「軍事法廷第54号」 (Gunji hōtei dai 54-gō)
“The 54th Military Tribunal”
I’m not going to lie – when Haruto muttered the words “Marry me”, I nearly fell off my chair and the final two seconds of this episode left me completely flabbergasted! Not a single one of the eleven episodes has gone precisely as I’ve expected, and the sheer thrills introduced by the most recent curveball is definitely off the charts – especially if you’re as big a fan of Saki as I am. I’m not at all taken aback by the fact that Saki has, indeed, recovered from the traumatic experience last week – after all, she has been the subject of abuse all her life, and the recent ill-fated incident is supposedly just another obstacle in this cruel world, one that she is most capable of withstanding! It was, not surprisingly, Haruto’s fortitude that somewhat amazed me and there was barely any whiff of angst and despair coming from him this week – much to the dismay of those who have been calling him the next Ikari Shinji! But in retrospect, even I have to admit that such a reaction was pretty much consistent with Haruto’s characterization thus far – back at the premiere, he didn’t even think twice about taking the aggressor’s role and his quest to protect Module 77 has certainly been marked with countless bloodshed! Haruto has always been free of the wishy-washiness that is typically associated with a mecha pilot archetype, and his solution to the dilemma facing him this time is no different from before – that is, to tackle it head-on like a man!
No question, the sudden marriage proposal is most likely driven by a sense of guilt and responsibility, and I have no doubt Shouko is the one person who Haruto truly loves. That said, the latest revelation has presented a whole new predicament for the current “love triangle”, and I don’t think anyone would question the growing affection that Haruto has for Saki. The brief moment that they shared at the theater this week was somewhat quaint, yet enthralling at the same time, and it shows there’s a genuine connection between those two that is quite different from what he feels for Shouko – who, at this juncture, remained absolutely clueless about his many secrets! This, of course, brings me to the point at issue and the biggest question posed by such a development is how will Saki respond – make no mistake about it, she is most definitely aware of the elephant in the room, and the fact that her role in this blooming relationship is nothing more than a second fiddle. We know for certain Saki is determined to rid herself of the solitude she feels, but even then, I’m still not sure if such a half-hearted resolution is what she truly desires – and it goes without saying I’ll be on pins and needles all week waiting for her answer in the coming episode!
Speaking of the elephant in the room, Shouko had her fair share of drama and commotion this week, and she was certainly boxed into an extremely adverse position – a lose-lose situation that made her choose between saving her father or those at Sakimori Academy. Seeing her parent killed right before their eyes – by the man she loves at that – was simply brutal, and the sight of Shouko breaking down in tears, completely helpless, was exceptionally heart-wrenching! It’s fair to say Kakumeiki Valvrave has a penchant to explore some very dark themes and the unfortunate fate that befell Shouko this week was no less atrocious than what happened to Saki or Aina in the previous episodes. But that’s hardly the end of the pandemonium and just when everyone thought they’ve won the current battle, it appears that Colonel Cain has one-upped L-elf this time and a large Dorssian squadron has successfully infiltrated Module 77 from below. Suffice to say, all that has happened so far is merely a set-up for the forthcoming ultimate showdown, and with so many moving parts and competing agendas set in motion, it looks like we’re in for a bumpy ride as the first cour of the series comes to a conclusion – one that, I suspect, will involve more mayhem, anguish and perhaps revelations!
- This is the first time we’ve seen all four Valvraves working together and it was quite a visual feat – Saki’s Carmilla, in particular, stood out, and while her unit is not especially useful in long-range combat, its formidability at melee attacks is beyond doubt!
- It seems like Shouko’s father was one of the key masterminds behind the Valvrave project and we know for a fact that all the students on Module 77 are lab rats – does that mean he’s experimenting on his own daughter?
- Shouko keeps triggering all these death flags – she would have been killed by L-elf this week if she had made the wrong choice. I’m hoping she makes it out of the first cour alive!
- We weren’t privy to the details of their tea party last week, but Kriemhild and H-neun are definitely up to something – I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a May-December marriage, just like Gundam 00’s Kati and Patrick!
- We got a glimpse of Akira’s nervous breakdown this week and it sure as hell wasn’t pretty – she is most likely the pilot of “Hiasobi” (Valvrave VI), and I suspect Shouko or Satomi will be the trigger for that!
- I would love to have some of that Sunrise water, those delicious Sunrise water!
- “Nobu Lightning, now returning!” – looks like Thunder’s not a fan of calling his Valvrave “Hikaminari” (Valvrave-III). I wonder if Kyuuma has a nickname for “Hiuchiba” (Valvrave-V) as well?
- “Foreign negotiations demands a certain dress code” – distract them with a cleavage and they’ll say yes to anything. It’s politics 101!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #Valvrave 11: When Haruto muttered the words “Marry me”, I nearly fell off my chair and the final two seconds of this episode left me completely flabbergasted! #Anime
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