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Chibi Review: Broken Blade

An anime to scratch that fantasy mecha itch.

Broken Blade is one of those anime that will come and go in your life like the changing of seasons. It is one of those anime that decides to ditch the whole television release schedule system, and come out whenever it feels like it; which is about every couple of months. So you might be telling yourself that perhaps you should just wait for this anime to be finished before you start watching it. That’s fair I suppose, but you are doing yourself a great injustice by doing so. Let me tell you why.

The Good  

The biggest reason why you should watch it now is that it’s a fantasy mecha anime, you know like Escaflowne. They are hard to come by, that’s for sure. In the world of Broken Blade, people can use a form of magic that allows them to manipulate quartz. Engineers fashion mecha using quartz ligaments and build their guns using quartz pistons and quartz bullets, thusly allowing a people of low technology build these amazing fighting machines. However, our main character Rygart Arrow is one of the only people alive in the world who can’t use magic, an “un-sorcerer” if you will.

When Rygart was growing up he attended military school with three special people. Two being the future King and Queen of a kingdom, while the third being the younger brother of the Secretary of War of another rival kingdom. Everything is happy and perfect while at school, but after they grow up a war breaks out between the kingdoms. Now Rygart must do his best to stop old friends from fighting. And spoilers, he get’s his own robot as well, though this one appears to have been made in Japan.

The first thing to catch my eye about this anime was it’s beauty. The blu-ray release of each episode featured extensive detail, movie-quality visuals in every way. Yet, deep down inside I know that the visuals alone are why it takes 3 or 4 months to make an episode, but it’s worth it. Gosh is she a pretty one.

The Bad

I have a couple of complaints, but they are all nitpicks really. First of all I’d rather have the giant robots fight with giant swords and shields, rather than with guns. I can see giant robots fighting with guns at anytime in my life, why must you put this in my fantasy mecha show as well? Either way, it isn’t a big complaint since the gun fights are more hands on per se than the beam spam of a Gundam anime. And yes there are swords as well, so hurray for that.

Second, to some having the episodes being released a few months apart from each other is a major turnoff. Yes, I do also wish they were released at a more hurried rate, but that’s what happens with an OVA, just a part of life. But this should not keep you from watching the show, watch it now and suffer like the rest of us!

The Verdict 4/5 

Broken Blade is a must watch for any mecha fan out there who is still alive, dead fans might not enjoy it. There hasn’t been a good old fashion fantasy based mecha show in a while, or one I can think of off the top of my head at the moment, so Broken Blade is a welcomed member into my mecha household just for that alone. So far the story and the world building are interesting, honestly much more than a humble mecha show normally churns out. So if you are not a mecha fan I would still give this show a shot, you might like it.  
  
ninjadude853on Sept. 15, 2010 at 4:43 a.m.


looks interesting, i'll definately check it out 

i don't know why, but it sounds somewhat remniscent of Codex Alera, in that the main character can't use magic

jlanzeron Sept. 15, 2010 at 5:45 p.m.
I've seen the first two episodes and find this anime really fascinating.  The broken blade mecha is more of a melee type and they do introduce a huge ass sword and pretty much set it up for the main mecha to use eventually.  so that non sword combat should be answered in the coming episodes.  especially with the nonime, my dub for bad anime, being released this past year there hasn't been too many good new animes to watch.  so watch it.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 16, 2010 at 1:03 a.m.
Releasing an anime so erratically is a terrible idea. Though, I think it would depend on the length of each episode. Are then more episodes or movies? 
When you have series that come out on a regular basis. They are much a more appealing since you know what is going on.
 
The art style is interesting enough and I like the look of some of the characters.
newaveon Sept. 16, 2010 at 1:05 a.m.
great review....
i have followed the manga for break blade and now get to see it come to life as an anime... i personally love that they are releasing it as an ova series. this and gundam unicorn for that matter.  this style of release seems to be a good fit for the state that anime is in today...instead of making a million bad shows. focus on putting out a few really good ovas. this saves money and the fans time of sifting though the crap. plus an ova series usually means no annoying filler arcs.
GodLen staff on Sept. 16, 2010 at 10:06 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: They are 50 min each
FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 16, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.
@GodLen: 
That makes much more sense.
Rayleonon Sept. 16, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.
@jlanzer said:
" I've seen the first two episodes and find this anime really fascinating.  The broken blade mecha is more of a melee type and they do introduce a huge ass sword and pretty much set it up for the main mecha to use eventually.  so that non sword combat should be answered in the coming episodes.  especially with the nonime, my dub for bad anime, being released this past year there hasn't been too many good new animes to watch.  so watch it. "
non sword combat comes in variety of form, pity the delfring wouldn't be able to use any of it

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