Valkyria Chronicles – 15
After what happened in Fouzen, everyone in Squad 7 is feeling down, and given the toll on the other forces of the militia, Varrot decides that they should hold a party. In talking about the situation, Welkin mentions that he’s worried about everyone, and Faldio admits that he has someone to heal his heart in painful times: Alicia. He questions if Welkin is okay with this, causing Welkin to reassert that he and Alicia are just superior officer and subordinate. Welkin then goes to tell Squad 7 about the party and how they need to put on a performance. Everyone thinks Rosie’s singing would be perfect, but she refuses to sing in front of a Darcsen. After Rosie walks off, Alicia wants to give chase, but Welkin decides that he and he alone will go try to change her mind, causing Alicia to think that Welkin is acting strange. Unfortunately, Welkin is unable to convince Rosie and doesn’t want to order her to sing. Isara meanwhile thinks about what Rosie said and decides to confront her about it. She wants Rosie to see her as not a Darcsen but as herself, however Rosie doesn’t want to talk, so Isara accuses her of running away.
This gets Rosie angry, so she tells Isara about her past. Back when she was young, the Empire was hunting Darcsens, and her parents reluctantly gave refuge to a trio of armed Darcsens. When a soldier came to investigate, the Darcsens panicked and slaughtered everyone, and Rosie survived only thanks too her mother. She now admits that she knows that Isara isn’t at fault, but her heart refuses to listen. All of this shocks Isara, and because she wants Rosie to sing for everyone, she offers to not go to the party. When Welkin finds out, he initially refuses to accept Isara’s non-participation, but she convinces him to let her do this. Alicia isn’t happy about it because it’s not like Welkin to give up, and she goes on to question why he doesn’t rely on her in times like these since she’s his aide. Welkin just insists that it’s his decision, causing Alicia to become angry, and she finds and complains to Faldio. After finding Isara by herself and talking to her, Faldio drags her to the party, and Rosie sees the two of them as she’s about to go on stage. Faldio emphasizes that everyone has been ordered to attend, so Rosie raises no objections and proceeds, though she does tell Isara that tonight is special and that she’s singing for everyone.
Afterward, Alicia finds Faldio backstage and thanks him. When she gets up to go though, he stops her and confesses his feelings for her.
The Rosie parts of this episode seemed rather trivial to me. I mean, it was nice to finally see her past, and I can understand that she was traumatized and has deep emotional wounds, but it seems wasteful for them to focus an entire episode on her raising such a fuss about something as minor as singing in front of someone like Isara who she should be fine with by now. They could have just inserted Rosie’s past into the Fouzen story and it would have worked out all the same since she still hasn’t gotten over her prejudice by the end of this episode.
Having said all that, Rosie’s story did serve as a decent way to show more of Welkin’s impotency and Faldio’s ability to step up and get things done, and it culminated/cliffhangered nicely with Faldio’s confession to Alicia. I’d love for them to surprise me and have Alicia actually reciprocate Faldio’s feelings (especially since Faldio has been a lot stronger as a male lead than Welkin), but I suspect that she’ll instead delay answering him and ultimately reject him once Welkin finally gets his balls back. This might take a while though as it appears that the director and writers are spreading out the love triangle stuff over all the side-character arcs, with next week being apparently about Largo and Varrot and their history together.