I think Raizou wants to become a Kamen Rider!
Welcome back readers to another thrilling episode of Valvrave, but sadly we only have two damn episodes left before we say good bye to all of our favorite characters, thankfully the second half will pick up in the fall anime season which has me quite excited! Anyway it is time to start the review.
I’m back again for another episode of Valvrave! This time: space shagging! I don’t know how they do it, but the Valvrave writers just keep coming up with the most ridiculous and random things ever. Hats off to those crazy people.
Teamwork in space!
Are you jealous of Raizou’s awesome bike? I know I want one!
Now that we have our team of unique Valvrave pilots what happens next for them? I suspect things will go the route of Majestic Prince in terms of the main characters butting heads and arguing about the team set up aka who is the right leader for their team, but that kind of thing usually happens in anime when you introduce a team element to your series or will Valvrave do something different? I kind of want to spend more time focused on the new space vampire team and less with the normal students doing everyday high school stuff, but that is just the mecha side of me wanting more battles and less high school drama or do you enjoy the blend of battles and drama so far? I will admit this series is not the best when it comes to “story” because it feels random most of the time. So what would you like to see more epic space battles or random high school drama?
Space Vampire Lovin’
DO NOT WANT! SERIOUSLY DO NOT WANT!
Well, what happened between Haruto and Saki was pretty much a big deal; but rather than focusing on the act itself, let’s instead think about why it happened and what it means. My personal theory is that Haruto was being controlled, or at least driven, by the mysterious “guide program” lady. We’ve seen that for whatever reason, she seems to have this fascination with sex. And no coincidence, this started when Saki stole a kiss from Haruto before she became a space vampire herself. Then, we’re also told that Haruto’s Valvrave is the only one which has the “guide program”, and he’s the only space vampire we’ve seen lose control of himself so far. Put that all together, and I’d say it’s no coincidence. Maybe his little episodes are caused by the “guide program” in some way. And since she seems to have a thing for sex, I guess it’s no surprise Haruto pounced on Saki like that. Of course, it’s possible there’s more to it than just that; we really don’t know all too much about the Valvraves in general. Maybe the other space vampires will start having feral moments of their own, but until we actually see that happen, I’m going to stick with my theory that the “guide program” is singling out Haruto to induce some sexy time.
And on the note of info on the Valvraves, we are given a little bit of background from the mysterious Kibukawa. Apparently the technology was derived from “information particles” called “runes”. We’ve previously heard this word mentioned by Cain when it was revealed he might be a space vampire himself, but that’s about it. Even Kibukawa isn’t privy to any further details, so at this point it’s all just meaningless techno-babble. Maybe the “guide program” is an embodiment of the runes? Who knows! Anyway, it’s nearing the end of spring season, and I highly doubt these matters can be elaborated upon much in a satisfactory manner before the end. And if I didn’t already know Valvrave is going to have a “second” continuation season in fall, my opinion of the show would be rather low by now despite the ridiculous entertainment factor. But that’s not the case, and I do know that there will be a continuation in fall, so I’m fully expecting the answers to all our questions to be delayed until then.
Shoko for president of space!
Shoko-“Bow before your new master! Err I mean president!”
Oh hey look I was right Valvrave is doing an election based arc even though I originally thought they would do something like that to pick the Valvrave pilots, but currently the students are electing a representative for the school that would deal with all the politics because Namami feels that she is not cut out for that kind of role right now. So who is running anyway? We have Raizou, Satomi and of course Shoko who I personally feel is the perfect choice because she did get the ball rolling on the school becoming their own independent nation; however at the same time Shoko has kept everyone in the dark about her father being either missing or dead? Part of me can’t really see HOW that would affect the overall story of Valvrave, but I suppose the writing team needed to give her some kind of plot that would ultimately bring her closer to Haruto? I know in the past I have always mocked the fact that Haruto and Shoko as a couple; however this week reminded me that these two characters will probably end up together in some cheesy way before the series ends or will the final events of this episode prevent that from happening ? I mean if they can keep it hidden things will be fine, but I have a feeling that Saki will throw all of the blame on Haruto for doing what he did to force the two of them to stay together because we all know Saki has a thing for Haruto…
Extra Valvrave fun
L-elf likes older men? Sorry Haruto you missed your chance.
At least potato chip-kun can’t cheat on you Shoko.
Someone please give Haruto a snickers candy bar…
Damn this was a freaking crazy episode of Valvrave even though most of the episode was focused on electing a new represented for the school which of course Shoko will win, but the mystery surrounding the AI on Haruto’s Valvrave has me interested because Takumi said it was special and what about Cain’s comment that his life is running out? Does he need the power of a Valvrave to continue living? I really hope we get to learn more about that before this first half wraps up in two weeks. I suppose I should talk about the final moments of the episode because I am doing my best to dodge it and no rape does not make me feel uncomfortable I just kind of sigh when things like this happen in anime it ALWAYS causes a up roar of anger! So why did the writing team feel the need for it to happen in Valvrave? Honestly I have no idea why other than a messed up way to have Saki and Haruto officially hook up as a couple, but I know people will say it wasn’t his fault because he in some beast mode. I think the biggest debate from this whole episode will be did Saki try to fight Haruto off or did she allow it to happen as a way to protect Shoko? I guess this will be a tough debate because we don’t really know what went through the minds of the writers.
Before I sign off, it’s worth bringing up none other than Shoko. There’s a bit of drama about her father possibly being dead, but who cares about that. What I want to know is how she will react when she finds out Haruto has been banging space vampire idol girls. Ok, I’m being facetious, but I do wonder how she will take it, if she even finds out. I imagine if Valvrave wants to maximize the drama, it could have her learn what transpired between Haruto and Saki when she goes to confess to him, and all of that would of course take place in the last episode before the break. I would feel so bad for the poor girl if her confession were ruined in such a way, but it’s possible she’ll stay strong, shrug it off, and formally challenge Saki for Haruto’s attention instead.
Saki-“While we were busy Shoko became the president.” Haruto-“………….”
Shoko wins the election!?