Valvrave fans can be split into two categories:
- Those that like it ironically (i.e. it is so bad that it’s good).
- Those that genuinely like it.
I fall into that latter category. I have never felt that Valvrave was a bad anime. It is ridiculous but being ridiculous does not make it bad.
Valvrave is full of silly, ridiculous moments. These silly moments that make you go “WOAH, WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Oh god, I love this show.”
There are too many great moments to pick the best one, so let’s be lazy and just list a few out. In all seriousness, I could probably list every single episode here because Valvrave is a 666/10 anime.
666 & Possibility
I can’t recall how ridiculous and awesome the first episode was but it wasn’t until the second that Valvrave The Liberator’s true colors became obvious.
Haruto is flying around. In his cockpit, L-Elf has taken Shoko hostage. L-Elf keeps telling him to surrender only to realize that L-Elf is now hated by his own country because Haruto did stuff with his body. Then Haruto receives a cell-phone call….in space…from Shoko…who was presumed dead.
L-Elf just watches as Haruto takes the call and becomes relieved that his crush is still alive. After the call, Haruto’s machine overheats and can no longer move. L-Elf somehow figures out that going beyond 666 is a good thing. They go beyond 666 and win.
Haruto wants to confess to Shoko but decides that he is now a monster and refrains from doing so.
I did not do that scene justice. Draggle did a better job, but really you should just go watch/re-watch the scene. It is the kind of thing that should be displayed in a museum because if this isn’t art then I don’t know what is.
Call me Moses
I owe Draggle for reminding me of this scene. How could anyone forget this?
Music Video Time
Oh god. This music video. It was great. Ridiculous, but in its own way, sentimental too. This intersection of outright ridiculousness with warmth and heart is exactly what I love so much about this anime.
Saki kisses Haruto
I love Saki. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shoko as well, but Saki is a real star. She has spunk and determination. She also has a playful side as demonstrated when she kissed Haruto and stole his body.
I want to see her end up with Haruto. I know Haruto likes Shoko and Shoko loves him too, but Saki would be better for him. That said, Saki x A-Drei was a ship that came forth in the more recent episodes and it is a pretty fine ship too.
The students are in trouble and the only one who can come up with a plan to save them is L-Elf. Unfortunately, it is only the 8th episode so they don’t trust him yet but Haruto trusts him. In fact, Haruto trusts him enough to claim that coffee tastes better with sugar and that L-Elf is bitter, so with the two together, they will taste just fine.
It is a classic Haruto x L-Elf moment and is hilarious in every way.
I am not really going to say much about the now infamous assault scene in episode 10 since everything that should or should not be said has been said (so glad I was on twitter hiatus at that time). Right after the scene though, Saki told Haruto that Shoko had won the election.
Her delivery of that line, with the ending music playing in the background, was one of the most chilling moments this year.
Hahaha. In all seriousness, I thought Akira’s love for Shoko was quite adorable.
Only feed on L-Elf (episode 13)
Oh Haruto, what will you do without L-Elf.
L-Elf shoots Marie
Haruto swears to bear the curse alone.
Green, naked L-Elf is very assertive.
L-Elf confesses to Lieselotte
To see someone as stoic and reserved as L-Elf confess his love was a shock. I mean, yeah he obviously liked her but to actually see him confess without hesitation? Well, that was definitely a great thing to behold.
His subsequent plan to allow everyone to escape was also incredible (though Lieselotte did die).
Purge the monsters
So, the Dorsia fuhrer goes on the TV and claims that EVERY SINGLE of the module 77 students are monsters and deserve to be killed. He does this by stabbing poor Saki who comes back to life shortly after.
It only makes sense then for everyone to suddenly turn against Jior and kill all of the students one by one. And the best part? None of the students came back to life. Clearly, those students were immortal and had to be put down.
This was definitely one of the better death scenes that I have seen this year. It was pretty damn cool.
L-Elf and Haruto reveal their feelings on the moon.
I want to this chance to point out that Valvrave has a genuinely good soundtrack. The insert songs are all wonderful and the timing when they play is almost always just right.
There is no Valvrave song as iconic as the first ending, Boku Janai. The few time(s) that it was used as an insert were fantastic and it served really well for the short time it was the ending. It is one of my favorite songs this year and it is just so perfect.
If you were to ask me for one song that captured 2013 in my eyes, it would be this song.
L-Elf is the offspring of Rambo and Lelouch.
During large scale battles, he is able to come up with excellent, almost full-proof tactics. He can manipulate people like Lelouch but often he has no need to. His reputation is enough to grant him authority over any of the good guys and the bad guys poop their pants when they realize who they are up against. (Well, I haven’t seen the pooping happen but I am sure they do…)
Outside of large space battles, he is an excellent hand to hand combatant. I mean the guy takes down entire platoons equipped with nothing but a hand pistol.
How badass is that?
From his cutthroat ruthlessness (shooting Marie to preserve a secret) to his bittersweet (GET IT!) relationship with Haruto to his tender love for Lieselotte, L-Elf is one of my favorite characters this year. There was never a dull moment when he was on screen. I love him so much.
L-Elf x Haruto
You know, it is tempting to ship L-Elf and Haruto since the two (mostly Haruto) often say some bizarre things to one another but I don’t really feel the need to do that. I know Valvrave is not a serious show, but I think there is something special in the relationship between the two.
I hesitate to call them best-friends, but at the very least, they are fantastic partners. Haruto understands L-Elf better than anyone and vice-versa. More importantly though, they actually do balance each other out really well. As Haruto once said, “You’re bitter. With the two of us together, it’ll taste just fine!”