So there's this new mecha anime, Egao no Daika.
Opens up with human colony in some distant world, main character is a young princess who just became old enough to become queen although it seems her actual job's more being an idol to inspire the population. Also meet her young royal guard that she grew up together, a hotblooded and talented mecha pilot from a proud lineage of kingdom soldiers with his cutting-edge mecha. Then during a simulation the princess shows she has good battle instincts too and knows how to think outside the box to pull a victory, and has good synergy with hotblooded childhood friend.
Then, let's just say that shit starts getting real. And, well, keeps getting more real.
Turns out they're at war with the military dictactorship empire next door that's in a conquering spree and they kept it hidden from the young princess/queen so she wouldn't worry.
Hotblooded childhood friend dies from shrnappel to the gut and that's when they decide to reveal the princess the truth because basically they can hold the masquerade anymore.
The kingdom may have superior tech but the empire is still kicking their asses with bigger numbers of mechas and being plain ruthlness.
Still the kingdom's officers managing to hold a line of sorts and evacuating civilians, and the princess finally seems to recover enough to show up in the main control room to check how things are going. Turns out some fanatic citizens decided to stay behind in a city they had abandoned and make a suicidical stand against the approaching imperial troops. Princess/queen orders to save them.
Now's the moment she'll show her tactical genius and win a seemingly hopeless situation, right? Right?
Nope, she can just watch in horror as both the rescue team and civilians end up all butchered.
In a way that's quite the realistic take on things. The princess/queen may have the talent to be a tactical genius, but she was never actually trained for this and thought they were at peace until very recently and this was her first time overseeing an actual mission with real lifes on the line instead of some simulation. So she couldn't actually apply her tactical genius. But hopefully this will harden her and she'll finally be able to start applying her tactical genius to turn the tide around. Because damn this is just getting more and more depressing.
Or maybe this is really cynism: the anime and the other 8 episodes will be the empire crushing the kingdom bit by bit until the princess/queen herself get captured and executed in imperial TV.
Oh, and there's also another "main character" in the form of an imperial young female soldier that's half mind-broken and just keeps keeps following orders and killing with a smile although there may be some benevolence in her since she did help save some civilian kids (by threatening them with a gun to get out of the place that was going to blow up) and may or may not be the lost daughter of the princess/queen's main caretaker/perceptor.