Kakumeiki Valvrave – 14

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Akira-”What do you mean we can’t get married onii-chan?”                 Satomi-”………..”

Things sure have been amazing so far with the story especially with Cain finally making his move and creating his own army of Valvrave knockoff machines, but what kinds of exciting adventures will we have this week? I guess we will find out soon!

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Siblings in space!

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Who has the biggest plot between Akira and Marie!?

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Nothing can ever top the Mugen Punch of Aquarion though! Sorry Haruto…

Akira has always been one of the biggest mysteries for mewith this series like why does she always hide from others and refuse to accept any help or talk to anyone? I mean Shoko helped Akira last season with some character progression and she even become a super mecha pilot, but we never really got to see the truth about her! Thankfully we got a tiny peek into the past life with Akira and Satomi as children. So was anyone else surprised when Akira hacked into the school and helped her brother pass his tests? I was only surprised because of how young she was when she pulled it off! Then again, we already know that she was a known hacker/computer wizard like Frau of Robotic;Notes who had no choice but to go into hiding much like Akira and I suppose the bullying afterwards did not really help Akira stay in school either. Speaking of mysterious characters what was that sudden surprise memory loss reveal with Marie? Part of me began to question if she would be revealed as a possibly spy from one of the other factions that want the power of the Valvraves or will it be something dumb like her being a daughter of the original Valvrave creator? I mean it has to be something that affects the overall plot or why even bring up and now she knows about Haruto’s dark secret with his space vampire regeneration powers? Damn I wonder if she will tell the others about it? Besides Marie and Akira getting some much needed screen time it was great seeing that new Valvrave “familiar” weapon that gives Haruto’s machine a mega punch attack and it doubles as a cooling unit? Very nice and I guess that makes Yuusuke an important character with him awesome mechanic skills. It looks like next week L-ELF will finally have a chat with the Dorssian princess character named Lieselotte that we have all wondered about since her reveal in the first ending of season one and maybe we will see that one event from episode twelve with Saki pointing her gun at Cain? Damn things are certainly heating up for this new season.

Extra Valvrave fun!

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The ladies need something to stare at too while in space.

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I kinda wish Haruto was voiced by Yuki Kaji~

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Sunrise marketing for the win!

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Satomi is listening to hours of Tsundere sister quotes.

End thoughts

I love re-entry to earth events in any mecha anime, but the best ones can be found in just about every Gundam series! I mean they always tend to be edge of your seat moments especially when you have two machines falling toward earth while fighting each other! I think the best scene probably goes to Gundam Unicorn OVA episode three, but anyway I have a lot of new shipping ideas this week with Takahi and Raizou after she saw him without a shirt? I kind of liked how she acted and we can’t forget that indirect kiss they shared from that juice box even though I know she is currently with Satomi. Next would easily be Akira and Yuusuke after his comments with the other “geeks” about how they were impressed by her hacking abilities or we could pair up Akira and Marie thanks to Shoko? Whatever works! Besides that random stuff I loved how the team is kind of working together even though it appears that Raizou still hates listening to orders, but at least this is a start right? One last thing to mention I love the new OP that brings back Nana Mizuki and T.M.Revolution, but the ED is also fantastic because it’s ELISA who does every world that god only knows openings.

Preview

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Party time on earth!

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31 Responses to “Kakumeiki Valvrave – 14”

  1. Irenesharda says:

    So the supporting characters are getting some long awaited character development at last!

    For the first time in a long time we get to see the side characters shine. Satomi, Akira, Marie, and even a little of Takahi, all get time to develop and I must say that I loved every minute of it. Satomi and Akira get the most development as we find out what their lives were like as children and how controlling and demanding parents led to Akira being caught for being a hacker which she did for her brother. Her hacking is what lead to her being bullied and she was betrayed time and time again by her brother in his young cowardice. This caused a rift between them that continued till this day, but Satomi, now older and wiser is determined to make things right towards his sister, but betrayal is one of the hardest injuries to mend, and Akira has never truly trusted him since. However, this episode marked a change in them both as Satomi proved his earnest loyalty towards his sister and she seeing this forgave him.

    We see that Satomi is also extremely observant and can pick up on the smallest things, even within a flood of information. We see that Akira has been an expert hacker since childhood.
    This episode actually made me like Satomi much more than I had before. It made him less of a throwaway character, and gave him some meaning. I know people are getting on him for not standing up for his sister, and it WAS wrong, but I can see why and how. With parenting like that, usually self-esteem takes a nose-dive. Also, he was in junior high, so I will give him some leeway. Also, it takes a lot of courage to stand up to that many bullies, especially in when you’re that age, and have emotional issues as it is.

