「光の王女」 (Hikari no Ōjo)
“Princess of Light”
It has been strongly implied that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” would be the political kernel of this show and the turn of events this week has pretty much confirmed that. The unlikely partnership between Haruto and L-elf is certainly a long time coming, but as always, things are never quite as simple in Kakumeiki Valvrave, and even I will admit their relationship is an unequivocally complex one. I don’t think anyone will question the necessity of this collaboration and the mutual benefits that can be reaped from both sides is more than conspicuous – L-elf’s intellectual prowess is indispensable for Module 77’s survival, and Haruto clearly possesses something valuable that the prodigious soldier needs in his pursuit of a Dorssian revolution. The emotional side of this nascent relationship, however, is not nearly as straightforward, and Haruto and those at Sakimori Academy have good reasons to be disconcerted by L-elf’s uncanny presence – after all, it wasn’t very long ago that L-elf stabbed Haruto in the heart and left him for dead! No doubt, Haruto is not blind to the abrupt about-face of L-elf’s allegiance and the prodigy’s flurry of action until now evidently warrants more than an inkling of circumspection. But there’s no denying that L-elf has fully held up his end of the bargain thus far and Haruto’s willingness to give him the benefit of doubt isn’t without plausible reasons – especially after the brief insight into L-elf’s subconscious mind last week!
Who would have thought the most poetic moment of this episode would come from the typically dispassionate Dorssian soldier and the many faces of L-elf were certainly laid bare in his short flashback. What we have this week is a glimpse into L-elf’s enigmatic past and his interaction with the pink-hair maiden (Toyosaki Aki) showcased a side of the prodigy that we don’t see very often – an L-elf who was in all of his most vulnerable and sympathetic! As it turns out, the mysterious young girl is indeed, the Dorssian princess and while the exact nature of their relationship has not been made clear, the compassion that she showed him during his most desperate moments has, without doubt, established the unique bond that those two share – and it’s almost definite that she’s the key motivation behind L-elf proposed Dorssian revolution. Then there’s Colonel Cain who remains one of the most fascinating element in the mix and where his ultimate loyalty lies has yet to be determined. It’s hardly a surprise that the superior of the Dorssian fleet knows more than he’s letting on and the concealed imprint on his neck is concrete evidence that he is somehow connected to the mysteries presented here. What his grand plan may be is anyone’s guess, and the only thing I’m remotely assured of at this point is that the crucible of events is not going to unfold in a linear fashion – not when there are so many moving parts and competing agendas!
Clearly, the dramatic imperative of the episode was not confined to the Dorssian’s front and the ambience at Sakimori Academy is hardly peaches-and-cream after the unfortunate demise of Sakurai Aina. One way or another, everyone was cast down by the accursed fate that befell one their fellow students and even Shouko, who is usually the bright and optimistic one, broke down in anguish! Saki, who shares an amicable relationship with Aina, is obviously disheartened by her friend’s passing, and the courageous face that she put on at the front line was probably nothing more than a façade to hide her remorse. Whether her self-reproach is justifiable or not, she does blame her own incompetence for causing Aina’s death and I suspect the recent happenings could serve as an impetus that will push her forward as a Valvrave pilot. Of course, the same could be said about Kyuuma who, no question, was impacted most severely by Aina’s death. Hell bent on revenge, he’s eager to hop onto a Valvrave to carry out his act of vengeance and if next week’s preview is any indication, it might not be too long a wait before he officially joins Haruto’s ranks in the line of battle – that is, as long as Yamada Raizou (Nakamura Yuuichi) stays out of his way!
- “Next Episode: Inu to Kaminari” – Now this is just confusing, just when I thought Kyuuma is certain to be the next Valvrave pilot, another curve ball was thrown at us!
- I’ll never get tired of seeing the “Harakiri” attack in action. No words can do this amazing spectacle justice!
- It’s for “World Peace” – or did I make a deal with the devil?
- L-elf can never be held down by mere buckles – that scene had me laughing out loud!
- Do I sense a budding romance between Nanami Rion (Horie Yui) and Kibukawa sensei? That lucky bastard!
- Shouko looked like she needed a hug – It’s too bad she didn’t get one from the socially inept Renbokouji Akira (Yuuki Aoi).
- I approve of H-neun’s superior taste in woman. Kriemhild (Mizuki Nana) is insanely hot, but she’s not going to make it out alive if she continues to tread where she’s not supposed to.
- “Coffee tastes better when you put some sugar into it” – I like my coffee plain black. Double shot espresso, please!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #Valvrave 08: A glimpse into L-elf’s enigmatic past and an unlikely partnership that has finally been set in motion! #Anime