Valkyria Chronicles – 04
Gallia recapturing the Vasel Bridge has gotten the attention of the Empire, and Maximilian’s plans to counter it involve General Gregor and a key supply line in Kloden. On the Gallia side, General Damon of the regular army plans to capture Kloden and the supply base there, but he doesn’t want Welkin and Squad 7′s help. Alicia and the others aren’t happy about this, but Welkin doesn’t mind and has them clean and do laundry in the meantime. During this, Alicia becomes better acquainted with Faldio after catching him with his shirt off and after he finds a pair of her underwear. Alicia is frustrated with Welkin, so Faldio tells her that Welkin is someone who’ll get things done when they need to be and that she should trust him. Word soon reaches them that Damon’s forces were annihilated, though Damon himself managed to flee and survive. In light of this, Squad 7 is being sent to Kloden after all, and Faldio decides to have Squad 1 help.
This episode was a bit of a wash for me. There’s some character development all across the board, but seeing Squad 7 clean and do laundry just isn’t all that interesting. Watching Damon be arrogant and then run away from the battlefield when things get tough isn’t all that great of a consolation either – I hate characters like him. Alicia ended up being the most entertaining again, and in the context of the series, what happened this episode just didn’t seem all that important.
I do want to comment though on a couple of the newly introduced characters, or more specifically, on their voice actors. Maximilian, as expected, sounded a lot like Lelouch from Geass with all the strategic maneuvering, but it was actually Jaeger’s voice actor Ootsuka Akio that caught my attention because he approaches the role in the exact same laid-back voice he uses for Kyouraku in Bleach. That made me think that he’s not really such a bad guy and could actually help our heroes in the near future. Plus, he looks like he’s at odds with Gregor in the preview, and if this episode showed anything, it’s that Gregor is a hardass. In any case, I’m hoping next week’s episode is better than this week’s, and the preview looked promising.