    Takahi shows some camaraderie and backbone when standing with Satomi to save his sister, however I wanted to backslap her in the face for that “she deserved to be bullied because she brought it on herself” statement. Pretentious b!tch…

    Anyway, Marie got a bit of development as we see her making friends with Akira and that she might have some sort of memory loss about her childhood. She also has found out about Haruto’s ability to heal and looks to be confronting him next episode. I have a feeling Marie’s not going to last much longer…
    Speaking of Marie, we also get to see Shoko on a talk show for a few minutes, however I must say that I wish the girl would be a bit more serious. I know she’s known for her wacky unique side, but there’s a time and a place for it. She the leader of a struggling refugee nation. She has to try to see like a leader and less like a gushing teenager yammering on about how many different types of pickles there are.

    We see our Dorssian boys in their natural habit though nothing much was happening. H-neun was hanging out in town with Kreimhild tailing him, and we’re still not getting much in terms of what going on between them. However, we can tell that something’s going on. We get a split second of Lieselotte, but nothing much of substance.

    So, it looks like our compatriots have made it to Earth, but instead of landing in ex-JIOR, they have crash-landed into enemy territory. Looks like everyone will be on foot from now on, as they appear to be surrounded by mountainous wilderness. I had no idea that practically every side character other than Rion and the rest of the student council, is with them stuck in Dorssian territory. I can sense that a few of them are going to be picked off by the end of this.

    Raizou and Kyuma get to try their vampire body jacking skills for the first time, and Haruto’s bird like weapons are kind of cute power-ups. I like the idea for them to take the heat off the mechs and that they fly and “perch” on VVV1′s wrist. They’re an interesting addition, though where exactly they keep finding these attachment weapons is amazing.

    All in all, this was a pretty good episode full of character development and action. Though it didn’t do much to advance the plot, it still did a nice job for what it was trying to do. I’m guessing that it’s going to be in Dorssia and not JIOR where they will be finding their answers.

    I give this a high 8.5/10.

    • Foshizzel says:


      So the supporting characters are getting some long awaited character development at last!

      About damn time I say! Finally Marie, Akira and Satomi get some kind of character growth and I am quite happy with these new reveals with Marie suffering from memory loss? I can’t wait to see what kind of bomb she drops on us.


      We see that Satomi is also extremely observant and can pick up on the smallest things

      Satomi might have been a bad older brother, but at least he stuck by Akira’s side in this episode and they worked together quite well! Now we just need them to carry on a conversation without him being so super protective all the time.


      I wish the girl would be a bit more serious

      I completely agree! I mean come on shoko you are a leader now.


      All in all, this was a pretty good episode full of character development and action

      yeppers a great blend this week

      • Irenesharda says:

        Now we just need them to carry on a conversation without him being so super protective all the time.

        I think that’s going to take quite a bit of time. He’s inclined to protect her out of his own familial duty and out of the fact that he feels the guilt for not looking out for her before. Also, until she can be slowly drawn out from her psychological condition, she’s going to need that extra barrier from either those that are insensitive (like Takahi or Saki to a degree) or those who mean well but whose brash and immature actions could do irreparable harm (like everyone else). The only ones who actually might do well with her other than her brother for right now, is Shoko (she learned after her immature action in episode 11), Marie, and actually, L-elf. Surprisingly, L-elf’s stoic, unmoved nature would be a help in that he’s never going to look like he’s making fun of her and she won’t have to stretch to communicate with him since he doesn’t really communicate unless he has too.

        However, hopefully over the coming episodes they can begin to continue to heal the damage that was done to Akira.

        • skylion says:

          If she is going to emerge from her shell, she is going to need success on her own terms. She can have support, but the heavy lifting must be done by her. Supermarket! In that scene her terms were not to let anyone that made an effort for her die without her trying to change things. So, the work has to rely on what she values, more than just the fact that people will value her out of her shell.

          • Irenesharda says:

            I agree that the choice must be hers, and she must have her own motivation, but I think the help of others will be the biggest part. There’s just some psychological situation you can’t let people do on their own terms by themselves. Most of the time because they’re too far gone to help themselves, and may do worse harm to themselves or others if left to their own devices.

