Kakumeiki Valvrave – 05
「歌う咲森学園」 (Utau Sakimori Gakuen)
“The Sakimori Academy Sings”
Just when you thought you have Kakumeiki Valvrave figured out, the show introduced a completely different gear and cranked up the eccentricity to a whole new level! The independence campaign of Sakimori Academy was never going to pan out well and when you give a bunch of teenagers the authority to run a country, madness and tumult were almost certain to ensue! It was a miracle that the kids managed to survive the week without killing each other, but things started to spiral out of control when an error in the environmental system plunged the entire Module 77 into a cold winter. Sure enough, the glittering facade of so-called “Neverland” began to falter as reality set in, and it was only a matter of time before the state of uncertainty brought out the malice and nastiness of the human nature in its ugliest form – at least as far as a high school drama is concerned.
The queen of bitch, Ninomiya Takahi (Kotobuki Minako) was at the forefront of the anarchy and true to form, Shouko was an easy target for the prima donna’s deviltry – after all, it was Sashinami-san’s bright idea that led to their sudden declaration of independence! There was certainly no lack of female cattiness in this scuffle, and it was a frenetic display of character interaction that featured the most horrid side of teenage drama – hair-pulling, finger-pointing and face-slapping, just to name a few. In the midst of such a chaotic atmosphere, Saki’s take-no-prisoners approach were never more welcome than this week and her straight-faced common sense – albeit from her skewed perspective – blew through the room like a breath of fresh air. It has been vaguely hinted at that Saki has been the subject of bullying in her previous school and while she does project certain self-awareness, her take-no-bullshit mindset is an attribute that made her especially stand out in a pool of one-note characters – if you slap her, she slaps you back and perhaps even harder! But make no mistake about it – that’s not all there is to Saki and what makes her even more amazing is the spectacular musical number that she delivered in this episode. I confess – I’m a huge fan of idol performances and Tomatsu Haruka’s rendition of the adolescent power pop song, “Good luck for you” reduced me to nothing more than a gushing smitten fanboy. Her superb performance tied the episode together on a lively and upbeat note – as the weather system of the module returned to normal – and if I needed any more convincing to decide who my favorite girl is, Saki has, no question, just sealed the deal with her mini concert that is more than splendid.
As wonderful as all that hyperbole of bizarreness was, there’s a larger question looming over the makeup of the Valvrave – just what exactly are they and where did they come from? It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that there exists an entire series of mecha which are similar to the Red Valvrave – in all colors of rainbow, as Saki candidly pointed out – and such a revelation will undoubtedly sway the tide of war one way or another. The fact that L-elf is in the know simply complicates the matter further and I have a certain suspicion that either Saki or the prodigious Dorssian soldier will emerge as the new pilot of the almighty mecha next week. The physics teacher, Kibukawa Takumi (Hatano Wataru) probably knows more than he’s letting on, and his monologues suggest that the mecha could very well be of an alien origin – that’s hardly a bombshell, especially when you consider the fact that the machines are indeed sentient. Then there’s also the mystery surrounding a certain Tokishima-sensei – whom I suspect is somehow related to Haruto – and how that person fits into the bigger picture is something that will surely demand our attention as the pieces of the puzzles fit together.
- I assumed that’s Haruto’s first kiss. Saki is pretty sneaky!
- That’s the second slap that Saki has unleashed in a mere five episodes. You show that bitch, Saki!
- It seems like Takahi ojou-sama likes to take it from behind.
- The pink-hair maiden who is featured prominently in both the OP and ED finally made an appearance.
- There’s something particularly sexy about see-through tops! I could be wrong but it seems like Shouko’s cup size might be superior to Saki’s.
- Don’t lay waste to those perfectly good cup noodles, damn it!
- Harajuku graffiti in Valvrave! Why is she always bare-assed?
- Is this sex? Nope, that’s just foreplay!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #Valvrave 05: Musical number & bitch-slapping all in one place! Saki could be the next Valvrave pilot? #Anime