English: Valvrave the Liberator
Apr 12, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
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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)
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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)
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
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 given how this anime isn't classed as such and actually appears to make an attempt at some more mature themes, but let us take a closer look at the story. And before you deem this review unhelpful based on the low score I've given the show, I might as well you right now that while I do in fact enjoy the anime, it is no discernable way good whatsoever outside of animation. Anyway, on with the review.
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 and 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 and what makes it even better is the fact 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 because neither the plot nor the characters will make much sense to you if any at all. The anime is just so much more enjoyable that way.
Story - 1
Art - 8
Sound - 5
Characters - 1
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 3
Well, if you have seen Sunrise you must be familiar to mechas and robots.
Let us discuss the positive point, shall we? Valvrave the Liberator did well in bringing the individual elements of action and mecha, they did well in the enjoyment of the series.
And then the negative point, many mecha series that did a successful job to bring a well-oriented plot . While Valvrave the Liberator did a different thing, they put more action to the plot and abandoned the complexity of the plot which created a lousy storytelling. The other points we must know is a typical story opening that makes Valvrave lack of originality. It really makes this anime into a replica of the Gundam franchise.
Well, we know Sunrise is a rich company. Therefore, it's not strange that Valvrave got the animation that needed to make this anime beautifully standing in top of the world. It have a detail and pretty animation. Talk about high budget show...
And the sound settings is another good thing in this show, the opening song "Preserved Rose" sung by Nana Mizuki and T.M Revolution really got the beat. The seiyuu did a fairly well job.
Okay, if you expect a deep character in this anime, it means you choose the wrong door. First, we have our typical male hero, Haruto. He is a type of a heroic character that surrounded by two girls and one man (sorry). There is minor development that discovered within him (poor hero...). To make matter worse, he is stupid when it comes to romance. Next is the infinity number of the supporting cast that makes the entire cast too flat and flaw.
The enjoyment of the series has just saved this anime from catastrophe, it is recommended for Mecha fans. If you look for deep character and a decent storytelling you come to the wrong place but if you interested in 24 minutes filled with action and a little fan service, give it a try. At least it's still enjoyable to watch....
I guess it's hard to distinguish between what's "good stupid" and "bad stupid". I don't think there's a formula I can pin down that explains why I find anime like Guilty Crown enduring in their blatant mindlessness, and why I find the subject of today's review: Valvrave the Liberator, just sort of stupid, boring and not worth watching. So let's use this opportunity to set up a test case shall we? Let's compare and contrast and hopefully at the end of it all, I can give a solid thesis on why this show is crap, but also why there's other anime much like it that you all need to watch right now. Somewhere along the way, we'll find the problem, so let's get started.
Hello people of "The Wired", my name is Quan, and I'm back from my rather long hiatus to bring you a new anime review. Today it's Valvrave the Liberator, a recent entry in the mecha genre that looks to ride on the coat-tails of the genre's bombastic youth, but ends being a large firework show that neither had a point or a payoff. Let's begin then.
Talking technical for a minute, I first need to mention that this is a review of exclusively the first season of Valvrave and I have neither the seen or plan to in the near future the franchise-concluding second season. As I said in my Railgun review, first seasons or spin-offs must stand on their own, and thus I can judge them as such. This first season aired in the year of 2013 and was 12 episodes long. Valvrave was brought to us by the lads over at Sunrise, mecha-nerds in their own right who have given us anime like Code Geass and many entries in the Gundam franchise. The director was Kou Matsuo, who hasn't done a lot, but directed Natsuyuki Rendezvous and did some work on Rozen Maiden. The script was handled in majority by Ichiro Okouchi, which is weird seeing that he's written some pretty good stuff: namely Code Geass. Hell, they even have structurally similar premises; many factions fighting for world control using giant robots, seen through the eyes of a protagonist that has been recently infected by a power that can give him the ability to turn the tides of war but he doesn't really understand and slowly eats away at his humanity. The major difference of course though between Code Geass and Valvrave is that one is crap and one is not. Guess which one is which.
