English: Valvrave the Liberator
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.431 (scored by 28107 users)
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SynopsisTrue Calendar (T.C.) 71—a new age where 70% of the human population lives in space thanks to the development of "Dyson Sphere", a city in space.
The world is divided into two main powers: The Dorssia Military Pact Federation, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. The minor nation of JIOR has declared neutrality between these two forces and maintains its peace through economic prosperity.
Within the JIOR's Sphere, Haruto Tokishima lived an ordinary life as a high school student in the division known as "Module 77"—until the Dorssian military begins their sudden invasion!
But the whole world will be shaken when Haruto meets the mysterious humanoid weapon, Valvrave!
(Source: Aniplex USA)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Kakumeiki Valvrave, Kakumeiki Valvrave
Sequel: Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season
Summary: Kakumeiki Valvrave Recaps
Characters & Voice Actors
*sigh* Boy, where do I begin with this one?
If you're familiar with Sunrise, expect the unexpected. Seriously.
So in America, vampires sparkle like Tinkerbell while vampires in Japan pilot awesome-looking mechs? Sounds about right.
The story is pretty outrageous to begin with. Only requirement to pilot a specialized war machine created by a "pacifist", "anti-war" nation is to become a vampire. Along with an entire school of high school students who don't know life beyond luxury and peace to run an entire nation by themselves to compete against possibly a futuristic America and space Nazis. To this day, I don't understand how were they able to last this long since they treat munitions like dirt and ready to turn on each other from every incident they encounter. All in all, giving the story a 5 is generous of me.
The art is amazing as the mechs are beautifully drawn. Every little detail on each mech looks like it took a lot of effort to get right. The characters are also drawn pretty well, as usual mostly pretty boys and girls with fluid animation.
The sound is another redeeming quality. I very much enjoyed the openings and endings of this show and would like to see more.
The characters... let me liquor up before I continue. One moment.
Okay, the characters. I'm quite surprised the male lead was even able to stand in the beginning. Maybe after the future, scientists discovered to attach an artificial spine to this guy. Luckily, Haruto does develop into a stern and decisive young man as season 1 nears it's end and that's a good thing. The female lead, Shoko, is your typical Jane Doe. Miss Perfect who you get tired of watching. Saki, lord knows what's in her head since I seriously think she's just bi-polar. L-Elf needs to change his damn name so that I won't hear "ERUERUFU" 15 times in 20 seconds in 1 episode by his "lover" who has a giant man-crush on him or something. Other than that, he's the cool, tactical genius with a back story that hasn't been fully shown yet. Here's to hoping, Season 2.
Even with the absurd plot and like'em-or-hate'em cast, I can't seem to stop watching this show. Another thing that Sunrise is very good at doing. So if they're able to keep my attention for that long, I'll at least give it a decent score.
That rape scene, dear lord...
Final thoughts: ERUEFURU read more
It does not do this show justice to write a review on it when technically it is only half done; latter half will be airing in October 2013. But it will be a pity not to get more people to know about this show because… well, some jewels are just meant to be shared with others. If you are familiar with mecha anime like Soukyuu no Fafner, or Gundam SEED (or for the handful of you that knows Blue Destiny), or Code Geass, or Macross Frontier, heck even Guilty Crown, then you should consider giving Valvrave the Liberator a try. As for others who are not familiar with those mecha series, don't worry because you will not be at a disadvantage. In fact, there may be less expectations or comparisons instinctively, so it is not bad, right? What one can expect, however, from Valvrave the Liberator are lots of intense actions, eye-popping WTF moments, and tons of character dramas!
