Oh, that's 8/10 for Episode 12 alone. For the season as a whole, I'm not sure. It would probably be somewhere between 7 and 8/10 for me.
Like yourself, I'm not sure about some of the bold heavy drama decisions they made. It certainly made the show more impacting and noticeable, but it does take a bit of a toll. The show loses a certain amount of "fun factor", I think. Still, on the whole, Valvrave was a very good mecha show and I think I prefer it to most other mecha shows I've watched recently.
8/10? I originally marked it as such as well, but then I thought about those three or four episodes somewhere in the middle (starting with episode 5)... and gave it a 7/10 instead. The premise and story have so much potential, and I felt that those episodes truly squandered it. The series can do something unique, and those episodes instead focused on drama that could have taken place in almost any other series. The second season seems set to focus on what can make the series unique. Given the events that have happened, I don't think that they'll easily be able to pull off any light-hearted time-wasting episodes as they did in the first season.
High expectations. In a way I'm glad that there's a delay between now and when the second season airs, because I probably won't be able to download episodes until the end of September anyhow - getting shipped off to a different hospital where I'm unsure of the internet availability in the accommodations provided. Can't run torrents off of my phone
Episode 7 of Valvrave was good. I see you rated it a 9/10 as well. Spoiler tags for anyone who might be randomly reading your wall:
Spoiler for episode 7:
I thought that the "time skip" at the beginning was intriguing. I don't really know what the purpose of starting the episode out that way was, other than to show that Saki seemingly becomes a decent person and that they really are immortal. Time skips can allow for some interesting storytelling, though; Terra e made heavy use of them (that's not a spoiler to say) and I found the series to be memorable and very interesting for it. It makes me wonder if they're planning to jump ahead in time between the first and second seasons.
Either way, the series has transitioned back to what I was expecting after the first episode. I'm glad. The only disappointment is the airing schedule. Supposedly the second half (or more) or the series won't air until October. So we'll work up to something really interesting, it seems, and then we'll have to wait for a few months.
I'll admit that after episode 5 I began to wonder about dropping this show. I even procrastinated a bit on watching episode 6. But episode 6 seemingly turned things around. We may be back on an interesting track.
Have you watched Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)? I just recently came across it and thought the synopsis sounded interesting. I hadn't heard of it before this, although I see that it finished airing in March of this year. If you've seen it, what do you think - worth watching, or waste of time?