When Valkyria Chronicles was released back in early 2008, it revolutionized the strategy RPG genre with its innovative gameplay. The game had a mix of turn-based tactical strategy with real time movement that had incredibly well-designed scenarios to take the gameplay to interesting directions. The game also had an incredible cast of characters that are extremely likable, affable and relatable. One of the characters that I immediately was interested in is one of the primary antagonists in the game. The character is Selvaria Bles, Lieutenant General of the Imperial Army. Selvaria Bles has been on my staff badge since Anime Expo 2008. She is one of the antagonists in the story, but her personality is not one dimensional. I will examine Selvaria Bles in her various interpretations, explain why she is as popular as she is, and show her impact on the general community.
|Selvaria's Character Design in Valkyria Chronicles 3|
one of which I am a very proud owner of. In the anime community, aspects of her outfit led to a very funny comic that I enjoy quite a bit. In the cosplay community, one of the best cosplayers has taken Selvaria as her own and has done some wonderful cosplay of Selvaria. She cosplayed in General Selvaria’s regular military uniform during Anime Expo 2010 which happens to be my most popular deviantArt of all time. In Anime Conji she cosplayed as the swimsuit version of Selvaria that was depicted the official artbook and the anime, but was never shown in the game. To the delight of Selvaria fans, Selvaria plays a role in Valkyria Chronicles 3 along with having another playable DLC. At this rate they may as well just make her a star in her own game since she is so popular.
Selvaria is an iconic character from Valkyria Chronicles and definitely one of my favorite videogame characters of all time. Her importance was not just as eye candy, but as a lesson that we can all learn. That just because you are a good person with good qualities, doesn't mean that it wont be influenced by the people around you. Being inherently good won’t shield you from being on the side of evil if you are loyal to and are influenced by evil people. In the story of Valkyria Chronicles she presents the a counterweight to Valkyria's in all three Valkyria games by showing them how they could have possibly been like had they been in Selvaria's shoes.