Cross Ange Ep. 4: Now hate everyone

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Ange herself might have changed, but that doesn’t mean Cross Ange has! What waste product will our heroines expel in this week’s episode? Read on to find out!

— I’m still wondering if this is finally the episode where we meet the bishie who will soothe the pain in Ange’s delicate heart.

— Jill’s praising Ange for having a high kill count after only her third mission. Well, it is a mecha anime, so she is the chosen one. It’s funny how some things never change. Blah blah, Villkiss has accepted her, blah blah, Libertus something or other.

— Is it just me or is Salia’s right eye unnaturally large here? Well, the eyes are all horrible-looking in this anime.

— Instead of being a crybaby, Ange has instead opted to be cold and emotionless. She’ll shove allies out of the way if it means she can score a kill. Well, isn’t that nice? She may have cut her hair, but she’s still the same detestable scamp. On the other hand, you do get money for racking up a high score, so I guess that’s the impetus. Still, the whole premise is starting to feel like a bad video game. Murder dragons and rack up a high score! Buy super awesome items with your hard-earned money!

— The girl in yellow earns 180,000 cash, whatever that means. They can’t even bother to make up a fake currency. Meanwhile, our chosen heroine manages to earn a whopping five and a half million cash. What’s with the inflation in this universe?

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— At this point, Ange could do anything, and it would piss someone off. She doesn’t want to spend any of her five and a half million cash? What a jerk!!! She’s breathing? Ugh, such an uncouth pig! Still, you have to wonder if the tables have now been turned. Does the story now want us to hate her squad members? Why else would they get so annoyed with her not spending her own money? Seriously, who even gets mad at that?

— Look at this girl; her fucking bangs frame her eye sockets.

— So course, Ange is now the victim of hazing. If she won’t spend her hard-earned cash, they’ll rip her clothes up so she’ll have to! Naw, stick it to them, girl! Wear that tattered outfit! That’ll show’em! Spending your money at this island prison simply props up an unjust capitalist system anyway!

— Oh, she is putting it on!

— Then somehow, with two quick strokes, our heroine manages to slice the yellow girl’s top off, but nothing else. Uh-huh.

— For some reason, Emma Bronson takes an exception to Ange’s new look, which is just plain ridiculous. The girls are practically half-naked anyway, but somehow, showing off your underboob is truly, truly over-the-line: “I will not allow you to dress in a way that disturbs this base’s order.” What’s going to happen? Ange’s going to drive the other girls wild with lust, and everyone will have sex?

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— Man, the language in this anime! I don’t know who to blame, the original writers or the subbers, but our predominantly female cast continues to drop insults like “skank” and “whore” all over the place. Why so hateful, guys? First, you make the girls prance around in practically nothing, piss themselves, and get raped. Then you have them call each other skanks and whores. Did a woman hurt you in the past or something? Is that why this anime has been made?

— Again, Hilda is still hung up on Zola’s death. The other girls continue to refer to Zola as their “oneesama,” too. See, she raped them with love. You just don’t understand. They’re so hurt by her death that they will avenge her. Nothing has really changed. Ange no longer believes she’ll escape this island, and she may have cut her hair, but these are superficial details. Week in, week out, we are still forced to watch these girls bicker with each other even though they could die to dragons any day now.

–So the girls try to prank Ange, but they keep screwing up. And the winner to the question up top is shit. Last week, it was piss, so this week, we had to step our game up. That sure is some fast-acting laxative.

— “Whore” wasn’t good enough, so the yellow girl — I refuse to learn her name — has now taken to calling Ange a “wretched whoregoblin.”

— You can now add “slut” to the list. Again, these girls are half-naked, but they still feel the need to shame each other for wearing a g-string.

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— “Yeah, that ugly pig hoe’s skanky bitch panties.” It’s like a little kid finally got to swear for the first time without being reprimanded.

These faces, man.

— Finally, when her top literally rips in half, Ange finally folds and buys herself a new uniform. Jasmine also suggests that our heroine can buy herself some peace of mind, but the latter turns down the offer. So the outside world is supposedly a utopia, but only because the Normas are shipped off to some island prison. The implication here is that a true utopia is a farce. At the end of the day, the rich outsiders are only rich because they exploit the labor of a minority class — doubly so because they’re all women. Not only that, if you want peace of mind, you’re going to have to buy it. In fact, refusing to participate in conspicuous consumption gets you ostracized. Jasmine even implies that Ange somehow deserves the treatment she’s getting because she won’t spend her money. You can’t even opt out of the system. You are forced to fight the dragons regardless of whether or not you want money. The rest of the characters act like money is a godsend, though. That’s pretty funny.

— Later, Salia scolds Ange’s two bullies, but the yellow girl says, “She killed our captain and two new recruits, but she’s still alive!” But that’s the thing: they haven’t been trying to kill her. These characters can’t even be consistent with themselves. Do you want her dead or not? Then why are you trying to make her shit her pants and nothing else?

— Hilda agrees with the bullies: “Maybe a good girl like you could [stop bullying Ange], but not the rest of us ordinary people.” Ordinary people aren’t good girls…?

