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Valvrave the Liberator episode 1 – Cars is back

valvrave_01_3After blasting Cars into Space, he floated aimlessly across the galaxy for several thousands years, meeting no living creatures and eventually losing consciousness. When humanity started to spread across the galaxy themselves, one survey team pick up some space debris and discover it has some strange power they can’t really comprehend. What they do know is that it holds tremendous power so they do what any good person would do and use it to power a giant robot. They weren’t actually going to use the robot until some berk jumps into the cockpit and is infused with the power of the stone mask.

There. Valvrave already a bajillion times better.

vlcsnap-2013-04-12-15h44m21s167Valvrave annoys me. You know Sunrise, just because you’ve given it a different name doesn’t mean we can’t spot yet another Gundam from miles away. Space Germans on one side, Galactic Cocksuckers on the other, and some neutral colony in the middle populated entirely by high school students. Then suddenly one of the teenagers falls into a cockpit and can suddenly pilot with the best of them because apparently this is the future and piloting has become so computer assisted that some potato on a stick can do it. Why do we have a potato on a stick as a main character anyway? It’s like Sunrise looked at Code Geass and thought that no, it wasn’t the charismatic morally ambiguous  flashy male lead that everyone liked. It was that it was set in high school! Get rid of that actual interesting element and replace him with a Yuji Everylead the Bland who whines and tries to confess to the girl he loves. Because everyone fucking loved Oh Mah Shoe from Guilty Crown.

Why is this set in high school anyway? I am not just going to let this slide. What thematic purpose does having the characters be in high school serve? No, you can’t just say “because it’s anime and anime is dumb like that”. That’s not good enough. EVOL is dumb and it is set in anime high school, but that serves a thematic purpose. The show is about puberty and the change of emotions from lust to love. Let’s look at anime from this season as well. Attack on Titan has kids as main characters because they’re the new generation who don’t understand why they have to remain behind the wall while the adults have spent their lives convincing themselves they never need to leave it. Gargantia has teenagers because it serves to contrast how different the pilot from the warring society is from the girl who lives on this picturesque society. Demon King at Work has young adults as their main characters because it’s about struggling to live on minimum wage and how limited your options are under that budget.


Now let’s look at Valvrave. The story they’re setting up here is about the futility of neutrality and how you’re supposed to fight for your rights or else you’ll just get bullied into everything. Wouldn’t this have more in common with, say, a young salaryman? One who is forced to listen to his asshole boss and gets bullied by the bosses son but blankly accepts it because it’s easier than fighting the oppression? That ties into the neutral country not wanting to fight the Space Germans who keep sending over military might to bully them. Or heck, if it would break your little heart to take it away from high school, why not make the kid some bullied loser who meekly hands over his lunch money? More thematic relevance there. But nope, instead he’s a bland everylead with friends and everything. This was a problem with Guilty Crown too, the sympathy with the male lead’s position is rather undone when he apparently already has a harem of girls admiring him from the sidelines.

In their desire to conform to the norm, Valvrave has managed to produce a nothing. Not even the visuals are worth mentioning. Oh sure they’re animated just fine with movement and stuff. But visually it looks the same as every anime ever, with no unique touches or artstyle or animation or anything. It is the beige of anime. The best part of the episode is honestly that post-credit scene because, apart from being incredibly dumb and random in a way that made me laugh, it actually hints at there being some kind of greater theme unlike the entire rest of the episode. He’s given away his humanity to fight but in doing so he becomes a vampire that sucks the health from those he could have otherwise shared with? Well, something along those lines hopefully. That’s maybe giving the writers too much credit in believing that they put some thought into the vampire thing beyond the Sunrise Executive Boardroom of Evil demanding to stuff vampires into their next anime because it has been proven that anything with vampires in sells 43.56% times better.

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  1. Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    As much as apparently coming back from the dead was hilarious, I thought it would have been kind of cool if the ‘protagonist’ had just stayed dead and then we could have gone off elsewhere without the high-school setting and Sunrise could laugh and claim to be satirising the genre or something.

