Well, contrary to my personal theories, Kakumeiki Valvrave dealt with the surprisingly realistic ramifications of Shoko’s declaration of independence. The issues of food, power, and the short-sightedness of her plan were all highlighted, and dealt with accordingly, which was fine for me. The solutions were a little convenient, but there is a lot more to enjoy about this particular episode.
Kakumeiki Valvrave made it through this outing with only minimal attention paid to the Valvrave itself, which worked well for this particular segment. I found that I missed the mecha much less than I had expected to, as there was still plenty of action to go around this week, just not in conventional forms. Not to mention, a healthy dose of Saki was delivered this week, and that was a touch I greatly appreciated.
It’s no secret that I am ready to take Saki’s side when the battle lines are drawn, and this episode did nothing to change my opinion. If anything, I only love her character more now, after witnessing her in action. Not only does she lay the smack down on Takahi, but she also manages to star in a music video planned by the students to raise money, and steals a kiss from Haruto, reigniting the love triangle. Beyond that, based on her attempt to bite Takahi, which mimicked Haruto’s actions, and the fact that more Valvraves were discovered at the end of the episode, I can safely assume that Saki will become a pilot next week. All in all, this episode did a lot to establish Saki’s importance to Kakumeiki Valvrave.
This episode was full of head scratching moments, from the fact that the physics teacher didn’t think once to lend a hand to the freezing students, to Shoko randomly singing “Jingle Bells” to cheer up her classmates. Valvrave’s lack of solid writing became painfully apparent this week, especially with the manufactured crisis of the power suddenly running out, and the solution of pressing a big red button. Things just didn’t seem to fall into the realm of realism this week, and although Valvrave rarely actually cares about treading that line, it became much more obvious when the show slowed its pace down. With the developments made this week, however, we can expect the action to pick up soon.
While the music video was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this week, it just felt out of place. I mean, this is a mecha show, right? Can’t we put the Valvrave to better use than as an extra for a PV?
Kakumeiki Valvrave faltered a bit this week, with its weakest showing overall. However, its worst still is leaps and bounds over every other show this season in terms of pure entertainment value. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this such an endearing series, but whatever it is, Valvrave certainly hasn’t lost it. Aside from a few hiccups, Kakumeiki Valvrave’s fifth installment was a solid outing that left me hopeful for the next few episodes and the developments that they will bring.