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Summary:

Based on the research that he’s done on the Valkyrur, Faldio remains concerned about Alicia but still hasn’t figured out what to do. Lamar meanwhile has a hard time adjusting to how Zaka has replaced Isara, but he feels better after talking to Faldio. Over on the side of the Empire, Maximilian reveals to Selvaria and Jaeger that he’s being stripped of the command authority, but he’s not letting that slow him down and is deploying his forces along with Selvaria armed with some special weapons. They and the Gallia military meet in battle on the Naggiar Plain, and while Faldio and Squad 1 see immediate action, Welkin and Squad 7 are kept at the main camp doing support tasks. Cordelia also visits the camp to rally the troops, and she happens to bring along her ceremonial Valkyrur lance and shield. Things look bad for the Gallia side when Maximilian’s massive Batomys tank rolls onto the battle front and starts shelling them, but Faldio notices that the tank’s radiators become exposed after every shot.

Faldio thus has his men concentrate their fire on that, and it successfully slows the Batomys down. Right as it looks like the tide is turning though, Maximilian unleashes Selvaria’s power, and she wipes out an entire line of tanks with one shot. When Faldio tries to organize a counterattack against her, Selvaria fires in a circular motion around her, killing everyone. Faldio is saved only because Lamar pushes him into a trench, but it is at the cost of Lamar’s own life. Faldio doesn’t regain consciousness until after Selvaria has left the battlefield and there’s a lull in the fighting, and he’s picked up by a search team. In shock over the loss, Faldio doesn’t speak to anyone back at camp until Alicia comes to check on him in his tent, and even then, he can only utter her name. Seeing her reminds him of Selvaria, and remembering also the Valkyrur lance and shield that Cordelia brought, Faldio realizes something. It leads to him pulling out his gun and shooting Alicia in the back as she’s walking away from him, and she crumbles onto the ground.

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Wow, that was quite a turn of events. If anyone was going to die, I thought it would have been Faldio, but instead they kill off everyone around him, including the often annoying Lamar (I guess there’s no point in keeping him around if Isara is already dead), and now Faldio seems like a shell of the man he was before. In one fell swoop, he’s has gone from being the guy who was a better protagonist than Welkin to being the guy who’s so unhinged that he shoots Alicia in the back.

At least, I thought he was unhinged at first and had shot Alicia out of new-found hatred towards the Valkyrur, but that didn’t make sense given how he thought of Cordelia’s Valkyria lance and shield and given how he apologized to Alicia before pulling the trigger. Maybe in some weird twisted way, he believes doing this will save lives, or maybe he knows something about her that we don’t. Either way, Alicia obviously isn’t dead yet since we haven’t seen her awaken her powers and since she’s probably the only one who can stand up against Selvaria’s overpowered abilities. It made for a great cliffhanger regardless, and I noticed that the preview doesn’t actually have any shots of her. It does show Faldio looking like he’s back to normal though, so I assume things work out.

August 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm
53 comments »
  • August 18, 2009 at 3:55 amJezreel

    Grandioso soy primero!!!!

    Nooo Faldio eres un Ca… pero es por el bien de Galia

    espero pronto por el fansub

  • August 18, 2009 at 3:55 amproto-omega

    not so much spoiler due to the OP but … Show Spoiler ▼

  • August 18, 2009 at 3:57 amKev

    Nice shot, Faldio.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:01 amsikvod00

    Whoa. Selvaria completely owned… o_O

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:07 amOmni

    proto-omega: It wouldn’t surprised me if that happened.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:14 amkagebutsu

    Wow… well that’s definitely not how it happened in the game. Quite an unexpected turn of events.

  • August 18, 2009 at 5:26 amaether

    Not sure if they’ll mention this, but if you want to know why Faldio shot her… Show Spoiler ▼

    I was surprised that they killed off Lamar though since I thought he would play a key role in the ending since the characters that should be in it were never introduced. Who knows how it will end now…

  • August 18, 2009 at 5:46 amewok

    Selvaria: Person of Mass Destruction.
    If I guess correctly Faldio is really trying to awake Alicia’s powers. Though that shot makes for a helluva explaining to Welkin…

  • August 18, 2009 at 5:55 ammutio

    Can they kill Faldio please – thx. Fucking fanatist..

  • August 18, 2009 at 6:52 amMeery

    Ban Faldio for TKing please.

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:04 amLayla-san

    whoa. alicia shot. i think we all know what’ll happen next right?

    i wonder how will welkin react to what faldio did?