It is the year 71 of the "True Calender". As it typically is in mecha shows, since humanity took to living in space since the development of a technology known as "Dyson Spheres"(basically floating climate bubbles in space), the world has been divided into two warring superpowers: The Dorssia Military Pact Federation and ARUS. In between these two factions is the Switzerland of this world: JIOR, a tiny neutral nation that favors neither side of the conflict. Our main character is a young man named Haruto, a typical member of a high-school in JIOR, who lives out his daily life in peace, in between hanging out with his friends and trying to muster the courage to ask his long-time crush Shoko how he feels. One day, when he takes Shoko out to a local shrine to finally confess his feeling towards her, and, in what is quite possibly the worst timing imaginable, Dorssia attacks JIOR out of the blue, with the intent of conjuring the tiny nation. In the chaos, Haruto discovers the Valvrave: a mysteriously powerful humanoid mecha that for some reason, the widely regarded peaceful government of JIOR was developing. After accepting the Valvrave's very ominous request to "forfeit his humanity" to be able to pilot it, Haruto uses the strangely powerful mecha to save his high-school. To escape the now conquered nation of JIOR, the students detach their Dyson Sphere from the burning nation of JIOR and float out into space, declaring themselves a new country... which I'm sure is the best possible idea that they could have come up with. This, for the most part, is where the plot begins, as now Haruto must use the Valvrave to defend the nation of high-school students against the repeated attacks of Dorssia, and attempt to retain his humanity as the effects of piloting the Valvrave are felt, namely slowly turning him into a freakin' vampire, acquired with the abilities to regenerate his wounds and take control of other people's bodies by biting them on the neck. Yeah, it doesn't really make any sense. And so, from there, stuff happens, more pilots for the other Valvraves are found, and you're left with a cliffhanger ending that raises more questions without answering any of your previous ones.
Okay, so maybe I've been unfair. I'm not saying that this is at all a bad premise, while it isn't exactly anything revolutionary with the basic mecha cliches all there on the checklist, you can still make a good show out of this. I already mentioned how the premise of Code Geass is basically cut from the same cloth as Valvrave, but what Code Geass has that Valvrave doesn't is interesting politics between factions, complex characters and clever tactics. "So," you might ask, "what then, does Valvrave have to offer?" Well that's part of the problem.
You could say entertainment, and I wouldn't stop you. Valvrave definitely has lots of actions sequences, bright lights and high-school shenanigans in spades, but the problem it fails to give anything else to really offer. The characters aren't particularly likable, and hell, even though Valvrave would pride itself on being crazy unpredictable fun, the pace of the show kind of becomes stale once you realize the same thing starts happening over and over again throughout episodes: Dorssians attack the country, Haruto defends them with help from the various characters, maybe a new-color-of-the-rainbow Valvrave is introduced, and then we get to do the same thing next episode. Without clever character moments or even good comedy in between these action sequences, it just becomes sort of boring. I'm pretty sure the anime itself realized it, and to compensate, it throws in ridiculous plot-twists nearly every episode in an effort to keep you entertained, no matter how juvenile or stupid these twists actually are. But this doesn't even work, probably because the show has no sense of narrative integrity, or in layman's terms, these twists wind down to little more than trolls so that the you will watch the next episode, and then the anime will jumps backwards, hands held up, and shout "Nope, just joking!" and then revert everything back to the status quot. I remember this particular occasion when a heavy weight was dropped directly before start of the final episode, and suddenly I was a little excited; my mind was racing about how this could change the dynamics between characters and further their development. But when I turned on the final episode this morning, I found that the first five minutes of it would be dedicated to complete undoing what had just occurred. And then it's just not brought up again for the entire episode, apparently forgotten by every single character involved. Like seriously, what the hell? And when something significant actually does happen, say a character dies, there's little reason to care, because when Valvrave isn't throwing giant robots fighting one another at you, or some ludicrous twist, it's just sort of... nothing. No development, or interesting character relations, just filler with stupid characters. Valvrave hasn't had an original thought in its life, nothing will intrigue you, nothing will make you think about to any length after the fact. I guess it could be entertaining at the best of times, but I stress at the best of times. You could do worse I suppose if you wanted to turn your brain off and watch some stupid, random anime on a Sunday afternoon, but hell, I got a list of shows right here that fill that prerequisite better. Okay, let me take a breath and... Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Nisekoi, Guilty Crown, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199, Black Lagoon, Jormungand, even Sword Art Online did this "dumb fun" thing better than Valvrave. And you have no idea how much it burns my tongue to give Sword Art Online a compliment.
