This Fall season we return to Module 77, further unraveling the mysteries behind the Valvrave curse.
RECAP: Cain’s new power proves overwhelming for Haruto to handle. When their two VVV unit AIs create some kind of resonance, Cain’s machine begins to malfunction, forcing their forces’ retreat. Two months later, JIOR has since taken asylum on the moon, struggling with its diplomatic sustain. Meanwhile, Haruto has locked himself up to further analyze his condition in correlation with the Valvrave. Also, an imporant trip to Earth is set up in order to seek out the escaped JIORians behind the VVV-Project.
I have to say, despite my month-long absence from all anime, I am quite disappointed with the return of one of my Spring 2013 favorites, Kakumeki Valvrave. There are points here and there this episode that brings up new questions, like: What do the different Rune symbols mean? What exactly is this “Council of the 101?” And what exactly is a “Magius?” All of which are rather legitimate questions. But it feels there isn’t really much new to the table beside the appearance of this “Council of 101.” Sure, we are just continuing right where we left off, but this episode alone just didn’t feel like it had the “Welcome back, here is why you’re going to sit through this again” kind of flair.
Anyway, the terror has passed and our heroes have made it to safe, neutral airspace on the moon. The public has long given their support as well as the ARUS government, but that will eventually die out in due time. Given those circumstances, the student-run government of New JIOR aim to make things work; even if they can’t get everything they want. Meanwhile, the Valvrave pilots are in dire need of information; backstory, if you will. So while part of the student government will go to Earth to seek out the families of the students to bring JIOR back to its old self, Haruto and the others will be seeking out the people responsible for the Valvrave Project for some answers.
As we’ve already known, Haruto is the epicenter of all the Valvraves in New JIOR possession, mostly due in part to the female AI exclusively in Unit-01. The “vampire-like” symptoms he has are directly related to the mobile suits. Near the end of last season, we scraped upon the surface of what Runes are. This time we learn a little bit more that the Runes, as an information body, is the main power source for the Valvrave… all of them even. So in order for survival, Haruto must attack those close to him. But he’s too much of a nice guy for that. An interesting personal conflict, albeit a cliché one. Personally, I wouldn’t have turned down giving Saki the D if the alternative was to only bite L-Elf. 😛
The only way to defeat a Valvrave is by using a Valvrave. What exactly is Cain planning?