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— Anyway, she even thinks Ange is getting special treatment because the former princess is good in bed. As a result, Salia and Hilda have a bit of a stand off. You’ve got it all. Stereotypically catty characters, sex-shaming, sexist insults, accusations of girls sleeping their way to the top, and more! Some people will say, “Turn off your brain and just enjoy how ridiculous it is.” But what’s even ridiculous about it? What’s even funny about any of this? It’s just hateful. It doesn’t even have an outlandish premise like… drinking breast milk gives you shounen powers. It’s literally just half-naked girls being giant asses to each other.

— Yes, weep for the rapist. And hell, I guess Hilda misses Zola so much, she’ll become Zola.

— A whole bunch of dull scenes follow. Salia is trying her damndest to be the best unit leader, but snooooooore. Then Vivian has lunch with Ange. Naturally, they’ve having curry. It doesn’t matter what anime it is, it’s always curry. Anyway, Vivian tries to befriend the frigid princess, but Ange just shits all over Vivian’s feelings. ‘Cause, y’know, that’s just how it is. For whatever reason, the writer wants us to hate most of the characters on this show. I previously postulated that Ange is unlikeable so that we wouldn’t feel bad when the other characters mistreated her. At this point, you can’t help but think these characters are unlikeable so that we won’t notice how misogynist the story really is. “Bro, you have to admit that she’s being a total bitch! Look how mean she is!”

— We then see Hilda sneak into the hanger and presumably fuck with Ange’s mecha. Just on cue, dragons show up the very next day. In the ensuing battle, something slips into the Villkiss’s engine, causing it to malfunction and plummet our heroine into the briny deep. You almost expect the show to end on that cliffhanger, but nope. After the anime fades to black, we come back to this:

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Yes, this is how the bishie is finally introduced to the story. By sleeping naked to our tied-up heroine. Why the fuck is she even tied up? Oh, you’ll just have to watch next week’s episode to find out! Nothing quite like rape implications! But as you can see, it’s probably just a silly misunderstanding. In next week’s episode, our heroine will already be on friendly terms with the guy!

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20 thoughts on “Cross Ange Ep. 4: Now hate everyone”

  1. Well, that was, ummm… ….light?

    Jill’s praising Ange for having a high kill count after only her third mission. Well, it is a mecha anime, so she is the chosen one. It’s funny how some things never change. Blah blah, Villkiss has accepted her, blah blah, Libertus something or other.

    Hey, at least she isn’t one of those Sunririse protags who are just lucky to happen and come across an OP mech right around the corner. From the looks of it, Villkiss seems to have always been intended to be hers as part of whatever that Libertus (Libertas?) plan seems to be. That bit of plot detail is probably going to make me stick with this one a bit longer.

    – Finally, when her top literally rips in half, Ange finally folds and buys herself a new uniform. Jasmine also suggests that our heroine can buy herself some peace of mind, but the latter turns down the offer. So the outside world is supposedly a utopia, but only because the Normas are shipped off to some island prison. The implication here is that a true utopia is a farce. At the end of the day, the rich outsiders are only rich because they exploit the labor of a minority class — doubly so because they’re all women. Not only that, if you want peace of mind, you’re going to have to buy it. In fact, refusing to participate in conspicuous consumption gets you ostracized. Jasmine even implies that Ange somehow deserves the treatment she’s getting because she won’t spend her money. You can’t even opt out of the system. You are forced to fight the dragons regardless of whether or not you want money. The rest of the characters act like money is a godsend, though. That’s pretty funny.

    Whoa! I didn’t expect that you’d be able to pull this bit of philosophical musing out of Cross Ange. I would honestly want to see more of the internal politics of the base that they mentioned here. You know, way beyond those high school pranks that the yellow girl and green girl did.

    But then again, since Kira-clone finally showed up, I guess that one will have to wait. Looks like we’re in for a boring one next week.

    1. Hey, at least she isn’t one of those Sunririse protags who are just lucky to happen and come across an OP mech right around the corner.

      Eh, it’s not a big difference. She didn’t find it, so it was handed to her.

  2. A new favorite character I now like is the dog. It can smell the “causitry” emanating from Ange. (It would had been easier to call her the B word…)

  3. I was laughing at how big of a marry sue she has become. Her 1 upping all the pranks and getting all those kills was just ridiculous. Still tryna figure how the asshole rapey prince gets his. Plus there is another royal family we have no seen yet. So hopefully they don’t have to kill these dumb dragons for long.

  4. this show seems like an exploitative film to me, I never liked the “turn your brain off and have fun excuse” either but when I heard that there’s a show about scantily clad girls on giant robots fighting dragons by sunrise I knew I wasnt gonna get anything deep.

    the general consensus is that this show is just bad, people can say its can be so bad it’s good but i think that comes down to the preference and maturity of the audience.

    lol, nice seikon no quasar reference but if anything this show is almost as sexist and ridiculous as that milk drinking fullmetal alchemist ripoff.

