This episode highlights L-elf’s badassery at its finest. And recapitulates all of the crazy events that are going on, bringing in politics… and Code Geass. I never knew that these two series had the same screenwriter :O Come, without further ado, let us explore the wonders of Kakumeiki Valvrave.
Aww, looks like our main character is actually popular!
Oh my god, breaking hot news, Haruto typed in a comment! JIOR roars with excitement!
I really dislike love triangles. Saki seems like a stronger character, but too bad Haruto’s already in love with Shoko.
Heh. That sly bastard, the enemy of my enemy is my friend after all, eh?
Look, even L has appeared! Look at those beautiful eyes!
Wow great! Vampires! What a lovely plot twist! Haruto even has regenerative abilities! What the hell!
aaaand wait for it, wait for it…
They call him the one-man army.
They call him the betrayer.
But deep inside, he’s just
Thanks guys, for providing the description of my perfect guy. 177 cm, silver-haired, badass fighting skills and fiercely independent. Even the A-drei dude is smitten with him and still considers him a friend, lol. His mini escapade from prison was so hilarious it made me incredulous. He survived unscathed while jumping down with a rope that broke while hundreds of soldiers were firing at him. All of them magically missed. At the funniest part was when he sent the soldiers flying into space, poor things were randomly floating around.
I love L-elf. He has a plan in mind, and is an opportunist. He has no real allegiance to Dorssia and when he realizes that he’s labelled as a traitor there anyway, he moves on and decides to work with Haruto. At the end of the episode there was a preview of episode 4 and he seems to be on friendlier term with JIOR’s student population already (I may be wrong, but i’m sure he has switched sides for now). Does he not remind you of the great Lelouch? Being an anti-hero. I love anti-heroes and there should be more anime stories with such protagonists like Yagami Light or Lelouch. Or at least give them decent coverage like Kakumeiki Valvrave does with L-elf. There was this quote by Dan Brown:
Angels and demons are identical–interchangeable archetypes– all a matter of polarity; the guardian angel who conquered the enemy in battle is perceived by the enemy as a demon destroyer.
It’s all a matter of perspective. I’m sure that many of us thought of L-elf as the villainous character from the first episode, and Haruto as the standard hero– peaceful but willing to fight for his friends. But haven’t we doubted the idea of this type of hero? When Haruto realizes that he isn’t like a regular human, and even killed people, he gets immensely affected by it and stops his love confession to Shoko. Now there is nothing wrong with that, but when you compare him to L-elf who revels and specializes in killing without hesitation, one will inadvertently feel that Haruto is the right hero, the morally good one.
I’m not going to go into the whole killing is wrong idea but I don’t think that L-elf is any less deserving of being crowned a hero. People are born differently, some with less EQ or a different moral capacity from others. It’s like the standard notion of people thinking that murderers all must have had a tragic past to make them that way, when it might not be so. Or when people believe that cheaters will definitely feel guilty, when the cheaters themselves are nonchalant about the whole affair. It’s about the way different characters think. I think that L-elf could be a pretty damn good hero who does everything he can to achieve his goals. Who cares about what others think about him? As of now, he is emotionally distanced from other characters and perhaps it’s his coldness that makes us unable to empathize with him, or to view him as the good guy. Lelouch is definitely more humanized (with his past and kindness to Nunnally) and a beautifully complex character. Everyone acknowledges him as a hero, and sometimes the line between hero and villain isn’t all that clear.
L-elf is a compelling character, much more so than Haruto for now since we’ve seen so many other like Haruto already. Haruto is totally a Suzaku, and there’s even a slight resemblance lol. Ah well, I look forward to seeing their two-man show. Their partnership is going to be superb.
Lelouch has spoken. And now it’s time to let the dice roll. Or get the ball rolling. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT PHRASE SUPPOSED TO BE?! Never mind– let us sit back and watch the fates of cool bishie and good guy Haruto unravel. With great action scenes, great characters, and a great revolution to carry out, i’m sure that Kakumeiki Valvrave is gonna be really good. I wish you all the best, L-elf. (<3)