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Valkyria Chronicles 10 : Snow Mountain Syndrome

June 16, 2009
Wed all like to know that...

We'd all like to know that...

Episode 10 on Valkyria Chronicles…

We get thrown right into the climax of the episode as it starts. A panting imperial soldier holding onto a granade is facing Welkin and Alicia inside a wooden mountain cabin…

Ofcourse we can’t get to a sudden climax without an intro of how it turned out like this so right after the opening theme we get to see the prequel…

Alician and Welkin are walking through a mountain area, scouting for a good path on which their tank could easily pass through. As they found a good road and prepare to go back to the squad, Welkin looks up at the sky and tell Alicia that they’d better look for shelter since a snowstorm is coming. Alicia is suprised since the sky is still clear, but Welkin points to a road beside them saying that there’s a mountain cabin where they can hide from the bad weather.

Shouldnt you two be a little more careful opening doors in enemy territory?

Shouldn't you two be a little more careful opening doors in enemy territory?

After a while they arrive at the mountain cabin, Alicia notices all the dust and Welkin says it probably hasn’t been used for a long time but that it will be able the stand against the snowstorm. Alicia asks Welkin again why he said they should look for shelter since it’s sunny outside, but when Alicia looks through the window…

ii tenki da ne?

ii tenki da ne?

Welkin uses some wood from within the cabin to start up the open fire and mentions that a snowstorm in spring isn’t a rare sight in the mountains. Alicia tells Welkin she’s glad to be with him since he was able to foretell the weather like this and asks how long the storm will rage on. But since that depends on the weather gods themselves, Welkin can’t answer that one. When Alicia suddenly sneezes Welkin gets up from before the open fire and looks for some blankets.

Some time later Alicia is wrapped in a warm blanket and Welkin sits beside the window, Alicia asks him if it’s alright that she’s the only one who got a blanket. Welkin replies by saying he used to it and that a captain should take good care of his subordinates, yet his sneezing tells a different story. Alicia offers him to both use the blanket, Welkin is embarrassed at first but eventually joins Alicia. As you can guess, the next scene is filled with lovely AliciaxWelkin service and since I’m a fan of that pairing, I won’t hold back the images from you~

embarrassing times together~

a snowstorm...an open fire...a man and woman... I'm sure they're aware of that~

hazukashii~

hazukashii~

After a long silence Alicia asks Welkin to tell something since it’s better than just sitting around and doing nothing. It doesn’t matter to her whether it’s about their squad or even…about himself. Welkin tries to break the heavy atmosphere by suggesting they should talk about… the habits of dung beetles… Alicia immediatly counters that and the following weird proposals of Welkin (which were are bug stuff by the way) and suddenly the conversation gets swung to Welkin’s father. Welkin tells Alicia about how his father always blamed himself for the death of his mother, however his father had nothing to do with it since she died in the war while he wasn’t there. Alicia replies that a bad family situation is still better than having no family at all. She continues by telling that she’s an orphan that has never known the warmth of a real family.

You should have a chat with Lelouch

You should have a chat with Lelouch

Welkin tells Alicia that he wants to end this war as soon as possible to prevent that even more people will get painful memories from it, Alicia agrees with him. Out of the blue Welkin asks why Alicia is wearing the red headscarf.

You see any other headscarf around?

You see any other headscarf around?

Alicia~ cause Im worth it.

Alicia~ 'cause I'm worth it.

Alicia takes it off and tells him that she used to work in a bakery and that on the first day she got there the chief asked her “How do you intend to bake bread with such long hair?!” and bought her the scarf. She has been wearing it eversince that day since she is a baker before being a soldier afterall. Welkin tells her that that is a wonderful thing, then the atmosphere suddenly changes… it’s silent again and Alicia leans onto Welkin, since images fit better in these kind of situations…

warming up the room~

warming up the room~

ever been in a cockpit before?

ever been in a cockpit before?

giku...

giku...

danger level 5, mayday mayday!

danger level 5, mayday mayday!

The enemy is attacking!

The enemy is attacking!

counter attack!

counter attack!

As you see, Welkin made up a lame excuse and they both go to sleep after that. Quite amusing to see the whole scene though.

In the middle of the night Welkin wakes up Alicia places his hand on her mouth, Alicia suprised by this at first then hears some noise coming from outside the cabin. Welkin quickly moves to take their weapons and they wait for what’s coming up. We get to see a quick flash of someone unpinning a granade, then the door opens and… we’re back to the opening scene.

