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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 23rd 2015 at 8:04:43 AM

Lazygamer article

Crunchyroll article

Youtube Trailer (contains loads of fanservice!) (new link, old one was DCMA'd)

A wild Twitter account appears

As does an official website

In short: Soul Eater with all the fanservice of Senran Kagura, plus some serious yuri content.

'Tis a multi-platform franchise dealeo, with an anime, a console game, and a mobile game planned. Therefore, I motion for a Franchise work page with separate pages for the game(s) and the anime.

edited 22nd May '15 6:01:22 AM by AceOfScarabs

The three finest things in life are to splat your enemies, drive them from their turf, and hear their lamentations as their rank falls!
Mar 23rd 2015 at 5:24:01 PM

Well, I'll be watching the anime at least

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Mar 23rd 2015 at 5:30:22 PM

lol hylarn you suck

So, how's the romantic elements of this? Is there going to be a cross-over between the couples or are they all monogamous?

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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 23rd 2015 at 8:56:14 PM

Gematsu article on the Vita game

This week’s Famitsu has first details on Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, the Marvelous-published PS Vita tie-in for its recently announced cross-media Valkyrie Drive franchise.

The game takes place in a world where those within their teens or twenties suddenly find themselves infected with a mysterious virus that temporarily weaponizes them if they acquire neurological enhancements, with the story itself revolving around a group of girls known as “Rebreakers” who are capable of freely wielding these weapons.

Actual gameplay consists of fighting swarms of enemy forces in teams of two in what’s being described as “3D battle action.” As the girls fight together, their synchronization increases and things such as their weaponization and combos can change. Battlefield conditions are described as being dynamic, able to change in the midst of fights. Extremely strong special attacks can also be unleashed that will tear up the clothes of both allies and enemies alike.

Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is due out later this year in Japan.

Read more at http://gematsu.com/2015/03/first-details-on-valkyrie-drive-for-ps-vita#Zj60XMePYBTLzcPi.99

A wikipedia page is up

edited 23rd Mar '15 8:58:05 PM by AceOfScarabs

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ShirowShirow Play Langrisser from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
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Mar 23rd 2015 at 9:46:01 PM

Contains Fanservice

Yeah, so what? Everything out of Japan is the same crap Harem wishy-washy BS I got tired of the moment I started looking for more than the most base pandering possible out of a product. I don't need more weak waifus cluttering up the character log in my head any more than I need cancer of the trachea...

Contains Yuri Fanservice

GIVE IT TO ME. I WILL DIE ON THIS HILL.

Shame it's a Vita release.

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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 24th 2015 at 1:45:08 AM

The anime series is subtitled "Mermaid", the Vita game is subtitled "Bhikkuni", and the mobile game is subtitled "Siren".

Is there some symbolism at play here?

The three finest things in life are to splat your enemies, drive them from their turf, and hear their lamentations as their rank falls!
Mar 24th 2015 at 1:52:22 AM

Yeah, I'd been wondering about that. Bhikkuni are Buddhist nuns

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Mar 24th 2015 at 5:11:52 AM

So basically, this show is an excuse to see stupidly hot lesbians making out and fighting with ridiculous weapons, right?

In the immortal words of Yathzee Croshaw: FUCKING SOLD!

BTW, what's the studio that's gonna animate this masterpiece?

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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 24th 2015 at 5:42:30 AM

Kaneko is directing and designing characters for the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- television anime at the studio ARMS. Yousuke Kuroda (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Jormungand, Hayate the Combat Butler) is in charge of series composition.

The “beautiful girl sexy battle action” anime is set on five artificial islands. Mikako Izawa (Re-Kan!, Futs? no Joshik?sei ga Locodol Yattemita) will play Mamori Sh?jo (pictured above right), whose name means “maiden guardian.” Yuka Iguchi (Haganai, Girls und Panzer, Kan Colle) will play Mirei Shikishima (pictured above left).

The three finest things in life are to splat your enemies, drive them from their turf, and hear their lamentations as their rank falls!
Mar 24th 2015 at 6:08:38 AM

Studio Arms? So the studio who made Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, some Ikkitousen and Queens Blade seasons. Not bad but their most recent work Isuca has me worried, they straight up ruined that one.

edited 24th Mar '15 6:09:19 AM by Memers

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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 24th 2015 at 6:24:21 AM

Valk Drive is being made by the guys who made Senran Kagura, so you're guaranteed fanservice no matter what.

