OP: “Ashita e no Kizuna” by HIMEKA
From my experiences of watching anime I find that most anime that is based on an RPG turn out to be pretty bad. Ones like World Destruction, .hack/ROOTS, and Persona series come to mind so I’m kind of reluctant on finding out how Valkyria Chronicles will turn out. Still I always give a series at least 1 episode and with the first episode of Valkyria Chronicles, I am somewhat impressed.
Now I have never played the game so basically I know nothing about the game except for what I read on Wikipedia. At first the animation weirded me out with the scribbled shaded sections but it eventually grew on me. I guess A-1 Pictures Inc. are going for something similar to the game’s graphics which is the watercoloured look. Since we have the same studio who produced Kannagi, and my impressions of this episode, quality would certainly be maintained throughout. And I definitely like the character designs.
Though hearing Marina Inoue voice Alicia Melchiott just makes me think it’s Kana harbouring that rifle. Not to mention Alicia also has twintails. From the looks of the OP and ED, there seems to quite a large number of characters as well though I’m sure we probably won’t get enough time to go through all of them. Assuming this is a 13 episode series. Still the story is based upon war timesand I’m usually a sucker for those kind of themes So I will definitely continue watching Valkyria Chronicles just to see what kind of direction its heading in. I just hope it doesn’t end up like the other RPG based animes.
ED: “Ano Kaze ni Notte” by pe’zmoku