Val × Love

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Val × Love
Val x Love volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Val x Love volume 1 by Square Enix
戦×恋
(Ikusa × Koi)
GenreAction, fantasy, harem
Manga
Written byRyousuke Asakura
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Gangan
Original runDecember 2015 – present
Volumes8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakashi Naoya
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
Music byTECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND
StudioHoods Entertainment
Licensed bySentai Filmworks
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS11
Original run October 5, 2019 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Val × Love (戦×恋, Ikusa × Koi, "War × Love") is a Japanese manga series by Ryousuke Asakura. It has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan since December 2015. It has been collected in eight tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press. An anime television series adaptation by Hoods Entertainment premiered on October 5, 2019.

Plot[edit]

Ever since he was a child, Takuma Akutsu had a scary face. He was shunned by his classmates and only attracted bad attention, such as the likes of gangsters and thugs. As a result, he developed social anxiety, unable to properly converse with people. This fact and his scary face only proceeded to exacerbate his bad reputation and he was known as a demon. One day, Takuma saves Natsuki and receives a revelation from Odin, the lord of Asgard, that the world will end soon and that it is on Takuma's shoulders to save the world. To help him with his mission, Odin sends his nine daughters, the nine Valkyries, down to Midgard/Earth. Odin then gives him his mission: he is to prove that love will save the world as it is said that the source of a maiden's strength is love.

Characters[edit]