    Now that I would enjoy.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Every episode the main character dies off. Each time it’s a different cliche in the lead role, until finally in the last episode we have an original character and they live. It’s a meta-commentary on how your story will die if you don’t have a good main character

      • Cirith
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

        And the original mc would be one of the most interesting characters ever so everyone screams for a continuation but:
        a)They never see the character again
        or b) They make a spin off but somehow the mc somehow turns into a cliched character.

  2. Kiraly
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I agree. This reeks of Gundam Seed.

    Well, let’s give it one more episode. The first might be a fluke?

    …okay, probably not. But just maybe.

    But boy am I glad I still have this benched for FAL.
    …I should have picked Working Satan instead.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      I’m miffed I’ve got this on FAL as well. But hey, you never know, with MAL’s legendarily bad taste and all

  3. Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    The dialogue was the personal sticking point for me. It felt like it was trying to be campy, but it wasn’t pulling it off right. I first thought it was gg’s fault, but according to some people who watch their anime raw, it seems the subs were accurate. I’ll keep with this for a little longer, but more dialogue like that (along with the rest of the fan-pandering problems) and I’m bailing.

  4. TheOgre
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    That was an entertaining read, though I have a few points here.

    1. I don’t believe for one second that Sunrise thinks you won’t notice all the Gundam similarities.

    Considering how much they hid the last minute twist (and a couple of other things) from the audience, I think that was entirely intentional and not the creators going “Oh, you clearly won’t realize we are doing roughly the same thing all over again here!” like you’re suggesting. The main hook of this crazy show was throwing in the last minute revelation and that’s in fact what it did well.

    2. While I can’t say I’m a fan of the character type of the protagonist, that was also obvious from the promotional materials. However, I thought there was less of an extended and unnecessary focus on his suffering than on Shu’s from Guilty Crown and that made him more tolerable in comparison.

    It didn’t bother me as much considering he got over things comparatively quickly in spite of it all. And then he became a vampire, which might help mix things up in that area too since that usually doesn’t let someone stay vanilla forever. In the end, not a big problem for me. Also, I notice he actively couldn’t pilot the robot at all until he got injected with something: vampire virus, vampire nanomachines? Whatever that was.

    3. I don’t like anime high schools much, generally speaking, but I see no point in debating the “thematic purpose” of it barely one episode into the show that wasn’t really focusing on it other than as the base setting for other events. Maybe it will have a point, maybe it wont. Hell if I know!

    That said, I’m not expecting great stuff from this in any case. It’s a whole bunch of mindless fun and the exaggerated nature of several scenes make them funny enough.

    • Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      Gargantia also started out as generic Starship Troopers-style space war, and Maou-sama started out as a generic high fantasy, opening with practically the same lines of narration as Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.

      Those all managed to make it clear that actually these are bait-and-swich settings and the actual series is entirely different. If Valvarve didn’t, that’s bad directing and writing in itself.

      • TheOgre
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

        Those are two very different cases since they’re not going for exactly the same goal.

        Gargantia is playing a whole other ballgame. It’s taking itself much more seriously overall, especially at the beginning during the battle but also later on despite the lighthearted tone of the second half, with an air of genuine realism to all of the events. Which is great, mind you.

        Maou-sama is a pure comedy through and through. The switch you speak of was simple enough and then the show openly turned to many other jokes right afterwards.

        Valvrave goes through the generic proceedings for a longer time in order to play with the audience’s expectations in a more farcical manner. You can notice this with a few of the minor gags they throw in despite the seriousness of the situation and even with the cheesy dialogue. And right when we think we’ve figured out the whole show, the most unique element jumps out of nowhere. It’s not a direct comedy, to be clear, but it is rather over-the-top and silly in its own right all the same.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        The ‘minor gags’ had nothing to do with events though. They were things like someone squishing someone else’s boob. With Maou-sama, the jokes stem from the scenario. I’m not seeing the over-dramatisation with Valvrave to count as being self-aware. That final twist wasn’t a ‘bait and switch’ either. It’s just a random twist. It could be from where more depth comes as I said, but eh.

