Friday, June 14, 2013

Kakumeiki Valvrave: A Gundam Anime that does not have the word "Gundam" in its name

Currently finished: Episode 9

Since Zetro has made a post on the "non-mecha" mecha anime from this season, Suisei no Gargantia, I figure I'd make a post about other mecha anime from this season, Kakumeiki Valvrave.

Unlike Gargantia, who only disguises as a mecha anime, Valvrave is an actual mecha anime. In fact, Valvrave is as generic as a mecha anime could be: space battles, invasion for the sake of the mecha, an unwilling protagonist, and, most importantly, a top secret mysterious super-powered ass-kicking eye-blinding limited edition mecha that for some reason become more-ass-kicking when pilot screams.

Then, just the other day, as I was chatting with one of my friends who is supposed to be a Gundam expert, I was told that Valvrave is almost an act-by-act copy of Gundam Wing (I hope I remembered it right, since there are just so damn many of them with names that are just a couple of characters away). While there's no way for me to tell the validity of this statement (since I don't watched any Gundam anime), a quick browse of wikipedia on Gundam topics seems to loosely validate it.

While I was somewhat caught up in the early excitements, it seems that the story doesn't have anywhere to go other than the typical mecha path.

Despite the early excitements, I start to get a little bored lately with the repetitiveness and the highly predictable plot movement. But since I've already come so far, I think I'll stick for just a little longer to finish off the first half of the story where it'll take a break. 

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