The closest the anime comes to anything interesting is brought up when the genesis of the Valvraves are hinted at. I'm pretty sure this will be more closely explored in the second season, especially after all the bait the ending of this season left. Possibly the secrets that are unraveling about the Valvrave and the entire nature of the JIOR high-school can add some much needed spice to this universe, and if they turn out to be dramatic or clever or interesting, that might possibly make this season a little better in my eyes, at least for setting the groundwork. That, of course, it a lot of assumption. There is a lot of unanswered questions, and I wish I could trust season 2 to fill me in, but considering the show we're talking about.... I'm not even sure if I have enough emotional investment in these characters to care.
There's also this quite bizarre side story that takes place in the distant future, involving what I presume are a mother and child in a post-Dorssia/ARUS-war world, and it raises some interesting implications for what could take place in the future of the anime, but assuming it actually is what I suspect it is, it does little more than just unnecessarily spoil huge parts of the story, and by extension, the second season. There are only about two of these segments in the entire show, so unless it somehow brilliantly ties into events in the second season, I fail to see the point of them.
The characters don't exactly redeem anything either. Haruto, A.K.A our main character is as boring as they come. He is another one of those "insert-main-protagonists", by which I mean he has absolutely no defining features whatever. The anime wants you to get all involved with his struggle to retain humanity as he turns into a vampire-thing-whatever, but that struggle is highlighted so rarely that I don't even know if it's worthy of mention. It doesn't exactly come up in the terms of the plot, in fact, I think the biggest factor his transformation played in the role of the story was so he could have an excuse not to tell Shoko he liked her. And I think that's literally it. I can't bring myself to hate Haruto I suppose, but he's another one of those characters you could literally replace with any run-of-the-mill protagonist who was a "nice guy" and I'm relatively sure nothing would have changed whatsoever. So, I guess I don't really like him much either.
Shoko I think, is the one character I like in this entire anime. She's a bubbly piece of inspiration that helped to entertain me with her quirky antics when the show had run out of ideas of what to do in between robot battles, but unlike all the other characters, her quirkiness isn't her one singular trait. She can get serious when the situation calls for it, but still can remain stubbornly positive when things look dire. It's this optimism that lets her get along with everybody, and even form a friendship with Akira, an extremely anti-social hacker that lives in a hovel of cardboard boxes in the corner of the school, which ends up playing a huge part later on in the series, and was one of the only relationships which I felt was built up well. However, Shoko also has her flaws, typically trying to bear pain all by herself without showing it(sort of like Minori from Toradora), which eventually reaches a boiling point at the anime's climax. She's not a great character by any means, but comparing her to the rest of the cast, my positive viewpoint on her stands.
I'm surprised I haven't mentioned him yet, but L-Elf is the last main character you need to remember here. A fugitive of the Dorssia military who is forced to cooperate with Haruto after Haruto takes over his body and uses it to escape, L-Elf is forced to change his mission from changing the Dorssia empire from the inside and instead work with the Valvraves. L-Elf is the cold calculating type, he doesn't concern himself with relationships with the other characters or saving their lives, only what is the most efficient method to complete the mission. His reasons for working against Dorssia are kept very secretive, and by secretive I mean we only get one flashback that hints the reason might be rooted in his meeting with the princess of Dorssia when he was a child. I mean, I trust myself to fill in the blanks from there, but I'd still say L-Elf still has the most potential development out of the entire cast, though I can't say it won't be handled in a sloppy and half-asked way. The way he interacts with Haruto, who basically has completely opposite ideals than him could be interesting, but that dynamic wasn't explored in any detail in this season, nor do I really expect it to be explored in the second. So yes, just like the rest of the cast, he's boring in the end.
