Meta: First published 2012 in The Future is Japanese. I’ve read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection.
Humans with robots fight aliens. Somewhat similar to the story Weep for Day – the enemy is unknown and not so bad as it seems. I’m not into Anime and simply didn’t get it. It seemed abrupt, the narrative wasn’t good with its lack of dialogue and over-long explanations. It was too much setting thrown in too few pages and felt like an abandoned attempt for a novel.