Looks like Valvrave has finally turned up the angst meter past 11, and with it is a larger body count than the ending to season 1. Be prepared for the rage!
I’ll be honest when I say rage was the keyword for these 2 episodes, specifically how they overuse paranoia excusing dick moves by characters. It starts off with accusation between classmates and ends with students falling for the ARUS leader’s promise of letting them go in exchange for the Valvrave pilots. Did I mention that THEY’VE FALLEN FOR THIS SHIT BEFORE! How many times in season 1 were they backstabbed or threatened by adults from both sides?
Shouko is the worst as she’s willing to proclaim Haruto’s friendship as a lie due to hiding his immortality, only to learn about his sacrifice in ep 1 after trying to enter his empty Valvrave. And even after Inukami sacrifices himself for their escape, she still locks out the pilots protecting the remaining students. There’s a fine line between being emotionally betrayed and being a complete bitch.
Of course, that’s just a personal peeve of mine compared to the numerous plot holes it took to get there. We know Magius has influence over both ARUS and Dorssia, but that doesn’t explain their perfect timing of sneaking a Phantom ship full of people getting their Runes drained, then have a news reporter find it before ANYONE ELSE. The massacre by ARUS seems pointless considering that they are shooting them with the assumption of them being immortal beings. So the fact that they’re dead means that someone should clearly see this as a lie. There’s only so much that can be done with power and influence before it becomes a deus ex machina.
And yet I can’t say that this doesn’t have its up points too. This is the shining moment for Valvrave pilots as they sacrifice everything(including one of their own) to protect their remaining classmates. A-Drei lets Rukino go after finding out L-elf didn’t betray Dorssia(at least the one they believe in), and decides that it’s best to leave the future of Dorssia in his hands. And of course, Haruto and L-elf have an old-fashioned beatdown as they clash with fists, ideals, and everything that they failed to do. Sure it leads to Haruto activating a sudden power-up, but having these two finally belt out makes them learn from eachother and motivates them to continue fighting. This means we can get out of the angst and get back to the action.
As much as I rage about these two episodes, I have to give credit now that it’s set up the perfect opportunity for a bombastic climax. It’s prepared the two leads to get into fighting mood, the odds are against them in both sides, and most of the questions in the story are answered now. I’m ready for this train wreck of a series to end, so let’s make it go with a bigger bang than ever before.