You ever heard the phrase “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”? While the first season of Valvrave was broken in some…ok, many ways, it had a working formula in the stupidity and madness. Somehow they managed to break it by the end, so here’s why I think this season of Valvrave SUCKED!
First of all, the rushed pacing left the plot as an uncleaned trainwreck. The time skip we’ve gotten glimpses of ends up raising more questions than answering them, and alliances seem to switch so often that they play very little importance in the final fight between the Valvraves. Cain’s connection to Pino and her sibling is never explained, and Magius is easily taken out despite controlling almost all influential power. It feels as if the writers were focused simply on wrapping the show up and not the story.
Secondly, the focus on characters was severely lacking for a conclusion. Villains would have less than 5 minutes to elaborate on their motivations and characters that needed more development from last season(aka most of the main cast) are either sidelined or dead. Yet other characters that play little importance in the plot get complete side stories or full episodes. And while this works for some(L-elf and comrades), it mostly ends up throwing away time that could’ve been used to further connections with characters that remained important since ep 1.
But the biggest issue with Valvrave is that it is WAY too serious about itself. During the previous season, there was a sense of sillyness being retained everytime a new twist came. It’s the fact that they realized it was stupid and continued failing spectacularly(even the rape scene) that made it my guilty pleasure of the year. In this season, they try to take the bad writing seriously by simply raising the death flag left and right. This only works when either writing prowess or sheer energy is present, and sometimes it works(L-elf and Haruto’s final moment). But simply blowing everything up and yelling about how tragic it is doesn’t make for a good climax.
I’ve been tolerant of this season during the first few episodes, and some changes worked for the better. Several characters such as L-elf got major development, cliffhangers now have weight to them compared to the first season, and i’m open to a darker tone if it means raising the stakes in these conflicts. But much of the appeal that Valvrave had as a dumb, yet unpredictable action show was lost in its failed attempts to be taken seriously. Even with the low needs I set to enjoy this, Valvrave 2 remains(in my opinion) a big dissapointment.