First let me reiterate that this show was pre-planned for two seasons so expect LOTS of unresolved questions for now (which is why I said there is no justice in writing a review on it now). Given the script and series composition is by Okouchi Ichiro (best known as the creator for Code Geass), there are certainly high hopes out there among some people. Despite all the mysterious and unresolved lose ends, I can say that I have no regret watching it and the time was well spent. The story is very fluid and captivating, which resulted in me marathoning a large chuck of it. Set in a futuristic space setting with 70% of the human population already living in space, war broke out in an academic city and our protagonist unfortunately found himself staring at the face of a humanoid robot! The synopsis sound like a rip off of many other mecha series I know, but please trust me when I say this show is unique. On a side note, I must confess that I was not very impressed with the technological gadgets shown – or I am just being picky. When it comes to character, there are plenty to like about this show. While the character development and growth may not be apparent on them all, and at times may make you scratch for head at their decisions. But as the events unfold, the viewers will get a sense of maturity developing in them. Fighting for love, fighting for survival, fighting for revenge, fighting for independence. There are no shortage of themes and reasons for the students to engage in the ugly adult affairs of war and politics.
Even if you are not sold by the plot or character, I still suggest you look up the OP and indulge in it. Yes, it is that damn good. Performed by T.M. Revolution and Nana Mizuki, it is like instant orgasm for fans, like yours truly. Or if you prefer angela or ELISA's music, you will also not be disappointed. Simply put, all the theme songs are top notch! As the latest mech series by Sunrise, one can expect superb animation quality as well as character and mech designs. At least I believe so. Therefore, whether you are looking for a short 12 episodes series with intense actions or excellent animation or plot twists or character dramas or what-have-you, Valvrave the Liberator should be on your list as one of the potential to-watch series. Don't let the lack of closure in the series misguide you, while it is true that there will be more questions than answer (for now), this show is certainly worth keeping an eye on for the Fall 2013 term. read more
Both are mecha, have a school-life setting, and have main characters with special powers.
They are both extremely stylistic mecha series involving a supernatural twist and an alternate history setting. Like Code Geass, Valvrave utilises a number of well-known anime tropes, including a high school setting, and the various character types are nothing unique. But the way these different elements come together - and the way some ludicrous plot twists are revealed - give both anime series a distinct charm.
In terms of presentation, both series' main male protagonist seems to be exposed to a special/supernatural like power that gives him a taste of vengeance. As a matter of fact, the main protagonist from both series delivers that source of vengeance against those who feels have threatened his values.
Both series takes the mecha theme and presents them as instruments of destruction. Seemingly, both series involves a faction of experienced pilots of these mecha that seems to threaten the main characters' existence.
Both series also have a school life setting and there seems to be hints of romance, drama, comedy, action, and plot twists.
If you enjoyed Code Geass more than you should have, you would probably enjoy kakumeiki valvrave more than you should have. This definitely applies to Mecha, Super Power, Romance anime lovers.
To quote one of my friend: "Kakumeiki is so bad that it is good!"
Somewhat similar, both sharing genres and a backbone theme of the main characters having to battle to survive in their environments. The two series are big on the 'Mecha' theme along with showing nice character and relationships development, supported with good vibrant action and nice colourful art.
Obviously both are mecha, and the relationship between L-elf and Haruto is similar to the one between Lelouch and Suzaku.
Valvrave is Code Geass with a Gundam Seed setting. Think of Code Geass from Suzaku's pov. Give Suzaku Geass and take away his military background. L Elf is Lelouch with military background but you don't get to see his great military tactics. That's basically it. yeup...
Both anime are happening in the future where 2-3 countries have taken over the whole world and one small country is fighting them. Both are mecha anime and both protagonists have super powers that are similar one can command people and others can take over people's bodies. Also both are great anime.
The whole "rebellion against ruling government thing" is there. Mecs are also there. Battle strategies and badass characters are VERY there. Also emotional turmoil and "as;kdksj" feels are there. Just watch it, you'll like it.
Probably the closest and similar anime. Involve characters that resemble both Lelouch and Suzaku though in a very different manner. The same goes with the supernatural powers. Both anime share the good aspects of the thriller and mecha (Valvrave and Knightmare) genres. Both have a military school setting and involve powerful indistinguishable countries.