            I think, from the deep level of reaction she’s displayed with Marie, even after having made friends with Shoko, shows you how far gone she is. She really needs professional help, but I guess her brothers and new friends will have to fit the bill for now. However, even with help, I doubt Akira will ever be outgoing, or even exactly as she once was before the bullying.

  2. BlackBriar says:

    The second half sure is roaring. A lot of emotion flooded in from this. So many feels. Akira’s reveal has made me more sympathetic towards her and I can’t blame her for wanting to shut the world away. The whole time I thought it was random bullying because she was smart but it didn’t occur to me that her brother Satomi was the biggest reason behind it. A younger sister risks her life to help him and he stabs her in the back then says he’ll watch over her… What a total hypocrite!! LOL at Sunrise promoting themselves in their own anime.

    L-Elf is the man with the plan. When he said he’d take care of his part, I knew it wasn’t going to be anything legal. But who knew he’d bring Raizou and Kyuuma in on it? And those two made full use of their space vampire powers. You could even hear them hissing before biting down. It’s actually scary when you can’t tell who’s human from who’s not and there’s no way of distinguishing who has been taken over.

    A new weapon, eh? Someone’s got to ask Haruto “Where do you get these wonderful toys?”. So Marie is onto Haruto’s “condition”. One thing is for sure so far into the story: those who find out aren’t left with many choices. Saki signed away her humanity on a whim because of it. The way I see it, she might end up dead, become a representative like Shoko and somehow defend Haruto and the others or by some manner end up becoming a Magius herself. She’s seen him get wounded then healed herself, so she’s not going to leave it alone.

    Of all places to land on Earth: Dorssian territory. Sheesh, give these poor people a break already. They’ve suffered enough as it is. Anyway, it explains all the battles seen in the OP and we might be seeing more student casualties. Lieselotte finally takes part in the story. Flashbacks and OP views weren’t cutting it and that’ll be some motivation for L-Elf. Given the possibility that Cain has been watching over her, I can’t say I’d be surprised if it turns out she’s no longer human. It could be part of what led to that time skip with that kid who looks like L-Elf talking to Saki.

    • Highway says:

      Isn’t about 60% of Earth Dorssian Territory? So it’s not surprising they’d end up there.

      I kind of miss the old L-Elf who knew everything that was going to happen. This one is kinda lame, more like he’s just being a cool jerk for the lulz. I wanted him to know that Haruto would go try to save Akira, and have his plan in place.

      Satomi didn’t come off well in this episode. He’s the reason that Akira is the way she is, but he’s never even acknowledged to her that he knows she did it for his pathetic butt, so locked up that he couldn’t see straight. He’s got a lot of making up to do, that’s for sure.

      • skylion says:

        I’m glad I am not the only one that saw that with Satomi. Let’s see if he cowers away next time.

    • Irenesharda says:

      Gosh you guys are mean to Satomi. Honestly, this episode made me like him more than I ever did the first season. I was like now that I got the whole story and they made the first steps to reconciliation, made me think him more of a man then I did at first.

      I know what he did as a child was wrong and horrible to his little sister, but I can also understand how and why he had such cowardice at that age and how he ended up having such low self-esteem. I mean, under such pressure simply to get into junior high, that he tried to struggle to take an entrance exam though he was very sick and delirious with a high fever? Being from a rich, socialite family is not all it’s cracked up to be.

      I am more happy however that not only did he harbor incredible guilt for what he did, but he’s trying his best to make it up to Akira. He still has the remnants of the low self-esteem, which is what lead to his whole jealousy over Shoko’s relationship with his sister and his cowardice we continue to witness. However, this episode marked a change in him, that he’s not going to always take the easy planned road, but he’s going to take a stand and do what he should have done all those years ago.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Of all places to land on Earth: Dorssian territory. Sheesh, give these poor people a break already

      ahahaha i agree!

  3. skylion says:

    Who has the biggest plot between Akira and Marie!?

    It’s what you do with the plot, that’s what matters.

    Or with characters for that…and Marie looks like she has something going down. I wish they would have picked something else beside amnesia for a hook, getting a bit sick of that one. It’s kinda like Dead Parent Syndrome in about every other show. If there is one thing I’ve learned about Japan from anime is that the subways are practically empty, and everyone has at least one passed parent…Oh, and guys always managed to pratfall just the right way…

    But, I hope to see more of her development. I dig her character design, and it looks like she has some interesting things to say.

