This review is written based only on the aired episodes so far (2 episodes for Kakumeiki Valvrave and 3 episodes for Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince)
The time has come for me to write a review for the remaining 2 mecha anime for this season. Just to remind you I already written a review for the best mecha anime so far in this season, which is Suisei no Gargantia. Actually Kakumeiki Valvrave could become the no. 1 mecha anime, beating Suisei no Gargantia but there are problems with this show which I’m about to tell you.
This could be a harem but I’m not sure how is that going to be possible in a warring state.
Kakumeiki Valvrave is mostly about war between 2 human powers, but that is not the problem. It was all fine until I saw a bunch of brats infiltrating a school in a neutral, non-aligned nation to recover the Valvrave machine, making me think “Why the eff they’re using brats?”. It didn’t end there, I was enraged seeing Haruto wasting too much time struggling in doing something that he was capable of doing faster.
I still have no idea who this was but what really disturbs me is there are more Valvrave machines out there.
If I were to consider this a romance mecha anime like Aquarion, then maybe it’s good enough but the “wasting time” part is seriously destroying it. And WTF with the end of the episode 02, where he suddenly backed off from confessing to Shoko, after he was doing everything to avenge her ‘death’? Please, I don’t want to see another person having the “Sayaka Miki syndrome” of not to pursue romantic ambition just because he consider himself a ‘monster’.
The noisy, childish and desperate (for a boyfriend) oppai girl.
Now let’s move on to Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, a show about a bunch of idiots being entrusted with the tasks of protecting humanity from alien threats. Well calling them idiots maybe is too much because ‘losers’ might fit their nature well, because they were too reckless in their training. Nobody in their right mind would let them do the important mission unless it’s meant for a suicide.
At least there’s a sexy nurse to cheer me up.
It was in episode 03 that I finally realized that those losers actually have capabilities exceeding normal human, at least in their DNA. The Julia System that powered their mecha relies on the survival instinct where those idiots have the stronger will to survive than most people. However as of current state they still have no idea on how to control it, and even worse they have their memories erased when they joined the military academy to prepare them solely as the fighting machine.
One thing I notice in the above anime is that the heavy emphasis on social media, which makes me think what would the world of social media look like in the future. Utilizing it is fine but in Valvrave it makes me wonder how the heck did those people still have a the time to use it in the middle of a war? In Majestic Prince it helped in spreading the news of those losers as the new heroes, also contributed to naming them “Majestic Prince” which is wrongly derived from “MJP”, the name of their military academy.
The utilization of social media makes the above anime feels like they’re really close to our real life today where social media plays a major role in our everyday life. It’s something that has been missing in many futuristic and cyberpunk anime of the past, such as Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell. BTW Ghost In The Shell will have a new series too so I expect it will feature more influence of social media, because after all most part of the story involves projecting consciousness into data network or something.