After an entire season on hiatus, the adventures of our teen vampire mech-pilots returns. And I’m happy to say it starts off with a bang.
Wasting no time, the ep continues from the cliffhanger of last season with a grand fight scene between the Valvrave 1 and the immortal Cain. Nearly destroying Module 77, they manage to strike back and barely survive their journey to the neutral zone on the moon. Shouko and the student council are managing diplomacy, Saki is maintaining her idol status, and Cain’s AI is somehow related to the AI in Valvrave I.
From the looks of it, this season seems to delve more into the mythological part of the story. It’s revealed that the Valvraves are powered by Runes, which are information particles found strongly in the emotional state of humans. To gather these, someone has to constantly make another human become immortal like them, which we see happen with the mysterious organization overpowering both sides of the war.
So other than the action and some student politics, the ep’s main draw is Haruto dealing with his urge to attack. Apparently his attacks are triggered by withdrawal symptoms from the lack of Runes to power the Valvraves. Somehow Haruto is the only one with these urges, but it nevertheless disturbs him enough to lock himself in containment before realizing the valvraves depend on his attacks.
Yet probably the funniest part of this is his overall decision to solving this. We know Rukino loves Haruto regardless of the fact he raped her in one of his attacks. We also know that Haruto is really trying to make up for it by preventing more attacks and even turning down Rukino’s offer of raping her again. But when he decides to choose biting L-elf as a way to calm those attacks, I can’t help but laugh. Fujoshi fans rejoice, because the girl ready for sexy time is held back for pretty boy neck. Mmmmm.
Let me just get this out of the way; I don’t think the writing for Valvrave is great. Take a good look at it, and you’ll quickly notice plot holes, cheap shock value, a cast of cliches, and drama fueled entirely by teen angst. And yet watching this ep reminded me why I enjoyed it regardless; it’s fast-paced and crazy. There’s always something happening, cliffhangers are constant, and it doesn’t restrain itself from getting weird. I have a soft-spot for exciting stupidity, and I’m sure this will be just that for the next 3 monthes.