666/10? Why? Because Valvrave is VALVRAVE.
Valvrave the Liberator (REVIEW)
Kakumeiki Valvrave (REVIEW)
(THERE ARE NO SPOILERS)
Note: If you are planning to watch this, avoid spoilers from elsewhere at all costs or it’ll all be for naught.
NOTE: This review does not meet my standards any longer and will be updated sometime in the future.
With exquisite delicacy and intense precision this masterpiece achieves its effects through the means of being complex enough through a divergent amount of integration such as the portrayal of numerous critical elements in the story, and the influx of monumental emotional impacts. This is not limited to the fantastical exclusion of all sane ideas, and it is most definitely a miraculous piece of work that breaks the stratosphere in terms of the elegance of it’s design. With the audience in mind, this anime brings to us something truly miraculous and groundbreaking that will forever change the landscape and will be the epitome of excellence for all future anime- no, not just anime, but for all future entertainment to follow. Indeed, it may be blasphemous for me to even try to review this sacred relic, but for the sake of future generations, and for the preservation of mankind’s magnum opus, I am willing to become a martyr so that not only our children will be able to taste the forbidden fruit, but also because when we one day perish, extra-terrestrial life will be able to recreate the cycle. What is this? THIS IS KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE. THIS IS VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR. THE SYSTEM THAT UNVEILS THE WORLD.
If you’ve seen any of my reviews about Valvrave (careful of spoilers), you should know how I feel about it. Well, I’m not sure if there are many who diverge in the Valvrave following, but the heretics will one day realize their faults and convert to the true cause. Hell, that’s what this review is for in the first place, right? Alright, alright, so I know you’re already overwhelmed by this introduction so I’ll tone it down a bit so people who have not yet witnessed the glory that is Valvrave will be able to comprehend. But first, let’s talk a bit about the viewpoint one should take when watching this anime, and the criticism that has been put upon this anime since pretty much the first episode.
Plebian 1: “Lol the characters suck.”
Retard 2: “This anime is so generic.”
Young one 3: “WTF this anime makes no sense.”
Misled person 4: “It’s just a gundam clone, move on.”
Almighty prophet AKA Child of ERU ERUFU 5: “hmmm, i might drop this series cause the story line is very very predictable…. they could have done it better imo :/”
Non-redeemable plebian 6 (Like seriously, Majestic Prince over VALVRAVE? Is this guy for fucking real?): “This show was such shit. I can’t name any really good or stand out things about it, and it’ll probably be standard sunrise garbage everybody leave and watch Majestic Prince and/or Gargantia instead.”
These are just some of the complaints I’ve found in a short period of time. When looked at the perspective of the innocent viewer who has no idea what he or she is getting into, it’s quite obvious why confusion ensues. From the five complaints above, the one who understands the anime the best would probably be “Young one 3” for he or she hasn’t quite switched to the proper mindset yet. Think of it like this, do you watch Death Note or Fate/Zero for humor? Do you watch Fullmetal Alchemist for the romance? Heck, I wouldn’t base my review on those anime for those reasons. That’s not to say the anime I mentioned are completely devoid of such elements, but those elements are supplementals and are not the primary reasons why people watch the aforementioned anime. More importantly, that’s not even what the writer(s) made each anime for. So what about Valvrave? People talk about characters, plot, story, mecha, and so on, what do we watch Valvrave for?
Now some people would like to say Valvrave is “over the top” or a “trainwreck,” and while I agree with the former, I definitely don’t agree with the latter. Well, the idea of a “trainwreck” has really been trainwrecked with how it’s been said in the anime community and now it’s meaning has been less and less clear. However, what I define to be a “trainwreck” would be to imply the idea that it’s “so bad, it’s good.” If one looks at Valvrave in the perspective of having a profound story, developing, and so on, then of course it’ll be “bad,” but that’s not the point. The problem that arises is when the anime is made on purpose to be absurdly enjoyable. Saying that it’s “bad” would imply that the over the top elements, and not the characters, story and so on, are done poorly which is not the case for Valvrave. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. So while it may be accurate to state that Valvrave is indeed insane, absurd, crazy, and “over the top,” it is certainly not bad when you take the intended purpose of the anime in mind.
However, I completely understand the fact that some people just don’t like these types of shows. Now, I could go on with some more doublespeak or be pretentious like I was before about the whole deal with Valvrave and people not “getting it,” but some people do, and they just don’t appreciate it. They want the profound stories, they want the developed characters, they want these elements and Valvrave honestly doesn’t offer that nearly as much as other anime. I can perfectly accept someone not watching it for those reasons. However, saying that it’s “bad” when it’s not even geared towards that is different. That’s like saying Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is below average because the humor is below average. It’s not about the humor in FMA:B that makes it enjoyable or good and the same concept applies to Valvrave.
