Don’t read this if you’re under 18.
Length: 12 Episodes + 6 Specials
Genre: Ecchi, Action, Yuri, Adult, Fantasy
Story: 5/10 and Characters: 7/10
Set on one of many artificial islands, Mermaid; Mamori and Mirei first encounter each other shortly after arriving on the island, and they are quickly attacked by two members of Wärter, the governing body of Mermaid.
As the fight plays out, the two witness the strange powers of the inhabitants of the island. Everyone can classify as either an Exter, which means they can transform into a weapon, or a Liberator, the one that is needed to initiate the transformation and also the one who wields the weapon. As the carriers of a mysterious virus that can only stricken women, the inhabitants of Mermaid are stuck on the island without knowing why they have to live isolated, nor who put them there.
Despite knowing what many people think of this anime, I have to admit that the introduction sounds quite promising, especially since I love my yuri paired up with some action and mystery. The execution, however, could have been a bit better.
So first of all, I know that we were all shocked when the first episode aired, showing uncensored boobs, girls making out with each other heavily, and said girls literally having sex on screen. We were all expecting some ecchi scenes, but no one was expecting to see something as graphic and… uncensored.
Well, let’s say the show had a good start, since the impact this non-censorship introduction had was quite big. I wouldn’t call it hype, but I’m pretty sure Valkyrie Drive managed to get quite a lot of people excited with the simple method. However, as we all know, with ecchi shows, there usually comes many, many problems, and the same applied to Valkyrie Drive.
During the first half of the show, there was little to no real plot involved. The whole thing was a big stringing together of filler episodes, which simply served the purpose of showing us as many different girls with big boobs as possible. Seriously, some characters even got a whole episode for themselves, yet they didn’t serve any other purpose then showing up like once more for a split second for the rest of the show. Well, after all the fillers, the real plot slowly surfaced. Of course, we couldn’t expect that much, I mean, we all know where this show is coming from and just from looking at the cover, you pretty much understand that you just can’t expect an intricate story. Still, as weird as some of the many twists of this show were, I really came to like it.
Though, I still need to list the one thing that bothered me throughout the whole show:
|Why are they always just waiting and staring while the other two get ready to kick their asses? Just interfere already, or you’re dead!|
I guess my mentality of watching this with only half of my brain functions working helped quite a lot, since I seriously found the story of the second half of Valkyrie Drive intriguing and gripping even. I found myself eagerly waiting for the moment Mirei and Momoka would finally meet, and the road to this moment was really well done. It involved the conflicts we all saw coming, but even though the story often appeared to be predictable, it still held some surprises.
Though, we shouldn’t focus too much on the plot, since the real appeal of the show was definitely its characters. As always, I can’t help but express my love for Mirei. I guess it’s the combination of the badass beauty that rarely speaks, plus the fact that she could be pretty adorable as well. That simply made me fall in love with her. I like her to the point that I’d even say that Mamori, as cute as the two are together, is simply no match for her.
Ah well, I’m glad they were not the only pair, as Lady J and Rain managed to score as my favorite couple of the entire show. I guess every show needs their “Team Sexy” and what better way to describe them as that, right?
I guess I even liked Hiiragi, who kind of intervened with my Mirei x Mamori, but I just can’t get angry with her for some reason.
All in all, we had our share of generic characters, I mean, of course we did, but there were still some gems, like Mirei, who made the show infinitely better~
Yup, no perfect score, since the final love confession was definitely missing. However, there are no men involved, and even those that seem to be male happen to be females in disguise anyway. Well, we have to see past the fact that Mirei was gang-raped by illusion-stone-people-guys, but I guess we all pretty much tried to forget about that scene anyway.
All in all, the yuri is probably one of the most important factors of the whole show, which is something we don’t experience often, not even in full yuri shows. But since we didn’t only get yuri as in romance, but also yuri as a necessary ritual in order to actually be able to fight, yuri is twice as important as it would be in any other show focusing on girls loving other girls, which I find nice.
However, as great as this was, I think they could have gone way deeper into Mirei and Mamori’s relationship. Somewhere in the middle of the show, their relationship development came to a complete stop…. What a waste.
Disregarding the fact that most important characters have unworldly large boobs, they are still mostly really pretty, Mirei standing atop everyone. However, this is not reason enough to give out a high rating, it only means it has good-looking characters, which is then again a must-have for ecchi shows. So how about the animation? Regarding this department, I feel slightly unsure, since I just can’t decide whether I liked or disliked it.
There are some pretty good action scenes that looked really solid, but then there were plenty of scenes that looked really awkward and weird. Most attention was obviously paid to the (super weird) boob physics, while other parts that would mostly be far more important, were simply left what seemed to be raw. Fighting scenes don’t look good simply because they have jiggly boobs….
Great opening, cute ending, meh background music. All in all, I’m really satisfied with it.
I know, what am I even doing giving this a 8/10, right? Seriously, I don’t know either. All I can say is that I was looking forward to seeing a new episode every Saturday, so I guess no matter how hollow the plot or how ridiculously big the boobs, I just can’t help but love this. As the yuri fan that I am, this was like a dream coming true – a very ecchi dream, but nonetheless a good one. And I sure as hell hope that there is going to be another season. Knowing that there are 5 artificial islands, there is enough material left to do at least 4 more~