Why? Why Valvrave?!
Just watched S2, ep9...and...Why? Why the feels?
Trying to make this spoiler free...I know that too many characters = not enough time for backstory for each...and some are made just to become a tearjerker...
I don't know...on one hand, I am absolutely loving Valvrave...on the other...it's a short series and I'm beginning to think that it'll burn itself out really quickly.
It's good that the series is full of action and emotions...but part of me is a little cautious, thinking there is far too much of it. It's like they took all of the action and romance out of every mecha series out there to date and put them all together to form Valvrave. For every longstanding series there were episodes or parts where the action and stuff slowed down for a bit. There were slow moments that built up to the big action or the big finish...like the ending of the 1st season of 00. They had their fun days and everything leading up to the big finish. It was slow until it hit the climax, then everything just cut off. Valvrave seems like a series perpetually in the climax zone. There's never really a dull moment in Valvrave...and although I love that, I'm worried because it really feels like it's rushing things and throwing in emotions and tearjerkers to win people over.
Vague spoiler-ish stuff in the following paragraph, skip if you wish.
In Gundam there were episodes that didn't have epic battles or whatnot. When Cagalli and Athrun wound up on the island...or when Shinn and Stella were stranded. There were entire episodes devoted to character/relationship developments. Valvrave doesn't feel like it has that. The character/relationship building seems to happen in the midst of the fighting. Also, there's not really massive character death like at the end of Gundam 00. In Valvrave, if people die they tend to die one at a time. Of course, that just makes their deaths even more shocking and sad because you get attached, you find out their backstory as they basically waltz towards their doom knowing that they aren't going to make it.
I love Valvrave and I don't want to see the series flop because of what it is: the extraction and combination of epic plots and designs that were well received in other series. I don't know, to me, it feels like Valvrave used all the other mecha anime and decided to combine everything that fans liked the most.
For example, within the last 3 episodes or so these are the things that I found resemblance to off the top of my head.
Lieselotte: Lacus Clyne (Gundam SEED) or Shouko (Fafner)
Shouko: Cagalli (Gundam), Maya (Fafner)
Aina: Shouko (Fafner);
Inuzuka: Michio (Fafner)
Those don't even begin to scrape the surface.
Also, when I first started watching Valvrave I was struck by how the designs look so similar to Gundam. To me, it's pretty much a Gundam with extra, glowy-bits.
Anyway, can't wait for the next episode. I'll be watching that one from the comforts of home. If anyone else gets into it and wants to chat, leave a comment.