“Do you resign as a human being?”
Valvrave the Liberator starts with Faction Z’s special forces sneaks into Faction E’s orbital habitation station. They manage to kill the customs agent, and no one is the wiser. Is it just me, or is space security really lax? Would there be cameras? Or other custom agents? Or people who notice that said custom agents are missing? I mean, these guys aren’t exactly Professor Moriarty here in their cunning. They literally shot being point blank and walked into school while mumbling about their cause and making other ominous statements. In a special twist, the leader of Faction Z’s special forces meets a normal protagonist from Faction E. Despite being “in love” with some hottie, we all know deep down protagonist will form a “special” bond with Faction Z’s special forces leader. You can’t make this stuff up. And it’s totally original to anime. Never been done before.
Inside this orbital habitation station, for whatever reason, there’s a fucking experimental mobile suit built underneath the
college. I mean, that seems to be the most logical place to put advancement weapons development… if you’re Syria, North Korea, or Iran and don’t want the US bombing it. But in space? In the future? I dunno. And you’ll never believe this: the special forces team screw up and let the most precious (out of 1 in this case, but still, precious) mobile suit escape! What a twist!
Faction Z manages to break into the orbital habitation module! And it kills everyone because everyone gets sucked out into the vacuum! Oh wait, nope. But they do cause a lot of havoc as mobile suits battle it out on top of a civilian city. Wouldn’t base defense be better served outside the module? Why put defenses in it but not outside of it? Ah, I’m sure they have a good reason for this…
Because the protagonist has “no choice,” against better judgement, he goes into the mobile suit. And, yeah, he’s a natural at piloting it. He’s like the little kid in Rookie of the Year who breaks his arm and then discovers he has a 120mph fastball. That’s the protagonist. He’s piloting a mobile suit better than Mobile Suit Jesus himself.
Despite the activity and death outside, there’s always time for a random fanservice scene. Must check to see if those floatation devices are good, in case they need them… oh, andohbytheway, the ultra mobile suit deployed from the swimming pool. Because there was no better place to put a mobile suit launch area. I mean, they couldn’t use the forest behind the school or in the cliffs? Nah. Let’s put it under the swimming tool. If the teacher with the floatation devices happen to be teaching a class, well, it’s her damn fault for being there. And this mixing of fanservice during mecha play… never been done before. No anime studio is bold enough to try it.
Hey, it’s Ruri from Nadesico, seemingly even older than her Prince of Darkness days. But this show isn’t Nadesico. Valvrave is an original creation. Don’t let the fancy TM Revolution opening distract from that.
In a twist no one will see coming, the protagonist is killed. And then he comes back to life because he has special
green red glowing particles infused inside him now somehow. I mean, this internecine warfare between two space factions using mobile suits where one faction tries to steal a mobile suit under a school of the other faction but fails and has a plucky youth piloting said mobile suit instead and features random fanservice and people returning from the dead? And featuring TM Revolution? Totally original show. I totally have never seen this show before, eleven years ago. (Or last season.)
Alright, alright. Enough snark from me. Valvrave the Liberator is the homeless man’s Gundam Seed. I don’t know why Sunrise would recreate Gundam Seed without Gundams, but they did. And for whatever reason, it’s not written by Morosawa but instead by Ookouchi… yes, the Ookuouchi would wrote the undervalued Shigofumi, the excellent Planetes, and the awesome Azumanga Daioh. Unfortunately, all those are adaptations. What about his original work? Let’s see… Turn A Gundam… okay… Code Geass… and Code Geass R2… I see… GUILTY CROWN. Sunrise decided to remake Gundam Seed using the writer of Code Geass and Guilty Crown. This can only end in a train wreck. You can already see the signs in Valvrave with the numerous logic holes, the dodging of pew pew lasers by mobile suits, and the setup.
(Think it was about seven minutes in when I heard Jun Fukuyama’s voice during the pushing bullying scnee and realized, “Hey… I’ve seen this before… and… it can’t be Sunrise, can it?”)
When I saw the “Do you resign as a human being?” prompt presented by a typical anime haremette, I knew exactly what was going to happen next: Haruto would become a vampire. Why? Because, he is discarding his humanity, and there needs to be a hook for this mecha series besides being the homeless man’s Gundam Seed. Therefore, vampires are in, so he will be a vampire. More importantly, it gives a reason for how people can come back to life in this world. Shouko? She’s not dead. She’ll be back, and make for a Shoujo – Haruto – L-elf love triangle in the vein of Inori – Shu – Gai.
The animation is really good. Very smooth, good details, and the backgrounds are fantastic. The mecha design is typical Gundam: Valvrave is dressed up like a cheap neon hooker while all the fodder mecha are utilitarian grey. But I don’t get the outfits. At least Gundam Seed had the sense to put Jesus Yamato and friends into futuristic clothes… everyone in this show looks like they were plucked out of modern Japan. Would a society that could construct a Dyson Sphere still wear blazers? And school uniform swimsuits? I mean, the clothes even seem dated for 2013 let alone whenever this show is supposed to take place.
(And concerning this Dyson Sphere… society would have to become a Type II civilization to construct it. I don’t believe the idiots running the world of Valvrave is capable of leading a Type II civilization. At least Gundam Seed was smart enough to just be a few space stations at La Grange points. That I can believe. But a fucking Dyson Sphere? We would have to mine out all of Mercury just to construct a small fraction of a Dyson Sphere. Come on. I already rage enough about dodging pew pew lasers, don’t make me rage about the Kardashev scale manipulation too.)
Totally not a character from Robotics;Notes. Duhuhu.