「サキ・カムバック」 (Saki Kamubakku)
I think it should be pretty apparent by now that Kakumeiki Valvrave has split the audience to a great extent, and it’s fair to say the latest revelations are not going to make the debate any easier. Before I delve into the episode on its own terms, let me say up front that my adoration for Saki has not budged at all after the latest unveilings – in fact, the admiration that I have for her is now greater than ever! Saki, to put it mildly, is a character who is deeply flawed – not only is she shamelessly manipulative in her attempt to become a superstar, the former idol was also completely in over her head as she challenged the Dorssian soldiers at the front line. But make no mistake about it, the entire shenanigan that she pulled doesn’t make her characterization any less identifiable or engaging – as a matter of fact, the opposite could hardly be more accurate, her moment of weakness was eminently relatable for me and it was such flaws that made Saki seemed all the more human in this large cast.
Let’s not kid ourselves – fictional or not, the world is a crazy place and if the last few episodes were any indication, the cruelty and nastiness of human nature are very well present in this futuristic setting. Saki is a nearly unique character in anime – she is free from the usual innocence and idealism that plague most characters of her age, and her beleaguered past has unquestionably shaped her into the cynical person that she is today. It’s certainly beyond doubt that Saki is a female who is fiercely independent, but as mordacious as the depiction of her character is, she’s not mature beyond her age and the show certainly does not shy away from playing up her vulnerabilities. Like I said, Saki is as human as any character in this show – she cries when she needs to and feels self-pity when her strength fails her, but what’s especially noteworthy about Saki is that for all her obvious faults, she always pulls together when the time calls for it, and no question, it was her quick thinking and bold action that saved Module 77 from Dorssia’s most recent carnage. While Saki was a clear stand out in this episode, it’s also indisputable that Shouko had her moment in the spotlight this week and she was, once again, the one who provided the beam of hope during their imminent threat of failure. Shouko’s sanguinity, in many ways, is a striking contrast to Saki and her role as the cheerleader was no less critical than any of those at the front line – after all, it was her words of encouragement that pushed Saki in the right direction, thereby leading to the defeat of the Dorssia’s bishounen squad. It almost goes without saying that Shouko’s unfailing optimism has proven to be a force to reckon with and if there’s ever a certain someone who can help Saki regain her trust in humanity, that person will undoubtedly be Sashinami-san – and I have a certain suspicion there’s a great friendship brewing in the backdrop over here!
This leads to an interesting question of where the love triangle stands at this juncture and does Saki even have a place as Haruto’s potential love interest. Saki has made it clear that she has no attraction to Haruto beyond the obvious superficiality and I have no doubt Haruto’s eyes are solely fixated on his childhood friend – not to mention the fact that Shouko is indeed a superior match for him! It all seems pretty clear-cut on paper, but I still have my hesitation about the current status quo and whether it is, in fact, the final version of this match-making game – if Okouchi sensei’s previous work is any hint, he’s bound to throw a few curve balls at us before all the dramas are finally buttoned down. Speaking of drama, there’s a different variety of commotion that is surfacing at the Dorssian’s front, and it has become increasingly apparent that L-elf and A-drei will be at the center of it. There’s evidently more to their relationship than that of a simple colleague and I have a feeling A-drei could very well be in the know of L-elf’s grand plan all along. Colonel Cain (Ono Daisuke) is another character that is worthy of our attention and while I have no idea what his Plan B entails, he probably knows more about the Vavlrave than he’s letting on and his role in the overall story could be more influential than it appears at first glance.
- There’s something especially seductive about a girl who plays with her hair. Hyakka Ryouran’s Sen Hime pulled it off marvelously, but Saki’s definitely not too far behind with those sensual hair flicks!
- I’ve said last week that Shouko’s cup size might be superior to Saki’s. But based on the sneak peek that we got from this picture, there could be a hidden surprise that is concealed underneath Saki’s dress!
- So that’s how you make them shut up! Shove a Pocky into her mouth.
- It looks like Carmilla is the Valvrave that excels at speed! I wonder if her Valvrave has a secret move that is similar to that of the Red Valvrave’s “Harakiri” attack.
- OS-tan seems to be missing from Carmilla’s operating system. Maybe she’s too disappointed at the lack of sexual intercourse!
- Q-vier (Kaji Yuki) scored some brownie points this week for taking out Senator Figaro. Sayonara “Moses”!
- You ain’t a gentleman if you hit on idols. They shall remain pure and innocent for all the fans!
- Social media seems to play a quite an important role in Valvrave.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #Valvrave 06: It’s not often you see a female pilot in a mecha series, not to mention one who is such a badass! My adoration for Saki is now greater than ever before #Anime