Spring 2009 First Impressions: Valkyria Chronicles

Just some random thoughts that ran through my head as I got around to watching some of the season’s premieres. On tap? Valkyria Chronicles, an adaptation of an RPG produced by A-1.

Fansub group: Ayako

Things I liked:

  • Loved the character designs. They’re bright, attractive and the watercolor effect makes it stand out. Animation was pretty solid too. Hopefully it stays that way and A-1 doesn’t cheat like they did with Kuroshitsuji. That show featured more pans than a bakery. *rimshot*
  • Welkin and Alicia. I haven’t played the game, but the two had good chemistry, IMO.
  • Alicia. Gotta keep the tsundere around to make it interesting, right?

Things I didn’t like:

  • Alicia’s probably the worst soldier I’ve ever seen. From randomly arresting Welkin and not telling anyone about it, to chasing him around instead of heading out with the rest of her group, to walking nonchalantly past windows when she’s in Welkin’s mansion, there’s nothing to make me think that she would survive a real battle. I realize she’s actually a baker, but c’mon. I don’t see how she’s going to survive past the next episode at this pace. This also probably doesn’t bode well for the show’s “military tactics”

Random other thoughts:

I thought this looked interesting, but didn’t cover it in my spring preview, because I wasn’t planning to watch it. I prefer to play the game first before watching the adaptation. But then I realized this was a PS3 exclusive, and since those are still like $500 or whatever, I realized that it’d probably be years before I got around to playing the game.

I really liked the first episode. I immediately liked the characters, pacing was solid, story seems… different for an RPG-adaption – this is a good thing. I don’t know how long the game is, but I hope they pace this well enough so the inevitable rushing and condensing of content at the end of the season doesn’t happen. I can only hope it doesn’t go down the same route of mediocrity that Tales of the Abyss did.

There’s an outside chance I may continue to write about this show. The 26 episode length is a knock on it, but right now since I’m only planning to follow K-ON! on a weekly basis, it’s a possibility.

Clueless soldier meets clueless hostage. Love at first sight.

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