Alternate Titles: Kakumeiki Valvrave
Mecha anime by Sunrise
Simulcast on Crunchyroll
Premise: In the future, humanity has migrated to space and built cities and nations in the stars. Between two warring factions known as the Dorssia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States, lies the small neutral nation of JIOR that has stayed independent thanks to its prosperous economy (because that’s totally not the plot of Valkyria Chronicles). However, after a Dorssia attack (see where this is going?), Haruto Tokishima, a regular high school student living in JIOR (oh boy here we go…) discovers a mysterious mech called the Valvrave.
Gee’s Verdict: Pretty, Inoffensive, Potential for Greater Things
I won’t lie, as a super robot fan, I went into this with low expectations. That said, Valvrave did an alright job of keeping my attention. While it may not be the visual tour de force that Attack on Titan, Gargantia, or Yamato 2199 are, Valvrave has a clean aesthetic that works in its favor. In addition, Sunrise has done a good job of making sure this anime isn’t just a shitty mecha cash-in, at least in terms of mecha design. The enemy mecha have a fun gimmick and the Valvrave itself is a legitimately good looking mecha with a great color scheme.
As for the rest of the episode, I saw a fair amount of potential, both ways. On one hand, Valkyria Chronicles is one of my favorite games so the plot of a nation trying to stay independent in a quickly escalating war has a lot of promise to be interesting. However, with the sheer number of your typical Gundam-style pretty boys staring deeply into each others’ eyes, I could see this anime quickly become fangirl bait just as easily. I mean seriously, killing off the main character’s (awesome) female love interest just as the pretty white-haired boy shows up? At least be a little more subtle than that Sunrise.
That said, Valvrave did enough to grab me that rather than instantly dropping this as I expected I would, I’ll definitely catch a few more episodes before I make my final decision.