Kakumeiki Valvrave – 23
「モジュール77奪還作戦」 (Mojuuru 77 Dakkan Sakusen)
“Module 77 Recapture Strategy”
Another impressive episode of Kakumeiki Valvrave, but boy – they’ve sure left themselves a lot to do in just a week.
There are myriad timeless expressions that fit the master plan L-Elf came up with to strike back at the rotten core of Dorssia. Hoist by their petard, turnabout is fair play, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Take your pick – the point is that the truth is a powerful weapon no matter whose hands its in, as long as that person knows how to use it. But for all that, the singular moment of the episode is surely the singularly Valvrave expression of sibling affection – “You can eat me if you want.”
Now that we’re on the eve of the final episode, I’ve come around to quite liking the unusual but not unheard of ploy Okouchi Ichiro used in giving us a glimpse of the distant future to tease is about the way the series might end. Because of the unique nature of the plot it leaves seemingly endless possibilities open to consideration – it even struck me this week to wonder what might happen if one of the characters’ bodies died while they were in the midst of a switch with another (think about the possibilities for the Coffee and Sugar end). It’s Valvrave and you can’t count that sort of thing out – anyone can see what those flash-forwards are hinting at, but in the final analysis I don’t expect this of all shows to do what’s predictable in the end.
Obvious or not, there’s no denying things are looking pretty grim for Haruto (although not as grim as they could, considering the fate of his friends). There’s certainly no such thing as plot armor with Valvrave, and his memories are disappearing fast – even Pino is getting concerned, not wanting her buffet to give out on her just yet. It doesn’t help matters that Shouko is still holding onto her now irrational belief that he might be a threat to the students, even after her crying apology in the Valvrave cockpit last week. As Haruto tearfully says once freed of the need to put on a brave face, the two of them just can’t get a break – but if he’s going to die, I’d hate to see it happen before he and Shouko have a full reconciliation at the very least.
The truth is, even if Haruto were to survive he’s probably a better match with Saki at this point, given all that both of them have seen. Not to mention they’re the same species, and have a pinky swear between them (among other things). That said I like the notion that he views L-Elf’s plan as a way to show the truth especially to Shouko, not just to the world at-large – as statements of devotion go it’s not a bad one. As plans go, too – and here’s one instance in which Valvrave does do what’s predictable. L-Elf finally teams up with A-Drei and X-Eins, and Q-Vier is left on the outside looking in. In the process we find out what H-Neun’s earrings were for, and seemingly get the proof that he really is dead.
As A-Drei’s reformed mini-squad works to sabotage from the inside, the lynchpin of L-11′s plan is for the 4 surviving Valvraves to get Akira to Module 77 so she can hack the satellite broadcasting the summit between the Feuhrer and the ARUS president. After Dog was put down last week, it always seemed likely that Thunder was soon to follow – the death flags were flying high and proud – and giving up his life to buy Akira hacking time was a classic mecha pilot exit. And in classic fashion it wasn’t in vain – now the world knows the truth of who’s really running the show in Dorssia, and predictably the Magius are in a panic.
The question is of course, what is the world to do with that information? Revealing Amadeus to be an inhuman monster doesn’t make the Valvampires any less inhuman monsters. Outing Amadeus may have removed a significant obstacle to Coffee and Sugar’s dream of a world where inhuman monsters can live in peace, but plenty remain. The flash-forwards seem to irrefutably suggest they were surmounted one way or the other, and that world was established on Module 77 – perhaps a union of Dorssian royalists and Sakimori refugees. But a great many things would need to happen first, and how do you show all that in 22 minutes while still leaving some time for what’s a very complicated personal story to play out? A third season is certainly not an impossibility – Valvrave isn’t a bad seller – but I haven’t heard even a whisper of solid evidence that it’s under consideration. Assuming we aren’t headed in that direction the series finale promises to be anything but low-key and reflective – but given the sort of show Kakumeiki Valvrave has been, that somehow seems fitting.
Full-length images: 11.