Thats a new way of doing a homedelivery

That's a new way of doing a homedelivery

The soldier threatens Alicia and Welkin that if they’ll shoot, they’ll get caught up in the explosion once he lets go of the granade. Welkin keeps cool and responds that there’s a big chance that even if the granade explodes one of them will survive it. Welkin in return orders the imperial to drop his gun, but he doesn’t take orders from the enemy and they both point their guns at eachother…

Showdown! see you in season 2!

Showdown! see you in season 2!

Meanwhile the squad is worrying about the 2 since they’ve been away for such a long time. Rosie proposes that they search for them, but eventually they decide to wait for 2 more hours. Rosie then makes her way to Isara who’s busy doing maintance on the tank. Rosie takes out her frustration on her as she’s seemingly doing fine eventhough Welkin has been missing for so long. Largo stops Rosie telling her that Isara is probably the most worried of all, but she keeps believing in Welkin.

Vegetables needs time to grow afterall

Vegetables need time to grow afterall

Believe in me who believes in you...and all that stuff

Believe in me who believes in you...and all that stuff

At the mountain cabin the face-off continues, Welkin keeps on trying to convince the soldier to drop his weapons. The soldier keeps on shouting to do the opposite, but he suddenly leans over and blood drips on the floor. Alicia jumps up telling he’s wounded and wants to run over to aid him. The soldier takes it the wrong way and shoots…

Dont give a gun to people that cant keep cool

Don't give a gun to people that can't keep cool

ALICIAAAAAA!!!

ALICIAAAAAA!!!

Fire in the hole!

Fire in the hole!

The soldier starts counting down…if he reaches zero and they haven’t dropped their guns, he’ll drop the granade. Luckily before he reaches nill Alicia  shouts that she had enough. She drops her gun and tells him that they are humans before being soldiers. When hearing that, the soldier lowers his gun and allows Alicia to check his wounds, yet he still keeps the granade close.

At the base, the timelimit has passed and Largo needs to make a dicision…wait or go and search for them…

Back at the cabin, Alicia notices that the soldier has two shotwounds in his back and looks worried (since he probably won’t make it knowing that they don’t have any medicine with them) Welkin looks over them from a distance as he sees that the soldier is starting to ail, which would be bad since he’d drop the granade and they’d all die in the end. After being treated by Alicia, the soldier starts talking about the irony of getting treated by the enemy and he’ll probably die soon. He thought he’d be able to sacrifice himself honourfully on the battlefield, yet he ran away during a battle only to be shot by his comrades in the back for being a coward. Welkin asks why he didn’t surrender to them immediatly, but he replies that he heard that when you’d surrender to the gallian army, you’d get shot on the spot. In the end he agrees with Welkin that that was a ridiculous thought and proceeds to ask their names, after that he takes out the pin while he eyesight gets blurry and…

luckily manages to put it back...

luckily manages to put it back...

a noble man doesnt have to look fancy

a noble man doesn't have to look fancy

With that being his final good dead, he tells them his own name Mikhael Weber and peacefully rests forever.

Sadness...

Sadness...

The next day imperials survey the area around the cabin only to find out that it’s already empty, at the back they notice that their comrade had been burried. Some soldier reports that they found footsteps of gallian soldiers and that they can still catch up on them, but their commander refuses since they burried their old teammate…

*salutes*

*salutes*

At the end, Alicia and Welkin are walking back, it’s been 16 hours since they left the base so Welkin tells Alicia that they, in a typical case,  should’ve left already… but ofcourse

one tank... lolis...a bio freak as commander...yeah pretty much sums it up

one tank... lolis...a bio freak as commander...yeah pretty much sums it up

But let’s be honest…who wouldn’t love to be in squad like this?

Free hugs from squad 7!

Free hugs from squad 7!

and…

R.I.P. Mikhail Weber, honourable soldier of the imperial army.

R.I.P. Mikhail Weber, honourable soldier of the imperial army.

_

thoughts :

I love this filler, filled with lots of Alicia-moe and epicness. The story of Weber is kind of a standard one, same with Alicia and Welkin’s reason to stop the war. But for me living close to Flanders fields, being educated about the WWs so many times in elementary school that I even started to hate it, this is a nice way of honouring all soldiers who gave their lives in wars in the past and a pretty valid reason to stop war indeed (cause I also can’t think of any other reasons to stop a war anyway) Okay I admit, I’m going a bit off topic here, but I just wanted to mention it once. Anyway the next episode will get us back onto the main plot so I’m looking forward to that, especially this looks promising…

enchanté, mademoiselle~

enchanté, mademoiselle~

This wasn’t the Bunny Chief, but it’s still over and out.

*salutes*

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