    • Highway says:

      Getting your clothes wet means you’ll get a cold the next day… unless you take an emergency bath.

      I haven’t seen too much of amnesia, it just feels more opportunistic with Golden Time (and I guess you can count Little Busters, although in that show it seems the reason everything happens is “F you, that’s why. Now cry cuz it’s sad, don’tcha know!”) this same season and it’s natural for humans to draw patterns like that: “3 shows out of 30 I’m watching right now have amnesia! It’s a growing trend.”

      • skylion says:

        That would be three out of 23 or 24. Plus one more, Chocolat from NouKome, if that even counts…

        ..because we are pattern-seeking animals (a good thing about us), and because we will prefer even a conspiracy theory or a junk theory to no theory at all (a bad thing about us). Christopher Hitchens.

        Seems like I’m a victim as well. Now, to meet a talking snake inside me own head….

        • Highway says:

          I was kind of thinking Chocolat was a constructed person, so it was natural that she didn’t really have any knowledge.

          Don’t trust the snake.

      • Foshizzel says:

        @Highway and Skylion: Yeah amnesia is a boring character trait that is 100% true and I am curious how Marie plans on fixing it? I guess she needs to find something to trigger her memories…

      • d-LaN says:

        Amnesia is practically the king (if not one of it) of most commonly used tropes in japanese media. Especially obvious in JRPGs.

  4. zztop says:

    Out of the frying pan into the fire…
    but at least we’ll finally see Princess Liselotte, so hooray!! \(^ – ^)/

    Who’d like to guess whereabouts in Dorssia our gang has landed?
    Since the gang originally planned to land in Ookuma(which I presume is in ex-JIOR Japan), the most likely Dorssian territory nearby would have to be eastern Russia, somewhere along the Siberian coastline. Please refer to the map link.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Worldmap_of_Valvrave.svg

    Of course, I could be completely wrong and they’ve landed in coastal Scandinavian Dorssia.

    Shall we play the game? (`・ω・´)

    • Irenesharda says:

      I would think closer to Siberia, since they were trying to aim for ex-JIOR. However, we don’t know how far they were knocked off course, so it also could be extremely northern half of Russia or Scandinavia. Wherever it is, its a desolate, mountainous wilderness.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Dat map! Nice find zztop~

  5. zztop says:

    Do Japanese fukujinzuke pickles really go well with sweet wafers? Because now I’m really tempted to try it out provided someone else is willing to be the 1st guinea pig. o(`ω´*)o

  6. sadakups says:

    I’m not exactly a fan of Akira or her brother during season 1, and this episode does not change that, but at least with the revelation as to how Akira became batshit crazy or that her bro being a siscon makes some sense now.

    So, okay, they got dropped off in enemy territory. Looks deserted though. I’ll laugh so hard if Haruto crosses paths with an old man in a bar.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I was a fan of Akira, but not so much a fan of Satomi and yeah at least we finally found out why she was a bit crazy…

    • Irenesharda says:

      I never really considered him a siscon, at least not compared to a real siscon like Hiromi in KnK. He cares for his sister and his guilt for having abandoned her throughout junior high caused him to try to make up for it by protecting her while in high school. However, her constant rejection of him, bruised his already rather low self-esteem (thanks to some rather wonderful parenting), and made him continue to think that he was still failing her.

  7. anaaga says:

    Me gusta incest, but I like incest with reason better. And I’m so glad that there’s a reason for Satomi’s siscon. Finally a meaningful incest!

    I was surprised with the whole Marie development though. I really hope her story has something to do with Valvrave. I don’t want her to have the same case as that pigtail chick who had a meaningless death in season 1

    • d-LaN says:

      Lol why is every1 saying tht Satomi is a siscon XD Can’t he just be overly concerned big brother? That and I’m shipping him with Takahi.

      …..Well, her death got Kyuuma into the VVV so her death is not in too much vain ^_^; Hopefully Marie lost memories will bring some WTF PLOT TWEST~ :P

      • Irenesharda says:

        I’ve never understood that either. It happens in a lot of animes, where one sibling cares for another, or and older person cares for a younger, probably to the point of being very protective and supportive, and for some reason everyone wants to label them siscons, brocons, and lolicons. Does everyone have to act distant to each other in anime or something. Why can’t siblings be close and yet not close in that way?

        • SherrisLok says:

          Agree. Why are shows with siblings in them attracting so many sick fetishists? It grosses me out.

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