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Valkyria Chronicles – 14

OP2 Sequence

Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   01 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   02 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   03
Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   04 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   05 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   06
Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   07 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   08 Valkyria Chronicles   OP2   09

OP2: 「カナシミレンサ」 (Kanashimi Rensa) by MARIA
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Valkyria Chronicles   14   01 Valkyria Chronicles   14   02 Valkyria Chronicles   14   03
Valkyria Chronicles   14   04 Valkyria Chronicles   14   05 Valkyria Chronicles   14   06
Valkyria Chronicles   14   07 Valkyria Chronicles   14   08 Valkyria Chronicles   14   09
Valkyria Chronicles   14   10 Valkyria Chronicles   14   11 Valkyria Chronicles   14   12
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Valkyria Chronicles   14   16 Valkyria Chronicles   14   17 Valkyria Chronicles   14   18
Valkyria Chronicles   14   19 Valkyria Chronicles   14   20 Valkyria Chronicles   14   21
Valkyria Chronicles   14   22 Valkyria Chronicles   14   23 Valkyria Chronicles   14   24
Valkyria Chronicles   14   25 Valkyria Chronicles   14   26 Valkyria Chronicles   14   27
Valkyria Chronicles   14   28 Valkyria Chronicles   14   29 Valkyria Chronicles   14   30
Valkyria Chronicles   14   31 Valkyria Chronicles   14   32 Valkyria Chronicles   14   33
Valkyria Chronicles   14   34 Valkyria Chronicles   14   35 Valkyria Chronicles   14   36

Summary:

At roughly the same time, Welkin’s group and Zaka’s group launch their attacks on their respective targets. Zaka’s group is liberating the concentration camp, but Zaka himself initially has trouble communicating with Rosie using hand signals. Regardless, they are able to kill the guards and free everyone. Rosie finds the conditions the Darcsen had to live under atrocious, and Zaka uses it to emphasize to her how much his people suffered. Their group then moves on to their next target, the train tracks, and they lay some explosives. Welkin’s group meanwhile attracts the attention of the Imperials, so Gregor sends out the tanks. Unbeknownst to the Imperials, Isara and Lamar have stolen one of the tanks, and they use it to destroy the others tanks threatening Welkin’s group. With this helping them, Welkin has his men move forward, but what they don’t realize until almost too late is that there’s a survivor of one of the destroyed tanks. That soldier targets Alicia, and Faldio tackles her out of harm’s way just in time to save her. Despite shooting the enemy soldier afterward, Welkin can only watch in silence as Faldio helps up an embarrassed Alicia.

When Gregor finds out that Squad 7 is behind this attack, he orders the Equus out. The train soon falls into the trap set by Zaka and Rosie, but the explosives don’t completely destroy it. Since the main cannon is still operational, Gregor decides on a little gambit: he addresses Squad 7 directly using the train’s speakers and orders them to withdraw. If they don’t, then he’ll fire the cannon towards the escaping Darcsen people. Welkin is conflicted about what to do, and his inability to make a decision prompts Faldio to take control and order an attack. Gregor responds by firing the cannon as promised, and it wipes out many of the Darcsen. Rosie is so pissed off that she charges at the train, and Zaka has to save her before she gets killed. Fortunately for the two of them, the train’s smaller guns don’t get to shoot a second time at them because the turret gets destroyed by a tank shell from Isara and Lamar. Their stolen tank then fires another shot, and this leads to the destruction of the train. In his final moments, Gregor yells for Squad 7 not to forget that it was they who sacrificed innocent people. With the battle now over, Rosie grieves for all the dead and remembers what happened to her own parents.