Takuma Akutsu (亜久津 拓真, Akutsu Takuma)
Voiced by: Yūya Hirose[1]
Takuma Akutsu is an Einherjar deemed by Odin and is the lover of the nine Valkyrie sisters. With a strong and scary build but a timid personality, Takuma, at first, is not a good lover. However, he trains himself to become a fitting Einherjar. He holds Mistilteinn, one of only three Tears of Yggdrasil, given to him by Odin himself.
Natsuki Saotome (早乙女 七樹, Saotome Natsuki)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[1]
The seventh of the nine Saotome sisters, Natsuki Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Blade, Siegrune, and is currently the highest-leveled Valkyrie out of the nine. She is a student at Takuma's school whose popularity warrants fan clubs even outside of her own school.
Itsuyo Saotome (早乙女 五夜, Saotome Itsuyo)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[1]
The fifth of the nine Saotome sisters, Itsuyo Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Chain, Schwertleite. She had transferred to Takuma's school at the beginning of the second term and became the student council president.
Mutsumi Saotome (早乙女 六海, Saotome Mutsumi)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka[1]
The sixth of the nine Saotome sisters, Mutsumi Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Wing, Helmwige. She is a popular idol who rarely attends school due to her work (the idol work was a job forced onto her by her sisters to allow for more opportunities for Val Love).
Ichika Saotome (早乙女 一千花, Saotome Ichika)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama[2]
The eldest of the nine Saotome sisters and the captain of the Valkyries, Ichika Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Spear, Brunhilde. She does not approve of Takuma as the lover of her and her sisters for a good part of the first arcs, although this attitude changes during a significant battle.
Futaba Saotome (早乙女 二葉, Saotome Futaba)
Voiced by: Yumi Hara[2]
The second of the nine Saotome Sisters, Futaba Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Castle, Gerhilde. Back in Asgard, Futaba had the nickname of Her Majesty, the Queen despite being arguably the weakest of the nine. She takes care of most of the housework when she and her siblings invaded Takuma's home.
Misa Saotome (早乙女 三沙, Saotome Misa)
Voiced by: Ayaka Shimizu[2]
The third of the nine Saotome sisters, Misa Saotome is the Valkryie of the String, Ortlinde. A tomboyish character, Misa is looked up to by her younger siblings as a so-called "romance master" despite having no such experience herself.
Shino Saotome (早乙女 四乃, Saotome Shino)
Voiced by: Rikako Aida[3]
The fourth of the nine Saotome sisters, Shino Saotome is the Valkryie of the Armor, Waltraute. She is a recluse, rarely showing her person, let alone her face. She is the Valkyrie in charge of the barriers around Takuma's resident to prevent the minions of the evil god from finding the sanctuary of the valkyries.
Yakumo Saotome (早乙女 八雲, Saotome Yakumo)
Voiced by: Maki Kawase[3]
The eighth of the nine Saotome sisters, Yakumo Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Sound, Grimgerde. Out of all of the sisters, she probably hates Takuma the most, constantly teasing him although this is because she has unnaturally superhuman hearing and Takuma's constantly pounding heart annoys her.
Kururi Saotome (早乙女 九瑠璃, Saotome Kururi)
Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai[3]
The youngest of the nine Saotome sisters, Kururi Saotome is the Valkyrie of the Cannon, Rossweisse. She has a love for robots and spends most of her time building and creating random items. However, due to her powers, Midgard, that is, Earth, materials, don't work as well as Asgardian materials and most of the items she makes doesn't last long.
Sue (スー, )
Voiced by: Hiyori Nitta[4]
Tohru Inukai (犬飼 透, Inukai Tōru)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[4]
A student council secretary, Tohru Inukai is the human host of "The Fang", Garm.
Skuld (スクルド, Sukurudo)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[4]
Röskva (レスクヴァ, Resukuvua)
Voiced by: M.A.O[4]
Ur (ウル, Uru)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen[4]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 22, 2016[5]ISBN 978-4-7575-5014-8January 30, 2018[6]ISBN 978-0-3164-8008-6
  • 1. The Fighting Maiden (戦うの乙女, Tatakau no Otome)
  • 2. The Studying Maiden (勉強する乙女, Benkyō suru Otome)
  • 3. The Binding Maiden (縛る乙女, Shibaru Otome)
  • 4. The Bound Maiden (縛られる乙女, Shibara reru Otome)
2 October 22, 2016[7]ISBN 978-4-7575-5124-4April 24, 2018[8]ISBN 978-0-3164-4693-8
  • 5. The Serving Maiden (奉仕る乙女, Hōshiru Otome)
  • 6. The Secret Maiden (秘密の乙女, Himitsu no Otome)
  • 7. The Locked Maiden (密室の乙女, Misshitsu no Otome)
  • 8. The Unstoppable Maiden (無双する乙女, Musō suru Otome)
  • 9. The Wet Maiden (濡れる乙女, Nureru Otome)
3 May 22, 2017[9]ISBN 978-4-7575-5343-9July 24, 2018[10]ISBN 978-1-9753-5320-9
  • 10. The Loveless Maiden (恋人のいない乙女, Koibito no Inai Otome)
  • 11. The Believing Maiden (信じる乙女, Shinjiru Otome)
  • 12. Meeting the Maiden (乙女に逢いに, Otome ni Ai ni)
  • 13. The Nude Maiden (裸の乙女, Hadaka no Otome)
  • 14. The Cutting Maiden (斬る乙女, Kiru Otome)
  • 15. The Dancing Maiden (踊る乙女, Odoru Otome)
4 September 22, 2017[11]ISBN 978-4-7575-5475-7October 30, 2018[12]ISBN 978-1-9753-5430-5
  • 16. The Examined Maiden (診られる乙女, Mirareta Otome)
  • 17. The Reeling Maiden (手繰る乙女, Taguru Otome)
  • 18. The Photographed Maiden (撮られる乙女, Torareru Otome)
  • 19. The Empowering Maiden (強くする乙女, Tsuyoku suru Otome)
  • 20. The Touching and the Touched Maiden (触る乙女と触られる乙女, Sawaru Otome to Sawarareru Otome)
5 March 22, 2018[13]ISBN 978-4-7575-5654-6February 19, 2019[14]ISBN 978-1-9753-2936-5
  • 21. The Washing Maiden (洗う乙女, Arau Otome)
  • 22. The Maiden's Situation (乙女の事情, Otome no Jijō)
  • 23. The Goddess's Situation (女神の事情, Megami no Jijō)
  • 24. The Drunk Maiden (酔う乙女, You Otome)
  • 25. The Hiding Maiden (隠す乙女, Kakusu Otome)
  • 26. The Weak Maiden (弱い乙女, Yowai Otome)
6 October 22, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4-7575-5872-4August 27, 2019[16]ISBN 978-1-9753-8514-9
  • 27. The Enduring Maiden (耐える乙女, Taeru Otome)
  • 28. The Accepting Maiden (認める乙女, Mitomeru Otome)
  • 29. The Recovering Maiden (回復する乙女, Kaifuku suru Otome)
  • 30. The Goddess's Destruction (女神の破壊, Megami no Hakai)
  • 31. The Maiden's Soul (乙女の魂, Otome no Tamashii)
  • 32. The Public Bath Maiden (湯乙女, Yu Otome)
  • 33. The Showing-Off Maiden (見せつける乙女, Misetsukeru Otome)
  • 34. The Sleeping Nearby Maiden (添い寝する乙女, Soine suru Otome)
7 May 11, 2019[17]ISBN 978-4-7575-6116-8December 17, 2019[18]ISBN 978-1-9753-0620-5
  • 35. Hunting the Gods (対峙する神々, Taiji suru Kamigami)
  • 36. The Feel-Good Maiden (気持ちいい乙女, Kimochi ii Otome)
  • 37. The Teased Maiden (いじられる乙女, Ijirareru Otome)
  • 38. The Sent Maiden (贈られる乙女, Okurareru Otome)
  • 39. The Sending Maiden (贈る乙女, Okuru Otome)
  • 40. The Held Maiden (かかれる乙女, Kakareru Otome)
8 September 12, 2019[19][20]ISBN 978-4-7575-6270-7
ISBN 978-4-7575-6271-4 (SP)
  • 41. The Resisting Maiden (反抗期の乙女, Hankōki no Otome)
  • 42. The Spring Cleaning Maiden (大掃除する乙女, Ōsōji suru Otome)
  • 43. The Part-Timing Maiden (バイトする乙女, Baito suru Otome)
  • 44. The Flirty Maiden (イチャイチャする乙女, Icha icha suru Otome)
  • 45. The Unit-Linking Maiden (ユニットを組む乙女, Yunitto o kumu Otome)
9 November 12, 2019[21]ISBN 978-4-7575-6371-1

