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: 7.371 (scored by 40285 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)
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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)
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Valvrave the Liberator revolves around our main character: Haruto, a socially awkward, withdrawn teenager who attends high school in a colony in space.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
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
Update: Corrected some spelling/grammar issues, and changed some things based off of the most recent episode.
So if you have read the other reviews so far, they're not far off besides the lets gang up and hate on Sunrise reviews.
Valvrave the Liberator is exactly what people say it is: A mecha about space Nazi's attacking peace loving Japanese vampires who are now forced to fight for their peace, with a money loving space America who wants to be heroes and defeat the Nazi's through exploiting the peace loving Japanese people.
So this anime has some major story issues, and they Xeroxed the characters out of many other anime genres, it doesn't necessarily need to be dismissed as a terrible anime. If you can watch it and enjoy it, to me that is a good anime. Not a work of art like Rahxephon, Eureka Seven, or others, but a good just something to watch anime.
Out of all of the anime I am watching this season, this is one of the ones I am enjoying the most. Valvrave is like an abomination of things that should not have been mixed together, much like Hellsing was, but this mix is actually making a decent product to watch. Its funny, slightly mind numbing, and so far, it hasn't made you want to go and cry in a corner rethinking your life (I'm talking to you Evangellion).
Plot & Characters 5
Your peace loving Japanese people are forced into battle with sudo Space Nazis/Stalin Communists (Dorsia is a mix honestly), all the while the Space 'Murican's are trying to exploit their plight for their own gain.
It’s completely built on cliché’s but its actually something that isn't copied from just one thing, and that is what makes it different. It’s not like Majestic Prince where that is just a rinse and repeat mecha anime. And honestly I can’t wait to see where they take the plot for this anime.
Character wise, you have your:
Crybaby questioning life lead male character: Tokishima
Princess starlet that wants to be famous through anymeans: Rukino
Strong fearless female leader: Sashinami
Bad a#$ motherf!@#!@ that was exiled from his home land and is also an oracle?: L-Elf
Dirty American Politicians
1 Evil Space Dictator
A gaggle of School Kids
Oppressed Japanese people
And a bunch of Nazi's
The characters in this anime share similarities to meatloaf. A bunch of clichéd character traits were mixed together and molded together and made into a character, much like the many meats in a good meatloaf.
Art and Sound: 7
Its a sunrise anime. A decent amount of production has gone into this, however since It hasn't been licensed to Funimation yet I don't have a way to see the visuals in HD. Looks alright on SD. >_>
Entertainment Value: 10
This was something that should not have been made, but was made, and actually is fun to watch. Nothing more. Just waste some time and watch it already. You’ll be surprised at what you get.
I'm sure everyone has heard the term 'so bad, it's good'. There is something inexplicably enticing about the amusingly bad, as the cult success of cinematic embarrassments such as 'The Room" and "Troll 2" will substantiate. This applies just as much to anime as it does to movies, take this piece of space mecha action sci-fi junk, for example.Valvrave the Liberator is the latest from the once great studio Sunrise; an amalgam of the studio's worst tendencies and deteriorating quality. It's a show that is so wildly unfocused and possessing plot twists so ridiculous that it transcends being merely bad; it's entertainingly awful.
On the surface, Valvrave is blatantly generic. It has a well intentioned but soft-headed and somewhat wimpy boy as its protagonist, whom in a moment of desperation gets super-powers (this time vampire powers) and a giant robot, which gives him the power to defend himself and what he holds precious. He then finds himself in the middle of a galactic power struggle; at odds with a militaristic menace. Original, right!? Well, to layer on the cliches, the story involves a high school and revolution of the youth, things series composer Ichiro Okouchi can't seem to pull himself away from; having already used them in two of his major works, Code Geass and Guilty Crown. That's not the end of it, as the show is rife with overused tropes: the clueless love interest, the jealous secondary love interest who is a pop idol, the angst the hero has over his inhuman powers, and so on.