This anime actually has a fairly large cast, with various members of the student council and body, the Dorssia and ARUS military, as well as those in between, but it's actually really hard to say anything significant about any one of them. They are all one-dimensional; all the usual stereotypes populate this show, from the obsessive idol, the nerd, the NEET, the girl who dies so we can all feel sorry for her, the bad guys who are bad because they're bad, and all the blandness in between. It's quite remarkable really that such a huge cast can have no real variety or stand-outs, and I ended up not really caring about any of them. They're all just a really unlikable bunch of people, and that's probably one of the key reasons why Valvrave isn't able to stand on the same ground as the shows it's trying to emulate.
Done by Sunrise, the animation quality of Valvrave the Liberator isn't really something I can get all that excited about. There's no lovely backgrounds, or cool aesthetic choices, everything typical; so the animation is there and does its job. The only thing that's worthy of note is the character designs, which besides from being a little eccentric with hair-styles, sport these very unique eyes of varying shades of blue and green. It's not so much of a problem as just something I noticed. The many, many fight scenes are alright; they are at least somewhat exhilarating, and will keep you entertained while they last. However, and I think this sums up my whole experience with Valvrave's animation, looking back, while I never had a problem with the animation, unlike some other shows with typical animation, there was never one standout moment where I thought "wow", or "they really put a lot of effort into this scene". That's not good, not really.
Same for sound too. The OST for Valvrave was done Akira Senju, who like the writer, actually does have a couple of decent works under his belt. Most notably, he was responsible for the OST of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which while I haven't seen(and before anybody starts questioning my credibility I did see the original anime), I know for a fact it has some brilliant music, and the same can not be said for Valvrave. There's a couple orchestras and the such in there, and while it sounds okay for battle music, it's nothing you haven't before; and the rest of the OST mostly consists of those typical slice-of-life jingles you've heard in absolutely every other anime ever. But finally, here's something good to talk about. In stark contrast to the lackluster soundtrack, the OP and ED of the anime are actually quite superb. The OP "Preserved Roses" is probably one of better openings of last year, with exciting music(if basic visuals), and the ED "Bokujanai" is quite unique, pairing high paced Japanese rap with a catchy-as-hell chorus, and marries them together wonderfully.
So, I think we can label Valvrave a failure in the end, a failure to provide good characters, memorable scenes, or even to entertain. I asked a question in the beginning of this review, and that was, roughly "why does Valvrave fail at being dumb fun?" and why should you not watch Valvrave as opposed to an anime very much like it, or an anime whose sole purpose is to provide easy brain candy. Well, I think I've got an answer now, after looking at the lack-luster characters, the stupid plot-twists and all that other wonderful bullshit. For all its eccentricities, Valvrave is a show that's missing a lot of soul. When you watch a show that tries to achieve that same feeling that Valvrave attempts, I at least feel, it's a show born because the creators wanted the audience to have a little fun. Valvrave feels like it's engineered for the sole purpose of keeping the audience around long enough so they feel obligated to buy merchandise, and all the craziness that it contains: those stupid plot-twists and ludicrous situations, are born from that. And yes, you could argue that's the purpose of every anime that's ever existed, but still, you're not supposed to be so obvious about it. As I said in the beginning of the review, Valvrave is an empty fireworks show; an hollow mess that's devoid of passion, creativity and soul, that feels like its very blue-prints was built to pander to the biggest demographic possible. So, I guess what I'm trying to say in my very long-winded way, Valvrave is a bad anime. Not self-aware. Not "so-bad-it's-good". Not clever in any way. It's the inevitable result of putting together as many typical tropes of the mecha genre as possible, mashing them together, and hoping that it will be eaten up by the masses. So yes, just... plain... bad.
Final Verdict: 4/10
P.S: Not that I want her to be dead, but didn't she get hit by a missile? People typically don't survive that. 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
-main characters don't fight just for their own interests
-valvrave has vampires and is mainly in space while code geass is just on earth
-in valvrave the mc and the strategist aren't one person.
plot wise its pretty much the same... even the mecha aspect... the characters are nicely done and if you like tactical battles you'd like this anime. give it a shot!
