Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

Starting today, I will be writing about my overall review of different anime titles that I was able to finish watching. And the first title that I want to discuss extensively would be Kakumeiki Valvrave however before I go any further, be advised that this particular article will contain spoilers and if you haven’t watched Kakumeki Valvrave then you may want to stop reading and instead, check this article out.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

If you’re still reading then I’ll assume that you already had watched the whole series or you’re wondering if it’s even worth your time to watch the last remaining episodes of the anime. Moving forward, as I mentioned in my previous article, Kakumeiki Valvrave is an anime similar to your regular Gundam series in a sense that there’s a group of young boys (and girls) who ended up becoming pilots of exemplary and unrivaled mechs called Valvraves while they’re thrown in the middle of nasty politics between opposing factions.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Unit 01”

I like the anime overall but then again; I am disappointed at the ending. It’s as if it was rushed. Suddenly, the Council of the Hundred Handed-One…Wait…Wrong reference! Sorry! I mean the Council of One Hundred and One were eradicated juts because the probably, the animation studio or producer kinda got tired of making more episodes for the series.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Oops! Wrong image!”

For some reason, the last few episodes weren’t that climactic. The battle between Cain and Haruto wasn’t that epic in my honest opinion. If you’ve watched Gundam OO’s, you’d remember that the battle between Gundam OO piloted by Setsuna F. Seiei and Ribbons of the A-laws was really epic in a sense that the battle was dynamic and hard fought. I am not sure if it’s right to compare that battle with a newly introduced mech anime made by Sunrise, who by the way is the same company who made the Gundam series but I somehow felt that the battle between the two was rushed.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Haruto! NOT Naruto!”

I also wasn’t surprised with the idea that Haruto would be possessing L-Elf’s body to be able to match up against Cain at that time. What I also find disappointing was the fact that the sex scene between Haruto and Rukino really didn’t play any significant role in the story. It’s like the producers just inserted that scene for some hot fan service.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Oh god, no. Not this kind of fan service!”

The most I could think of is that it just prevented the protagonist from confessing to Shoko and probably saving her from being sexually assaulted by good ol’ Haruto sometime soon while tying him to his other admirer, Rukino (who I honestly prefer over Shoko). But other than that, I really don’t see the significance of that event throughout the series, especially which Haruto didn’t seem to take responsibility of his deed throughout the story.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Valvrape”

Another issue I have with the anime is that starting around episode 5 or so? Not sure, but anyway, ’round that part of the series, we see the story flashing forward into the future wherein the protagonists already won the war (which obviously spoils the ending in a sense since well, the protagonists won so no need to wonder if they’re going to defeat the antagonists), where Rukino was being chased by this guy piloting a mech which appears to be from the Jurassic period or a mech made by ZEED engineers, while piloting her Valvrave. As the scene progresses, she easily makes quick work of her opponent then looks at a locket, while the picture in the locket not being revealed to the viewers.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Kapewwwwww!!!!”

Frankly, I like the idea of flashing forward but then again at the end of the series, it didn’t matter much. I was even more surprised when Rukino ended up marrying the prince of Dorssia, A-drei, as implied in the ending, hence the reason that whenever the episode starts with a scene involving Rukino , it shows that she has a son who looks like a carbon copy of L-elf, and is referred to as the prince. I was actually expecting Rukino to somehow end up with L-elf because as I’ve mentioned, the kid looks more like L-Elf and NOT A-Drei.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Do you resign to be an idiot?”

Moving forward, there are also the two Magius siblings, Pino and Prue, who serves as the guide program for Valvrave unit II and Haruto’s Valvrave respectively. And the thing is that Prue’s role didn’t impact much of the story other than being the guide program of Valvrave II. In the end, both of them disappeared due to Haruto and Cain’s demise and that’s that. They weren’t remembered at all throughout the end of the series. They were merely treated as guide programs, nothing more nothing less. Pino didn’t even develop a mutual relationship with Haruto other than being a program that needs nourishment coming from Haruto.

Okay, fine, she used to be Marie’s friend and that but the anime could’ve at least developed the relationship of the protagonist and the guide program similar to how X and Tepei of B’T X developed their friendship. That would’ve added more dimension to Pino’s role and gave her more character rather than just being a program who craves for runes.

Supreme Verdict: Kakumeiki Valvrave

“Drop your pants”

Also, at the end of the series, I kind of scratched my head when the memorial room where Haruto’s unit was located was invaded by two extra-terrestrials and encountered Shoko who, instead of acting scared or surprised which should be the character’s natural reaction, offers peace instead! Frankly, these extra-terrestrials made their way there because we can assume that they have a specific mission to accomplish and I highly doubt that they’d be interested in making friends with a random girl. I do like the idea though that Shoko decided to resign as a human to be able to pilot Valvrave Unit I, maybe as a way to atone for her sin.

To sum it all up:

  • Ending was disappointing. It felt rushed. Shoko’s reaction was unrealistic with regard to the alien intruders. Why the hell did Rukino Saki suddenly got engaged with A-drei and bore him a son when Haruto’s the more likely person to give her a son after having sex in the earlier episodes?
  • The series is a good watch but don’t be surprised if you see a lot of unrealistic scenarios. As much as possible, try not to compare this to the usual Gundam you grew up watching even though both are made by the same company.
  • Suddenly, L-Elf was no longer part of the time skip at the latter part of the ending when I think he deserves a scene of his own since well, he’s suppose to be the supporting lead character.
  • The concepts introduced in the story such as the Valvrave needing runes to work, and the anime’s portrayal of extra-terrestrial vampires are honestly unique in my opinion. And I really love Akira’s character and role in the story as well as Rukino Saki. Also would have been better if Shoko died for real in the first part of the series though a revenge plot would probably be too mainstream.

So, is it a good watch? It’s a good watch as long as you’re willing to suspend your disbelief in a number of episodes.  I am not sure if I missed anything but feel free to comment and share your thoughts!

Thanks for reading!

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