Valkyria Chronicles – 21
After having shot Alicia in the back, Faldio tosses aside his gun and takes her to the medical tent. Word soon reaches Welkin and Squad 7 about Alicia mysteriously getting shot, and although Welkin’s initial reaction is to want to go to her side, he realizes that he has to lead his squad into battle. He thus decides that they have to stop the Empire and protect Alicia. Over in the command tent, Damon is getting desperate in the face of the enemy advance, and he even tries to make a plea to Cordelia since he had heard that she has Valkyrur blood in her. Faldio interrupts the meeting to declare that their side has the power of the Valkyria, and since time is of the essence, he pretends to take Cordelia hostage so that he can get her lance and shield.
By the time the two of them make their way to the medical tent, they discover that Alicia has already healed herself, but she’s still unconscious. Faldio explains to Cordelia that when the body of someone with Valkyrur blood is endangered, they start to awaken as a Valkyria. He then surprises her by revealing that Alicia is descended from the Valkyrur, and he starts a visible reaction in Alicia by bringing Cordelia’s shield near her. Alicia, however, does not regain consciousness, and no matter how hard Faldio begs, she doesn’t open her eyes. It’s not until Welkin comes over the nearby radio to report Squad 7′s retreat in the face of Selvaria’s power that Alicia opens her eyes. Realizing what Alicia is responding to, Faldio begs her to save Welkin, and she proceeds to get up and power up.
Alicia then calmly heads to the battle front near Welkin and Squad 7, and everyone is surprised to see her glowing as a Valkyria. When the Imperial forces try to shoot her, she easily blocks their shots and counterattacks with her lance blast, destroying several tanks. She then faces off against Selvaria, and Selvaria finds herself unable to even touch Alicia. Shortly before she gets knocked down, Selvaria has a flashback of a young Alicia, and she’s briefly in shock afterward. Maximilian gets uneasy from seeing all this and has the Batomys fire at Alicia, but the shell has no effect, and she responds by charging at the tank. Selvaria isn’t able to stop her from destroying it, and although Maximilian survives, Jaeger decides to order a retreat. In the aftermath, Alicia returns to normal and faints into Welkin’s arms, with him still shocked about who she really is.
Well it makes sense now why Faldio shot Alicia, though I still wonder if he had to do it in such a dramatic way. Regardless, it led to the desired result of Alicia awakening as a Valkyrur. I would say that Alicia was really cool when she went into overpowered mode and completely owned Selvaria, but there’s something quite unsettling about how dead her eyes looked and how she wasn’t in control of herself. Perhaps that’s part of the reason she was more powerful than Selvaria? Selvaria obviously had control over herself, and maybe that meant that she wasn’t tapping into her full potential.
In any case, it was still a fun fight to watch, and I mainly wish that it had been better animated and longer. Actually, the animation quality of that fight scene was better than the rest of the episode, but when the overall quality is off from the norm (there were a few scenes that looked downright bad), it comes out looking only a bit better than average. I assume this won’t be the last time the two meet in battle though, especially since Selvaria seemed to flashback to young Alicia, so there should be at least one more chance for A-1 Pictures to dazzle us with a good fight. Next week’s episode, however, looks to be more about the immediate aftermath of this battle and about the revelation of Alicia’s Valkyrur blood. I worry that that idiot Damon is going to try to use Alicia for his own gain, and I’ll be quite annoyed if he does.
Oh and I almost forgot: they really scared me into thinking they were killing Largo off. I’m glad he made it out alive though.