Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 2

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Just what is the secret behind the Blood Seal and Haruto’s new powers?

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RECAP:  Haruto awakes to see his friends attacked by the undercover Dorssian soldiers, but more importantly he is now in the body of the one who supposedly “killed” him.  After escaping, they work out a plan to get Haruto’s body and Valvrave back from the Dorssian invaders.  He is able to regain his body, but is still unable to fully control Valvrave.  Just when things hit the fan, he gets a call from someone much unexpected, Shoko.

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One thing is for sure, the fact Haruto used L-Elf’s body to fight against the Dorssians has greatly impacted the morale of the Dorssian higher-ups.  If I remember it stated correctly, L-Elf and the rest of his undercover squad are pretty much the Alpha Squad, the best-of-the-best, when it comes to their military.  For one of them to commit betrayal (even unknowingly), that has certainly made a dent in their ranks.

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So my theory on Vampirism for Haruto’s body is pushed off to the side now.  I don’t really see much use for the body-transferring through blood contact as a big deal, compared to other things that’d be marked as supernatural.  But there is very much likely more to it as Haruto will come to learn more and more about the changes his body has undergone since making contact with Valvrave.  Let’s just hope somebody out there as some answers for him.

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If you’re not familiar with Seppuku/Harakiri, here is the one thing you need to know.  The suicidal act of “stomach-cutting” was not only a means of honorable death for samurai, but it was also something performed in rituals.  As we’ve seen so far, Valvrave is far beyond that of a normal mobile suit.  With Haruto’s changed body, the boot-up question, the drawing of blood, and the numbers “666” showing up, there is a lot more to Valvrave than everyone in this series thinks.  In the end, I find it quite clever to base a mecha design off a genre that lies on the opposite spectrum of storytelling.  More so, I find it a very interesting choice for a special attack to follow after committing hara-kiri.

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I should have known better than to believe that Shoko was really dead.  The scene when she “died” wasn’t drawn out enough; it was instantaneous and left no time to really register that specific fate.  And it is very typical anime cliché-like to have Haruto botch the much-needed confession, now that he sees Shoko is alive and well.  What surprises me more about this whole relationship ordeal is that, for once, the protagonist has an actual reason to withhold his feelings.  Haruto realizes the situation he and his body are in.  Just as he was asked “Do you resign as a Human being?” when he booted up Valvrave, he really has lost what it means to be human.  But does that mean his heart must become inhuman as well?

Rating:  3.5/5

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What a better way to find out the identity of your best friend than to see if he still habitually loses at Rock-Paper-Scissors.

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