Anime Review [First Impression]: Kakumeki Valvrave – 1

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This show excited me so much that I just HAD to include it in the list of anime to review.  Be sure to check out Kakumeki Valvrave.

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RECAP:  Tokishima Haruto is your average high school student living in the neutral space colonial nation, JIOR.  He, like most other teens, avoids confrontation and ponders over feelings like love.  All of that changes when the hostile Dorssia Federation initiates an attack on JIOR.  A mysterious humanoid mech arises from the school grounds where Haruto and his friends were seeking shelter.  When his long-time crush, Shoko, dies as a result of the attack, Haruto boards the robot to exact revenge.

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I don’t care how many obvious anime clichés were put into this first episode, it did a damn good job at showing me everything I needed to know to get mega-interested in the rest of the series.  Considering this is an anime produced by Sunrise and written by Okouchi Ichiro (Code Geass), I am not surprised that I got a similar feel to this first episode that I got from Code Geass and Guilty Crown.

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The true motives of the Dorssians are still unclear.  It never ceases to amaze me how there are still differing factions when 70% of humanity has already moved to live in space.  War never changes, as they say.  Anyhow, it is certainly clear that they are after something that JIOR is hiding.  It is quite obvious that thing just happens to be our title mecha, Valvrave.  But let’s leave that off for a bit.

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Back to our high-school romance comedy, they certainly couldn’t make it any more obvious that Shoko was going to die, or at least get seriously injured, during the Dorssian attack.  But the events with our school buddies set up a good amount of information in regards to the relationships each of our friends will have.  For instance, Rukino Saki (the dark-haired, quiet girl, if you missed who she was) is the only one out of our main group that has no companion.  This may mean she may be secretly harboring feelings for Haruto and/or she will be the one to comfort him with Shoko gone.

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Returning to the Dorssian infiltration squad, they’ve found what they are after.  This mysterious in-development robot, Valvrave, seems to be a one-of-a-kind deal.  Judging by their and everyone else’s reaction, a humanoid-designed mech is rare.  The Dorssian Waffe mechs are more like floating cans with shield arms, even.  What makes it more interesting is the question it asks Haruto when it starts up:  Do you resign as a human being?  It takes his blood as a sample of life force to boot up, like a vampire requires blood to survive.  Is this what it meant?

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And with that start-up, Haruto somehow knows how to pilot Valvrave.  Don’t ask how, this is anime and he’s the main character.  He has plot armor to back him up.  I’d like to hope the show will iron out the details in the next couple episodes.

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And just like I called it earlier, Haruto is basically a vampire… or at least an undying monster that (maybe) gains information/power through blood.  There is a lot to speculate upon right now, but it is only the first episode.  So many things happened that I am left wondering so much about what will happen next.  Good show, Sunrise.   You now have my attention after disappointing me with Gundam AGE.

Rating:  4.5/5


That’s a Death Flag if I ever saw one.

Continue to Watch? – Yes.

Continue to Review? – Yes.

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