Valkyrie Drive Final Impressions

 

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On the agenda this time, there’s going to be lots and lots of fun bags. There will be a good variety too, as Katsuragi once said.

“It’s not all about being big. There are all sorts of shapes and sizes.”

Before I get into the series proper, these are my impressions at the end of the series and trying to hide spoilers isn’t really my thing, so you’ve been warned.


 

The series had a decent set up with entertainingly wacky characters, which I’d say is the main draw of the show, aside from tongue fencing and tit dribbling of course.

The first five episodes introduces us to the world of Mermaid. Most live in Feste where holders of the armed virus are trained to help enforce order. They use a ranking system to grade each girl’s strength, but we’ll forget all about it anyway, since there’s like 3 relevant characters from Warter.

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On the top of the hierarchy, there’s Akira, Charlotte then Kasumi. It was fun watching the contrast between the carefree governor and our narcissistic iron-fisted second in command.

On the Torino side, we have our MC start to come to terms with her situation and understand the part she can play as an Ecsta. I’m accustomed to seeing those in the ‘feminine’ role as inevitably meek, with no opinion of her own; which is why, I appreciate that Mamori broke out from those tired stereotypes. She’s even leading things on in episode five.


 

Of course when a plot point has girls turning into weapons through making out, we’ll surely expect a little more on the action side. It’s nice at times, whenever there’s Kasumi, but there’s moments when they just moonbeam their way to victory, case in point

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Mamori digivolves into this huge ass double-sided spear but we only ever see Mirei slash with it once, turns out, it’s actually more of a laser generator than a spear.


Now let’s talk about the ending, to be taken separately from the rest of the series.

Shedding away the more inconsequential everyday life segment, the final arc goes for a more tense plot and puts Mermaid as a miniature part of something much much bigger. Like way too big.

In face of the overwhelming might of psycho chick, there seems to be little salvation. She’s completely outclassed and doesn’t even have an arm, how do you stage a comeback from rock bottom?

By throwing in every convention known to shounen of course! That means

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Nakama Power

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Overcoming Mental Barriers

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Super Power Ups

Rad outfit btw^

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Wut.

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Thanks Commie

It was fun to see, but to have this for the ending… is unexpected to say the least. I think they really tried to do more than they should’ve, they had the ‘observer’ thing going on throughout for it to be revealed to be Torino, but in the end, it had zero impact on the story. There’s also the rebellion against the Military which turned out to mean squat following God mode Mirei.

There’s a lot to gripe on, not gonna go in depth on tentacles or the fact that Momoka and gang are likely getting sent to their death.

On the up side, the ending gave us this.

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Ok, I like Momoka alright, she was a lot of fun.


I enjoyed watching this show, but I can’t help but feel like this had wasted potential.

Would I recommend this show? That depends on how desensitized you’ve become to fanservice and whether you like fun. There are three reasons to watch this show and I’ve listed them below.

Scratch that, four reasons for how unabashedly gay the girls are.

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