        Valvrave made its themes pretty obvious right from the start with the whole neutrality thing, so I think I’m safe in bitching about them not going through with it. Also I’m sick of these anime all being set in high school when it’s not clear why it was necessary.

      • TheOgre
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        Hey, the ridiculous jump in friend requests for the main character did have to do with the events of the episode!

        And yes, I do think over-dramatization is part of being self-aware, especially when you also have those gags and things like the way the infiltrated bad guys were being just chill and killed off the welcoming party at the beginning.

        I think it is bait-and-switch, considering Sunrise tried their hardest, and succeeded, at keeping that surprise away from the promotional materials and videos. Nobody expected that. Having your characters become vampires isn’t something any old mecha show does, especially not this early. It should change stuff, for better or for worse, and I’d also say the neutrality stance of the main character being wrong might or might not tie into things.

  5. Friend_Guy
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Oddly enough this main character looks like that bland and useless main character from Guilty Crown which I think should be renamed Useless male lead #-99. It seems that sunrise let out a steaming pile of dodo I had such high hopes for all of the mech animes that was supposed to come out. I just hope this one had only one bad Ep, and the key word is “hope”. Though we can’t hope that much when useless Male lead #-100 is taking the stage.

  6. Andmeuths
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    You know what would have shaken this whole formula upside down? Have the MC die instead of his crush, and have his crush pilot Valvrave in vengeance for her dear friend. Killing the Yuji everylead in Episode 1 and going with a female MC MIGHT… just MIGHT have led this anime in a very different direction, and certainly wouldn’t have been a Gundam clone.

    In other words, Gundam Meets Female MC who loses her humanity in exchange for her abilities, for the sake of revenge.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      inb4 people claim that version is sexist

      • Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

        I don’t think it would have led the show in a different direction so much as we’d at least have a somewhat likable main character for once.

        But this is Sunrise we’re talking about, so that would never happen.

    • gw_kimmy
      Posted April 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

      i think the only problem feminists would have with that scenario would be that the girl’s motivations for becoming strong and blahblah is another male character. cue eyeroll.

      not sexist :D

      • Scamp
        Posted April 14, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

        And when it’s the female character who dies, the claims then would be that she only exists to be killed off so the male character has motivation.

      • Sunao
        Posted April 15, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

        I think that maybe, just MAYBE, we feminists claim that because it’s true and it happens a lot and it’s an overused trope????

  7. gedata
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    the end of the episode
    Well, this looks like it’ll be the best trainwreck since Guilty Crown

    • TheOgre
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      I’d say it’s too intentional of a crazy twist to be a trainwreck per se, but whatever man!

  8. Edraii
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Look, that was clearly a zombie and not a vampire, the bite in the neck was just a coincidence!

    To be honest, I was thinking “This is gundam in another name isn’t it?” but with that silly last minute twist, I’m not ready to call it yet tbh.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

      Same here, the last minute twist made me rethink this post a bit. It could mean something, it could be nothing. We’ll see

  9. Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, I suppose you could say any variety of things for Valvrave in regards to its high school setting. (Critiquing the thematic purpose of a setting from a first episode seems a bit much, but I guess all’s fair in love and war.) In a way high school is all about competition, which was the primary focus of the episode. You can choose to not fight–but that doesn’t mean you won’t be beaten. I don’t think the idea behind the protagonist’s story in this episode was to turn him from a loser to a hero, so much as it was to examine what it means to be passive and active in a conflict. The protagonist having friends and being generally liked by everyone doesn’t work against this at all IMO. Agreeable people are generally easier to hang out with, after all. But if you’re going to *really* take a stand for something, suddenly it will become more difficult to be everybody’s friend.
    Thematically, it worked quite nicely having the turning point in the story occur right when the protagonist was going to confess his love. Perhaps a high school setting isn’t necessary for that, but that is traditionally (at least in storytelling) the time characters deal with that sort of thing.
    Perhaps the best reason for utilizing the high school setting in a thematic sense though is how this is generally the time people begin to examine the world in a broader scope. I still remember high school as being the time when it seemed everyone came to learn about the major problems in the world–and we had *all* the answers somehow. If only the government would do this, this, and this. It all looks so obvious, right? And if only countries would just get along! Isn’t it all so simple, we exclaim. It just *isn’t* that simple though, and it takes some time (and experience) for the rising generation to realize it. That’s what I feel is going on with the protagonist to some degree. He is a high schooler because he needs to be naive, and he needs to begin forming a viewpoint regarding everything he understands about the world (or rather, solar system?).
    (Obviously there’s no rule for what age a character has to be in any kind of story, but I don’t quite accept the idea that there’s no thought at all being put behind Valvrave’s choice in setting. [And target audience and genre/medium precedence will factor into such decisions as well, of course–no arguing that.])

