I'm about to dive into Valkyria Chronicles for the first time ever, I only have Valkyria Chronicles 2.
Do you urge me to play the first one before the second or is it ok to just dive into the second?
There are some minor spoilers, but for the most part it's safe to play 2 first.
I personally think 2 is great. As much as I love the original, I think 2 is actually a better game. More customization options and such.