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the June issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine on May 11, 2019.[22] The series is animated by Hoods Entertainment and directed by Takashi Naoya, with Tatsuya Takahashi handling series composition, Kiyoshi Tateishi designing the characters, and TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND composing the music. It premiered on October 5, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS11.[23][24] Rikako Aida performed the series' opening theme song "for...", while the nine Saotome sisters performed the series' ending theme song "Up-Date x Please!!!" in three groups with three versions.[4] The series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and is streaming it on Hidive[25] and will run for 12 episodes.[26]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"The Fighting Maiden"
Transcription: "Tatakau Otome" (Japanese: 戦う乙女)
October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
At school Natsuki Saotome is complemented by her classmates, as opposed to Takuma Akutsu. Who easily scares others because of his personalty and nicknamed a "demon." He has a phobia of talking to people. However, arriving at home Natsuki and her sisters, Itsuyo and Mutsumi are living under the same roof as him. Along with 6 other sisters. After dinner, Takuma and Natsuki went to study together, but Takuma tried to find ways to study alone leading into an awkward argument with her. Futaba walks in and asked them to buy something from the store, but while walking to there a demon shows up. Natsuki told Takuma to run away, but he protected her from the demon's attack and Natsuki performed a ritual with him to become a Valkyrie and defeated the demon. Takuma recalls when Odin talking to him and met the Saotome sisters.
2"The Binding Maiden"
Transcription: "Shibaru Otome" (Japanese: 縛る乙女)
October 12, 2019 (2019-10-12)
Starting from the last episode, Natsuki reminded Takuma, about his late mother's wishes. The next day, the exam results was shown at school as Natsuki and Mutsumi were surprised by how much Itsuyo had on the exam. While as Takuma's grades were low because of his phobia. Itsuyo has taken the role of student council president, and pursued Takuma to get close to him. She uses her Valkyrie skill to tie up Takuma in a bind. Which she tries to perform a ritual with him, but fails each time. Natsuki, Itsuyo, and Mutsumi made a barrier to trap a demon inside. Meanwhile, Natsuki suggested to Itsuyo to get closer with Takuma and complete the ritual. While she distracts the demon and Itsuyo will assist her in defeating it. Takuma and Itsuyo retried completing the ritual, until Itsuyo remembered her father pat her head and noticed Takuma was doing the same. Itsuyo became a Valkyrie and defeated the demon.
3"The Secret Maiden"
Transcription: "Himitsu no Otome" (Japanese: 秘密の乙女)
October 19, 2019 (2019-10-19)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Hidive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Val x Love Anime Reveals Main Cast". Anime News Network. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Yumi Uchiyama, Yumi Hara, Ayaka Shimizu Join Cast of Val x Love Anime". Anime News Network. July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Rikako Aida, Maki Kawase, Kotori Koiwai Join Cast of Val x Love Anime". Anime News Network. August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Val x Love Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)1". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 1". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)2". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 2". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)3". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 3". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)4". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 4". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)5". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 5". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)6". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 6". Yen Press. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  17. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)7". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  18. ^ "Val x Love, Vol. 7". Yen Press. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)8". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  20. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)8 特装版 フルカラー冊子付き". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ)9" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  22. ^ "Val x Love Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  23. ^ "Val x Love Anime's Teaser Reveals Staff, October Premiere". Anime News Network. July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Val x Love Anime's Promo Video Reveals October 5 Premiere". Anime News Network. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  25. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Outburst Dreamer Boys, Val x Love Anime (Update)". Anime News Network. September 30, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  26. ^ "Val x Love Anime to Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.

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