    Theogre though brings up a point that’s probably more significant than all this–i.e. the whole point of the episode was setting up for the last two minutes. It’s one of those rare scenes that made me go “Wait, WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?” not once, but twice–and in this case I do feel it was all quite deliberately set up this way, rather than just being random or bizarre. I haven’t made up my mind on what I’m supposed to make of our protagonist being killed and turning into a mecha pilot vampire, but then again the true purpose there really is to serve as a hook for the next episode. It certainly doesn’t look like the “same old, same old,” at least, though it remains to be seen if the series will actually go somewhere interesting with the premise.
    The first episode was overall engaging for me, but I can imagine the series falling apart very easily. The comparison between this and K that I’ve seen on Twitter feels fitting in this case, since there’s a rather conflicted atmosphere that the series seems to be shooting for.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      I don’t agree that the theme is competition at all. The neutral colony isn’t competing with anyone, because that implies there’s a friendliness to it. There’s no competition to war, so it doesn’t fit with the high school setting at all. You’re saying that him being friendly ties in with their neutrality, but that doesn’t fit either. Him letting the girl win simply caused the people around him to groan and walk away. That’s grasping at straws a bit.

      Your second version of high school being where we question the world and become more aware is relevant but only in a really broad sense. They didn’t really tackle that at all in the episode and again strikes me as grasping at straws again. Perhaps there’s another theme at play here, being that it’s only the first episode and all, but your reasoning so far don’t seem to fit what’s been presented so far.

      • Posted April 13, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

        Of course the neutral colony isn’t competing… That’s the point.
        …And war isn’t a competition? ._. Well, okay then. I guess we’re thinking different things for all these words we’re using.
        The food competition wasn’t really about the protagonist letting the girl win–the deeper issue lies in how he’d rather just share the grounds equally and avoid the whole competition in the first place. The thing is though competition is often unavoidable–at a high school level and at a world level.
        I most certainly agree that any attempt I could make to establish thematic purposes to a setting in an anime’s first episode is (to some degree at least) grasping at straws–but I felt your examples for all the other anime were just as much so.

        “Gargantia has teenagers because it serves to contrast how different the pilot from the warring society is from the girl who lives on this picturesque society.”
        This for example doesn’t seem to actually be a reason why it has to be teenagers for the protagonists. Societies include people of all ages–not just teenagers.

  10. TheVoid
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    His newfound vampirism is obviously the result of nanomachines, man’s favorite type of magical science.

  11. Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only watched the first episode of EVOL, and I couldn’t tell that the school served a purpose there either.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Whaaa? They gattai’d in the first episode after establishing that their genders were segregated. And he started floating when he got turned on. I thought it was pretty obvious there.

  12. luffyluffy
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Scamp your butthurt is showing.

    Anyway yeah, Valvrave reeked of Gundam. Absolutely positively reeked and I fucking loved it. It also managed to gleefully AVOID the major cliches post 2000 Gundam fall into and the main character in no way falls into the same pitfalls that Kira Yamato and Kio Asuno fell into. At first he admits that he thinks conflict is silly until the rival kicks the shit out of him, at which point he actually gets in the fucking robot and fights.

