Senjou no Valkyria 3: Unrecorded Chronicles Episode 1
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — I’m taking a look at the first episode of every show from the Spring 2011 anime season that has been subtitled, and giving it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
Series Premise: Senjou no Valkyria 3: Unrecorded Chronicles is a two-part Original Video Animation based on the video game of the same name, with the first episode released in April 2011. In an alternate-reality mid-twentieth century Europe, a group of deserting soldiers known as “The Nameless” try to avoid conflict between two armies fighting over a rare mineral known as Ragnite.
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ep. tl;dr review: Lost squadron saves a village; Boring military anime show.
Episode Summary: In another version of Europe, two great powers are fighting over control of a power-producing mineral known as ragnite, leading to the Second European War. A cast-out squadron of soldiers from the Gallian Army known as “The Nameless” finds themselves pinned down in a small village, but manages to slip away into the forest. One of the soldiers comes across a little girl who has escaped from a nearby town that is being occupied by enemy forces, and the squad decides to help them, retaking the town in a short skirmish. After a rest and resupply, they come across a fleeing soldier from the 7th Squad of Gallian army, who pleads for help.
My Reaction: Forgive me if I got the plot all mixed up or details of the setting wrong. Might have something to do with the fact that this is an adaptation of the *third* video game in the Valkyria Chronicles saga, and there has already been 26 episodes of an anime series before this, back in 2009 — and I don’t know any of it. This anime has lots and lots of characters and a very well developed back-story — yet attempting to read the various online descriptions to write up this quick review just leaves me more confused.
Needless to say, this OVA series is definitely for someone already well familiar with the Valkyria Chronicles. But even without explanation, I got the gist of the show: a small group of soldiers seeking redemption in a war-torn land.
Perhaps I am being unfair, but what really bothered me during viewing this was how unrealistic all the military stuff was. Yeah yeah, I know, it’s based on a frickin’ video game made into an anime set in a fantasy world with a mystical energy source, should I really expect realistic military action? It’s just when it tries to be all grim and gritty and self-important there’s this annoying disconnect. The uniforms are laughable, including ornate detailing and flair, corsets and mini-skirts…I’m sure all the battle fashionistas are wearing them to the front this fall! A huge combination sword/gun bigger than the soldier herself? Uh…yeah. Let’s engage in two big skirmishes, yet every Nameless soldier emerges from battle without a scratch. Seriously?
Don’t know what’s really going on, and frankly, I don’t care. I’ll leave this one to the dedicated fans, for whom it is designed anyway.
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- No plans to be made officially available in the US.
- The Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “Despite this being an OVA to advertise and promote Valkyria Chronicles 3′s game, I think they could have done a better job explaining the circumstances of what’s going on for those who haven’t played the game yet or familar with Valkyria Chronicles in general. Also the animation quality was quite disappointing considering since A-1 Pictures had also done the original Valkyria Chronicles and didn’t do good job for this one.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “Ah, what a shame. This one was really disappointing. I have to give credits for the creators in the way that they did make their main characters far, FAR less annoying than the characters of the TV-series… but they’re completely flat. Grade: 7.25/10.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
SPRING 2011 ROUND ONE RESULTS!
- First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-up: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Dog Days, Moshidora, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, A Channel, Sengoku Otome: Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari
- First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-down: Sket Dance, Softenni, Happy Kappi, Astarotte’s Toy, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera, Inazuma Eleven Go, Hidan no Aria, Suzy’s Zoo Daisuki Witzy, Seikon no Qwaser Season 2, The World God Only Knows Season 2, Toriko, Maria Holic Alive, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Fairy Tail OVA, Plastic Nee-san, Yu-Gi-Oh: Zexal, Nana to Kaoru OVA, Shukufuku no Campanella OVA, Gintama, Tono to Issho: Gantai no Yabou, Hen Zemi, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, Honto ni Atta Reibai Sensei, Senjou no Valkyria 3
- Coming up next (in this order – 44 down, 5 to go!): Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA, Amagami SS OVA, Katte ni Kaizou, Detective Conan OVA 11, Asobi ni Iku yo OVA