The Only Vivid Things In Vividred Operation Are The Colors

Vividred Operation

Do not be confused by its rainbow-inspiring name – Vividred Operation is a grey magical girls show that tries to mimicking its predecessors but does a lousy job.

What do you get when you combine the magical girl elements from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha with the fighting scenes from Strike Witches?
The short answer would be Vividred Operation. The long answer would be a big chunk of clichés seasoned with plagiarism with some obscene butt-shots on top. There is nothing original or exciting about Vividred. The whole magical ferret sidekick thing has grown stale, and so have matching color outfits, tasteless butt-shots and silly transformation scenes. But what really did it for me was that Vividred is directed by Takamura Kazuhiro, the director who did wonders with the Strike Witches franchise. Vividred does take some elements from Strike Witches. Unfortunately these are mostly superficial or bad parts that would never have made it passes the drawing board if this really did happen to be part of the Strike Witches franchise.

The story behind this show is simple: an alien force known as the “alone” threatens to destroy the world’s power source. As it happens only several young girls with a certain aptitude for becoming magical girls can defend the world against this alien force. The “alone” seem to have been closely tailored after the Neuroi from Strike Witches. They look similar, have their signature laser weapons and even sound like them. The girls have matching suits of armor that only differ in color (blue, red, yellow etc.). The magical armor immediately makes the girls apt at flying elegantly in the sky, enhances their physical powers beyond human strengh, gives them perfect aim and apparently teaches them some very useful fighting skills. Oh, and the girls can merge together in a procedure that is nothing more than an innocent kiss but is lewdly referred to as docking…

There’s nothing wrong with Vividred Operation’s outer appearance. However the series as a whole is nothing more than a simulacrum of previous magical girl and fan service shows. In the last couple of years expectations from the magical girls genre have skyrocketed thanks to the creativity of titles like Nanoha Strikers and Madoka Magica. Into this explosive environment comes Vividred Operations and makes us appreciate just how good we had it so far. In other words, instead of advancing the magical girls genre it disappoint us to the point of viewing nostalgically backwards into the past.


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  • wieselhead

    In general you can throw any magical girl anime at me and I will probably like it.

    I had higher expectations about Vividred Operations, overall. Ok the characters are cute, but so far I don’t see much more in it. The costumes look silly and it’s sad that they are using the same kind of aliens like in strike witches, I’d rather seen something different less anonymus.

  • Laila

    People who try to find something deep or sophisticated in this show will only get annoyed. It’s a show created to sell related products, nothing more nothing less.

  • Nopy

    I was very disappointed with Vividred Operation too. Since it was done by some of the same people that did Strike Witches I thought that it would offer something unique and interesting, but it ended up recycling a lot of old stuff.

  • AnimeKuSuka

    nothing wrong with that,… just enjoy it

  • Seiya Meteorite

    This show doesn’t interest me, glimpsed at it, and lots of ass-shots out the ass (no pun intended)…

    The only thing that looks good to me are the costumes…for one episode, they don’t even transform at all though!

    Even in the opening, Vivid Yellow/Himawari looks like she’s just going through the motions most of the time (1:11):

  • Seiya Meteorite

    One other thing I’d say is looking at Rei from this anime, I can’t help but feel that they ripped off her design from Rei/Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon.

  • Seiya Meteorite

    Now that I look back on this, I also must say the last paragraph (though Madoka is overrated) can also apply to the Precure franchise: the recent series of it are copycat clones of better anime that came before it.

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