    I also really liked the ‘twist’ with Shoko and PAINFUL DOOM. Mostly because, goddamn, Sunrise doesn’t DO that anymore. And it wasn’t even ‘forced drama’ considering the entire cast quickly said “Leave it Haruto she’s DEAD”

    All in all, it was a great first episode. I really liked the Drossian robot designs, they were very Crossbone Vanguard, you know? It was pretty cool to see how they and the ARUS weapons didn’t have legs too, because legs aren’t really needed in space (“It doesn’t have legs.” “It’s only 80% complete but it can function perfectly in space without legs.”) Plus, when the Valvrave itself showed up, the two pilots immediately said “It’s got feet!” which made me laugh.

    Anyway, calling it now Vavlrave > Gargantia > Majestic Hiraiface

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Blankly accepting the same crap I see? Praising it because it did one random thing different that came out of nowhere and only gets bonus points because it was silly enough to be funny. The robot designs are crap too.

      Gargantia >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hiraiface > Valvrave

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        Hey man, I just said it had a good first episode, I in no way said the rest of the show was good.

    • Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      Killing off Shoko isn’t a “twist,” and it isn’t edgy. It’s just this show’s Junius Seven. And as a bonus, it lets the writers never have to deal with developing Shoko and the MC’s relationship beyond the in-love-but-keeping-it-secret stage (aka the only stage that ever exists in anime). Because writing an actual relationship is hard, and Sunrise has proven that it far prefers to be lazy.

      And yes, it is forced drama, because we’ve only known these characters for about ten minutes, and one of them has been completely bland and forgettable the entire time. I don’t care that the MC lost his love interest, because I don’t even care about the MC enough to even Google his name.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        I know it wasn’t a twist, I was trying to basically keep it secret and not spoil it.

        Anyway, I was basically begging for all these characters to die horrifically and it delivered so I’ll keep watching.

      • TheOgre
        Posted April 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        Or you could say that the MC’s interrupted relationship with Shoko isn’t going to be too important in the long run compared to his relationship with other people, like the rival (insert homoerotic undertones), or with some other female character that’s not her.

        Whether they’re good or bad relationships, at least they’ll get more screen time than this one did. I wouldn’t say that Shoko x MC was meant to be “the” relationship of the show. Just a quick way to give the MC his initial motivation to get into the robot.

        Can’t blame you for not caring about the protagonist though, since I don’t think anyone especially did. Even for me, he’s just another vanilla MC until the last minute. Doesn’t mean they can’t make more of an effort later on, making him conflicted over the vampire stuff and such, but that of course depends on the viewer’s patience vs. the particularly lazy/tricky way Sunrise chose to approach things here for the vast majority of the first episode.

        For purely trivia purposes, it seems Shoko’s death also happens to reference a sequence from the first episode of the original Gundam (0079), but obviously with another outcome.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        First thing that comes to mind is Frau’s parents exploding

  13. Cirith
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Ah I found the scene where Shoko died funny. Maybe because I read the post first, but her running in slow motion after it was clear that a random shoot would hit her…
    But she could come back is zombie ^^
    Anyway the main character isn’t good at reading, the screen made it quite clear that he had to answer the question first.

  14. Pusswookie
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    It sounds to me like you were hoping for the main character to play a guitar that powered a galactic super weapon or something.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink


      • Scamp
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

        Wrong reference.

        Get off this blog and educate yourself

  15. Suppa Tenko
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    It’s obvious that’s a gundam based anime due to them advertising a Valvrave figure during the commercial break. And since there’s going to be five of them and plenty of other mook mechas, Sunrise has another toy line going.

  16. Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Why is the protagonist a high schooler? I was wondering about that too. Why not a college student? Why not a part timer (lol). But wait. There’s anime rule xxx : Every generic, boring anime needs high school in it.

    • Shengar
      Posted April 13, 2013 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      College student, yes, well beside Honey and Clover, and Moyashimon which other anime have college students as their characters? Is it college life in Japan that sucks? If it indeed that sucks, why not utilize that fact to make a SoL of a college student try to break that scuckery? High school setting at this point is just like…..bad writing. Too lazy to write character that is 20 years or older.

