Alongside the Ghost in the Shell ARISE series, I also picked up the Valvrave show that Aniplex released many years ago. This post will cover the second season’s box set.
Note: The photos in this unboxing have been updated on 18th May 2019, but the content is identical.
Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave) is a 2013 original anime series from studio Sunrise and published by Aniplex. The studio are known for animating a number of science-fiction-themed shows throughout their catalog, including the likes of Buddy Complex, Code Geass, Cross Ange, Mobile Suit Gundam, and tons from their pre-2000s era including Ideon and Dunbine. One of the shows they animated in recent years is a supposed trainwreck called Valvrave.
Valvrave has two anime seasons in total, each comprising of around 12 episodes. The second season aired during the Autumn 2013 season (October). Regardless the show was considered successful enough for Aniplex of America to license and release it onto home video in North America.
Aniplex of America released the series across two volumes during September 2014 and January 2015 for $149.98 SRP each. They eventually went on sale during the Rightstuf Holidays so you can tell it’s still in stock. Regardless I got them for around the same price that the US fans would pay for from that sale.
The Aniplex of America release for the show’s second season contains all 12 episodes across three Blu-ray discs in Japanese audio with English subtitles only. The subtitles are unlockable during playback and the discs are compatible across all regions. Alongside the main series are a couple art cards.
Audio: Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16:9 ratio
Region: A B C
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Aniplex):
Haruto Tokishima – by now every citizen of JIOR knew the name of this hero who confronted the Dorssian army’s unjustified invasion and courageously defended his fellow students of Sakimori Academy. But after seeing the sheer power of the Valvrave, both Dorssia and ARUS were ready to take this mysterious humanoid weapon for their own at any cost!
With pressure coming from both of these powerful nations, the students of Module 77 decide that it would be best to head for the moon, which is a neutral territory, and declare their independence as New JIOR.
Meanwhile, Haruto, who was initially hesitant of confrontational situations, realizes that in order to survive, he and the other Valvrave pilots must fight to protect their school, country, and everything they held so dear. Why were the Valvraves created? What is hidden behind the “Magius?” Will Haruto and L-elf be able to reveal the truth of the world?!
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Textless Opening and Endings
Battle Scene Collections
Limited Edition Extras:
Cardboard box with clean artwork on all sides and title on spine
Valvrave the Liberator is available on Blu-ray from Aniplex of America.