Series Recommendation: Megaton Musashi Season 2

Beat on the drums of courage!

After a fantastic season 1, Megaton Musashi unsurprisingly announced season 2. Despite the low interest and view counts (there were no streaming services that picked up the series), Level-% still pressed on with the release, with a new season that was longer and better – but not handled more effectively. The series was riddled with delays and was only streamed through YouTube, affecting the overall reception of the anime. However, the meat of the series is still as cool as ever.

Season 2 took place right after season 1, with the Ixia setting on a voyage to recover the hopes of humanity and head towards Sanctuary – the last bastion of humanity. Along the way, we are introduced to new factions, new characters and new enemies – with the Arshem-obsessed Grieffas leading the Dracter army. Yamato and the gang continue to fight despite the losses they suffer in season 1, but they are joined by new allies and also make new enemies. Arshem also fought on to realize her ideals of co-existence between the two races. The journey for Yamato and Arshem is riddled with challenges and opposition, but their unwavering determination will surely see their journeys through.

This season’s plot leans more towards a drama-filled series rather than the Super Robot plot in season 1. There are a lot more dramas unfolding behind the scenes involving the various factions in both races: human and Sidr. Both sides have good and bad factions, and the dynamic between them gave the characters the push they needed to advance the series. There are some predictable and cliche developments, but there are also some genuine twists that viewers really didn’t expect. Furthermore, the changes in our protagonists: Arshem and Yamato – are very apparent. They basically took their old selves in season 1, put on a new coat of paint (but not too much) and rolled with it for the rest of the season. They remain steadfast for most of the season, but the side cast actually got quite a bit of development as well, especially some of the new faces. Season 2 has 15 episodes – 3 more than season 1, but it suffered two delays for several weeks, which really affected the flow of the broadcast, but it has barely enough episodes to cover the main story.

Animation: There’s nothing to complain about. Imagine season 1’s quality, but they kicked it up a few levels. The power creep is real in this series, where the hero units are just absolutely crushing for the majority of the series. Lots of amazing special attacks (or Kabuki Functions) are showcased to promote the video game as well. The effects are nicely done, and you can’t really tell the discrepancy between 2D and 3D in this series. There are some action sequences that look a bit too clunky and heavy, but that’s due to the rounded and chunky design of the mechs. You can treat it as an 80s Super Robot series getting animated in 3D.

Mecha Design: We got some awesome upgrades for our Megaton class and even the Sidr’s mechas. All of the mechs are upgraded with new armour, new weapons and new gimmicks. And, of course, the main mech also received a massive upgrade. However, the “upgrades” aren’t completely utilized as they mostly perform their special attacks. There’s a lot to pack into the fight scenes from the game, so it’s understandable. It’s sorta like Super Robot Wars, where one player unit performs their special attacks, and the rest of the enemies just stand there and take it (but without the turn-based thingy). The Musashi-X is among the most hyped combination sequences we’ve seen in a while, with a unique gimmick at the end, too, which was awesome.

Music: Season 2’s opening is “Eiyuu no Uta” (no, not the Ginga one) by Kodai Matsuura. The song isn’t as hyper and bombastic as season 1’s “Musashi”, but it’s much more heroic and epic – like a hymn to celebrate the courage of a great hero standing against insurmountable odds. Whereas the opening is dedicated to Yamato and the Megaton-kyuu pilots, the ending is for Arshem. A harmony filled with sadness but also full of hope really helps capture her character as the leader of the race that massacred humans but desires co-existence with them. The series also has many insert songs for specific sequences that are very emotional. For an anime with very little marketing and reach, the quality and quantity of the OST are top-notch, which must have been quite expensive.

+ Conclusion: Season 2 is a great continuation of season 1. If only it hadn’t suffered production issues that led to delays, it would have been much better to experience when it was broadcasting. However, if you watch the series now, you can enjoy it to the fullest. It was rushed quite a bit at the end to finish off the main storyline, but all in all, the journey was entertaining and emotional, and despite the rush, they managed to reach a very satisfying conclusion. Megaton Musashi is one of the best video game adaptations that we’ve ever had.

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