      • Posted April 13, 2013 at 4:13 am | Permalink

        There’s a lot of anime that don’t take place in high school. It’s just that a bunch of them aren’t marketed for the mainstream so they tend to get overlooked, and the ones that aren’t overlooked also have a chance of sucking as much as high school shit. I can’t think of any college stuff off the type of my head that sucked (unless you want to count Love Hina and the Moyashimon sequel) because I tend to only focus on the good ones, but they definitely exist.

        Anyways, to answer your question regarding an anime with a great depiction of college life, may I recommend Maison Ikkoku?

      • Shengar
        Posted April 13, 2013 at 5:30 am | Permalink

        Of course the best of the anime usually doesn’t high school as it setting. It just too many anime (and manga) uselessly have high school as their setting.

        A recommendation is welcome as always, thanks.

  17. Fumoffu!!
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    My train of thought:

    “Oh, so this is an dumbass lead, at least he’s got the girl there”

    “Oh he has a crush on her! That’s a surprise, would have guessed it would be the other way”

    “Aww, I quite like this girl, and their developing the romance in episode 1? That’s unusual”

    “They almost confessed already? Hey that’s strange, but I like it, I dislike it when they leave it to the end, and I hate how any romantic progression in mehca is usually a death fl- .. wait a sec ………………. OH COME ON!”
    *as expected she dies*

    Then I went on a rampage. Damn these mecha tropes.

  18. Nazaren
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Post-credits scene is the only reason I’m invoking the three episode rule.

    I am not at all confident about its prospects.

  19. ANON
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Wasn’t it written somewhere before that the reason almost all anime are set during high school or have MC as highschoolers is because of the glorification of youth in japan?

    IIRC it goes something like “high school is the peak of youth and its all downhill after that” or something along those lines.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 14, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Yup. Still makes it super annoying, particularly when the story has no business being set in high school in the first place. As much as I like Code Geass, those characters should not have been in high school. Even fucking Guilty Crown came up with a better reason for its characters to be in high school than Geass did

      • Maximillian
        Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:32 am | Permalink

        I still wouldn’t trade Guilty Crown for Code Geass over that.

  20. Cirith
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    You know with all the similar main characters they should just always use one I like. Any since the generic mc has to be nice how about Iroh from Avatar? Sure you might say that an old man doesn’t fit the standard highschool setting, but this is anime we are talking about. Also a fire bender from a low tech world might be slightly misplaced there, but that just means opportunities for comedy!
    (Well currently there a tiny differences between generic high school mcs, but honestly they barely matter.)
    Well if this mc stays a zombie/vampire most of the time, he could be non generic.

  21. Posted April 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    If this show was “Dio with a mecha”, then I would totally watch it. However, I don’t anticipate it being nearly that much fun.

  22. Posted April 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    When I started reading this post and saw the bit about Cars, I automatically made the assumption that this was a Shinmaru ™ post.

    Then the Scampian rant began and I was all “NOPE, this is SCAMP speaking”. :)

    Anyway, I agree that the high school setting is probably unnecessary, though I guess you could make the case that given the supposed importance of those social media things ( future version of twitter in this case), that might make sense.

    And yeah, MC-kun is kind of generic, though I am happy that he didn’t just go “I MUST PROTECT EVERYONE!” and instead went for the slightly darker, “THESE ASSHOLES KILLED MY CRUSH. I AM GOING TO KILL THEM NOW.”

    Generic blobs aren’t great, but angry, vampiric generic blobs are admittedly a bit of an improvement. :)

  23. shytende
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I really laugh when he woke up at a vampire. Not sure it’s a good thing…

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  25. flanerounin
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    as for the gundam seed-sh start, yeah i have to agree. quite amusing if hsashi hirai was the character designer (but hey, his designs for majestic prince actually works well). though i am giving it a few more episodes. it was actually my bet for this season, but then i was taken by gargantia’s and majestic prince’s more interesting stories.

    am i the only one thinking that the shoko character would end up being revealed alive at some point?

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