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Score: 5.98/10

Val x Love

Alt Title : Vallove, Ikusa x Koi

JP Title : 戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)

Year : 2019

Genre : Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School, Supernatural

Season : Fall 2019

Status : Complete

Rating :

Episodes : 12/12

Duration : 23 min. per ep.

Studios : Hoods Entertainment

Synopsis

High-schooler Akutsu Takuma has learned to accept his lonely lot in life and is content surrounded by his studies, but when the god Odin taps him to save the world alongside nine Valkyries fueled by intimacy, Takuma can say good-bye to his solitary existence! (Source: ANN)

My regular harem-watching days are long behind me, but I’d like to think I can still appreciate a good variation on the formula. And in Val x Love’s case, that variation comes through one key variable: the personality of its male protagonist, the hulking Takuma Akutsu. At sixteen years old and surrounded by a flock of beautiful would-be valkyries, Takuma mostly wants one thing: for all of these girls to leave him alone.

Takuma isn’t the first harem protagonist to actively resent his harem, but I still really felt for his plight across this episode. Confronted with stale old situations like the crotch faceplant or the mid-dressing door-opening, Takuma consistently responded with genuine horror and alarm, mostly just wishing for all these horny valkyries to leave his house. Likely my favorite moment this episode was when lead heroine and tsundere template Natsuki sulkily asked “do you hate studying with me that much,” to which he immediately responded “yes, I would much rather be studying alone.” And beyond just being a funny twist on the usual formula, Takuma actually comes across as a troubled and genuinely sympathetic young man, which puts him well above the genre’s average protagonist.

Outside of Takuma’s unique personality, this episode mostly offered a standard fantasy-harem setup, centered on the idea that valkyries are powered by some kind of “love points” that they must harness through lovey-dovey behavior. In practice, this gave the show an easy reason to keep shoving Takuma and Natsuki together, and will presumably help keep Takuma feeling relevant as the enemy threats scale up (something that Action Girlfriend x Average Joe harems can often struggle with). There’s a wide array of distinct yet reasonably archetypal valkyrie designs, and though this episode hits plenty of the standard harem beats, it goes far enough in its salaciousness to likely please any horny comedy fans. Val x Love probably won’t appeal to anyone who’s not actively seeking a harem, but if you’re a fan of the genre, this seems like a fine pick. You can also free Val x Love anime watch online and free anime download.

I don't know what anyone else could have expected from this show, of course it's terrible. But this is a kind of terrible that I find to be very appealing to watch at times. There's something about these battle harems that I find really enjoyable, but it's really hard to put my finger on what precisely it is. Maybe it's the base level titillation from the abundance of fan service. it could be the absurd and roundabout ways shows like these justify their fan service. Perhaps it's because of it's simple portrayals of characters.There's also the paper thin plot it has until it falls into the deep end and simply becomes a joke. Or just a culmination of all the above which this show more or less is. Val x Love is kind of a monster of the week type of show with a thin coating of Norse mythology hence the Val in the title standing for Valkyries. Valkyries being the nine girls, each on fitting into a specific archetype such as the loli, kuudere, himedere, etc etc. Although the blonde haired tsundere also facilities as being the "main girl". All bounded to the main male protagonist who they must form a special/romantic bond with in order to level up like some video game character, and be more capable to fight the enemy and prevent Ragnarok(I think). The way that they bond is usually for the most part risque and mostly serve as the fan service of the show. Doing actions such as kissing, groping, bathing together, or just spending time together which also usually devolves into more fan service. I'm not sure if there's a word to describe the kind of person that characters like the protagonist are. He's such a heavily flawed in so many ways that it comes off more artificial rather than believable. He has a somewhat scary looking physique but is mostly a wimp who is scared of human interaction. The fact that he has to have intimate contact with the Valkyries exacerbates it. The only thing he is noticeably good at is studying, and even then the slightest bit of pressure can make him panic and fail exams. It’s all done so purposeful to the point of contrivance for the purpose of having easy character development. But that’s the thing, it’s so easy that it’s down right predictable from the very first episodes. Not to mention that if they weren’t to do that, all that would be left is a rather irritating character. The antagonists aren’t really that note worthy aside that they are also taken from parts of Norse mythology as well. I guess it's because the conflicts are more centered around the main protagonist sucking it up and kissing one of his harem in order for them to fight. Of course from the last paragraph it’s less of a conflict and more of an inevitable amount of time. There’s probably a lot I could say about the production value, but if you know what you’re getting into when it comes to the story and characters. You probably know what you are getting into when it comes to the visuals and audio. That is to say, it is serviceable for what it is. And that’s something that can also be said about the entirety of the show. It’s a serviceable bad show that isn’t a total joke, but enough that it can be seen in an ironically enjoyable light.

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