“Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid” (Episode 1-4) Dropped Anime Review: “PRETTY MUCH A HENTAI”

Writer: Richard K. Moe

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Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Promotional Art ★
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Mirei Shikishima & Mamori Tokonome
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★ Chibi Mirei dancing ★

Story:

The Valkyrie Drive world revolves around girls who have been infected with a mysterious virus known as the A Virus (Armed Virus). These girls are divided into two classes; Exters, who can transform into weapons when sexually aroused, and Liberators who have the power to wield an Exter’s weapon form, known as Liberator Arms, through a process known as Drive. These girls are brought to separate islands, which each of the series is named after. Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid follows an Exter named Mamori Tokonome who forms a partnership with the Liberator Mirei Shikishima. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Mirei & Mamori character designs ★
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Mirei holding Mamori ★

Behind The Anime:

★Animation Production – Arms (Queen’s Blade, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny and Great Guardians, Kite, Elfen Lied)

★Director – Hiraku Kaneko (The Qwaser of Stigmata II)

★Writer – Yōsuke Kuroda (Honey and Clover, Super Sonico, Trigun, Btooom!)

★Character Design – Hiraku Kaneko (OAV: Queen’s Blade Premium Visual Book)

Review

Pros +

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Mamori freaking out that Mirei is only “15” ★

Writing

  • Story begins immediately and doesn’t stop. 
  • Explains everything quickly and thoroughly. 
  • Very likable cast of characters.
  • Writing is surprising at times. 
  • Battles are exciting when it begins. 

Directing

  • The pacing of the show is good. 

Animation

  • Lovely character designs.
  • Animation is splendid at times. 

Cons –

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Mamori hiding her eyes from looking at lewd actions ★

Writing

  • The oversexualization is just way too much overkill. (For Example: Masturbation Scene, Sexual Assault (No Intercourse) From A Group Of Rock Men Monsters, Massive Amount Of Nudity).
  • Very predictable. 
  • Chemistry between characters are not there. 
  • Although it is an Ecchi, there are many embarrassing Ecchi scenes.
  • Battles are WAY too anticlimactic. 

Animation

  • Characters look a bit odd at times. 

Score:

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Mirei being very beautiful before she sleeps ★

8.0/10 I really wanted to like it 

Final Comments:

Why I dropped Valkyire Drive: Mermaid

I understand that this is an Ecchi and that of course it would do many sexual things. But what it did was just too much. I tried to really like this series, I wanted it to join my favorites. I could handle the nudity and theme of sex. But after what happened on Episode 4, it was just “NO”. The sexual assault which was a “mental attack” was just too much. I felt like I was watching someone being raped. There was no intercourse but there was force. And the fact that i’m supposed to enjoy it made me feel sick. It was disgusting, it was horrible, it was just wrong. This show tried to do something but completely failed at it. This show did many things right but they did many things wrong as well. Remember that this is just my opinion and yours may be different but I want you to be aware of what happened. If you continue to watch it then go ahead. But if you’re about to watch it then please be aware of what happens in the show. I’m dropping it for a reason and that reason is strong enough.

– Richard K. Moe

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3 thoughts on ““Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid” (Episode 1-4) Dropped Anime Review: “PRETTY MUCH A HENTAI”

    1. Hello, tzitzmine. Thanks for commenting!
      I understand that they tried to create the scene and make it dramatic. But at the same time they wanted this to be “fan-service”. And since this Anime is an Ecchi. The scene was made for “fan-service”. It feeds a certain fetish for certain watchers. Have you heard of the infamous monster Hentai genre? Not only that. But there are many “fan service” shows that have girls express the same as Mirei but it’s fan service. Such as “High School of the Dead, Highschool DxD, Hyperdimension, Senran Kagura, etc”. And the statement you said makes sense. I seen it happen in shows like “Psycho-Pass and Berserk”, where rape does occur and it’s supposed to be taken as serious. But given the evidence of this show, I interpreted that this is what it is. I see you made some clear points and you know your stuff. But this is where I stand and that is where you stand. Once again, thank for your time and opinion. We appreciate it.

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