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Anime: Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is an animated adaptation of the Valkyria Chronicles Tactical RPG game made by Sega. Produced by A-1 Pictures, it first aired on April 4, 2009. It ran for 26 episodes and had 8 OVA shorts.

Like its source-material, it follows the story of enlisted soldiers Welkin Gunther, son of the late war hero General Gunther and former Bruhl town watchman Alicia Melchiott as they fight to defend Gallia from the invading Imperial threat alongside Squad 7, the squad Welkin has been assigned lieutenant to.

While it largely follows the overarching plot of the first Valkyria Chronicles game, some of its major changes include the expansion of Faldio Landzaat's character, the introduction of original character Ramal Valt, minor alterations to the chronology of key events and moving members originally assigned to Squad 7 in the game to other units in the militia (primarily Squad 1).

The Valkyria Chronicles anime provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: The girls of the Militia, especially Alicia... but especially not Susie.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Selvaria, Jaeger, and that new guy, Karl (who has no relation to the Squad 7 Karl).
  • A Million Is a Statistic: More like hundreds or lower thousands, but Gregor and Damon take this attitude towards their soldiers.
  • Animal Talk: The 7th OVA has everyone except for Hans communicating in pig noises ("Buhii") while Hans is able to speak fluently. Of course it turned out to be All Just a Dream of Hans'.
  • Anyone Can Die: Well, anyone not in Squad 7 and not Vyse or Isara.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Subverted in the anime version the first time Alicia tries to use it on Faldio. He dodges it and Alicia sends it right into Welkin's face instead.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Edy, and 4 of the 5 members of the Edy Detachment (Lynn isn't there for some reason...) game add on, are all members of the squad in the show.
    • Other recuitables, like Salinas, Nils, Hannes, Wendy, Cezary, Alex, Hebert, Rosina and Mica become part of Squad 1, and as of episode 6, they get to talk. Episode 13 shows Vyse Inglebard as Squad 5's sergeant who dies a few minutes after his introduction.
    • In the anime, Faldio gets much more screen time vs his video game counterpart, who only shows up a few times in some cutscenes. In addition, he takes part in missions whereas in the game he's never seen on the map.
  • A-Team Firing: No one seems to be able to hit anyone unless it's plot important.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Gregor's standard strategy.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The 2nd Opening makes you think the anime looks like some war action flick until to see the show for yourself and realize...it isn't.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Be it Imperial or Gallian, you can trust that only the ugly people are jerks.
    • Also, Beauty Equals Competence: When two factions clash, the best-looking one will succeed. Note the ugly appearances of the incompetent Gallian army officer corps, and the conspirators seeking to murder Maximilian. Subverted in Squad 1's case where everyone (good looking or ugly) in the squad save Faldio got shafted to display how powerful Selvaria was.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Squad 7 does a few of these. Alicia delivers one later in an episode covering the same battle from the game.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation : In-world documents are written in something that looks like English - which makes little sense to begin with, as Gallia doesn't look like England in any way - but turns out to be pretty much random gibberish.
  • Bling of War: The regular Gallian army. Seriously, there is no way those poofy pants are practical for combat purposes.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Alicia is the main character of the anime, not Welkin. Faldio also gets a lot more focus, even more so than Welkin.
    • Jann gets twice as much screen time as any of the other optional characters, along with very flattering characterization as the voice of reason.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 6, which shows Ellet Embedded, with a whole lot of added goofy (and sex appeal).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Still, Welkin. And Faldio to some extent.
  • Child Soldiers: Emile's age (16) is in the squad list Alicia looks at in Episode 3. We can assume Homer (15) and Oscar (15) will be somewhere similar in their ages. Aisha, who's in the credits, still looks 12.
  • Camera Fiend: The 3rd OVA has Ellet showing the spoils of her snooping to Ramal, Homer and the Bielert brothers, at least until Alicia steps in.
  • Camp Gay: Jann, with a bit of Hard Gay.
  • Character Exaggeration: A point raised against the adaptation.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Zaka appears much earlier, when Gallia still had control of Fouzen.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Welkin, considerably more so in the anime than in the game.
  • Conspicuous CG: Tanks and smoke.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Selvaria, all the time...
      • Until episode 21, where she then gets handed one by Alicia.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Arguably, pretty much all of the non-game deaths can come off as unnecessary and contrived. For example, there's Vyse, all of Squad 1, and Karl. It wouldn't have been so bad had it not been established since the early episodes that no one could hit the broad side of a barn unless it was plot important. Had it been something else, like squad members getting killed off during their missions to show off that War Is Hell from the start, there'd be less complaints.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Squad 7.
  • Fanservice: The entirety of the first and 6th OVA specials.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • More prevalent than in the game (if a bit confusing about it), but less than in the manga. It causes a Red Shirt to ignore Isara's advice about the malfunction in his tank. Oh, the irony.
