Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 3

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It was only yesterday that they were happily attending school. Now, their world is turned upside-down.

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RECAP:  When the ARUS military comes to help evacuate the people of JIOR, they enlist the help of Haruto, now a symbol of hope, to get the process done smoothly.  However, L-Elf escapes captivity and causes uproar on JIOR, barring the evacuee’s escape.  L-Elf confronts Haruto once more, but with a strange proposition.

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Haruto is still worried about the “monster” he has become.  Even though the blood analysis comes up with no abnormal results, the fact his body regenerates and his vampiric-like spasms make the situation all the more strange.  Does he require the sustenance of blood to continue living?  Is there more than just body-swapping?  Until he knows more, this will have to stay a secret on a need-to-know basis.  But how long will that be able to last?

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This girl definitely gives off the feel that she will be a pivotal part of the main cast that will support Haruto once he starts regularly piloting Valvrave.  If you don’t remember her, she is the one named “RAINBOW” online that originally uploaded the video of Haruto fighting.  We’ve already noticed her to be the shut-in sort that is always “connected” to the digital world through her computer.  In this episode, we see that go further as she hacks her way into ARUS communications.  Despite her comms hack causing more unrest than help amongst the students, her assistance in the future just might be game-changing.  Maybe she’ll be the one able to hack into JIOR’s deepest data caches to uncover what exactly Valvrave is.

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One thing that irked me about L-Elf’s escape is that he seemingly had infinite supplies of explosives and traps set in so little time.  I understand that the show is setting him up to be some super-soldier, and they quite obviously spell it out to you with a nickname like “One-man Army,” but they don’t even bother showing us how and where he obtained the supplies to fight against an entire company’s worth of soldiers.  So far, in these first three episodes, there have been several plot elements that are just overlooked for the sake of progressing the main story and events.  I have a feeling that will just keep continuing on.  That is just how Sunrise does things, really.  Code Geass and several Gundam series have done it, why not add Valvrave to that bunch?

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Anyways, back to story-relevant commenting, L-Elf’s “contract” proposal is rather interesting.  Bringing revolution to Dorssia?  That implies he is against his own nation, right?  Rather, he just may not be happy with the way Dorssia is currently run and utilized his position as an elite soldier to rise up and try and change things from the inside.  But now, Tokishima Haruto stands before him as an anomaly that Dorssia cannot overlook, nor possibly control.  He may see this as his chance to initiate his agenda.

By the way, sorry about the really dark images.  That’s just how the scenes were for the most part.

Rating:  3/5

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Somebody just realized she might not be able to win against the “childhood friend” flag.

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