Valkyria Chronicles – 16
Despite Gregor’s failure at Fouzen, Maximilian isn’t too worried and is already preparing their next move. Selvaria sticks with him and, when they pass by the blue roses on the grounds of their base, she remembers how they met in a blue rose garden. Because he showed her where she belonged, she’s devoted her future to him. Meanwhile, over at the Gallia militia base, Largo notices Rosie’s frustration over Isara and how Alicia and Welkin are still distant. Welkin claims that he’s okay, but he still doesn’t know about Faldio’s confession, and Faldio doesn’t tell him when they see each other. Largo thus decides to take Welkin out to the hot tub set up on the premises, and he tells Welkin a story from the previous great war. Back then, he was a new recruit and had made a friend who introduced him to Eleanor Varrot. Largo subsequently fell in love with her, but before he could confess to her, he found out that his friend was also in love with her, and so he was conflicted about whether he should give up or not. That friend ended up dying though, and nothing more ever happened between Largo and Varrot. Largo doesn’t want anything like this to happen to Welkin.
Isara meanwhile goes out to do some shopping in town, and Lamar offers to drive her. The two spend most of the day together, and afterward, Isara reveals that she bought some stuff to help cheer Welkin up. Back at the base, Alicia spends her day thinking about Faldio and Welkin, and she ultimately decides to go talk to Welkin. Noting the strain in their relationship, Alicia wants to return to how they were before, and Welkin agrees, much to her relief because she had thought that he hated her. Welkin stumbles with his words and ends up just saying that she’s an important friend, but Alicia is content with this and wants to reconcile. What gets her frustrated is when Welkin mentions that Faldio will be relieved because she feels that this is just between her and Welkin. She reveals that Faldio confessed to her and that she’s unsure of what to do, and when Welkin can only say that Faldio is a good guy, Alicia just gets more frustrated. She can hardly believe that Welkin is okay with this just being her and Faldio’s problem, but since it appears that he is, she leaves him. Feeling down, Welkin returns to his room and is surprised and happy to find Isara setting up dinner for him.
What the hell was that?
Frustrating as it may be to watch, I’m okay with Welkin and Alicia having bumps in the development of their relationship, and I thought that using the theme song from the original game, Donna ni Tookutemo, for that scene was a nice touch – it’s like they were breaking up even though they were never officially together. But why the heck do they show Welkin returning to Isara and being happy with her? That screamed Isara/siscon route to me, and I’m positive that’s not the direction they’re going to be taking the story. It’s like they felt like they had to end the episode on a good note again, but there’s absolutely no need for that here. If anything, this just makes me think that Welkin won’t take immediate action to salvage his relationship with Alicia because he has Isara there to console him, which in turn means more frustrating episodes like this. They should have just ended with Alicia walking away and everyone looking sad.
At least the Largo and Selvaria stuff was interesting (and young Selvaria was super cute in this shot). I was also amused that, to show random English text, they appeared to have machine-translated and inserted text from a Devil May Cry game press release, particularly since Valkyria was a Sega game and DMC was a Capcom game. In any case, I just hope now that Welkin can grow some balls and confess to Alicia or something so that that part of the story can finally move forward. The preview doesn’t seem to indicate that that’ll happen, though it does look like there’ll be more Isara and Rosie developments.