Valvrave #01 — READ THE EULA!

April 11th, 2013

 

It may contain unexpected clauses!

FYI, this and DS2’s broadcasts are pushed back a little bit (again) next week.

Impressions:

Is it really so much to ask that a show manage to both be eventful and sensical? Well, maybe this one is just out of control enough to get by on sheer inanity. Yeah, yeah, starting off with the usual info dump into eating contest into a knifing, which means… That it’s time to pan over an entire swarm of characters, and do some particularly weird classroom teenage kissy face nonsense. They just left two bodies floating in a corridor in zero G, blood splattered everywhere, and continued on their day. Wouldn’t like… someone notice this? Even the kissy face stuff was a bit inane. They went straight from secretly texting in the middle of class to crawling around the classroom to hopping around. Did we forget something along the way? I’m also a little confused as to why students were running around on top of gun turrets.

The worst was probably Shouko getting lasered. Our whiny spineless protagonist had the wherewithal to not only give a scream of anguish but make comments like "Quit paying hide and seek," making me want to slap him even more. And of course, as you know, the Japanese response to going into emotional shock is to calmly climb into a nearby robot that popped up out of nowhere, boot it up, and obey the sexy little AI interface asking you to "resign as a human being," But not until you have at least 100 Twitter followers. And then after it’s all over, he’s stabbed dead, and shot a few times because the terrorists know what they’re doing. Except that he gets up because his robot has turned him into a vampire.

So yeah, to say that there are issues with the writing is like noting that water is wet. Even Guilty Crown managed to be cohesive for at least one episode. It’s eventful at least, and that’s something. I have to admit that I laughed like a moron at the end of the episode though. Nobody expects the vampire! The protagonist is almost a direct copy of Shu from Guilty Crown otherwise though. Granted, his girlfriend being ‘dead’ of a laser blast meters away from her is both a valid reason for a little melodrama and also not terribly convincing (especially with vampires in the show), but it’s not like he wasn’t a sniveling little whiner beforehand though. Production is also a little disappointing. Nowhere even close to cheap, but Sunrise has done much better CG in the past than those ugly blocky ships and nothing really impressed otherwise, which is kind of odd for them.

But seriously. A vampire.

 

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13 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Chevalier says:

    I’d easily call Guilty Crown worse because it took itself a more seriously and placed more emphasis on the main character being a useless person. Yes, both of the protagonists are weak-willed types, but I wouldn’t call the protagonist a clone of Shu in particular, especially not by the end..

    In general, this is clearly insane from the start, so I think I’ll enjoy it more.

  • LaLaLa says:

    Reminds me vaguely of Sora Kake Girl (also by Sunrise). Does… anyone remember that show?

  • KeyBoard says:

    Did you catch the Jojo reference before this robot turned him into a vampire

    “ningen wo yamemasuka?”

    do you resign being human

    I thought that was amusing

  • algorithm says:

    After Gunnm LO vampires aren’t a big deal anymore.

  • TheVoid says:

    I remember the baked potato and that the AI was Lelouch.

  • Gorilla13 says:

    Well, hopefully by the next ep the guy quits being a phaggot and man up a lil bit but seeing how he turns into a vampire, I doubt it…

    This show looks really good though, minus the MC. I’d hate to drop this because of a retarded MC…

  • knowngni says:

    We’ll see if he’s another Shoe or not. If he keeps his balls together and not run across a freeway screaming like a wuss, I’ll be happy. Once you resolve to start killing to protect people, you cant just take it back.

  • Rax says:

    Nanomachines, son.

  • Adam says:

    I honestly thought that show was quite good.
    I don’t see any real resemblance to this though… Call me back when the space colonies have chainsaws equipped.

  • Adam says:

    Wait… It’s like they wanted to make Gundam, but they also wanted to make a vampire show with pretty boys.

  • Benigmatica says:

    Nah, a Brightslap will straighten him up… if this anime has one.

  • Lohjm says:

    i have a feeling that the machine can transform into four forms because i really cant see any other characters can be the pilots…

  • The Phantom says:

    Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot? Anyway it started okish but quickly degenerated, I agree that his sudden vampire transformation was utterly ridiculous.

    The only thing I have to redeem in the show is that people actually die (at least I hope) and so I will continue watching so long the deadfeast and blood keeps going.