Valvrave The Liberator (Review)
Quick Synopsis: True Calendar (T.C.) 71 – A new age where 70% of the human population lives in space thanks to the development of “Dyson Sphere”, a city in space.
The world is divided into two main powers: The Dorssia Military Pact Federation, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. The minor nation of JIOR has declared neutrality between these two forces and maintains its peace through economic prosperity.
Within the JIOR’s Sphere, Haruto Tokishima lived an ordinary life as a high school student in the division known as “Module 77″—until the Dorssian military begins their sudden invasion!
But the whole world will be shaken when Haruto meets the mysterious humanoid weapon, Valvrave!
Personal Thoughts: Woah. This is really a WTF anime with the most F up twisted plot ever. Because of the twisted plot, this is probably should be the best anime this season. But no, the best one will talk about it when we do a review on that. But I am guessing you should know which I am referring to *ahem* Giants *ahem*. Anyway, the writer of the story for this anime is apparently the creator of the epic series “Code Geass”. If you watch the anime carefully, you will see some scenario or scene resembled very much like Code Geass.
Storyline & Plot: 9.5/10
Seriously, I have no idea what Ichiro Okouchi was going on with his mind while writing this story, but he sure cook up quite a tension between Haruto and Shoko. Firstly, you have the rape scene with Haruto and Saki. Then you have some important sub character being killed. Out of no where, you get Haruto to killed Shoko father. All of this that has been put together in a story which lasted 12 episodes are kinda impressive, you don’t feel that this anime is kinda rushing. But however, with all these dramatic scene. There has been very little explanation about machines and the reason behind why they were selected to be Valvrave pilots. I know there is a second season, but shouldn’t they explain a little more about the machine before ending the series rather than cliffhanging us all the way till October? And what is with the flash forward? Was it really necessary? That is only going to leave more questions than answers. Hopefully, they are able to answer all the questions which they brought up in the first season. Otherwise, it will be a let down.
Art & Character Design: 6.5/10
Character design wasn’t that bad. The ladies are beautiful especially Saki. However, Valvrave design failed to meet my expectation. Since this is made by Sunrise and as you know Sunrise do have some standard when it comes to mecha design. I was expecting the Valvrave to be more “cool” looking and bad ass. Now, I am not saying I hate the design or the design is ugly, I am just saying it isn’t special and not up to Sunrise’s standard. Also, the special effect that you seen in the space battle looks kinda outdated. The beam particle been fired out from the ships looks like Gundam Seed’s space battle which the series was released way back in 2006. Now its 2013, shouldn’t the special effect be getting better instead of remaining the same?
Entertainment & Execution: 9.5/10
Entertaining? You bet your ass it is. The reason why it is so entertaining is because of the execution of the story. As I mention before, with so many dramatic scene, putting them together at a perfectly timing increases the tension in the story. Where there is tension, it gets entertaining because now you will have to find out how the main protagonist have to clean up the shit. A perfect example of putting the scene at the supposedly perfect timing would be the time where Haruto raped Saki and Shoko won the election. The scene showing both process at the same time makes you feel “WTF? WTF IS GOING ON?!! HARUTO! Y U DOING THIS?!” or something like that. Actually, there is a hidden meaning in this scene, Shoko might have won the election, but she lost her lover. So technically, she lost. Remember, the main issue here isn’t the election, but the vampire lust inside Haruto and he himself. And then, there is another scene where Haruto have no freaking idea that he killed Shoko’s father making Shoko weep like a kid. And what couldn’t have been a better timing in a middle of battle and amidst of all these to propose to Saki. These are the example that are very “memorable” because it is so fucked up that it is still very clear in my brain as I am writing this review.
The opening song is the usual rock and roll style that you have being hearing if you watch Gundam series and any mecha anime that were produced by Sunrise. But that doesn’t matter, at least the song is trying to drag your eyes into the screen making you feel excited when the anime is about to start. As for the ending song, it is also the usual sad music or high pitch music that makes you feel that you want to watch more of it and start to feel emotional about this anime. The same thing that happen in any mecha anime produced by Sunrise. Typical of them. As for the BGM, they did an amazing job for the space battle part, which is quite expected of them. I mean, they have been doing this for the past how many years? Of course they are good at it.
There is only one sentence that could sum up this entire first season. The plot is so bad that it is good. Ichiro Okouchi totally nailed everything as expected from the guy who wrote Code Geass story. I got so hooked up to it that I cannot wait for the second season which will be airing in October. I have a feeling that this was supposed to be a full series? But due to the airing slot, they have not choice but to split up into 2 parts, making the second part called season 2. Well, nonetheless, I am looking forward to it and I hope the story will end well.