After the first two episodes of this season's Muv-Luv Alternate: Full
Eclispe, it was hard to avoid noticing the similar thematic elements it
had going with the classic Gunbuster. There is the idyllic school
setting prelude to a blood bath of a war, the masses of faceless space
monstrosities, and the rather hilarious acronym names given to them.
Most importantly though, there is the abundant usage of of Imperial
Japanese imagery and verbiage in both shows. That last bit reminded me
of the following.
This is a series of essays written about a year ago dissecting Gunbuster
and viewing it through a Japanese Imperialism lens. Knowledge of
Gunbuster is not a prerequisite to understanding the content of the
essays, but previous viewings of it as well as historical knowledge of
Japan during the World War II period will help. (Note: I did not write
any of these, nor contributed to any of them.)
Episode 2 (NSFW)
If you enjoy this form of analysis of any form of media, not just anime, the above pieces are definitely worth your time.