ED2 Sequence

Valkyria Chronicles   ED2   01 Valkyria Chronicles   ED2   02 Valkyria Chronicles   ED2   03

ED2: 「ひとつの願い」 (Hitotsu no Negai) by 井上ひかり (Inoue Hikari)
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Well I’ve already commented on the spoilers in the OP, but I will say that it’s at least entirely action-oriented, which might bode well for the rest of the series. What doesn’t bode well is that it also shows overpowered Selvaria vs. (I assume) overpowered Alicia, and that makes me think we’re headed towards battles of Gundam-esque proportions. As for the music, both the new songs are decent, but not great, and I still like Asu he no Kizuna better than the new OP. The new ED at least is a slow song this time around and is more fitting for whatever sad ends we see (like the one this episode).

Preview

Valkyria Chronicles   14   Preview 01 Valkyria Chronicles   14   Preview 02 Valkyria Chronicles   14   Preview 03

Despite my unhappiness with what’s shown in the new opening sequence, I still enjoyed this episode quite a bit. Like past weeks, the emphasis continues to be on the brutality of war and of the Empire, and that clearly had an effect on Rosie since she appears to have mostly gotten over her hatred for the Darcsen (though the preview seems to indicate that there’ll be more on that next week). Speaking of which, I noticed that before Gregor could be killed off, they had to make him a little extra evil by having him make a threat to kill all those people and then go through with it. It makes me wonder what they’re going to do if/when Jaeger or Maximilian or Selvaria has to die since those three have been portrayed as much more sympathetic characters than Gregor and villains in other series. I guess they could make them more evil like they did with Gregor, or they could give their deaths a more tragic spin.

The other thing that was interesting about this episode was how they portrayed Welkin to be powerless, first when he couldn’t do anything after Faldio saved Alicia and then when it was decision time for Gregor’s ultimatum. He’s usually a pretty strong male lead, so I’m not used to seeing him like this, but maybe it’s due to the castrating effects of Faldio’s declaration from a couple of episodes ago. If that is the case, then Welkin probably won’t get back to normal until something progresses in his relationship with Alicia. As a side note, I was amused that one of the people who came out of this episode looking cool was Lamar since he and Isara basically saved everyone. Maybe there’s hope for him yet. The preview seems to dash that hope though since it shows him getting angry/flustered with Isara again. Regardless, next episode looks to be a more fun and lighthearted than these past few weeks have been.

July 5, 2009 at 2:22 am
39 comments »
  • July 5, 2009 at 2:33 amSzymek

    I don’t think they spoiled much with the new OP. The series is getting more interesting :-).

  • July 5, 2009 at 2:44 amRickyMack

    i wonder if they’re going to get to show the stuff about Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:05 amPanther

    Needs moar Selvaria and other girls than Alicia, dammit.

    At least action episodes are good in the series, and comedic ones too, so this and the next episode looks to be good.

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:35 amX-Rick

    Sorry, but what about “the plane”?
    And who’s gonna die?!

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:53 amLayla-san

    hahaha…. poor welkin. he needs to make a move on alicia. he’s too much of a dork. well, let’s just see what happens in the next episodes.

    still cant get over the WxA in the last scene of the op. so sweet! :3

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:56 amsoupy

    erm…. SPOILER MUCH?!

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:58 amrazgriz

    I knew it from the start. Makes you think what Alicia has to do with the Valkyria. Just want to confirm my speculations.

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:38 ambaka~

    i was really shocked to learn that gregor died then i noticed that it as ep 14 already… with the remaining eps, i’ll be expecting a lot more deaths though it would surely suck if no major good side character dies.

    i guess welkin is the kind of leader that makes good decisions as long as there is a bond of trust between his comrades. thinking back on previous episodes, his trust to his comrades enabled him to perform well like in episodes 5 and 12 but when the bond of trust crumbled, he mixes his military work with his personal one making him seriously f*ck up. despite his brilliance, he is quite naive when it comes to sacrifice

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:46 amshadowty

    so basically faldio is responsible for the death of dozens of civilians. great commanding there man.

