OP2.01: 「革命デュアリズム」 (Kakumei Dualism) by T.M.Revolution×水樹奈々 (T.M.Revolution x Nana Mizuki)
ED3: 「REALISM」 by ELISA
「大気圏の兄妹／カルルスタインへの帰還」 (Taikiken no Kyōdai / Karurusutain e no Kikan)
“Siblings of the Atmosphere” / “Return to Karlstein”
You may or may not have heard this – Fall 2013 will mark the final season of my “blog-ployment”. I’ve recently taken up a directorship at a humanitarian aid foundation – between a full-time profession, having a life and now a second job, I don’t think I’ll be able to make time for anime-blogging at this juncture. I’ll stay on as a writer and complete my coverage of Kakumeiki Valvrave, but my manga coverage of both One Piece and Fairy Tail will unfortunately have to come to an end with immediate effect. I’ve had an absolute blast blogging both the mangas – I hold Oda sensei’s masterpiece in the highest esteem and Mashima sensei’s beautiful art (and fanservice) has proven to be more than a great joy. I apologize for the delay in putting up this anime post – the next one should go up in a timelier manner!
Episode 14 to 15:
Nothing has ever turned out as planned when it comes to Kakumeiki Valvrave – it seems like Okouchi sensei might have just thrown us a new curve ball and you could be certain this is not going to be the last of it! A simple recon expedition has quickly developed into something more than just that – the mission squadron did not even come close to arriving at their intended destination, and there’s certainly a case to be made that this is merely the beginning of their many predicaments. Haruto and his merry crew have found themselves stranded right at the heart of enemy territory, but that’s hardly all there is to the big-time revelations – as it turns out, not only is Nobi Marie (Fukuen Misato) in the know of Haruto’s vampiric immortality, she is almost surely a “Kamitsuki” herself as well. Color me surprise – Marie may very well take on a larger supporting role in the second season, and the various intricacies that surround her presence could prove to be more imperative than it appears at first glance. Interestingly enough, she seems to be on amicable terms with Pino (Kayano Ai), and those two share a rather fascinating relationship that dates back to more than five years ago! I’m sure Marie has many questions to ask and she is most likely just as confused as any of us – the amnesiac girl has seemingly survived a headshot that was right on target, and it’s not entirely clear if she was even cognizant of her apparent immortality. Pino was probably the one who made Marie an undead, and there appears to be a certain connection between her memory loss and that of Rune consumption. Marie’s entire being is riddled in enigmas,and it’s hard to make out whether she is a friend or a foe at this stage – an extravaganza of all-hell-breaks-loose seems almost inevitable, and you can be sure Marie will be right at the forefront of all the ensuing drama and commotion!
The next leg of this high-stake game is set to unfold on icy grounds, and L-elf’s past is bound to play a role of utmost importance in the incoming conflicts. For starters, the Prophet (“Eru-Erufu”) shares a rather elaborate history with both the Karlstein Institute and the Dorssian royal family. His love-hate relationship with A-drei (Fukuyama Jun) has been made conspicuous right from the get-go, and there’s also seemingly a unique bond between L-elf and the pink-haired Dorssian Princess (Toyosaki Aki) – a figure of significance who will, no doubt, receive a formal introduction very soon! The Dorssian political landscape is caught in somewhat of a disarray, and there’s a multifaceted conspiracy that is slowly but surely playing out over here. Colonel Cain is a nasty piece of work to say the least – evidently, H-neun and Kriemhild have good reasons to be apprehensive of their superior’s intention, and the two of them are almost certainly brewing a plot of their own behind the scenes! The jack-a-dandy bishie and his beautiful accomplice are quickly emerging as one of the most intriguing personas in the mix. Nobody knows for sure where their true allegiance lies and there’s a good chance that they might take L-elf’s side in this battle of wits – after all, “an enemy of my enemy is my friend” and this age-old political kernel certainly rings true in this very instance! Unfortunately for L-elf, his “prophetic” game plan has been thwarted yet again by the unexpected – Marie’s intervention and her mysterious identity are bound to throw a monkey wrench in the works, and you can be almost certain that this is not going to play out in a conciliatory manner. L-elf was quick to gun down Marie when she made herself out to be a liability – brutal and to the point, his cut-throat savagery is clearly at odds with Haruto’s pacifism. Their current partnership was built on a shaky ground from the outset – it is proving to be an unequivocally complex one and the growing contention that exists between these two is not going to come to an end any time soon!
