Now Haruto is proposing marriage in high school, oh god.
Recently I’ve been hearing criticisms that Valvrave is no longer funny because it’s too serious, what with last week’s rape and this week’s death of Shouko’s father. There seems to be this assumption that comedic things can’t be serious and vice-versa.
To which I respond: what?
Valvrave is funny precisely because it’s so earnest and serious. Valvrave could have taken a cynical approach. It could have made all the battles fought with pea shooters, turned the pilots into the three stooges, and replaced the school with a karuta society. It could have laughed at mecha anime with an attitude that says, “I’m above all this shit.” I’ll call this the John Stewart school of comedy.
Valvrave doesn’t take this path though. It keeps the setup serious, just as in the earlier shows it parodies. I’d claim that, despite how ridiculous and stupid they make everything, the writers behind Valvrave actually love mecha anime. More than laughing at mecha anime, they’re laughing at themselves for liking it. I’ll call this the Princess Bride school of comedy.
The Princess Bride school tells stories earnestly while being just as hard hitting as anything the John Stewart school can muster. The seriousness of the events that transpire and the height of the stakes are necessary because they exist in the original material. For example, the scene with Shouko’s father is taken straight out of Zeta Gundam, when Kamille’s parents are dumped in a glass box in space.
Once Haruto pulls an Ouma Shuu and becomes Hitler, this girl’s going to become Goebbels. I’m calling it. Oh god if she teams up with L-Elf…
Ahaha wow that’s terrible, so much worse than countries that wage endless war.
Oh crap, even worse! Bring me my fainting couch!
ERRRUUU-ERRRUUUUFFFUUU!!! What a great backhanded insult.
Ahahaha. Welcome to the world of ADULTS!
This whole scene was overflowing with so much sexual innuendo. The drill that pierces the heavens™ breaking through…
> 666 / 100