It’s that time again, and the season is winding down. Val x Love has been a real ecchi treat, but all things must come to an end eventually! Let’s take one last look at Val x Love before we begin tentatively awaiting a sequel.
Val x Love
Val x Love follows Takuma, a reclusive high school boy who lives with a group of 9 sisters: the Saotomes. The only catch is, they are all valkyries, and Takuma has been chosen by Odin (their father) to be their lover! When demons appear, it’s up to the Saotome sisters to defeat them, but they can only manifest their powers with Takuma’s love. And they can also level up their powers, with a little help from Takuma and ecchi!
Ecchi, Harem, Comedy!
No question, Val x Love is an ecchi harem anime through and through. Not only this, but Takuma actually starts the anime with the harem, instead of adding girls one at a time to it! It’s thanks to this that we get to skip the harem creation and start off with 9 girls in the harem. That said, Takuma still has to win over their trust, and be able to fill the role of “lover” in their minds.
With such a variety of girls, Val x Love really does an excellent job as an ecchi harem anime. While one of the sisters is too young for ecchi, we still get to enjoy ecchi situations from the remaining 8 sisters! A lot larger than the average harem, and as someone who has been appreciating variety within anime lately when it comes to these things, I was thoroughly impressed here.
In addition, because Takuma himself is so awkward, there are plenty of comedic moments to be had in this over-sized harem!
While I do mention the harem is large, the anime does give a little more focus to three girls: Natsuki, Itsuyo, and Mutsumi. The main reason being, these three are all around Takuma’s age and go to school with him. So while Takuma is supposed to be a lover for all of the sisters, the anime hints that these three girls in particular are more of a romantic love, or at least that this is what they are feeling towards Takuma. We still get plenty of ecchi love from them too!
The last point I wanted to bring up about Val x Love is the episode structure. While there is an overarching story about leveling up in order to be able to defeat increasingly powerful demons entering the world, the anime is very casual about this. And most of the focus is placed on leveling up, as opposed to fighting demons, although we get that too.
And so for most of the anime Val x Love uses a great formula of splitting episodes into two portions. An episode could be half story, half ecchi, all story, or all ecchi. Most story segments revolving around defeating demons (which also gets quite ecchi!), and most ecchi segments involving leveling up.
It’s a satisfying structure, as some episodes you’ll get a ton of ecchi in one segment, only to be treated with even MORE ecchi in the next! It also allows the anime to balance story progression with that sweet ecchi conent. Overall, I really enjoyed it and the anime flows very well due to it.
Story Rating – Good
A good rating fits well for Val x Love, as it really isn’t the focus of the anime, but it works. It’s quite vague overall, with some shady villains presented to us, but the bulk of the anime focused more on just a daily life of leveling up and defeating demons here and there.
Ecchi Rating – Smoking
Val x Love is simply packed with amazing ecchi content. It really is an ecchi anime throughout, and the ecchi itself is just awesome. Every episode is an ecchi treat. And the series as a whole contains such a variety of ecchi content, from the level up activities to the sheer number of Saotome sisters. It’s all just great.
If you’re on the market for an absolutely ecchi-tastic anime, Val x Love may be exactly what you were looking for! It’s not too serious, it’s got great variety, and it has all the ecchi you could ever want. You may laugh at times too! Overall, I really enjoyed Val x Love and think it’s a great example of an anime that puts the ecchi first, but still is able to construct an enjoyable experience on all fronts.
If you wanted to see more Val x Love content, you can check out each individual episode here!
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Fighting Maiden
- Episode 2 – The Binding Maiden
- Episode 3 – The Secret Maiden
- Episode 4 – The Serving Maiden
- Episode 5 – The Believing Maiden
- Episode 6 – The Naked Maiden
- Episode 7 – The Reeling Maiden
- Episode 8 – The Strengthening Maiden
- Episode 9 – The Touching Maiden and the Touched Maiden
- Episode 10 – The Drunken Maiden
- Episode 11 – The Accepting Maiden
- Episode 12 – The Loving Maiden