The big-picture narratives unquestionably beg for intent contemplation – but the human side of the equation and the specifics that ensued are in no way any less compelling. As it turns out, there’s more to Akira’s tormented past than meets the eyes – her backstory, fraught with distrust and the menace of bullying, was surely quite an eye-opener! It’s hard to pin the blame on any one individual in this unfortunate turn of events – we have all made mistakes as reckless juveniles, and the same can be said for both Akira (Yuuki Aoi) and Satomi (Namikawa Daisuke). No doubt, what Akira did was a clear contravention of the law – but for all her foolhardiness, Akira’s wrong-doings did come with genuine concern and the best of intentions. Her brother, a nervous wreck of an adolescent, was not equipped to cope with the immediate aftermath of Akira’s actions – Satomi is probably a victim himself, and his seeming indecision and the blind eye that he turned have caused him great remorse! Clearly, the Renbokouji siblings care for each other a whole lot and their heartfelt burying of the hatchet is for sure a welcome development. Akira’s severe misanthropy is hardly a false guise, but that doesn’t mean she can’t pull it together when the time calls for it. The redheaded “little witch” has steadily become more adept at human communication – her checklist of friends has now extended beyond that of Shouko, and I’m sure both Marie and Saki would be more than happy to take the fledgling under their wings. Saki, in particular, has displayed admirable tact and diplomacy in her interaction with Akira. She was especially kind and accommodating to the reticent young girl, and their budding camaraderie could determine the success of this ongoing infiltration – a mission of life-and-death which may very well turn the tide for the marooned JIORians!
Saki’s future-self has made yet another appearance in a brief flash-forward – as a matter of course, it shed light upon some of the inherent stakes at hand, but the tangible details have understandably remained somewhat scarce and abstruse! The bits and pieces of the puzzle are gradually coming together – Marie’s origin as the very first “Kamitsuki” has been vaguely hinted at this time around, and it appears that both Satomi and Akira have survived well into the distant future. Saki was once again in company with a mysterious young ouji – there’s definitely more to the L-elf lookalike than meets the eyes, and his very existence surely points to more curve balls looming ahead! Neither Haruto nor Shouko has made their beings known in the forthcoming time-skip, and the jury is definitely still out on the romantic subplot. Shouko has the deck stacked against her at the present – her physical presence is pretty much close to nil, and the growing distance between Haruto and his childhood sweetheart is becoming increasingly evident. Saki, on the other hand, has continued to make leaps and bounds of inroads into Haruto’s heart – it does seem like she has the upper hand at this stage, but that doesn’t mean the journey is going to be all smooth-sailing. Their trespass into Dorssian grounds occurred to me as somewhat of a surprise – Saki’s rendezvous with Colonel Cain may well be happening sooner than we thought, and the preview snippets certainly allude to a disconcerting wave of uproars! Haruto remained hopeful that there’s a way out for his “Kamitsuki” – but Marie’s accursed fate and the brief glimpse into Saki’s future probably tells a completely different story. All of the mysteries that have been presented thus far – whether it’s the Valvraves or their apparent immortality – are plagued with layers of subterfuge and duplicities. No doubt, Okouchi sensei has crafted quite an elaborate masterpiece – the answers to his questions are bound to get out sooner or later, and these revelations should prove to be just as interesting as the prevailing shroud of secrecies itself.
- I’m loving the third ED – another great performance by the beautiful ELISA! Check this out if you haven’t – she performs a great rendition of SDF Macross’ “Ai Oboete Imasu ka”. “REALISM” makes up for the lack of naked Saki with some glorious display of bromance!
- The mecha porn continues to impress! The bird-like Impact Booster is proving to be a pretty sweet optional equipment – the Valvraves reduce their opponents to nothing more than molten metal! The transformable IDEAL is quite a badass as well – they reminded me somewhat of Ple Two’s Psycho Gundam Mk-II.
- A shot to the heart followed by a snipe to the head – blood splatters everywhere in slow motion!
- “I’m boiling in this suit” – Raizou is shamelessly flaunting his dynamite abs to Takahi ojou sama! Could the show be shipping these two? Takahi (Kotobuki Minako) likes her alpha males – shove it down her throat and shut her up!
- “The only ultra-hot hikikomori are the two-dimensional kind” – Akira’s a shy nerdy redheaded pettanko! I’m sure there are many out there who find her attractive.
- “Yours are bigger” – Nothing breaks the ice like a much celebrated boob-groping! Marie can be pretty damn fun when she doesn’t have a bullet in her head.
- Taking a cue from High School DxD’s Gasper and hiding in a Sunrise Box! I wonder if Akira ordered a Hiasobi model kit to go with the box.
- A-drei is riding the horse like a pro – Lelouch Lamperouge would have preferred a white horse!
- “Why don’t we get some tea!” – Kriemhild is going to make H-neun a man! How about some Sex on the Beach?
- “Trust me, it’s delicious!” – You know Shouko’s is in a good mood when she’s talking about om nom nom!
- “It would be cruel to send Akira into the battlefield but not me?” – Saki’s pretty adorable when she’s all jelly-up! I’ll choose her over Akira any day, without so much as a second thought.
- “I have faith in L-elf, we need him” – L-elf is part of his diet, om nom nom… Haruto looks pretty pissed off – angry sex is the best sex!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – Kakumeiki #Valvrave – 14, 15: Blood splatters everywhere! Stranded right at the heart of enemy territory and more big-time revelations to come – nothing has ever turned out as planned when it comes to Kakumeiki Valvrave. #Anime
Full-length images – Episode 14: 01, 03, 05, 06, 08, 14, 19, 20, 23, OP02, OP04, OP05.
ED3.01: 「REALISM」 by ELISA