...If the guys who made Queen's Blade are also involved, the fanservice at this point is pretty much gonna be real.

add: I'm also wondering, given that the trailer shows the girls from the anime and the Vita game fighting each other, whether all of them will be part of a unified timeline (each media shows a different viewpoint), or will they have separate continuity?

edited 24th Mar '15 9:22:46 AM by AceOfScarabs

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Mar 24th 2015 at 9:22:38 AM

Heh. So it's ok as long as it's Yuri fan service eh?evil grin

Not criticizing mind you. Just saying.

Anyway, it looks like right now, only the two purple haired ones can swap as weapons. From that little description, only certain girls can be weapons or wielders, but it seems these two can are both.

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Mar 24th 2015 at 6:46:28 PM

And it's not on PC...this sucks.

Give me cute or give me...something?
AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 24th 2015 at 6:54:08 PM

Okay, now the Vita has a few more games to tempt me to get one (if they're still in stock in Singapore}.

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Mar 24th 2015 at 7:01:54 PM

Ohohohoho, this looks like fun!

I'm relegated to waiting for the anime, sadly...

Mar 25th 2015 at 4:31:54 AM

Feels like Senran Kagura meets Soul Eater Not meets Sakura Trick. Now this is my kind of yuri. wink

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Mar 25th 2015 at 10:43:36 AM

Heh. So it's ok as long as it's Yuri fan service eh? evil grin

Yup! I will never pretend I'm not shallow in the ways that I am, and I freaking LOVE Yuri. Those freakin' MEN can all go disappear for all I care! -ceases to exist-

The absurd popularity of the Harem has come close to making me ignore anime lately at times; I have SEEN that protagonist. He is NOT INTERESTING. The girls though? They actually have character. Sure, that character usually exists just to pander to specific "interests" but they can still be cool despite that. I always figured those series could all be improved significantly just by cutting out the male lead... And keeping the sexual tension around. Koihime Musou proved me right!

It doesn't hurt that Yuri is a perennially under-appreciated and underused genre. And when it does exist, it is very very susceptible to being the EXACT SAME GODDAMN STORY THAT YOU JUST READ. For some reason Yuri is either by-the-numbers or kind of... Bad.

But we are seeing a small surge in yuri recently. We have Sakura Trick, which is bog-standard but popular, Yuru Yuri which is really funny, Yuri Kuma Arashi which is freakin' WEIRD and even stuff like the manga Murcielago which is nooooooot what most people envision when they think of Yuri which proves the genre is finally moving in some new directions.

THE YURI RENAISSANCE IS HERE. I for one welcome our new schoolgirl overlords!

-cough-

Anyways! Valkyrie Drive may just end up being more pointless pandering (Albeit pandering that's aimed at me) but it looks cool in its own right. Flashy weapon fights will never get old. The characters already show some personality. Boob physics need work.

edited 25th Mar '15 11:12:58 AM by ShirowShirow

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AceOfScarabs I am now a shiny stone~ from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Mar 26th 2015 at 3:18:41 AM The three finest things in life are to splat your enemies, drive them from their turf, and hear their lamentations as their rank falls!
Demongodofchaos2 Best Dad from Eldritch Nightmareland Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
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Mar 26th 2015 at 3:51:42 AM

[up][up] not paying attention to stuff like the GARO anime or Rage Of Bahamut Genesis shows that not,all anime coming out is harem

Watch Symphogear
ShirowShirow Play Langrisser from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
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Mar 26th 2015 at 10:41:07 AM

[up][up] Oh god it's like Dynasty Warriors where all your opponents are schoolgirls who thinks of this stuff.

I expected some mysterious evil monster army. [lol]

[up] Yeah, there's good stuff. I still subscribe to crunchyroll and everything. But pretty much half the series I've checked out in the last week because they where unfamiliar to me and have a cool action pose on the front have ended up being Harem series... It's absurd.

Bleye knows Sabers.
Demongodofchaos2 Best Dad from Eldritch Nightmareland Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Best Dad
Mar 27th 2015 at 4:39:09 AM

I also like High School Dx D. It may be a harem, but it has a Very Scott Pilgrim vibe to it, and the girls just go along and are amused at the main charcters blatant perversion instead of being instantly offended by him like every other harem out there.

Of course, it also has Azazel. Guys love the Azazel.

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Mar 27th 2015 at 4:43:43 AM

[up][up] That's Senran Kagura in a nutshell, at least Shinovi VS.

[up] Except for Koneko.

ShirowShirow Play Langrisser from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, they are imaginary
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Mar 27th 2015 at 10:39:40 AM

[up][up] Rias Gremory is almost awesome enough to make me consider it, but I still got tired of the show's antics pretty quickly.

[up] It's hard to consider the protagonists badass when they appear to be laying waste to legions of unarmed teenagers.

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