Oh, you might want a bit of a premise for the story. Well, without spoiling too much, it’s basically about, as one person puts it, “BIBLICAL SPACE VAMPIRES PLOTTING MULTIPLE COMPETING COUP D’ETATS THROUGH THE USE OF SHINING FINGER MECHS THAT SEEM TO RUN ON NVIDIA AND ARE PILOTED BY VAMPIRIC IMMORTAL TEENAGERS WITH GOD COMPLEXES WHO ARE FACING OFF AGAINST SPACE NAZI CHARLES VI DORSSIA THE FIFTH.” Confused? Shocked? I don’t blame you. I actually had to edit some of it to make less spoilerish because that would ruin all the fun. By the way, this is just scratching the surface. I could add just about twice that since this was said before the anime finished airing.
Firstly, when you’re going into this anime, please do not watch it with a serious mindset. Please just turn your brain off, and enjoy the ride. This isn’t going to be an anime with the same depth of storytelling like Shin Sekai Yori, and this isn’t an anime with fantastic character progression. Although, ERU ERUFU, and a certain someone by the end of the anime pick up the slack in the characters department. However, this is all done with a switch in mindset. Not all people are willing to do this and are criticizing it because of story, characters, and whatever, but why don’t they criticize it based on what it’s actually trying to portray? What about the FUCKING ABSURD, and INSANELY ENJOYABLE AWESOMENESS? Seriously, whenever I see a super serious review about this anime targeting the wrong facets of the show I just cringe at the missed opportunity for some very enjoyable absurdities that will make you smile, laugh, and sometimes cringe really hard. But hey, the different feelings that this anime will take you through is part of the fun.
Of course, that’s not to say that pulling off random events would automatically get a 666/10 rating. Sunrise is quite skilled when it comes to these kinds of shows, and their experience with previous anime that’s similar to Valvrave, like Code Geass, really helps shape the absurdities into something that people can still find enjoyable and not plain ridiculous. Personally, I’m not exactly sure what makes Valvrave so enjoyable. It could be because my friends also understand the perspective and share a similar mindset and we talk about it. Still, a lot of it has to do with how Sunrise excecutes the absurdities. While it may seem easy to put in random things, Sunrise goes a bit further and puts in lines, such as the incredible Moses part, that make the absurdities that much more amazing. Some parts even use juxtaposition nicely for emphasis. Even some plot points that don’t make sense are filled up later on with some twists. But in the end, I guess Valvrave is just VALVRAVE. That’s honestly the best way I’ve found to explain it. There’s no need to say “over the top” or anything like that because in a way, Valvrave found it’s own way. Once you watch Valvrave, you’ll understand.
Valvrave the Liberator Review Recommendation
If you’re into Code Geass’ random absurdities, and are perhaps looking for an enjoyable shut-your-brain-off ride, then Kakumeiki Valvrave / Valvrave the Liberator may just be for you. If you are the type of person who takes things more seriously and just don’t like nonsensical things or cannot switch to this kind of perspective, then I would say just don’t bother with this anime as you’ll probably hate it. However, if you’re not sure if you should, just take a deep breath, say bye bye to logic, switch your perspective, and have fun RAVING. Try a couple of episodes, if you can’t get into the mood after 3 episodes, just don’t bother with it. If you are able to get into the mood, I WELCOME YOU TO THE VALVRAVE 666/10 CLUB. Oh and once you’re in, you’ll never come out.
Valvrave the Liberator Review Conclusion
While this has been quite a lengthy review (probably the longest review I’ve done), I’m sure there are points that I’ve missed and things I’ll later find out that I wanted to talk about. Ultimately, I’d say Valvrave just comes down to one thing, entertainment. I haven’t been reviewing for long, but I have more fun reviewing for Valvrave more than any other anime, and that shows in my episodic reviews (careful of spoilers). Even this general review is no different. Sure, there are moments that made me cringe in a bad way, but even then, the myriad of random emotions felt refreshing. It’s not often we get shows like this that just deliver quality entertainment when you get into the right mindset.
I’m sure that while I may be screaming 666/10 every time someone mentions the very name of the anime, another will be disparaging the anime on the basis of elements like well developed characters, and so on that ultimately do not affect the enjoyment value greatly. Hopefully, this review will assist you getting the maximum amount of enjoyment possible and maybe even change some of your minds about the anime so you can give it another try. Of course, some people will find that it’s not their thing, and I’m fine with that. There’ll also be people who are haters who don’t understand, but hey, it’s their loss. We’ll be flying in space in glorious space vampire mechs and they can be trampled to the ground by Waffes. At the end of the day, who wins?