I’m not sure if I loved or hated this episode. I was really, really surprised to see that Shouko was still alive. I think it fitted the story much better for her to die, but now she is alive, yet she feels so much out of this world for Haruto. It just feels like Haruto doesn’t even have the right to be with his school friends anymore. I love that he now belongs to a completely different world and that now he won’t ever have the opportunity to be human again. I love how he saved his country and yet manage to lose his humanity and at the same time his reason for doing so in the first place.
Haruto decided to forgo his humanity to avenge the girl he loved, but now that he saved her, she is still alive. It seems like every possible scenario for him would have been terrible and now he has to live with that. If he didn’t do anything he would have been killed someone by the military, or most likely that Shouko would have never managed to leave the car in time before she ran out of air. This means that he is indeed somewhat of the reason why Shouko now lives.
I also didn’t expect his power to work that way. I had already anticipated that he couldn’t be killed and that he would regenerate his wounds very quickly, what I did not expect his the whole changing body business, especially the way he does it. It seems that he takes over the person completely, like a mind controlling parasite. From there he can wait for his body to regenerate and come back to it later. His powers are phenomenal. Now the question I have on my mind is…why the hell did this country had such advanced technology? Why would a neutral country not involved in the war do with such a powerful mecha?
Now their country also happens to be stuck with a pilot that doesn’t even have a certificate yet. He is young, psychologically in trouble and he saved the country, that is pretty sad. At least the guy will now be able to have all the ladies if he so wishes, even if he considers himself a monster. Dracula was also a monster and he was pretty successful with the ladies.
On a completely different topic, I laughed when L-elf said that “those numbers are not put their randomly” in reference to the heat level of the Valvrave. The first gauge went up to 100 and the second to 666. If you ask me, those are some quite human-chosen numbers. I’m pretty sure they either created a scale just to make that work or they had fake numbers for shit and giggles…silly mecha scientist.
I’m still not sure if I like that Shouko survived, I think I still would have much rather have her die, but at the same time the fact that she lives makes it that a whole new kind of psychological drama will enter the mind of the protagonist. We’ll just have to go with this one and see just how fucked up Haruto will become after such a traumatic event.
ZeroGhj signing off