Frame Arms Girl Episode 1 First Impressions Review

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Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gōrai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gōrai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gōrai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.

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So finally got around to watching this and I can say I was actually impressed. I wasn’t expecting much, was expecting it to just be a cash grab, still could be… The battles could be cool but this was just the beginning so it can only go up from here. As a lover of mecha musume, I loved it! This is basically the spiritual successor to Busou Shinki with a little Gundam Build Fighters mixed in. I liked the MC Ao quite a bit, she was a bundle of fun. I think her voice acting did a lot to make her likable. I couldn’t help but laugh a little when Ao sent the part she was building flying across the room and she got on her hands and knees to search for it.

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This happens so many times with plastic models and she really does do what most of us do when we lose a part: crawling on all fours and turning the whole room upside down to find it. A common joke among modellers is that there’s a carpet monster or wormhole on the floor at every workbench. I swear Gundam Real Grade stickers live in a 4th dimension once they leave the sticker sheet, if you ever drop one it’s gone for fucking good. I’ve lost a few stickers while building Gunpla at work in a huge desk with extremely good illumination, got on all fours, almost took a whiff of the whole carpet and never found the damned things. Definitely gonna keep watching this, seems like a nice show. The CGI is decent at least, not nearly Hand Shakers level of terrible, but also not as good as high budget shows that have CGI.

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