English: Valvrave the Liberator
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2013 to ?
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.331 (scored by 5203 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 AnimeSequel: Kakumeiki Valvrave 2nd Season
Characters & Voice Actors
Contrary to what MAL and other sources may say, Kakumeiki Valvrave (or Valvrave the Liberator - whichever tickles your fancy more) is in fact a parody anime. You might be confused as to why I am asserting this, but let us take a closer look at the story.
Valvrave the Liberator revolves around our main character: Haruto, a socially awkward, withdrawn teenager who attends high school in a colony in space. Haruto likes Shoko, the closest thing we have to a heroine in the anime, and in the first episode tries to work up the courage to confess his love for her only to be interrupted by... SPACE NAZIS.
I wish I was kidding.
Perhaps "space Nazis" isn't the correct term, but I'm hard pressed to find anything better to describe the all white wearing (storm troopers!), fascist war-mongering state of Dorssia - they're pretty much the evil empire in the series and they all speak German, sorta.
Following the interruption one thing leads to another before we know it our young hero is piloting a state of the art mecha capable of singlehandedly rebuffing an entire Dorssia fleet invasion. Haruto saved the day - but at a cost! To pay the price for piloting the mecha Valvrave Haruto had to give up his humanity. Essentially, he had to die. And what happened next? Well, I was confused as you probably are as you are reading this; Haruto becomes a vampire! Hilarity ensues!
Not really. It just depends on perspective on whether you find the anime hilarious or not. Personally, I think Valvrave the Liberator is just comedic gold, and let me tell you why. It takes a special kind of thinking to put vampires, space Nazis, mechas, romance and slice of life all in school setting. Did I mention there was a brief Valvrave the Musical? Not kidding. Wait for episode 5. Just wait.
All these elements in the anime inevitably result in a sense you are watching a parody, at least it did for me. What makes it even better is that the show takes itself way too seriously thus making it all the more funnier. Just think of Guilty Crown meets space, only a billion times funnier. For realsies, I do genuinely enjoy this anime. Not because it's good, not because the animation or the music is great (neither are noteworthy to be honest) but because it tickles my funny bone.
I wish I could write more in this review, but honestly, aside from delving into the characters there's not much else to say, and I'd rather do the former because I want you to genuinely enjoy the series. So here's my advice for watching Valvrave the Liberator - TURN OFF YOUR BRAIN. Seriously. Don't even think of thinking anything. The anime is just so much more enjoyable that way.
Story - 1
Art - 8
Sound - 6
Characters - 10
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 6
Review considers first 5 apisodes of the manga. Some Spoilers ahead
Having read a bit about the plot I started watching this expecting it to be your average Mech anime, it turns out I was wrong.
"But that means it's not some generic mech anime, that's good right"...... well in this case NO, not really.
For starters I don't know what they wanted to make here. At times it feels like the objective is to make a serious Space/mech anime, at other times it feels like it's some sort of parody of other Sunrise animes, and then there are times that it's just silly.
As I said, I don't really know if the writers want us to take this anime seriously or watch it as a sort of comedic parody.
You have space nazis, Space USA and space vampires.... which is all rather silly.
To be fair here, the first episode did have some interesting points. For once, the main characters sees how the girl he loves gets killed and to get revenge he has no problem killing people which is sort of refreshing when compared to the common "I don't want to hurt people" dilema we see all too much in this sort of stories.
Sadly, 1 chapter later we find out the girl is actually okay and so Haruto, the main character, turn back into your generic mech anime protagonist.
Still, with all the sillines at hand the story managed to be entertaining.... until it started to get plain stupid. After some events unfold the first big "twists" in the story is that a high school (managed by a highschool students as we don't seem to see any sort of adult management) daclers itself an idependent state.
I could take the space nazis, I could take the space vampires.... but a bunch of 15 years old kids declaring they are now a country (in their highschool)... come on!!!.
What follows? Wee see the students living happily in their new independent state... and after overcomming some difficulties they send a Jpop video all over the world to show that they are doing fine (and no, I'm not making this up, the way they show that they are doing fine is with a Jpop Video).
Ok I guess. The character design is fairly generic but the mechs look good.
The animation is above average and the few action scenes where well done, specially when Involving Valvrave (the big red mech).
Voice acting is solid enough but the music doesen't really stand out.
Generic at best. As I said, the main character could have been developed in an interesting way but they didn't follow that road. Other than that you have your generic characters, the cheerfull best friend, the leader girl, the angry girl, the school bully who is actually a nice persona, the evil politician and the calm and silent "cool" guy who is neither good or bad.
Even with all the silly stuff like space nazis and space vampires, the first 2 episodes where actually fairly enjoyable. Sadly, from that point onward it has been one stupid events after the other and at this point I'm seriously considering droppong this. read more
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.
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.
It seems that the main male protagonist from both series gets caught up into some affairs related to the military and mecha warfare. Their lives changes forever from that day.
Both series' main male protagonist seems to be brave but at the same time gets angered easily. He also seems to have feelings for one of the main female characters.
Both series involves mecha, action, science fiction, as well as strange origins related to the main antagonists.
Needless to say eery Mecha are very similar and this one is no exception. Both series are Mecha/Space where the MC are your typical highschool boy but at the end they end up piloting a Mecha and starts to protect everyone. The beginning in both series are very similar to each other where the setting are both human made city in space, and MC in both series have 2 close female friend that cares about him though the entire series.
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-)
#3: "Soba ni Iru yo" (そばにいるよ) by ELISA
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