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:12 amStarshade

    Maaan… I want Isara back….
    For some reason, even though I’m more than used to seeing people, kids and others alike, being killed, Isara’s death has struck me severely, to the point that I’m not able to think anything much other than it. And she was a minor major (…what?) character.

    There’s no way she’s coming back, is there?

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:15 amchad001

    …Wasn’t he supposed to snipe her in the game? And wow… Cornelia looks a lot better here….

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:22 amZero

    lol. Omg, that was hilarious! They didn’t have a mystery. It was always Faldio!?!?!!?

    Lame.

    I liked the part where he begs for forgiveness. He even keeps his composure in the Game, even when arrested.
    Poor Lamar though. He could’ve deserved a better death.

  • August 18, 2009 at 9:01 amMegas

    Ok, they made the shot much more personal than the game…but they already screwed the game over several times anyway so pff. Well Faldio did his duty & now since his whole team is gone his time can come too. Lamar’s death sucked horribly. Don’t they know how to kill off folks in this shit :P

  • August 18, 2009 at 9:20 amsarah

    a mon avi il a du le faire expret

  • August 18, 2009 at 9:45 amAnna

    poor Faldio…

  • August 18, 2009 at 10:01 amNeko

    It kind of sucks they made Faldio’s shooting of Alicia so blatantly obvious, it was handled so much better in the game with throwing in a mystery that Welkin had to solve progressively as you plaid, then the whole big shock of when you found out it was Faldio. Nothing like the sting of a close friend betraying your friendship.

    I also wouldn’t go so far as to say it was handled more “personal” then in the game. I’m sure Faldio was anguishing over the fact he shot Alicia in the game, you just never saw it… after all there may have been no romance between the two in the game but she was a friend and he definitely knew it was going to ruin his friendship with Welkin if / when he found out. Shooting some one in the back is also not “personal” either, if it had been face to face and seeing Alicia crumbing in front of him showing a face of confusion and betrayal in her face then you have “personal”.

  • August 18, 2009 at 10:26 amMegas

    @ Neko: I wasn’t talking about the context of the shot as being ‘personal’. In the game, Faldio sniped her from a few hundred yards away. He could only see the outcome through the scope. Doing it from 10 feet away is much more personal than a few hundred yards. I look at it through the connotation of him seeing her fall right in front of him – by his own hands – being more personal than the scope.

    Context & connotation are 2 different things. I like working with connotation more since it doesn’t give abstract phrases like that such concrete meanings. Its easier to think like that. I can understand your view on the word ‘personal’ by looking at the phrase ‘taking it personal’, but that was no way related to the way I used the word. That’s the minor in psych coming out; I need to push it back in now.

  • August 18, 2009 at 11:14 amNvenya

    In the game Faldio agonized over a hard moral decision, but in the anime he’s simply acting in an enraged state of mind. In the game he worked it, shooting Alicia, over and over in his head as was evidenced by his diary entries. It just feels sort of cheap. Faldio in the game was pretty awesome. A man who felt that hard choices and sacrifices had to be made in order to save the country that he loved.

    The others showed him he was wrong in the end, but that was the lesson to be learned.

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  • August 18, 2009 at 11:23 amNvenya

    Stinks I can’t edit. Also meant to mention that he felt that sacrificing one for the many was the right way to think and that power is what was needed in order to win.

  • August 18, 2009 at 11:39 amblind_dead_mcjones

    gee, being a recruitable from the game seems to mark you for death if your not in squad 7, first vyse, now nils, hermes, mica, wendy, alex, cezary, hebert, rosina and hannes, seems like an uneccesscary punch to the guts for those who’ve played the game, oh well, at least cezary is dead, no one likes that asshole anyways

  • August 18, 2009 at 12:07 pmMiko86

    I haven’t watched the episode yet, but I think I’m liking Faldio’s action here more than in the game. It just seems everyone in the game lacks emotion or something. In here you can see(I’m assuming) the events which forced Faldio to shoot Alicia (having his platoon killed, etc). Not to mention that Faldio also has romantic interest with Alicia. It did ruined the mystery in the game, at least we still have that one twist yet.

  • August 18, 2009 at 1:42 pmZero

    Yup, one last, good twist…

    And after that’s over, it just spirals to the nice ending.

    Even though that was also ruined. I liked the twist at the end.
    “Wait… she’s a Darcsen?”
    “Pwned, sucka.”

  • August 18, 2009 at 3:13 pmDragonite88

    I got a feelin that Alicia may go berserk and attach everyone and welkin is the one to save her. Then Alicia may forget everything and etc. And Faldio may run away and join the other side to fight against the general then he may die at the hands of welkin and etc, LOL

    it may jus hapin. But it did suprise me that she got shot.

