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Kakumeiki Valvrave

August 16, 2013

Also known as “Valvrave the Liberator”, never got around to watching this mecha series when originally aired this past spring, even though the online buzz about it made me quite curious.

Considering it had been ages since I marathoned an anime, decided to free up time last weekend to indulge in a relaxing anime viewing session and sat through “Valvrave the Liberator” which turned out to be an enjoyable mecha action series.

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Liked “Kakumeiki Valvrave” quite a bit, it was fun to see all the typical elements of the mecha genre brought together in such an action packed show. While it is nothing novel nor stellar, the show is also plagued with the typical plot-holes and inconsistencies of its genre, it is nonetheless an enjoyable, solid series.

While its use of tried and true elements from other mecha series like “Gundam” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion” may come over as a mishmash to some viewers, the mix did not feel off to me. Although do wonder if the overarching plot of Haruto and his comrades starting a revolution that while change the way of life for all of mankind may not be over-ambitious to pull off in such a short run.

Like most elements in the show, the characters too are default templates without any real surprises or novel directions for their development, this is true for the core cast from main lead Haruto to idol Saki or emerging leader Shouko, as well as the various supporting characters.

Saki is voiced by Tomatsu Haruka, she previously voiced Asuna in “Sword Art Online”, Lala in “To Love RU”, Ichika in “Ano Natsu de Matteru” and Anaru in “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai”.

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Seto Asami voices Shouko, she also voiced Chihaya in “Chihayafuru”, Konatsu in “Tari Tari”, Aoi in “Senki Zesshou Symphogear” and Lan in “Rinne no Lagrange”.

Bespectacled Aina is voiced by Kayano Ai, she’s tackled roles like Mashiro in “Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo”, Inori in “Guilty Crown” and this season she voices Kanae in “Tamayura ~More Aggressive~” , Karila in “Stella Jougakuin Koutouka C3-bu” and Lucy in “Servant x Service”.

Liselotte, who will likely appear more in the second season, is voiced by Toyosaki Aki, she previously voiced Yui in “K-ON!”, Yoshino in “Minami-ke”, Chitose in “Yuru Yuri” and Uiharu in “To aru Kagaku no Railgun”.

Yuuki Aoi voices Akira, she previously tackled roles like Tooru in “A Channel”, Victorique in “Gosick” and Madoka in “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”. Shapely teacher Nanami is voiced by Horie Yui who also voiced Naru in “Love Hina”, Millhi in “Dog Days”, Minori in “Toradora!” and Hanekawa in “Monogatari Series Second Season”.

Ending on a cliffhanger, “Valvrave the Liberator” is slated to return this upcoming fall anime season. Having enjoyed its first run, will definitely watch the sequel as am quite curious to see how it will all play out.

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