Valkyria Chronicles anime review

Valkyria Chronicles anime review
When Imperial forces attack the small border town of Bruhl, Welkin Gunther, son of late General Belgen Gunther, is forced to fight for his life alongside Town Watch captain Alicia Melchiott. Along with Welkin's adopted sister Isara, the three escape to Gallia's capitol and subsequently join the country's militia forces. As members of the newly-formed Squad 7, they must work to repel the invading Imperial forces and discover the true purpose of the invasion itself.

Valkyria Chronicles is a Japanese PS3 game which was taken worldwide due to it’s popularity. Senjou No Valkyria is the anime adapation of the game, and rather unusually, it’s a great adapation and something enjoyable.

Taking place in a fictional world, there are three nations involved in a constant power struggle. Gallia is a tiny nation which remains neutral in the war between the Imperials and the Federation, but gets invaded by the Imperial’s to take the natural resources of the country. Your typical war tale, really. The story follows one Welkin Gunther, a biology student who happens to be the son of the war hero General Gunther. Along the way, he meets Alicia Melchiott, an orphan who works in a nearby bakery, and teams up with her, joining the military in a rag-tag group to take back their country. Joining them is Largo the farmer, Rosie the pub singer and Isara, Welkin’s adoptive sister  from a race of people called Darcsen.

It might just be me, but you always have to admire it when any form of media manages to create its own world, filled with a large cast of characters, it’s own races and customs, it’s own history and even it’s own animals, yet draw so strongly on our history. It’s rather remarkable to see when it’s done properly, and it goes without saying that Senjou No Valkyria is no exception to this.

The war side of things, admittedly, could have been done better…but I don’t think it was about “war”. I think it was more about “Why do you go to war?”. I dunno. It was so mismashed it was hard to tell what it was. It almost felt like they’d crammed 50+ episodes worth of stuff into 24 episodes, and the resulting mess felt kinda incomplete. Why should I care about half these characters? The only ones who made even the slightest of impressions on me were Rosie and Selvaria. I mean, it attempts to develop both sides of the story, which results in around 30 characters being half-developed. It…just doesn’t feel right.

It’s got all the elements it needs to create a really good anime, possibly even a masterpiece. It’s got a World War II setting, coupled with legends, folklore and their own democracy and politics. It’s got interesting baddies and people who aren’t just “bad guys because I can be bad”, and it’s got a likable cast of main characters. I’m still pretty peeved that the second OP spoilt the big twist at the end and didn’t even attempt to hide the fact that so and so does this and that and completely ruins the 6 or so episodes they spent building up to it.

When I take everything into mind, it’s not a bad anime…it’s just not done to it’s full potential. What’s there is good, but you’ll get frustrated that they don’t try to make it more. If you like military styled anime or well, Final Fantasy styled stuff, then you should give this a try.

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