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:43 amSeedStriker

    While the new op shows more action and the animation is top notch (kudos for Yasuomi Umetsu), Omni is right in that Asu e no Kizuna is a better song. At least the ed is more fitting for a series like this.

    The events of the Darcsen Concentration Camp are simmilar in the game, but had an even stronger impact as Isara, Zaka and Rosie start searching for survivors among the rubble. Here, the center of all has been Rosie and her (now diminishing) hated over the Darcsens, an issue that she’ll come to terms in a heartwrenching moment later.

    And while Welkin hesitated to make the decision to sacrifice civilians, that’s somewhat normal in a situation like that, specially with people like him. I wonder if he was the overall mission commander, because if that’s so, Faldio will have to pay the price for overstepping his authority.

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:04 pmsushibot12

    Man, that opening totally spoiled it!! We aren’t supposed to even find out until quite a few chapters after the “Train Incident” at the Darcsen Camp. And from the looks of the preview they changed one aspect of the story considerably. I really wonder if i should be happy, or sad at that change. Kudos though, on showing Rosie’s past, always wondered what that was like, that is one aspect i like about the Anime that i like.

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:34 pmHei

    I need moar Alicia :[

  • July 5, 2009 at 2:24 pmTJ

    The Imperial soldiers actually managed to hit something with their small arms. That must have been the first time that happened.

  • July 5, 2009 at 3:07 pmAnon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8X6HRrUVlg&fmt=22

    Game OP is superior, everything about the game is superior. I’m surprised the animation studio didn’t give away every other surprise in the OPs/EDs.

    Do yourselves a favor, play the game and enjoy the real Valkyria Chronicles experience.

  • July 5, 2009 at 3:49 pmLink_Soul

    ALicia X Welkin!

    If anything else other than that comes up…..i dont want it!

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:02 pmRyan

    *sigh* I haven’t been able to keep up on my anime lately, looks like gonna have to catch up on this series. That new OP just sparked my interests.

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:14 pmewok

    quote:
    so basically faldio is responsible for the death of dozens of civilians. great commanding there man.
    end quote
    sorry, but he saved all the soldiers in the main army under fire from the train. no easy decisions in the war…
    as for Gregor,may he burn in hell!!!
    Next on the line in the triumvirate – a rather misleading name since Selvaria is a woman – is Selvaria or Jaeger? I suppose Selvaria is stronger physically with all the Valkyria powers at al, but Jaeger seems more cunning tactician.

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:53 pmWholegrain

    Looks like the series is turning into raw power. Alicia turning valkyrie is expected, but the scene from :41 – :45 makes me go uhhh for some reason.

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:53 pmWholegrain

    I meant the OP.

  • July 5, 2009 at 6:30 pmAmatsu

    no need for tanks and guns anymore, its time for the overpowered lances

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:28 pmKuroiyuki

    Faldio needs to die now…

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:35 pmAvenger

    If things decide to follow the games plot.. I’m not gonna be looking forward to the next few episodes Q,Q

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:16 pmroger

    You can never trust the openings too much. They tend to show stuff that won’t happen in the anime especially in the first season. Looks like Welkin was hit deeply when Faldio got that close to Alicia. From the looks of the preview for the next episode at the very end it seems like Alicia is going to knock some sense into Welkin again.

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:17 pmshadowty

    aside from destroying the train, one of the main objectives to the mission was the rescue of civilians which clearly was a failure.

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:20 pmroger

    Also it seems Faldio realized Welkin’s slump at a critical moment was because of him and he in turn took command and made a stupid decision sacreficing the innocent people.

  • July 6, 2009 at 2:00 amewok

    Given Gregor’s attitude, he would kill civilians anyway after Squads 7 retreat…
    Or at least rounded them up into camp again, for slow extinction.

  • July 6, 2009 at 2:54 amroger

    Gregor would of done that but there was a 50 50 chance if he was delayed which is most likely what Welkin would of done if he wasn’t in a slump. Remeber the bombs under the bridge. Welkin would of immediately realized all the bombs aren’t blown seeing the bridge and would of arranged for someone to trigger the bombs while he is delaying Greggor.