Both are mecha anime.
and in both anime the main character gets strange power and try to bring peace by using it..
Shiny colorful mecha fighting an initially much stronger enemy. Starting out with some occasionally even absurd bits, but after a while the darker secrets start to raise their heads.
Both Mecha so they both have an interesting plot but not that great. Both have intense fighting scenes. Both have a corny love story.
a sentai team made of special high school students who pilot mechas to fight against an enemy in which survival depends on their defeat; also the main characters both have berserk triggers that are caused by their mechas
both of these are deal with amazing mecha fights, and both of them talked about the children who selected to ride the amazing robots... you'll love it after watching it
Politics, teamwork, domination, and morale, all this where two nations are in a space war zone, for political reasons, or based on their objectives. The story follows several high school students who are caught up in a situation where the other nation wants to dominate and take over their planet. The high school students then counterattack the hostile nation, with their special unique powers and protecting their friends and the planet. Militarism is the central plot theme in here with the use of Mecha as their fighting combatants.
Majestic Prince, is more of a space battle plot, lighthearted, and fighting these aliens. Valvrave is a much darker tone, fighting humans vs humans, a school/space battle plot, and uses Valvraves to fight back.
The plot and mecha are very similar. They are both very similar animes and watching one would remind you of the other. Valvrave as a series is 9.5/10 whilst Majestic Prince would be an 8.5/10. Valvrave is much deeper and more OP whilst Majestic Prince is more childish relating to Captain Earth. IF you are a mecha fan, these two series are a must watch
Our main characters from both series were living a normal life until a fateful encounter changes their lives forever. Haruto Tokishima must pilot a mecha called Valvrave to save his friends. Aoba Watase must pilot a mecha to save a distant future. Both characters will meet their polar opposite counterparts—L-Elf from Valvrave and Dio from Buddy Complex. I will even add that Saki and Hina are very similar yet different. Both series share the same company (Sunrise) and character design. They even share the same personality to some extent. If you miss Valvrave and need another series to fill the void, I recommend Buddy Complex.
Same studio (Sunrise)
Both feature two nations with high spec mech embroiled in a war against each other with one side featuring top secret military designs.
Gives a very similar feel when watching. Both anime have two seasons(or will have) and is of the meccha theme.
Both anime is equipped with two male protagonist with some possible fan service for girls (depends on your interpretation). Both would like to express large themes and fails.
Character design is also very similar, with a hot blooded male protagonist 1 and a silent/intelligent soldier male protagonist 2
Tokishima Haruto = Watase Aoba
L Elf = Dio
Both have 2 main nations at war
Both have main protagonist pulled out of school life and put in war
At all,this works are very similar,because have a plot with battle mechas and full of mistery around the main characters; the trace lines are it's almost the same,and the reason is because the both have the same studio, Sunrise,but a like more Valvrave as came before and i think it's a better worth worked; the principal characters are so close to be indenticals, Dio is resembling L-Elf,as Aoba like Haruto; the sound tracks are so near to be identicals too;The only diference is the central theme,since Valvrave is turn around about aliens and Buddy Complex is about a travel in the time through;In the end, as much Buddy Complex and Kakumeiki Valvrave are too very good animes to watching and join it.
#1 Both are mecha, action & space genred anime.
#2 Both have extremely similar male main characters, both appearance and backgrounds.
#3 Both have a female main character with similar appearance.
#4 Both have resembling uniforms.
#5 Both series share the same producer Sunrise.
#6 Both share a similar character design.
#7 Both have a sequel and summary.
These two anime bring together mecha, space opera and domestic highschool life.
Haruto and Inaho are both similar characters, average students with many friends that have been pulled into conflict.
In Valvrave the Liberator, the students are not aware of the Valvraves under their school and take up the duty of defending themselves by learning how to pilot the Valvraves. In ALDNOAH.ZERo, although students learn to pilot as part of their curriculum, it only when their city is being destroyed that they voluntarily take up the duty to defend themselves using the mecha they train with at school.
