Will this be less Gundam SEED or more like Gundam Unicorn? Find out now!
|The final mecha series of the spring anime season has officially premiered and I have just one major question to ask, how does it fair against the likes of Majestic Prince and Gargantia? I certainly hope it does something amazing to get everyone excited! Joining me for this first impression of Kakumeiki Valvrave is another new blood aka Sumairii, which is exciting because I have already tagged with Highway.|
|Spring season brings us three mecha shows. And honestly, I wouldn’t consider Gargantia a mecha show, so it’s down to just MJP and Valvrave. And boy, there is no competition. Valvrave is much more intriguing than MJP by far. Especially if the first episode leaves off with the main character going all bloodthirsty on a baddie.|
Super advanced stories?
Akira-“Whoa cool story bro and trolololol.”
Behold! The super awesome samurai Valvrave
Fosh // When people talk about Sunrise, most of us automatically think Gundam, but why am I mentioning that long running series? For starters the story of Kakumeiki Valvrave follows the basic setup of any traditional Gundam series aka a small group of soldiers sneak into a space colony and attempt to steal the giant robot that is hidden. This usual setup ends up pushing the main character into the robot resulting in him saving the day. So, for me this new series feels like a mixture of one part Gundam SEED and Code Geass together because of the really CRAZY ending that you just have to see for yourself after the end credits to have your mind completely blown. Aside from the really easy to follow story there are plenty of different things like killing off certain characters in the first freaking episode? WHAT? WHY? Just kidding! I kind of enjoyed that part for the shock value and I know some people will be like wait that idea isn’t anything “new” because it has been done before. Now for the topic of CGI! Usually CGI in mecha anime looks terrible, but for the first episode it was really amazing, even though looking at the other mecha offered this season I feel that Valvrave is way better than Majestic Prince or Gargantia; however, I suppose that is something we should talk about when each series has run through five or ten episodes?
Sumairii loves robots
Damn I really love this mecha design!
Mecha deaths are so pretty in high definition.
Sumairii // As Fosh mentions, Valvrave has some very heavy Gundam themes in its premiere. There’s the attempted theft of a prototype mech. There’s the loss of a love interest providing the main character with his raison d’etre. And of course, there’s the appearance of a rival for the main character to struggle against and overcome/befriend. I’m pretty sure that killing off the hero and resurrecting him as a bloodsucker isn’t part of the package though. But I admittedly haven’t seen all too much Gundam, so what do I know? Maybe this will become a new thing in Gundams to come! Seriously though, I’m very impressed with Valvrave’s premiere. The shocking epilogue does feel like a bit of a cheap way to keep us watching, but I am genuinely curious as to the situation with poor Shouko, who got absolutely obliterated. Is she really gone for good? She is featured in the OP (played at the end instead this time), but that’s no guarantee that she’ll show up alive again. And while I’m a little taken aback by her sudden death, I do understand that bringing her back would pretty much eliminate Haruto’s resolve and driving force. Although he might be more driven by the blood of his enemies than anything else at this point. Maybe we’ll get something cheesy like him becoming a demon of vengeance or something along those lines.
Fun with raves
All that food is going to eventually kill you…oh…wait…
Fun for all the girls.
Haruto-“OH MY GOD MY BRAIN IS ON FIRE, BUT I LOVE IT!”
I am in love…
bonus excitement from the true ending
So how did you enjoy the first episode of Kakumeiki Valvrave? Was it exciting for you or were you rolling your eyes because it felt like every other Gundam plot? I certainly have no problems overlooking such things; however most mecha based anime follows this geneneric set up of boy meets robot and becomes a hero of justice, with Valvrave I feel they are going for something else I mean the ending still makes me go WHAT THE HELL? I guess there will be a hint of supernatural elements thrown in for extra AWESOME or are they appealing to a certain crowd? I could see that, but I have to know how that plays into the overall story. While I loved just about everything in this first episode the only thing I can complain against might be the horrible death flags that were triggered? Yeah I guess every weak main character needs some type of motivation to fight the power!
Did anyone notice the voice cast? Holy crap we have Ryouhei Kimura, Jun Fukuyama, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji, Daisuke Ono, Yui Horie, Misato Fukuen, Ai Kayano and Asami Seto! I swear the only one missing is Hanazawa Kana or Miyuki Sawashiro who is starring in lame Majestic Prince. Oh yeah season two of Valvrave has been announced for October? Is this going to be like how Fate/Zero split the first and second seasons? I guess we shall wait and see.
Valvrave has me hooked right now. It’s really impossible to not be intrigued by such unexpected events. I know I personally didn’t take that ominous choice offered to Haruto seriously at first. It seemed like one of those cheesy activation sequences that only machines in fiction would have. Which, I will add, generally have no real consequences and serve only to make a point (see Prototype of Halo Legends) or to sound cool. And then the epilogue hits us. But I guess I should have seen this coming, given how long Haruto decided to ignore the question posed in front of his face. Obviously, the longer you ignore something, the more important it becomes. I will concede that he had a lot on his mind at the time, but you would think it’s pretty difficult to ignore the screen right in front of you for as long as he did (a whopping 2 minutes). This, and a few other odd moments aside, Valvrave is still looking to be a jolly good show, so I’m excited for more.
L-elf-“Seriously I demand more freaking screen time.”
MORE FIGHTING ROBOTS!