Kakumeiki Valvrave has made it clear this week that realism has no place in the escalating war between Dorssia and Arus. Despite that, Kakumeiki continues on its improbable and surprising run of solid episodes.
You know, there was once a time when I actually debated between watching Kakumeiki Valvrave and Majestic Prince. And now, after witnessing one of the most unrealistic, yet insanely entertaining episodes of Valvrave’s short run, I can safely say that I’ve made the right decision by choosing this.
This episode continues with the political drama that was hinted at in the last episode, with Senator Figaro planning to steal the Valvrave and Haruto before leaving all of the students behind to act as a distraction for Dorssia while he sneaks away. He’s the archetypical evil politician, a vibe I had gotten from him since his appearance, and he certainly acts on that side in this episode. However, the real surprise comes at its conclusion, when Haruto and Shoko take the Valvrave hostage and declare their school to be an independent nation.
Wow, just wow. The lack of realism is astounding at this point, but Valvrave does such a good job of filling its episodes with juicy political drama and action that you learn to ignore it and to just enjoy what is being presented to you. As usual, the animation sequences with the Valvrave are cool, although we still only see it in limited bursts. If we saw the mecha in action more, it wouldn’t be a bad thing, but at least the scenes its involved in are done well. When the war begins to really come to a head, I expect to see far more scenes with fighting, but honestly, this episode did well without any prolonged action scenes, so it won’t be a problem moving forward.
Haruto didn’t really have much to do this episode. No, the real star this week was Shoko. I’ll admit, I was on the fence about her for a while, but this week has totally vaulted her into being one of the coolest characters on the show. She is the one who essentially takes charge of the declaration of independence, and her leadership is definitely a plus for me when it comes to her personality. It’s refreshing to see a female character who is able to stand up for herself without also being overbearing and unlikable. That may come as a surprise, but Kakumeiki Valvrave has managed to create one of the more likable females of this season. Not bad for what initally came off as just another mecha show.
The main problems stem from the fact that this episode was focused entirely on the independence storyline. While I do love the fact that Shoko got a lot to do this episode, I wish that Valvrave would pay more attention to the other girl in this story, Saki! I’m still rooting for her in the competition for Haruto, and it would have been nice to see more screen time for her.
Also, the Space Vampirism didn’t really get much development this week beyond the fact that Haruto cannot switch bodies with someone without direct skin contact. It seems like it will be such an important aspect of the show, and yet, we still know almost next to nothing about what exactly Haruto is going through. Hopefully, Kakumeiki Valvrave will address this issue next week.
Again, it’s the science behind Valvrave. How do they expect to survive when they’ve essentially isolated themselves from a source of electricity and food? Unless they have their own fuel sources, which is somewhat plausible, and they have some sort of food source, which is less likely, considering that their grounds are taken up by the school, they’ll starve to death before they can do anything meaningful.
As usual, there are little things to nitpick about Kakumeiki Valvrave, but if we can look past that for the overall product, Kakumeiki Valvrave is as entertaining a show as there exists this season. I for one, am thoroughly enjoying every second of this series, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next, especially since the school has established itself as an independent nation. Hopefully, this means that there will be even more action, political talk, and more Saki!