Valkyria Chronicles – 24
Alicia faces off against Selvaria at Ghirlandaio by herself, and it soon becomes clear that Selvaria is fighting with much more intensity. This leaves Alicia questioning what she’s fighting for since she feels like she doesn’t have any place to return to or any friends left. As she’s trying to figure out what Selvaria is fighting for, Alicia suddenly recognizes her from their past together, so she decides to ask Selvaria about it. Alicia believes that Selvaria should have been alone too since she was an orphan, and while this was true in the beginning, Selvaria had been saved by Maximilian. Because of this, Selvaria fights now for Maximilian’s sake. Welkin meanwhile has returned to militia headquarters after escorting Cordelia safely back to the capital. He spends a lot of time staring at old photos and thinking about Alicia and Faldio, and he ultimately decides to go out on his own to see Alicia. Squad 7 is waiting for him at the front door though, and they’re determined to go with him because they feel that Alicia is their friend.
Around this same time, Cordelia is surprised to find out that Maximilian is coming to enter into a cease-fire agreement. Maximilian has some conditions however, and the main one is that Cordelia become his wife. Cordelia realizes that Maximilian wants control of the throne, but what he really wants is the Valkyria lineage because he believes that’s the key to obtaining everything. Cordelia, however, dashes his hopes by revealing that she’s not descended from the Valkyrur; she’s actually a Darcsen. Back at Ghirlandaio, Alicia continues to get beat up, but right as she’s losing the will to fight, she remembers Welkin and her friends and realizes that they are the reason she can’t lose here. This revitalizes her, and upon seeing this, Selvaria decides to settle this battle in the next clash. The two charge at each other, and when the dust clears, Selvaria is the one who falls. Alicia doesn’t finish her off though because she knows that Selvaria has someone important to her as well. Selvaria, however, decides to sacrifice herself in a massive explosion that takes out everyone in the area, including Damon and his forces.
Maximilian meanwhile decides that he has no use for Cordelia and summons his dreadnought Marmota to crash into the castle. Once he’s back onboard, Karl brings him the news of Selvaria, but Maximilian remains unmoved and only comments on how he had more uses for her. This angers Karl, but when he tries to speak up about how Selvaria fought for Maximilian’s sake, Maximilian just shoots him to make an example of him.
Well, I was awed at how many plot twists and major events there were this week. It was almost certain that Selvaria would die, but I didn’t expect Cordelia to turn out to be a Darcsen, and it never crossed my mind that a fairly likable side character like Karl would get killed off like that. The suddenness of Karl’s apparent death made me go “wtf” more than the other things that happened this episode, and it looks like they really want us to hate Maximilian now. It’s a little disappointing that he turned out to be so power-hungry and crazy after being fairly rational all series (reminds me of a certain other Fukuyama Jun-voiced prince), but I guess the series has to have a true villain. Speaking of which, I was very happy to see Damon finally getting vaporized. He deserved a worse end, but good riddance regardless.
As much as I enjoyed the plot twists and all the action though, I did have some complaints about the execution. The pacing felt really rushed at certain points, such as when Alicia was figuring out her reason to fight. She went from lifeless to rejuvenated in 10 seconds, and the battle was over a minute later after a very DBZ-esque power-up sequence. I also didn’t like the way they jumped around in the story. In particular, they should have shown the Welkin stuff earlier and saved the Cordelia Darcsen reveal for one continuous segment instead of breaking it apart (the first time I watched the episode, I was too caught up on the Darcsen thing to pay any attention to Welkin).
Looking ahead to the final two episodes, it’ll be interesting to see if Welkin and Squad 7 can take down Maximilian’s landship on their own or if they need Alicia to swoop in and save the day. Hopefully it’ll be the former.