculiar cast adds some flavor. But it’s in the limbo of being between a serious mecha anime and a lulzy mecha anime, which gives it an identity crisis. And that may not necessarily be good.

Oh by the way, random fanservice shot from the episode…

Totally pointless, but we'll take it.
Totally pointless, but we’ll take it.

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