    • Even the Valkyria suffer racism, with both Selvaria and Alicia being called monsters. What's strange in Alicia's case is that this is done by her True Companions, who by now should have a stronger bond than that.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Exactly like the game (see that page for more details) with a few more exclusive additions seen only in the anime: Apparently Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Asia (Faldio obviously made an allusion to Sun Tzu) exist in this universe, albeit geographically incorrect.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The appearance of Selvaria on the battlefield as a Valkryian spooks General Damon into asking Cordelia to use her Valkyrian powers for Gallia. Faldio even attempts to hold the princess hostage, although he only wants the Valkyrian shield and spear. And fortunately for them, they do have a Valkyrian on their side, although it's Alicia, not Cordelia.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Ramal. Also, Isara again.
  • Handsome Lech: Jaeger
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Welkin after Isara's death; he gets better after finally having a good cry.
    • Faldio when he comes to and realises he's the only survivor of his squad.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Ramal pushes Faldio into a trench so he wont get caught in the giant beam fired by Selvaria.
    • While infiltrating the Marmota, Faldio delays Welkin's pursuers by using a grenade to take them out along with himself.
  • Hold the Line: Gallia attempts to do this against Selvaria in episode 21 without much luck. Faldio attempts to do something about it, but doesn't have much luck either. It's only after Alicia hears Welkin over the radio that she finally starts to awaken her powers and goes to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Selvaria.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Too many to count.
    • Soldiers standing in the open under enemy fire, returning fire without even trying to get cover. Tanks spinning their whole hull instead of just turning the turret. Tanks completely lacking secondary weapons, such as coaxial or turret-mounted machineguns. Artillery being nearly never brought up when it would be a reasonable tactic.
    • A particularly egregious example of astonishing bad tactics is the third episode, where Gallia is holding one side of a river, the Imperials the other side, and they're supposedly both want to control a bridge in the middle. The main characters calmly discuss tactics at sunset, comfortably sitting on the banks of the river, in full sight of the enemy soldiers and tanks, and they don't even fire a shot at them. Of course, no one thinks of using artillery to solve the stalemate, or even to take potshots at each other with snipers or tank cannons either.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Happens to Hans twice, initially by Alicia, but Marina is the one taking care of him at all times. During the epilogue, Marina takes Hans back home with her.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Silvaria to Maximillion.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Several ninja-like assassins are sent to take out Maximillian at one point. It doesn't work.
  • Jerk Ass:
    • Rosie remains a colossal one after Fouzen. She gets better, just later than expected.
    • And Damon. Just... Damon.
  • Karmic Death: Damon, and the entire regular army.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Damon's tantrum about Isara's poncho being on the front of the Edelweiss, shortly after her death and in front of Squad 7.
    • Damon kicks it again by telling Alicia that the reason she's been transferred to the regular army is because everyone fears her.
    • The Gallian regulars as a whole are jerkasses.
  • Last Minute Hookup: In order of appearance:
    • Alicia and Welkin. Duh.
    • Homer and Edy.
    • Rosie and Zaka.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Selvaria apparently doesn't own any clothes besides multiple pairs of her standard uniform.
  • Love Triangle: In the anime, there is one between Faldio, Welkin, and Alicia.
  • Magic Skirt: Rosie. Apparently ass-length skirt plus kicking people high and frequently doesn't put the underwear at notable risk of exposition. The complete opposite of the game, of course.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Alicia thought that there was something between Faldio and Ramal.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The game of "old man" between Maxi and the generals in the 5th OVA. Selvaria was the loser.
  • The Neidermeyer: Damon. Gregor isn't too far away from this trope at times, but unlike Damon he does show some actual competence in his role and doesn't blame his men for his own screwups.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Jaeger shows up in the background during the epilogue, despite assumedly being shot in the back and on the Marmota when it blows up. Then again, the guy never died in the original in the first place, but it still stretches Willing Suspension of Disbelief when he survives an exploding battleship after getting shot in the back.
  • Not What It Sounds Like: Faldio and Alicia, concerning him being shirtless, her panties and some Greek Mythology. All in front of Squad 1 and Squad 7.
  • Obviously Evil: Maximilian's brother and conspirators. The way they conduct their private conspiracies, it leaves no room for doubt.
  • Offhand Backhand: Isara does this with a wrench in episode 6.
  • One-Man Army: Maximilian pretty much murders an entire army of ninjas sent to assassinate him all by himself.
  • Promoted to Love Interest
  • Punch Clock Villain:
    • Explored as well with the similar wounded-soldier-in-the-cabin-with-them situation, although it worked better with Franz than it did with Mikhail.
    • Jaeger is even more friendly and good natured than in the game, where he was already only nominally loyal to the Empire. He's been promised his country's independence for his servitude and is proud enough to want to do a good job; that doesn't mean he has to hold anything against his foes however.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Happens to Faldio, for having shot Alicia, and he takes out Maximilian with him.