  • August 18, 2009 at 3:32 pmssj4jw

    I knew that if they made Welkin unlikable, then the same would go for Faldio. It will be interesting how they will fit they rest in if it goes as planned. Most likely a several events will be skipped entirely.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:10 pmTama

    The whole time I was watching this episode, I kept telling myself they were gonna drag it out and not shoot her until next week or something. And as I was reaching the end, I was like “Aw man, I knew it! They’re not gonna do it.” All of a sudden Alicia walks into Faldio’s tent. Even then, I kept thinking they would at least do it like the game so I hadn’t expected it at all when he shot her.

    Faldio in the game seemed to do it for a more logical reason, not because he was coo-coo from having his squad wiped out.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:13 pmbosy

    poor Faldio T_T .they make me like him.

  • August 18, 2009 at 5:20 pmssj4jw

    I bet they killed off Lamar because they needed him to be with Isara. Some kind of “together after death” theme. I can totally see scene where Welkin remembering everyone who died and Isara and Lamar standing together. That will satisfy everybody who want them together.

  • August 18, 2009 at 5:54 pmewok

    I wish Lamar happy afterlife with Isara… they deserve better than scriptwriters done to them in this anime (lol). I dont understand why would Faldio train with sniper rifle in previous ep just to use in-the-face pistol? Anyway Megas is right, the closer the distance, the more personal is fight. (Thats the reason for carpet bombing of cities being possible)

  • August 18, 2009 at 6:09 pmVC

    The PS3 Slim was announced today & is $299 only. No excuse not to play the far superior Valkyria Chronicles game now.

  • August 18, 2009 at 8:54 pmgundamjehutykai

    oh god, character assasination right there… Faldio’s rewrite makes even less sense now! But I guess it beats being dragged through the mud like welkins character tho. I think…

    They should have kept Alicias shooter “secret” for a while. Faldio is supposed to be intimidated by Selvarias power but not so much as to be unhinged…

  • August 18, 2009 at 11:32 pmKiraYamatoFan

    @ssj4jw: If that’s the case, then Michiko Yokote (the screenwriter) missed the boat completely because something key was completely forgotten:

    spoiler>In the game, you had Leon and Kreis (Research, Development & Applied Sciences division) who took the job of piloting the Edelweiss and constructing what is to be Isara’s dream. These 2 guys were not really developed, but you could feel they were both fond of Isara enough to continue what she did because they were close to her.

    In the anime, the closest you had to both guys was made into one: Ramal/Lamar. I really expected him to take over what Leon (mechanic) and Kreis (tank driver) did because it’s important: the Edelweiss not being alone (piloted by the new guy + Zaka getting his Shamrock to make a 2-tank unit) and Isara’s dream which is supposed to be the thing which WILL save the lives of our protagonists at the end in a blazing finish. Now, it’s like I feel like Yokote messed up his last card to bring on the screen that important part.

    That’s why I’m disappointed and mad they killed Ramal when the writer should have given the task of carrying on Isara’s legacy to the next level. To tell you the truth, I am not optimistic about how they can create a final scene worthy of what we had in the game with all the symbolism behind it WITHOUT Ramal.

    About Faldio… that was pathetic of a scene and it really felt CHEAP to make him shoot Alicia with half of his mind completely lost. At least in the game, he took his time to make a crucial and logical decision before going for it; even he managed the sniping shot was nowhere near lethal although this was a very nasty wound (he missed her organs). Where is some of the rational aspect behind that as it was in the game? Nowhere around to be sure.

  • August 19, 2009 at 2:05 amroger

    I guess they wanted to put Faldio in a very desperate state. His entire squad is annialated including his his most trusted aide Lamar. If he didn’t awaken Alicia’s powers there was no way they will win.

  • August 19, 2009 at 2:29 amFreya

    Uhh in the sub I saw it says he knows Alicia is an Valkyria. ierno.

  • August 19, 2009 at 2:48 amFX102

    Well I have to hand it to the creators, they actually did a part of the storyline I thought was better than the game’s (just a small bit, not the whole battle).

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  • August 19, 2009 at 2:51 amFX102

    Damn spelling error, meant to say:

    “…the element of surprise of who it was and why was lost immediately…”

    Its all about shock and surprises, thats why Isara’s death I thought was so much better in the game as the sniper was never seen till after the shooting.

  • August 19, 2009 at 3:03 amAkiyama

    Man. What a rough episode. Starts off with the group thinking they have a chance, and then Selvaria ruins that mood in one fell swoop. She really owned in this episode.