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:28 amLayla-san

    man… poor innocent darcsens were sacrificed. darn faldio.

    haha… welkin’s so jealous. he really needs to make a move.

  • July 6, 2009 at 10:06 ammagnumslinger

    Such a tragic end, full of emotion.

    Loved the Lamar + Isara combo.

  • July 6, 2009 at 11:19 amjho

    This series is really getting interesting.

  • July 6, 2009 at 1:40 pmFX102

    Once I discovered that Selvaria was on the Imperial side in the game, it wasn’t long till I started to suspect Alicia.

    However, I wonder how they plan to show the three big surprises for me:

    WARNING 3 EXTREME MEGA SPOILERS, ALL NON GAME COMPLETERS DO NOT CLICK

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  • July 6, 2009 at 7:20 pmPBJT

    spoiler op lol.

    And i agree with Panther. Needs more Selvaria<3

  • July 7, 2009 at 10:58 amfoamer

    oh damn i was so tempted i end up clicking FX102′s spoiler tab Dx …re:OP i don’t like the faces in it, they look very different O_o

  • July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pmPhantom

    I think this is a quite decent episode. Especially the tragedy of Darcsen and its effects on Rosie are wonderful!

    For the opening, well at least it had more Selvenia. I hope this is a good sign for episodes full of her as well. I love the confrontation between Alicia and Selvenia too so can’t wait to see them in the anime. Is there anyone who reads the manga of Valkyria Chronicles?

    I want to ask some people a question: Why is Faldio/Alicia/Welkin triangle so bad? I don’t want to sound like a feminist but I gotta say this: when it’s a triangle of girl/boy/girl it’s all good but when it’s a boy/girl/boy triangle, everybody seems to hate the other boy and the girl’s interactions with him. Well, I’m not into romance that much as well, I’m watching this for its unique atmosphere and characters such as Selvenia.

    For the Seiyuu of this serie, it’s like a dream for me. Marina Inoue, Fukuyama Jun, Ohtsuka Akio are three of my all-time favorites. Especially Marina Inoue, since she was the voice actor of Kasahara Iku from Toshokan Sensou as well <33.

    Btw, Omni, I sent you an e-mail with “Anime” as its subject. I always tell people before mailing them so that they would feel safe while opening them.

  • July 10, 2009 at 3:31 pmKal

    Well, for someone who has not played the game (I know, I’m missing out, but I can’t afford a PS3 just yet), that opening really spoiled it. When Alicia opened a door at that darcsen temple on one of the earlier episodes, it was kind of suspected, but now… Well, so much for ruining that surprise.

    I want the old opening back please. Much better song, and nicer overall.

  • July 12, 2009 at 12:13 ambobofet

    is valkyria chronicle one PC ? or only ps3? i saw a dubbed version of the gameplay vid fir ps3, but i hate dubs even though its just a game…

  • July 12, 2009 at 9:51 amgundamjehutykai

    Valkyria chronicles is PS3 only.

    And I didn’t really like how the anime portrayed Gregor. In the Game he was shown to be ruthless but honourable and not plain evil like in the anime.
    In fact, when Alicia and Welkin helped out the Imperial soldier on the mountains Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 29, 2009 at 10:41 amsilver_huskey

    @Anon

    If I could afford a $500+ PS3 (and a PS2 b/c one at that) I’d have bought this game in a heartbeat. For the moment I can’t justify such an expensive purchase for the only RPG on the system that really interests me. I’m sure others here have similar opinions. So for the time being the anime is a poor man’s (or in my case woman’s) substitute.

    So far I like this series, although it drags a little in places. This episode was one of the better ones so far, and I love the new OP sequence. I had a feeling Alicia had similar powers to Selvaria.


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