Anime Review: Kakumeki Valvrave – 22

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The time for mourning and grief has become a time of self-reflection as our heroes find their true path for this long journey.

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RECAP:  With Module 77 purged and under Dorssia-ARUS, or rather, Magius control, our heroes have nowhere to call home anymore.  While Shoko and the rest of the escaped students are drifting in space, Haruto and L-elf are stuck in a random crater somewhere on the moon.  In their rage of blaming each other, they dole out the secrets they have kept from one another now that there is no reason to keep them on the brink of death.  Also, Shoko enters Unit-01 and ends up talking to Pino, who reveals to her the truth behind why Haruto became a pilot in the first place.  Meanwhile, A-drei finds out the truth about L-elf’s actions from the captive Rukino Saki, causing him to take matters into his own hands.

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We start this episode with yet another flash-forward featuring the descendant of L-elf, Saki, and Satomi, revealing a little bit more about how things are intended to turn out for the future.  I’m not sure if it was shown in previous flash-forwards, but this time I noticed we are given a point of time: “211st Year of the Galactic Empire.”  Now, remember that the series itself starts in the “71st Year of the True Era.”  This most likely implies, as many have already guessed, that our heroes are able to turn the tides and create a new world.

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Module 77, Rukino Saki, and her Valvrave are now under the captivity of the Magi.  In light of this, A-drei still has some misgivings behind L-elf’s actions.  Much to our surprise, he is very much like L-elf in the regard that he has realized change in Dorssia and wishes to change it via revolution.  Where L-elf wanted to change Dorssia for Liselotte, A-drei wanted to do it for the people, and as a royal Prince, he has an obligation to be a man of the people.  He realizes his fault in trust, which finally breaks his bearing.  This leads to an unexpected, yet somewhat expected on our part as the audience, turn of events that happen later on in the episode.

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And so, more secrets have come to light.  Shoko decides to hop into Unit-01 in an attempt to pilot it, but is greeted by Pino and the infamous question, “Do you resign as a Human Being?”  With Pino’s intervention and video records onboard the system, she reveals to Shoko the first time Haruto boarded Unit-01 and why he became a pilot: revenge for Shoko on that fateful day.  Shoko breaks out in tears as she realizes what she has done.  Haruto lied to protect her and everyone else, and she threw that back at him, calling him a monster.  Being called such a thing is probably the one title Haruto never wanted to be called, especially by Shoko.

L-elf reveals to Haruto that he killed Shoko’s father.  And Haruto reveals to L-elf the truth about Liselotte being a Magi.  This scene is very important because, like many other anime, it sometimes just takes a fist-fight and truthful words of how the other feels for men to truly “talk.”  This episode was a whole lot of “Realization” for a multitude of characters.

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In their own respective rage, they are brought into their own little world in their hearts for some self-reflection.  Haruto comes to terms that because he has so little time left to live, he must do everything he can to leave his mark and make sure his friends and those who come after him are safe.  L-elf, too, comes to terms that the Liselotte’s dream can still be carried on by his own hands.  With such resolve in mind, the two decide that they can’t give up here.

Oh, and what do you know, Haruto did that Magi light trick.  Cool! Haha!

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Because Haruto and L-elf are able to light the signal flare with the Magi’s Light, “help” comes.

A-drei freed Saki?  Like I said earlier, pretty expected.

Rating:  4/5

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Getting them homo vibes here. lol


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