Anime Review: Valvrave the Liberator – 10 & 11

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I guess it could be the new phrase: “I want to curse you.” 

At least I don’t have to bleep myself. 

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Valvrave does a pretty good job at building up tension at the end of each episode, and the last two are no exceptions. Granted, episode ten has plenty of the WTF factor and episode eleven tries to smooth out the tension that is somewhat misleading, considering pity points and confused bravado on all sides as well as some much needed emotional investments. I’m not a big fan of what’s happened, but I can also see where all the added level of drama can kick in as soon as next week. If not, season two can pick up where this season will leave off and pry deeper into Haruto and that hip-thrusting curse. And who knows, maybe there will be a shotgun wedding. 

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A lot of the actual development in this series seems to love backfiring. Nothing on Module 77 goes right, and just when you think Shoko being elected new Prime Minister is a start to moving in the right direction, her father is immediately shown and literally blown up. By whom? By the very person who promised to save him, the very hero who still struggles to have a spine when not proposing. Yes, Haruto still hasn’t changed since episode one. What’s worse is that after he and L-Elf finally get on the same page, they don’t even interact with one another. Haruto even seems to have developed a trauma over anyone with curves so even more of a shock that he hasn’t sought out L-Elf for some kind of solution. Wait, that’s not in the manual? (We’re screwed!)

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I’m trying to swallow my expectations a bit since I do have this tendency to be harsh when writing about Valvrave. If I’m looking for a silver lining to this series, it is that this is going to continue later this year, and all the development of characters and plot should be put in the rear view mirror should all galactic explosions and tender HarutoxL-Elf or HarutoxSaki moments actually happen. Recent developments do feel really random to be honest but it’s not like I can laugh it off like the Valvrave chick. Let’s just see where it all goes, and then I’ll give a more relaxed composition of opinions and thoughts. 

However, if I could defend myself, I really don’t like the idea of children running a makeshift country. It just bleeds the concept used previously in one mandatory literature I read in high school. It won’t end well until bailed out by adults who have a little more common sense. (But war changes all that so…) We shall see… 

GO Rating (Average):3/5

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She always has the best things to say and reaffirm. 

Anthony Kim

Anthony Kim

Former Senior Anime Reviewer (09-2010 – 04-2014)

Anthony majored in Japanese. Try guessing why.

He loves his sports, adores kittens and currently resides in South Korea working as an English teacher. He has been a part of Population GO since its relaunch in 2010, having contributed to mostly anime news and reviews.

He’s currently playing Pokémon Y, and his Friend Code is: 4570-7572-3456.

Anthony Kim