    1. Even the ending was exactly the same as FMAB, but with “Suck all the boobs” as his power up. It wasn’t even a good ecchi show. It just frantically tried to appeal to as many different fetishes as possible,with ridiculous mammaries on every character, except for the goth loli.

  5. Hahaha, just look where the bishie is looking to! https://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/cross-ange-0414.jpg ow yeah, friendly terms *wink wink* and what´s up with those mouths! Uug, horrible, https://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/cross-ange-0407.jpg that eye is falling off her face! those things doesn´t even seem like faces anymore, they are just..things…
    Plus, in this scene https://moesucks.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/cross-ange-0413.jpg?w=625&h=351 hahaha they couldn´t even tie her adequately? nope, let´s just get the rope around her wrist, maybe she´s too dumb to realize that by twisting them she can free herself hahaha, also, is strange that they happen to have a guy in the mix, is he a norma too? maybe he´s the trap, after all, if the opening is an indication of something, I would say he´s like any other woman minus breasts!

  6. This has to be the most utterly nasty and rank piece of exploitave trash I have ever seen.

    Like, goddamn, who the fuck thought this was acceptable to make?

      1. Considering some of their recent mecha exploits included the World’s Oldest Yandere, Adventures in Unsympathetic Whining with Kio Asuno, & Jerkass Space Vampires.

        Seriously, though… who the fuck approved of this bullshit, besides the fact that it was a Fukada idea? This show just tries to outdo itself in the sleaze department every week, and I for one can’t stand the “Turn Off Your Brain While Waching” types of programming.

        And, this is coming from a diehard fan of pro wrestling.

  7. I find amusing the first picture, I just can’t see it without laughing, I guess I’m supposed to despise Ange for saying that but I can’t help it.
    “Are you ashamed when a bug sees you naked?” lol
    I find dumb how they reward these girls if they kill more dragons, what they’re now? bounty hunters? they are supposed to follow orders, this reward system will only going to endanger their coordination in battle.

    1. well, you do need to give these girls some sort of motivation so that they won’t charge into a suicide run the moment they were let out (knowing that they should be dead anyway). As E himself points out, the characters seem to have been indoctrinated to see that reward money as being godsent, allowing them to buy whatever little conveniences they can get (at exorbitant prices). That would make them more effective than simply having them as “go out, kill dragons. come back” drones.

  8. So… where do these dragons come from anyway? Neatly organized into strike groups like that?

    Why do they come? Do they want something? I only ever see them eat little children and while that is kinda a hat for dragons, i fail to see why they do not just open dimensional gates over the richer country side filled with people not able to pilot mechas against them? Isn’t there a school around that they can eat?

    Is the defense provided by the arsenal (yes, Arsenal, a place to store weapons and equipment. No, it is not written with a fucking Z. We germans use Z for important things. Like ZENTRAL-ARMEE or Zange…) in any form VITAL to the country/ies that they work for? Why is there only one buxom lady with a mental deficiency running this? Does the think her magic light will help her when the normas turn apeshit and start pelting her stupid face with mecha artillery?
    Are there many more arsenals scattered around? Will there be a rebellion?
    What will the dragons do? We still do not know what they are coming here for.

    Is this a case of lord british stealing the gargoyles holy book? Did some dood steal the sacred chalice of dragon piss and used it to introduce “magic” to our world?
    Are the dragons crusading for the return of said item?

    Are they dangerous? If yes, are the other defenses in place against them but the arsenal places where we st up people we wronged massively in every possible way in semi autonomous military cohorts?

    What is that smell? That’s the smell of bullshit. Why aren’t there fleets of airships patrolling the skies ready to lay utter waste to any area where an anomaly spawns and dragons pop up?

    Was setting up small scale, girl powered mecha units really the way to go here?

    I think this whole thing is a setup, the dragons are manufactured on one side of the world, sent over to the other who build mechas and stuff.

    One side bio engineers norma girls into dragons ,the other puts norma girls into mechas.

    That way, we have en economy that is working wonderfully, because this paradise world apparently still has money and jobs instead of people going to the wall and asking for tea, earl grey, hot.

    Makes sense too?

    – getting rid of a part of our population we do not want? Check.
    – Create an endless war that does nothing but consume goods that need to be replaced but somehow does not in any way negatively impacts the lives in out paradise? Check.
    – Have semi control over norma birth rates? I would wager a check. Perhaps outfliers exist, but this “defect” being deliberatw seems likely.
    – being able to shut down rebelling arsenal troops due to them being not needed at all in any serious form? check. Just kill em all and let the next batch pick up the slack…

    Hm…. yes makes sense.

    oh btw: i guess the male love interest will be a norma too, totally an anomaly in this world and will subsequently be required to harem the fck out of this laughable military outfit. And he will probably be a savant too.

    Goeth forth, young man, heal the girls with your penis.

  9. Funny Hilda (I think this is the name of the red hair girl) accusing Ange of having sex to gain the favor of the higher ups, because that’s exactly the impression I have about her. The way Hilda is impersonating the late Zola, who had a power position, plus the fact that she doesn’t appear to be particularly grieving Zola’s death even though she was her favourite and appeared to love Zola and all…

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