    The ending was such a twist. Faldio spent practically the entire series being in love with her, and after she comes to offer him comfort as a friend, he shoots her? I’m guessing he has a really good reason for doing so. Maybe it’ll help with awakening her powers or something?

    I can only imagine how Welkin will take the news as well. Not only could he not protect his family in Isara, but now the girl he may have feelings for in Alicia? Jeez. I feel bad for Welkin as well.

    Speaking of their relationship of sorts, it was rather ambiguous to what it is. Sure they were much friendlier to each other in this episode and not so ‘business-like’, but is that as far as it stretches? I’m guessing there’s more that we haven’t seen. I hope we seem some more.

    Next episode seems to be more Selvaria kicking ass. People may not like this series as much as the game, but as I’ve never played the game, I’m actually enjoying this somewhat. Not my favorite of all time, but definitely enjoyable. Looking forward to the next episode.

  • August 19, 2009 at 3:05 amAkiyama

    Gah. Lack of editing powers stinks. Meant to also mention that the loss of Lamar was also very sad as well. It was nice to see him smile once more. At least he’s going to where Isara is. I feel bad for the entire squad. I was questioning why it was the focus of the pre-battle stuff, but now I guess I see why. Such a shame. =[

  • August 19, 2009 at 9:13 amSiege

    I haven’t played the game, but wow to think that they would kill off Faldio’s whole squad. I had a feeling this was going to happen after noticing little things that hint at it. Just when I was starting to like Lamar he had to die in the worse way. Well there goes the whole couple I was hoping to see happen.

  • August 19, 2009 at 9:34 ambrianleung8912

    the astmonphere is no way as heavy as it was when isara died, despite his whole squad got wiped… guess they dont mean much XD. Glad to see a little bit of Hans btw ^.^

    Might have to make a white hair girl on monster hunter using lance now >:)

  • August 19, 2009 at 11:26 ammagnumslinger

    At least Lamar’s with Isara now.

  • August 19, 2009 at 1:35 pmferslayer

    Por las puras, creo que estoy viendo esta serie, aprte del relleno, es igual al ToA(aunque aqui no aumentaron personajes), si has jugado el juego de PS3, esta demas que veas la serie, bueno si es que hay fanservice .)o otro final alternativo, auqnue lo dudo mucho.

  • August 19, 2009 at 10:22 pmJohn

    alicia isn’t dead, don’t worry, she has super regen powers

  • August 20, 2009 at 1:52 amLayla-san

    weee… im so excited of what will happen next. im excited for welkin’s reaction. also excited for the unleashing of alicia’s powers.

    btw, have u guys seen the OVA of VC? search it on the gleamstreet. it’s there i downloaded it. i bet the guys are gonna love it.

  • August 20, 2009 at 2:18 amewok

    The beach episode? Selvaria and her watermelons… just ROFLMAO :P

  • August 20, 2009 at 4:06 amK.K.

    Ugh, I hate how they tacked on all this soap opera-ish romance that wasn’t in the game, and are now forced to blitz through half the game in the last 6 episodes. The way they keep changing stuff ‘cuz they didn’t include some characters (The mechanics…) makes me wonder how they plan to end this

  • August 20, 2009 at 5:10 amanon

    I thought Fadio was gonna rape her

  • August 20, 2009 at 7:25 pmbobara

    I am probably in the minority saying this, but after this episode I like Faldio even more than before. Wouldn’t it be way more interesting if he were the main character, but still decided to shoot Alicia in order to awaken her hidden powers and prevent more deaths on their side? :D
    I hope that the obvious doesn’t happen and that he actually survives.
    The one person I DO want to die is the cliche bad guy Damon. He serves no other purpose than to annoy us. The game/anime would be better off without such a ridiculous character.

  • August 21, 2009 at 1:05 amEri

    Poor Faldio. PTSD.

    From Love to Hate?

  • August 23, 2009 at 5:20 pmStarshade

    bobara// Is Damon an anime-original or was he in the game? Because his very face makes me want to crack his skull. (Especially after seeing how he treated Isara’s memorials in episode 18.)

    Well I always hated Faldio, but this part makes me like him a bit more. Except he was shooting just to awaken Alicia’s powers, not out of mixed feelings.

    Eh, I seem to have seriously different tastes from most people around. Liking Welkin’s portrayal in the anime better, etc etc. I really liked the anime, except for some illogical stuff here and there. And I don’t think I would have disliked it even if I had played and liked the game.

  • August 25, 2009 at 6:54 pmbobara

    According to wiki he’s also annoying those who play the game. I never played it, so I was just (rightfully) assuming that he was. I don’t know if he’s worse in the game.

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