Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 15

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Stuck in Dorssian territory, the only option is to find a mode of transportation to get to JIOR.  But L-Elf’s plan involves stealing that vehicle straight from the belly of the beast…

Warning: Lots of screenshots this time around.  I think this episode well-developed a number of things at once, making it one of my top rated episodes of the series.

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RECAP:  Prior to the OP, we get another flash-forward glimpse of the future.  Presently, Haruto and the gang are all stranded in Dorssian territory.  However, L-Elf has come up with a plan that involves Saki and Akira going headlong into the heart of the enemy to steal a means of transportation.

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In another flash-forward, Saki and Satomi accompany the same boy as the last flash-forward, who looks to be a descendant of L-Elf.  However, if you look at the Prince, he has L-Elf’s silver hair and Haruto’s brighter blue eyes… wait, what?  Gayyyyyyy…  Actually, my current theory with that is that because Haruto decides to only “feed” on L-Elf, they come across a later event that would fuse them together to make a new being that Saki and the rest of the “blessed” take care of as the ruler of the new world.  Then again, L-Elf’s eyes are also blue, so that theory is quite farfetched, though not an impossibility with everything that happens in this series with all the fantasy mumbo-jumbo.  It will likely stay simple and stay that the Prince is a descendant of L-Elf.  But the question still remains: What happens to Haruto in the future arc?

Also, Renbokouji Satomi.  It is very clear that this is the same Satomi that we have come to know.  This implies that he also becomes “blessed” by the holy spirit at some point in the timeline.  I have a feeling that he will get VVV-Unit-02 (which is currently in Cain’s possession) or end up replacing Raizou or Kyuma as a pilot in the future, considering we have Saki present and refers to Akira, as the “lady godmother is a Renbokouji,” in present tense.

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Luckily, the general region the team landed on is the very same place that L-Elf was trained to become the Dorssian Super Agent he is today.  The Karlstein Training Facility is where he and the rest of his former teammates became friends and professional killers.  I have to wonder if the coincidence of landing here is really just to help push L-Elf’s backstory or if there is something a bit more behind it all.  Anyways, like the Space Descent plan, L-Elf’s current plan is to utilize the body-switching technique as a trick to infiltrate the Dorssian fleet.

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As an unexpected development, Marie just might be more involved with the Valvrave project than we may have originally thought.  I mean, amnesia was one thing, but this might be the core reason.  Pino mentions that she and Marie have been friends since five years ago.  Marie’s memories only date back two years.  Pino mentions she “ate the Runes;” Marie’s memory runes?

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With Haruto busy at the moment, Kyuma and Raizou are fighting by themselves.  As planned, the Dorssian battleship, Ideal Blume,” is taken down with ease thanks to the Familiar add-on gauntlets.  However, when new enemy weapons arrive, they easily take down Raizou and his Hikaminari.  Are these new weapons based off the VVV-02 that Cain stole or just next level enemy tech that is still only in testing phase on Earth?

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The person Saki seemed to be talking about earlier in the flash-forward, the first person to receive the blessing of the holy spirit at age 11, is very likely to refer to Marie now that this has happened.  It all fits:  Marie once knew and was connected to Pino since five years ago, the amnesia since two years ago, Pino ate her memories, thus infecting Marie with the same “curse” as Haruto and the others.  Now, I have to wonder, just how old exactly is Marie and how is she related to the Valvrave Project?

Rating:  5/5

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Too lewd…

 

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2 responses to “Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 15

  1. zztop

    How do you find the new ED for Valvrave? Given the combination of rock, opera and classic, I’m guessing the composers were going for the ‘gothic vampire’ atmosphere in the song…

    PS. I could see ‘Realism’ being performed at a Japan Halloween event with the same costumes Annie Lennox wore at the Olympics 2012.

    • I think it has a great tune. Elisa’s stuff is always interesting to listen to because it has they tend to have that Opera/classic feel. Personally, I love the types of songs that mix genres. Which is why I tend to love violin covers of anime OP/ED sequences and OSTs (youtube “TAMUSIC” for some great ones).

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