Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 12 [Season 1 Final]

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In the final episode of the season, Module 77 is under siege.

RECAP:  Continuing the Dorssian assault on Module 77, L-Elf and Haruto attempt to counter Cain’s internal attack, but with little luck against the prestigious man.  Meanwhile, the rest of the VVV-pilots have a hard time with their battle outside.  Inside, Shoko shakes off her grief in an effort to save Akira.  When Shoko is hurt in the attack, Akira forces herself outside to save her only friend, only to find VVV unit 06 as her only option.  As she saves their home from the giant drill, Haruto and L-Elf take advantage by killing Cain in the debris.  However, their hopes are thwarted as Cain reveals himself to be an immortal, like Haruto, of another class.  Cain then directs himself to steal the unfinished VVV unit 02.

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We start off this episode with another cryptic look into the future with Saki as the focus.  What is stranger is the child with her: a white-haired, blue-eyed child bearing similar resemblance to L-Elf.  Is he merely a descendant of L-Elf, or does she actually ends up with L-Elf in the end?  It is very difficult to tell at this point, but the theories are still questionable.  As it had been established in the last look into the future, Saki still cherishes the locket and the promise she holds with the person inside.

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As I previously predicted, Saki sort of recognizes Haruto’s proposal as “pity.”  Rather, it is a noble trait to take responsibility, and she recognizes that too.  However, she must still retain her image and respect Haruto’s true feelings as she declines his offer.  She knows that deep inside he still loves Shoko and she doesn’t want to have him betray that feeling out of responsibility.  Saki may only care about herself at times, but she cares about doing things the right way when it counts.

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We’ve already come to be shown that Cain knows more than the rest of the Dorssian army in regards to the Valvraves.  Additionally, we’ve also been shown that he has the mark of someone who has been “bitten” by the “curse,” so we can heavily assume he is an immortal like Haruto.  What does this mean?  Well it can mean that he has accumulated so much information and strategy over the years that he is a military mastermind out of pure experience alone.  That explains why he is such a great tactician.  This also means that the super-elite group L-Elf used to be a part of that Cain personally trained may have also been groomed in preparation that he too may have control over some VVV units for his students to pilot.  However, that thought still remains a theory.

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As predicted, Akira has come to pilot the Valvrave unit 06.  Additionally, the primary ability of Unit 06 is very much like Akira’s personal ability to hack computer systems.  The “Humming Bird” staff merely needs to touch an enemy hull in order to penetrate its computer system and manipulate it to her whim.  Akira’s tormented past led her to the “Sloth” state she had been living under.  However, with Shoko’s help, she has begun to step back into the light.  With a power like hacking, I’m sure she’ll be a great asset to the pilot team.

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“Blue,” as Cain calls it, is a humanoid AI system much like the girl in Haruto’s VVV Unit 01.  She even calls him Onii-chan.  It would also seem that Blue is contained against his wishes, despising humanity, or just Cain alone.  As explained before, Cain is special.  How special is still up in the air.  But his dialogue in this episode reveals that Haruto is a “third generation” to the Valvrave legacy.  This implies that Cain is either first-gen or second-gen, more likely the former.  As he takes Unit 02, that leaves the remaining VVV unit to be #07.

Going back to the 7 Sins theory let’s summarize our progress:

–          Wrath:  Haruto – Unit 01

–          Pride:  Thunder – Unit 03

–          Lust:  Saki – Unit 04

–          Greed:  Inuzuka – Unit 05

–          Sloth:  Akira – Unit 06

–          Envy:  ??? (Predicted: Renbokouji)

–          Gluttony:  ??? (Predicted: Shoko)

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And in the last moments, before the ending credits, we are shown and Cain reveals the truth that there is an organization behind everything, including ARUS and Dorssia leaders working together, called “ The Magius.”  A name derive from its Latin roots Magi, mean Sorcerer or Magician.  We already know that the Valvrave units, especially Haruto’s female AI and Cain’s “Blue,” are some hocus-pocus stuff that have no place in machines.  More will be answered in…

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The Second Season!!!  Yep, there was no way they’d be able to wrap this all up in 12 episodes.  We still have a lot of questions in regards to the Future we’ve been witness to with Saki, Cain and the origin of the Magius, who will pilot Unit 07, what becomes of Haruto after everything is all done, and more importantly, who wins Haruto’s heart between Saki and Shoko.  Season two is scheduled to premiere this fall on October 2013.

Rating:  4.5/5

Final Thoughts:

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Kakumeki Valvrave does an amazing job mixing fantasy, sci-fi, and space drama all in one.  Despite a number of predictable moments, the series really makes you think if you really get into it.  Otherwise, it still works well as an enjoyable mecha series.  I’ve had fun trying to figure out the mythos behind the Valvraves and cannot wait for Season Two to tell me more.  It is one thing to be a good space mecha pilot, but to be one bound by a blood contract and have some super abilities makes it even more interesting.

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I have high hopes for the second season and a cohesive story to further solidify the story.  Mecha buffs are sure to be interested in the designs and the system by which the Valvraves abide by.  I recommend this series as something that could get friends into anime as well.

Overall Rating:  5/5

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