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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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
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
They told me I could become anything so I became a vampiric mecha pilot.
Well, the idea of high school kids becoming pilots while getting their own personal mecha gadgets isn't new to the anime industry. Series such as Macross Frontier, Code Geass, and Aquarion Evol all have this theme. It involves normal students who attends a normal school like any normal day. Then, boom. Something abnormal happens and their lives are changed forever. The catch here for Valvrave the Liberator? It also deals with a supernatural twist...with some blood spilled to add to the mix.
That's right. It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's a Valvrave!
To be honest, I wasn't sure whether to check this series out or not at first. However, I am a fan of the mecha genre so I decided to give this a shot. What I got out though was a rather strange surprise from Sunrise's latest evolution of works. Kakumeiki Valvrave, also known by its English name as Valvrave the Liberator, is a mecha series that debuted as an original title in the year of 2013. The series is produced and handled by the animation studio known as Sunrise. And oh boy, does that spell out some controversy...
In essence, the series doesn't make much sense at various points. There's a lot going on even from the beginning. From its basis, we do know that about 70% of the current human population lives in space thanks to this development known as the 'Dyson Sphere' that is located in space. It's a city that has advanced technology above our own and holds many secrets. Then on the opposite side, there's the superpower known as the Dorssia Military Pact Federation and Atlantic Rim United States. They are an alliance that has mass amount of powers and resources. Oh and what do you know, they are picking a fight. Being a superpower and all, the Dorssia are a powerhouse with their military, technology, and elite forces. Among its members of that elite force is a powerful soldier known as L-elf Karlstein. (ERU ERUFUUUUUUU)
L-Elf is a young man who is considered many things in this anime. He has the intellectual of a military genius, the experience of an elite soldier earning him the title 'One-Man-Army', but most importantly is also labeled by Dorssia as a traitor. After a certain event in the beginning of the series, he is forced to defect from his home as he is now seen as someone who betrayed their comrades. Well, that's all thanks to a certain young boy by the name of Haruto of course. The young boy is your typical high school student with a normal life, a love interest, and friends who he can trust. But hey, what happens when you reject humanity and become someone totally different...say a vampire pilot? Sounds weird right but that's Sunrise for you. Welcome to your new life, Haruto.
Among other people in Haruto's life are his love interest, the adorable Shouko. The twist comes though when the very first episode spells out her a certain event that seemingly writes her off the series. But then, the series decides to be cheesy and return the favor. Honestly, that's just face palm worthy. So as it goes, there is also some other drama involving an idol superstar by the name of Saki. She seems to have her own issues and spells out drama for Haruto and his friends. The humor she brings into this show is hard to take seriously at all. But like I mentioned before, it's hard to take this series seriously at many occasions since it hardly makes sense in the beginning.
Valvrave the Liberator is handled by Sunrise. Fans who are familiar with the studio should know their themes and ideas that are poured into a mecha show like this. The themes of vengeance, struggle for dominance among nations, tragic romances, and mecha warfare are just a few in the series. Among other things, Sunrise decides to put all of this into a single package and tries to give entertainment to the fans. Oh it achieved that alright with some of its other absurd ideas like a little dose of high school musical and death flags seemingly triggered everywhere. Then of course, there's vampiric space pilots who are both feared and respected. It's funny in the sense that they reject humanity for absurd reasons that hardly makes any sense at all. Well, that's just the tips of the iceberg.
Among other absurd ideas is having students run an entire country. By this standard, it means that students who haven't even ventured out in the real world market are now in charge of their own destinies. It completely annihilates any sense of realism by going through its ridiculous elements.
Despite the absurdity of the series, it does maintain its premise. There is a lot of action here and there in space and on its homeland. The majority of this involves the Dorssia's military against its opposing factions and Haruto's school. Furthermore, L-Elf's “betrayal” seemingly gets one of his former colleagues' blood boiling as he views him now as a rival. The rivalry itself seems to be one sided though as L-Elf is constantly one step ahead thanks to his genius mind. It is in fact because of his tactics which resulted in several of Dorissa Army's humiliating defeats. It's no surprise how L-Elf earned his nickname. However, now the young man wants to lead a revolution. Sunrise is known for themes like this in their other works such as Code Geass and Gundam Seed. A revolution exists between different factions and each side wants to gain the advantage over the other. The catch here is that there's this mysterious Valvrave that becomes a turning tide in the struggling conflict.
The Valvrave themselves seems to have a rather strange design that fuses between machine and humanoid. Furthermore, their system makes their functions to be overpowered at many occasions. What's even more strange is the question it asks once a pilot enters its cockpit. The million dollar question is:
Do you wish to resign as a human being?
As strange as it sounds, that question and depending on the answer, will change someone's life forever.
Among other strange factors in the series is the usage of its pacing. The episode shifts between seriousness and ridiculous. It's nearly impossible to take some of the ridiculous as entertainment even with its cheesy execution. It tries to mix in way too much ideas into a little package at once. Also, some factors of the show barely makes any sense such as how Haruto is able to pilot such an advanced piece of technology given his previous zero experience in handling a mecha. Then, there's the cheesy dialogues used here and there; some related to school, some related to 'monster', and then some that makes no sense. In the more seriousness field though, there are some controversial scenes later on. Be prepared.
There's quite a lot of humor though in this series. I actually find it hilariously fun if you don't think about the plot so much. The way some of the characters behave makes them look amusing in a state of war. Then, there's the various jokes such as the Valvrave AI with a keen interest in human ideas. There's also funny gags here and there such as the humor of the '666' that symbolizes the Number of the Beast. The characters' names of the Dorissa's elite force also are based off of German origins. Additionally, we can tell that there is a lot of foreshadowing. The questions of who will pilot which Valvrave and what's to come in the upcoming struggles are just a few questions for anticipating fans.
The artwork of the series has its Sunrise production values. The way the Valvrave are structured and the characters are designed gives them that fresh look. The students' uniforms are a bit generic with nothing outstanding. However, the Valvrave machines tells a different story. The way they are designed gives off them a dangerous look and one that is very noticeable compared to some of the other mecha in this series. Among other factors, L-Elf's character makes him noticeable with his flash of silver hair. The Dyson Sphere itself also is noticeable of being out there in space with its technology to make its function while the same time giving it a futuristic look.
If there's delivery, Valvrave the Liberator nailed with its music score. Akira Senju (Full Metal Alchemest: Brotherhood, Red Garden) provides an effective OST that is quick and fits within the themes of the series. There are many times when battles are orchestrated through its nimble soundtrack to provide feedback of the action. The OP song, "Preserved Roses" by T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki also has a quick rhythm that provides montage of the main and supporting characters. It also creates foreshadowing through the backgrounds of the Valvraves as well as some symbolism. Finally, amongst vocal performances, the stand-out is Kimura Ryouhei who is able to maintain his calm and calculating tone of voice as L-Elf. By a measure of its soundtrack, this series does deserve some praise. Boku Ja Nai, Boku Ja Nai, Boku Jai Nai.
If you've already started watching this show, then by all means enjoy the entertainment but don't expect too much for engaging plots or characters. Rather, watch it for a way to kill time. At the same time, be sure to put those headphones on for its soundtrack. It's a 'fun' show to watch but its merits in terms of story presentation and character development is sour. Among other factors, think of this series as a hybrid of supernatural/mecha/school life/comedy/drama/romance/crazy all the same time. I mean, if you put a bunch of kids in charge of a country, there's nothing more than a eccentric ride, right? 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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