In the 71st year of the True Era, humans have successfully expanded into space and have started living in independent galactic colonies. The world itself is split between two major nations: the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS) and the Dorssia Military Pact Federation (Dorssia)—superpowers that wage war against each other on Earth and far into outer space. In this war-torn era, a third faction comprised of Japan and Islands of the Oceanian Republic (JIOR), reside peacefully and prosper economically, maintaining neutrality between themselves and their militant neighbors. Kakumeiki Valvrave commences in an outer space JIOR colony, where 17-year-old Haruto Tokishima’s peaceful life is turned upside down as a sudden Dorssian fleet breaches the neutral colony. Their objective is to seize the Valvraves: powerful, but rumored mechanized weapons hidden deep within Haruto’s school, Sakimori Academy. In the ensuing chaos, Haruto stumbles upon one of the targeted Valvraves. With his friends’ lives in peril, Haruto enters the mecha and seals a contract for its power in exchange for his humanity. With the aid of L-elf—an enigmatic Dorssian agent and gifted strategist—Haruto and the Valvrave initiate a revolution to liberate the world. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
The Gigantic Project
The show, especially its first season was an intense ride that had me going the entire time. I was watching this show as soon as it dropped on Crunchyroll. The show is action packed and has some very interesting Mecha designs. I do wonder though if the series has truly become noteworthy though. I mean the show ended back in January of 2014 and I haven’t really heard that many people scream their love of it since it ended. Was it just a flicker in the dark or are more people holding it close to their hearts then I know?
I felt that the plot was a bit rushed, instead of two seasons consisting of 12 episodes each, they could have made one long anime and expanded the plot across 40 to 50 episodes. Despite that, the plot is not rushed to the point that it’s missing something or left a loose end, it just seemed like things happened to fast when a longer anime of this style would have been far more enjoyable. The characters were great, but at some points seemed a bit whiny and annoying. Something you would expect from high schools students who were suddenly thrown into the middle of a war. As a whole, despite only being 24 episodes, Valvrave the Liberator was a great anime in a year where there were so few.
CTRL Geek Pod
Valvrave the Liberator is the perfect show for teenagers as it contains light-hearted romance, adventure, rebellion, great animated action scenes, engaging plot twists, and a fantastic soundtrack. While Valvrave isn’t as epic as Code Geass, it brings out the nostalgic feeling of watching mecha anime and reminds us of how brilliant and fantasical the genre is. And because of that, it’s no wonder that Valvrave is set to return for a second season next month (October). Will the second triumph over the first season? We shall find out!
The Geeks FTW
The Geek Clinic
Kakumeiki Valvrave is a good watch for a number of reasons despite losing some of its luster early on. Coherence, novelty and general potency continue to flow through to an admittedly rocky conclusion, but overall the story stood out to me among the many I have watched recently and I’m happy to recommend it. That all said, this is also a production that failed to realize a great deal of potential, so I can’t score it as highly as I would have liked to while viewing its initial episodes.
I really like the precedence of the story and how it develops. There are more players who show up as the story progresses but season two is a hell of continuation with a crazy ending. It’s not as good as Lelouche The Rebellion but still pretty good and fun to watch, got to enjoy how the Valvraves develop in the story and their pilots.
Valvrave is a wild ride that’s enjoyable until it leaves you feeling equal parts dirty and guilty (right before the end). Will I bring myself to give the show another chance when the second season airs? Sure, but not without some qualms. It’s unfortunate that the show falls victim to its own immaturity and that one scene will color the rest of the experience forever, but as it stands, I can only call judgment on Season 1. In spite of some thoughtless decision-making on the part of the writers, Valvrave is the only interesting robot anime released this year. Even if it’s all we can get right now, more often than not, it’s more than a little good.
My Anime List
Here’s my advice for watching Valvrave the Liberator – TURN OFF YOUR BRAIN. Seriously. Don’t even think of thinking anything because neither the plot nor the characters will make much sense to you if any at all. The anime is just so much more enjoyable that way.
Valvrave is a defining addition to the mecha genre. Would definitely recommend it not just for the action, but also for the fledgling, yet quaintly humorous romance, and the chemistry between vastly different characters.
As long as it doesn’t take itself seriously, this is mindless bombast and entertainment; when it does, it falls apart completely in this sensationalist trainwreck.
An awkward first few steps for this series, but it might just need time to work the kinks out.
The Nihon Review
Valvrave can be seen as a bar of chocolate in the check out isle since it’s a cheap, quickly digestible token amount of joy wrapped in a colorful package. Sure, it gets its flavors from cancer causing materials, but it’s fun while it lasts.
Valvrave the Liberator is a series that will mainly entertain its core audience of mecha fans. Unfortunately, it falls victim to many of the trappings of modern manga and anime series, and goes too far in its attempt to constantly keep viewers guessing. This season’s final episode ends quite abruptly, with a preview of season two after the credits promising answers to the many questions raised so far and a darker continuation of the story. One can hope that the writing drastically improves in the second half of this ridiculous series.
HS Media Nerd
As you can probably tell, I didn’t think very highly of Valvrave the Liberator. It raises way too many unanswered questions, the characters are like literal robots, the story is a mess, and the only high point in my opinion is the animation and amazing opening. The fight scenes with the Valvraves were pretty cool too, but when you think about how immoral it is then it kind of ruins the entire thing. In conclusion, this anime took itself way too seriously and fell into the same trap that Code-Breaker and X’amd: Lost Memories did, though not as far down the trap as those two. I give Valvrave a 2 out of 5 and a recommendation to just skip it. Unless you’re insanely bored, I don’t think this anime will entertain you in the slightest except for some of the action scenes. So if you do want to watch this, lower your expectation level to zero so maybe you’ll enjoy it. However, I will be doing a review of the second season when it finishes airing, so my opinion of it might change. For now though, it really isn’t worth the watch.
This is arguably one of the most controversial anime in recent memory and for good reason. Valvrave the Liberator fails in so many regards but it succeeds in one – it is unlike anything we have ever seen before. But does that make this train wreck worth watching? That is for you to decide, but I think my grade speaks for itself.
So here it is: Valvrave, or Valvrape as perhaps better fits its horrifyingly lax attitude towards sexual violence. I could give it a slightly better rating, based on its visuals and occasional moments of entertainment value, but there’s a reason I won’t: it’s a void. I see it as nothing more than an empty space with pieces of other series and scenes of pure shock value thrown into it, and I therefore can do nothing less than flunk it.