God, this anime is giving me so many Warhammer vibes.
It's basically 40k the Animation.
Something we have been waiting for decades.
Pretend that they are parts of Cadia's youth corps piloting scout-sentinels in during Failbaddon's 9000th black crusade.
>The story follows the East German Army's 666th TSF Squadron in its battles and political conflicts in 1983, during the BETA's westward push into Europe.
How is this WH40k in any way?
>Half the Squadron is over 20
>The rest were 18
Those mechs dont een have swords.
How are they supposed to have GLORIOUS MELEE IN THE NAME OF THE EMPRAH
One of them is equipped with an imported Chinese -made heavy cleaver because the Pilot is a PTSD-wreck who ticks out easily and goes berserk.
I didn't like this show. Dropped it when that one chick was freaking out and shooting up the aliens.
This was my face when I thought "They would have to have spent months training her how to use this mech, which probably costs the same as five to ten tanks alone. How did she pass the psyche evaluation that would probably be necessary in this setting to be trusted to use such an expensive and intricate piece of equipment?"
>How did she pass the psyche evaluation
Because there literally is none.
Their minds are kept from falling apart with drugs and hypnotherapy.
Apparently it wore off in her case.
I assume she wasn't PTSD'd back when she first qualified to drive this thing. And she said something about treatment, presumably the docs gave her a round of hypnotherapy and certified her fit to fly.
That just raises even more questions.
"Sure, yeah, let's let these young adults who are only mentally stable thanks to drugs operate these large humanoid mechs that can fly and wield weapons that belong on IFV's or Tanks."
I understand that the world's going down the shitter, but my God, there are many people who would be a better choice.
>but my God, there are many people who would be a better choice
Who? Because with humanity being utterly buttfucked and with how pilots require specialized training while still young, there really aren't.
>"If you dont serve in battle, you will serve in the firing line."
That's because Europe and America at that time had no melee weapons or a doctrine using melee weapons against the ayyliums.
In the late 70s the GDR imported a small batch of Chinese made Type 77 battle swords, but that's it. In the large and open european theatre, melee weapons made less sense than in the jungle and mountain-battles that the Chinese at that time mostly fought.
Pic related: A MiG-21 armed with the rare (for europe) Type 77 standing guard in East-Berlin.
Oder Neisse Defense Line is still strong.
They did not chose them. The 666th is basically a veteran squadron who got their status as being the meanest motherfuckers at the front by surviving countless operations behind enemy lines. You do not simply replace a pilot because he has PTSD, since his experience and skills are much needed and no greenhorn can replace him for a critical op like a Laserjagd, which is the prequisite for artillery bombardment to successfully defend the lines.
That pilot gets some drugs and phych treatment, and is cleared to go. That's actually how they do in REAL war as well - not in those long-running meme-wars like Afghanistan or Iraq nowadays.
Patton back then punched a shell-shocked soldier for being a PTSD pussy and told him to get back into the fight when he has clearly lost no limb. This is basically the pychological setting of the whole MLA-verse.