- The director of this anime is one of the producers of Code Geass (CG)
- Studio Sunrise
- Similar Mech designs
- Supernatural element
- Set in a school/battlefield setting
Valvrave takes elements from Code Geass (character, story, small powers vs large powers etc) and plays them out in a different way.
Both involve mecha and has a plot where they want to become an independent nation also has a genius that leads them.
- both main characters are geniuses in making battle strategy
- mecha/action and some sort of supernatural power
Both series are about a male student getting involved in a war when their neutral colony(Heliopolis/JIOR) gets assaulted by ZAFT/Dorssia. The assaulter's purpose is to steal a super weapon(Gundam/Valvrave) secretly developped in that neutral colony. The main characters have different perspective about the war. One has an internal conflict, doesn't want to fight, but has to in order to protect his friends. The other harbors hatred for the Dorssian, but is unsure about his role in the war. Also, the soundtracks for OP/ED are similar in both anime. The main difference is in Valvrave, the main character obtained an inhuman power.
Kakumeiki Valvrave or valvrave liberator contains same action like gundam seed.
The MC is similar. Both of them is T.M revolution opening
All i can say is Kakumeiki Valvrave is a 2nd generation of gundam seed.
Both are space operas featuring giant mechas. Like in Gundam Seed, an invasion takes place in the first episode of Valvrave, forcing the protagonist to pilot an overpowered mecha to fight off his enemies.
In technical terms, both series are handled by Sunrise. But in a more general sense, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator) both involves a war between two sides that tries to gain dominance over one and the other.
Among that war, there are characters who gets involved in particular a young man who is still in education. They discover a mecha and uses it to save those they care about.
In fact, both series presents mecha action among the nations as an ultimate weapon to gain dominance. It strikes fear and often results in devastating results when employed in the line of duty - both physically and psychologically.
There is plenty of action, drama, some comedy, and bits of romance involved.
Just like in the first episode of Gundam Seed, an enemy invasion takes place in the first episode of Valvrave. In both shows, the main focus is on teenage characters and their involvement in political and military struggles between different fractions. First Opening Themes in both shows sung by T.M. Revolution.
Both are military sci-fi and mecha anime from Sunrise. The plot of Gundam SEED and Valvrave start off quite similarly, the neutral nation of ORB is caught between two super powers; ZAFT and the Earth Alliance, in Valvrave, JIOR is caught between ARUS and Dorssia. Kira Yamato is a 16 year old who stumbles upon the Strike, part of the secret mobile suits that ORB has been building for the Earth Alliance and must save his friends after ZAFT invade to steal the suits. In Valvrave, Haruto stumbles upon Valvrave I, a robot that JIOR built to defend itself and must also save his friends after Dorssia invade.
There are some differences; Gundam SEED is more realistic and goes into the horror of war like a lot of Gundam series do showing genocide, people getting fried by radiation, Valvrave horrifies us with fantastical elements; Vampires, body-swapping.
In Gundam SEED Kira's colony, Heliopolis is destroyed by ZAFT and he and his friends escape on the Earth Alliance ship, the Archangel led by adults, in Valvrave, Haruto's sets adrift the module his school is in into space and his childhood friend and love-interest, Shoko declares it an independent nation, using social media they gain supporters from ARUS and Dorssia-occupied JIOR. The only adults are the teachers, one is not so competent compared to Captain Murrue Ramius of the Archangel in Gundam SEED, she might as well be one of the students, the engineer/science teacher is more competent and is similar to Kojiro Murdoch, the engineer of the Archangel.
While both unfortunately have the child-soldier elements Gundam SEED has less of high-school drama than Valvrave but Valvrave makes up for this by including the use of social media in international politics.
Superficial similarities: L-elf and his former teenage comrades is similar to the psychotic Extended (druggies) in Gundam SEED.
Opening Theme"Preserved Roses" by T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki
Ending Theme#1: "Preserved Roses" by T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki (ep 1)
#2: "Boku ja nai (僕じゃない)" by angela (eps 2-6)
#3: "Soba ni Iru yo" (そばにいるよ) by ELISA (eps 7-12)
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