Impression – Kakumeiki Valvrave, Episode 12

Kakumeiki Valvrave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impression:

Well, I guess you get to leave off on a cliffhanger when you have another season coming out in four months. Yeah, I hope that you aren’t ridiculously attached to this story because you will be both amazed by what happened and upset regarding the ending. Four months doesn’t seem like very long to me, but this is only my third favorite anime from this season. After saying all of that, I think it is time to get to it.

The student does not surpass the master.

The student does not surpass the master.

Cain is quite the remarkable guy. Not only is he connected to the Valvraves, but he also taught the great L-elf the way of battle strategy. He has become a pretty important character, so let’s go over what we know. Cain is the right hand of the current Dorssian leader. He is a strategist with more medals than a single jacket can hold and he is kind of kicking L-elf’s ass. The drill attack is pretty successful. The soldiers have killed many of the students and Cain is able to physically overwhelm both L-elf and Haruto. The drill is heading for the school from the bottom of the module with vents that are releasing poison gas. Shouldn’t the holy spirits be able to do something about this? Well, Cain knows that the suits overheat and a strategy was put into place that forcibly heated up the suits. Seventy-five percent of the pilots are down for the count right there. What makes this Cain guy so special? Well, L-elf and many viewers have concluded that Cain is not a human being. That would make sense because the Valvrave pilots lost their humanity and he is able to pilot that broken mech that was in the pod. That little avatar that is in Haruto’s mech regards the guy in Cain’s crystal as her older brother. I guess the assumption that the mechs are old technology is starting to get more backing. Oh yeah, and Cain is part of a secret organization that governs the world from the shadows knows as Magius. Things are really getting crazy.

I was very surprised to see Akira become the fifth pilot.

I was very surprised to see Akira become the fifth pilot.

If you had money on Akira being the next pilot, then I must commend you on your clairvoyance. That was something that I never thought would happen. I saw her possible become a tech worker for the module. She can still become one, but the pilot thing was crazy. When the drill was going for the school, Shouko ran for Akira even though she didn’t want to leave. Some extremely harsh bullying forced her into her hermit lifestyle, but watching Shouko almost die forced her into action. What can someone who hasn’t lived the life of a human for quite a while do in this situation? Throw away the humanity that you already got rid of in order to pilot a giant robot of course. What is special about this one? Any machine that is hit by the staff is immediately hacked. The grunt robots were forced to destroy each other and the drill went in reverse. This was convenient because Akira had no idea what she was doing and aimlessly swinging her staff around became useful. I guess that the core of pilots have been selected, but I wonder how this will affect Akira and those around her. I am sure that she won’t be ready to meet all of the students that would want to congratulate her. Immediately coming out of her shell due to applause would be stupid in my opinion.

Well, we knew that for a while now.

Well, we knew that for a while now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Opinion of the Show:

Kakumeiki Valvrave jumped from a show that I struggled to watch early on in the season to a top three Spring series in my opinion. The plot has continued to grow in ways that always leave me very intrigued. Some of the plot lines are vague like the role that the former monarchy plays in Dorssia. I stated in an earlier post that I assume the person that is working with Cain overthrew the monarchy in Dorssia and L-elf was upset about that because he fell in love with the princess. I am only watching the anime, so I am not using information from the manga or light novels. Things like those are fun because you can speculate things and I enjoy that. Then, you have the in your face stuff like the fact that the students are part of a military experiment. That was more vague until they revealed the fact that Magius is secretly governing the world from the shows. One can assume that JIOR was working outside of their regulations and that started the war. There is just so much going on that I see this series appealing to a lot of people. It will bring in fans of Gundam and other Sunrise series for sure. However, the depth of the plot and the quality of the animation should bring in third-party viewers.

I see no wedding ring.

I see no wedding ring.

I am going to be talking about sexual things in a speculative way. Just a heads up for those of you that want to skip this part because it is only important to those that care about the whole proposal and sex thing.┬áSince the scene where Saki was in the future and talking about the past occurred first, I stopped this scene to check for a wedding ring. Why? Haruto proposed to Saki in the previous episode and I assumed that the presence, or lack there of, would give us her response. Well, when I didn’t see one, I still wasn’t convinced. Although, Saki’s rejected soon there after confirmed things. The nature of the conversation is what got to me though. Saki claimed that she is an idol and that Haruto is too much of a child. Obviously, he does not know about what idols go through. One can assume that she was referring to the fact that young women often get taken advantage of by men in these situations. Haruto interrupted by saying he knows that isn’t true basically. He was cut off, but he might have meant that he knew she was a virgin. That could be wrong, but that is what I took from the conversation. If that is true, then it may also tell us about Haruto’s level of consciousness during the ordeal. Regardless, I hope that they don’t leave this like that. Saki obviously has feelings for Haruto and I like her character. Having said that, I am glad that the proposal was not accepted. Like I said in a previous post, this is not how she would want things to happen. That may also be a reason for the rejection. I would be upset that so many things were left up in the air, like the fact that the attack on the module is ongoing and people are either dying or dead, but the second season will be airing in October of this year and an OVA is set to air on July 4,2013. The end of the episode showed clips from the second season and things get pretty intense. Let’s just say that things aren’t going too well on Module 77.

Sunrise wants to keep the ball rolling.

Sunrise wants to keep the ball rolling.

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