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Posted 5/22/13 , edited 5/28/13
Written by Anonymooo

I’ve been watching anime for just about twenty years, so I’m pretty familiar with the conventions of the medium. At first glance, it’s pretty easy to dismiss Sunrise’s Valvrave the Liberator as a Gundam knock-off--young characters, large-scale mecha action, and political intrigue aplenty are all things that Valvrave shares with its older sibling.


Oh sure, it all starts out pretty normal: in a world split between three factions (the militaristic Dorssia, the powerful capitalist ARUS, and the neutral non-interventionist JIOR) and where the majority of humanity lives in space, Haruto attends school 222 and lives a relatively plain life.


He has a pretty obvious crush on Shouko, a girl he’s known since childhood, and he’s generally well-liked among his classmates. Everything’s going great, until Dorssia invades the station they live on and lots of people die.


Wanting to protect the people he cares about, Haruto stumbles into the cockpit of a mysterious--and terrifyingly powerful--mecha called the Valvrave, and slams those Dorssian knobs in a massacre that crosses new thresholds of vengeance.


Wait! Don’t go! I swear that Valvrave is different! It really, truly is! You see, despite that hilariously bland setup, Valvrave very quickly goes off the rails of the standard mecha series. We’re not even talking Code Geass crazy--despite people I know disagreeing with me, Valvrave goes way off the deep end into “batshit bonkers totally cray cray” crazy. We’re talking vampires (no really), body-switching puzzles right out of a Zelda game (really really), and a full-on musical number in the middle of one episode.


But Valvrave is not just absolute insanity from beginning to end--there’s a great cast of truly likeable characters, stellar action, jaw-dropping animation, and a love triangle that will no doubt spark some immense online free-for-alls.


Valvrave the Liberator flies into action Fridays at 11:00am PDT, featuring the sleek, sexy character designs of D.Gray-Man’s Katsura Hoshino! Don’t be fooled by its been-there, done-that appearance--Valvrave the Liberator will take you for a ride you won’t easily forget!
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Posted 5/31/13
Thanks for the review! I would definitely have skipped this at first glance. Though I'm a sucker for Mecha I have been let down by some recent offerings.
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Posted 5/31/13
I'm really getting into this show. It really has a little bit of everything. It's nice to not have to kick my kids out of the room when I'm watching it too... ^_^
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Posted 5/31/13
I'm not sure how much of a real love triangle there is, given that one of the two girls is clearly a sociopath.
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Posted 6/1/13
I have been enjoying it so far, there are a few questionable parts of the story. However I think so far this one is off to a good start, the problem being that it really needs a great answer to some of the veiled mysteries in the background for it to be a fantastic series. It could easily go tumbling into Guilty Crown territory, which would be majorly disappointing.
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Posted 6/2/13
I'm so gonna watch this awesome review thanks for the heads up
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Posted 6/2/13
I've been watching the episodes and I agree with several of the above posters as well as the review. It starts off alot like Gundam, but has clearly deviated from that staple of the mecha show. It's kind of a relief actually.
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Posted 6/2/13
I think Valvrave did things right by taking some ideas from Gundam. Better to take inspirations from great animes to make new ones better. Not to mention the fact that Valvrave is actually made by the EXACT SAME company that did Gundam, so technically they just recycled some ideas to start off this series.

The best thing for this series is that it uses the similarities with Gundam to hook people in, then it convinced people that it's its own kind of anime with what it did after it got going.
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Posted 3/9/14
BEST ANIME EVER...then again im not a hardcore anime fan, but nonetheless i love it all
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