  • Red Shirt Army: The Gallian military forces that aren't Squad 7 is essentially this. Its implied they're doing their own things, but during cutscenes in between levels its obvious to the player they're not having much luck without Squad 7.
  • Rule of Cool: Seems to take more of a precedence in the anime, especially when Edelweiss is involved. In every scene it's depicted, Edelweiss is essentially a high performance sports car with lots of armor and a really big gun.
  • Serious Business: Interviews.
  • Ship Tease: Aside from Jann's occasional fawning over Largo, Susie has been sighted hanging around closely with Edy a couple of times. Edy herself gives Homer a gift as part of some Valentine's-esqe special day during the Marberry Beach episode. Given that both also appear in Edy's DLC in the game, this is just adding fuel to the fire. Rosie and Zaka is also teased.
  • Shower Scene: A... suprisingly NSFW one from Selvaria, complete with Godiva Hair.
  • Skinship Grope: Edy does this to Alicia in the 6th OVA.
  • Spoiler Opening: Second opening. Alicia with a lance and shield. Put two and two together.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Averted, as Alicia's Final Flame gets stopped by a Cooldown Hug (and accompanying kiss) from Welkin.
  • The Squad: A couple of them appear, but they only deserve Nominal Importance if they're not Squad 7.
  • Tap on the Head
  • Team Mom: Jann. Oh God, Jann!
  • Team Pet: Hans.
  • The Theme Park Version: And freaking how!
  • This Is a Drill: The Valkyrian Lance.
  • Token Minority: In-universe, Isara and taking her place after she dies, Zaka is the only Darcsen seen in the militia. Lynn, Wavy and Nadine are nowhere to be seen. Even a random Darcsen NPC would've been nice to see.
  • Too Dumb to Live/ Suicidal Overconfidence:
    • Faldio and Squad 1. Immediately after Selvaria blocks a tank shell and destroys 2 tanks with impunity, you decide to attack her head on? There's a reason why, in the game, you are advised not to take her head on (even when she's not using her Valkyria powers). Instead, you have to double time on accomplishing your original objective since it would put the Imperial forces at a disadvantage and force Selvaria to retreat.
    • Karl had the balls to get angry at Maximilian to his face, while he was slowly becoming unhinged. This, after he already established himself as being incredibly aloof and seeing people's value in their use to him.
    • And also, Jaeger. Why in the world would you openly announce your intention to defy your leader, when said leader specifically announced that he is willing to summarily execute anybody who tries to defy him.
      • Slightly subverted since HE SURVIVED, completely unscratched. You can see him walk pass Edy and Homer in last episode.
  • True Companions:
    • A narrowly averted tear jerker moment occurs when Jaeger mentions that he wanted to take Selvaria and Maximilian to visit his home town, and though he's his normal cheerful self he has obviously realised Selvaria's ready to throw herself into death out of self pity and Maximilian is a unrepentant dog kicker.
    • Squad 7, on the other hand, is close, but how close they are flip-flops as plot and angst happens.
  • Tsundere:
    • Alicia, considerably moreso than in the game.
    • Ramal certainly fits the bill as of episode 7.
    • Edy, anyone?
  • Verbal Tic: Cordelia develops several in the 8th OVA, all based around a series if of animal hats.
  • Watching Troy Burn: The beginning hometown is subjected to this, as well as the Gallian capital once the Empire rolls out their secret weapon. Made worse by the fact that despite your attempts to stop it, it manages to break through anyway.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Valkyrian lance.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Applies to all of Squad 1, in a sense, considering the only people who knew some of the characters were those who had played the game, but Salinas deserves a special mention because he disappears from Squad 1 sometime before the Marberry Beach operation and is replaced with Hermes, with his death mentioned in passing. And even then its just Faldio saying "some of my troops have died, too" when trying to get Welkin out of his BSOD. The reason for his replacement is a mystery as none of the troops of Squad 1 did much except be window dressing.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Where did Ms. Ellet go?
    • Better yet, what happened to Maximilian's brother?
  • The Worf Effect:
    • The Batomys, when it went up against Squad 1. In the game, it was a long, hard and desperate struggle for players to fight it (especially in their first play-through), but in the anime, it went down so simply, it's almost insulting. And who's idea was it to replace the radiators' covers and make the radiators pop-up? At least it's excusable when Alicia fought it, being a Valkyria and all.
    • Falls under here or The Worf Barrage, but the Valkof, which can melt a mountain with a shot, gets stopped by just Alicia?
  • Wrench Wench: Isara, still.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The second part of "Showdown at Naggiar", although it's fairly easy to see that coming. Capture the enemy camp, and... enter enemy reinforcements from north and south.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: All the female military uniforms except Marina now qualify. The anime gets confusing about when the secondary female characters wear shorts, pants or skirts, but it's always consistent with the main female characters.

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