OP1.01:「Preserved Roses」by T.M.Revolution×水樹奈々 (T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki)
「エルエルフの予言」 (Eru Erufu no Yogen)
It seems like Kakumeiki Valvrave has found its stride – the show stayed comfortably in the action-suspense zone this week and delivered another roller coaster ride from the onset to finish. It’s undeniable that Valvrave appears to be downright off-the-wall from a real-world perspective and it might even seem like a stretch within the conformity of its genre. But similar to Code Geass or even Star Driver, Valvrave is amazing precisely because it doesn’t stick to the rule book and in spite of its outlandish narrative, the show can easily outshine any straight-faced action series for the sheer thrills and suspense that it brings to the table. This is a product of an assertive writer who has become very much at ease with such a wacky premise and to say Okouchi sensei has pulled it off once again in the third episode would be a gross understatement.
There are many things I find intriguing about this episode, but it’s best to start with the one element that stood out far above all – L-elf. From the moment he went on a happy massacre at the interrogation room, it was apparent that Valvrave was not going to hold back in the depiction of L-elf’s tremendous talent as a killing machine. His moment in the spotlight was tense and tight as a tick, and once the hunt for the escaped prisoner began in earnest, there was no shortage of bloodshed, explosions and duplicity. L-elf is a fascinating package of contrast – subtle and reflective in his inner thoughts, but extremely to the point at carrying out his mission. There were really no half measures in his pursuits – he is living up to the “One-man Army” moniker effortlessly and a complete badass through and through. What becomes clear almost immediately is that the prodigious Dorssian soldier has a bigger agenda on his mind and it’s hardly surprising this is where Haruto comes into the picture. The nature of L-elf’s grand plan has been intentionally left vague, but we know for sure it contains certain dark secrets about Dorssia that could bring about a revolution. Whether L-elf has figured out the true extent of Haruto’s new abilities is a question that remains up in the air, but it’s safe to assume he knows more than he’s letting on, especially as regards JIOR’s prized humanoid weapon.
The hyperkinetic action scenes in this episode pretty much speak for themselves, but there was also a layer of political sideshow that warrants our attention. Nothing is ever as straightforward in wartime and as usual, the line between hero and villain is not exactly clear-cut. The introduction of Senator Figaro, the sleazy politician from ARUS doesn’t make the debate any easier and no question, there are strategic motives to ARUS’ interest in JIOR, chief of all is to prevent Dorssia from getting hold of the Valvrave. Haruto seems somewhat adrift in his newfound fame as the “The Boy Who Fought against the World”, and more than ever, he is bewildered by the strange occurrence that is happening to his body. That he is a pacifist by nature is utterly beyond doubt, but I have a certain suspicion that his quick acceptance of ARUS’ aid might have backfired and JIOR has now become the prime battleground for the two opposing forces. Whether the crisis can be defused by L-elf’s uncanny proposal to form a contract is something we’ll find out next week, but needless to say, the series off to an excellent start and things are certainly heating up as the story enters a more dramatic stage.
- That’s a pretty sweet dakimakura (body pillow) that Yuusuke Otamaya (Yoshino Hiroyuki) has over there!
- I’m not going to lie, I miss my weekly dose of A-drei (Fukuyama Jun) screaming at the top of his lungs – “Eru Erufu”! Now if only we can get H-neun (Miyano Mamoru) to join the fun.
- Shouko and Saki are both extremely attractive and they stand out in very different ways. My vote has yet to be cast but I have a feeling the shipping war in Valvrave is going to be exceedingly intense.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #Valvrave 03: L-elf is badass! Evacuation plan failed, impending war at JIOR next week unless…#Anime