Both series involve Princesses and other royalty, Slaine and Asseylum are close friends just as L-Elf and Lieselotte are.
Both anime are mecha wars in witch most of MCs are from highscholl, both anime are showing perspective of both sides, in both anime one side has far stronger military power, both Anime are happening in a far future, both anime concentrate a lot on military tactics in battles, both anime have drama in it too, they give you a very similar feelings while watching them and they have many other smaller similarities.
The genres are similar with school and mecha. The characters are also really alike, with the protagonist 'saving the day' with his grey haired enemy.
Pretty similar, but the students in Aldnoah are trained for the mech fights while in Valvrave, it was pretty unexpected. The princess in Valvrave does not have a main role and she is only in a few of the episodes. Plus, there is some vampire stuff in Valvrave, but Martian stuff in Aldnoah.
The two main character personalities are flipped, but they have the same roles
Both have a love interest in the princess and betrayed their side (the antagonist side): L-Elf--> Slaine
Both are pretty normal main characters (not counting Haruto's situation) who have a talent with piloting the mechs: Haruto --> Inaho
Pretty emotionless and very smart and strategic: L-Elf--> Inaho
Show quite a bit more emotions, not quite as cunning, but determined main heroes: Haruto --> Slaine
Both Mecha shows about an Outer Space Empire/Federation trying to take over parts of the Earth. (JIOR as in Kakumeiki Valvrave, a neutral and republic state based in space.)
Both the antagonists, L-Elf Karlstein(Kakumeiki Valvrave) and Slaine Troyard(Aldnoah.Zero) share some similar resemblances. Both are smart, elegant and cool-headed.
The only dissimilarity in both is that the protagonist and antagonist from Kakumeiki Valvrave get along as buddies as the show progresses, which is the opposite in Aldnoah.Zero.
P.S. Please take note that this recommendation is valid to the 2nd seasons of Kakumeiki Valvrave and Aldnoah.Zero respectively as well.
These are both mecha and there are some space battles in both shows. Mechas in both shows have some kind of supernatural looking tech.
Both of these shows end first season on cliffhanger. They show promise that's mostly wasted and ruined by bad writing.
There is clever/powerful character in both shows, although Valvrave's character acts like human at some points while A.Z's is more like emotionless overpowered husk.
The reason why I think both serie are very similare is because how the character/plot developed during it's run time. In a way I can stay they're pretty much the same thing just with different characters. Also the MC in both serie starts off as a weak character but later on receive some sort of super power that allows them to save the day, also the female character are also very similar in both show. On top of that there're Mecha in both show as well.
Both are Mecha, Super Power, Sci-fi, Romance shows. The story is something like this. The male lead is weak in terms of power in the beginning, but very soon receives a mysterious power that allows them to fight for their beliefs and make an impact in the results. The way the story progresses and ends also bear semblance.
Well, these are nothing to be surprised about. After all, the same person wrote the story for Kakumeiki Valvrave and Guilty Crown (also the writer for Code Geass).
They are similar how a person with no military experience, and more or a less a pacifist, ends up leading an entire organization against a major group or entity. They both come into power by accidentally finding something they weren't supposed to. Here it's a robot, and in Guilty Crown its a genetic sample. Both have to deal with teh lost of loved ones and the quarreling within their own ranks, without really understanding the power they have.
Ouma Shu = Tokishima Haruto
Tsutsugami Gai = L Elf
Yuzuriha Inori = Pino
Both about how some noob gets special ability
Similar Mecha designs
Both high budget
Gai guides Shu because he dreams of the void genome's power
L Elf guides Haruto because he wants the Valvrave's power
Their genre is completely the same. As a school faces terrible problems, the main character will rise to protect it and the people who are important to him. It also pulls in that supernatural powers that the protagonist will gain, but will also struggle to control it.
Anybody who enjoys A slice of life and some Sci-fi mixed in it should definitely watch one of them - or rather both!
Main characters in these shows are kinda similar. They both have mechas although Valvrave is much more focused on them where they don't play huge role in GC.
Both shows start with interesting premise, although they end up mostly wasted.
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.
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