Of course, it isn't this saturation of stock plot elements that makes this show memorably bad, if anything they would make it forgettable. No, it's all in the writing and execution. The show loves to be extravagant and dramatic though its material is often too thin or silly to give any weight, and sometimes just downright misleading. For example, when Haruto's (our milquetoast hero) crush Shoko seemingly dies in the first episode, the show ramps up the drama so much it almost seems certain that she's dead. But of course, all this drama is ultimately wasted because (and I'm sorry for spoiling anyone who hasn't watched past the first episode) she is in fact alive, with nary a scratch. That's right, the blast not 10 feet away from her that blew a crater into the earth didn't kill her, it just buried her and the car she was running to under some rubble. This is just the first of the many poorly conceived plot twists in Valvrave. Haruto comes close to confessing his feelings to Shoko, but stops midway because he is "no longer human", a contrivance clearly put there to make room for some love-triangle dramatics. One of the characters is apparently such a strong strategist that he can predict events as if he is clairvoyant; a rather laughable attempt to make him look like a genius. Not to mention the contrived rape scene late in the season, and the marriage proposal it leads to. The plot has almost no focus and barrages twist after twist, with little thought of how these twists flow together or if they even make sense. The show plays all these plot twists straight, making them inadvertently hilarious. It doesn't help that the actual comedic moments in the show are not particularly funny.
Valvrave has a humongous cast of named characters, and absolutely no idea how to use them. Most of the characters just wonder around living their normal high school lives, and occasionally converge to make a collective decision. Majority of these characters are stereotypes in terms of personality and contribute very little to the plot, and yet the show inexplicably follows them around and gives them a decent amount of screen time. The main cast is also lax in characterization and fit into retreaded archetypes. Haruto is the average male lead seen over and over again in anime. Shoko is the genki girl with a good heart, and Haruto's childhood friend/love-interest. Saki is the stuck-up and guarded pop idol, who also harbors feelings for Haruto. L-elf is the unbelievable military genius, who serves as Haruto's rival and/or ally. Pretty much all the characters can be summed up in a sentence or two. The major factions are barely defined outside of their initial descriptions: Dorssia are the militarists, ARUS are greedy capitalists, JOIR are neutralists. Despite the initial promise of some political play, there is virtually none. There is only silly high school drama pretending to be political. It's every bit the farce it sounds.
There is at least one thing Valvrave gets right, the eye-candy. In all respects, this is a very pretty show. The color schemes are vivid and colorful, as are the character designs and backgrounds. The character designs by D. Gray-man mangaka Katsura Hoshino are not exactly unconventional, but they are distinctive and attractive, especially their eyes. The mech designs are sleek yet fantastical, with striking features such as multicolored wings, wheel-blade weapons, and laser swords. They are some of the coolest mech designs anime has recently produced; even the bulky Dorssian mechs look pretty awesome. The space battles and various other action set-pieces are exciting and feature good cinematography; there is a lot going on, but it never gets cluttered to the point of being indecipherable. There are some short-cuts and quality drops, but they are taken in the right places. The soundtrack is also very good, though not outstanding or out of the norm for the genre. The action tracks are the high point of the music, but conversely there are a few obnoxious insert songs. In all honestly, it is well directed on purely technical merits; which makes the poor direction in all other aspects a little less noticeable.
In truth, Valvrave the Liberator can't really be put on the same level as things like "The Room" and "Trolls 2" because it actually succeeds on a technical level, which is more than can be said for those two movies. Plus, it has better voice acting than the acting in those movies as well. Not for lack of trying, though, because the writing in Vlavrave is bad enough to rival those atrocities. It's not just bad, it is comically bad. If not for the strong technical merits and voice acting, Valvrave could have very well reached that next level of badness. While the loose plot threads can be remedied by the upcoming squeal, the question arises: with this season being so bad, what chance does season 2 have? Well, chances are it will be just as much of a trainwreck. Am I wrong for kind of looking forward to it?
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
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.
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.
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