English: Unbreakable Machine-Doll
Synonyms: Machine Girl wa Kizutsukanai, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2013 to Dec 23, 2013
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.601 (scored by 22702 users)
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SynopsisDuring the early 20th century, along with technological advancements, scientists were able to develop sophisticated magic. The combination of science and sorcery was Makinot, circuits made from spells that were put into objects to bring them to life and even gain a personality. It was developed as a military weapon and has now spread throughout the world.
Akabane Raishin is now attending the Royal Academy to become the best in the world. Accompanied by the lovely teenage girl Yaya, who is actually Raishin’s puppet weapon, he plans on rocketing to the top of the class. However, his test scores come nearly dead last although his combat skills and determination are second to none. Raishin has to compete with the deadliest of classmates if he wants to come out as the king.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
Side story: Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
I'm a benevolent and tolerant guy, but there are three things I simply can't stand...
People who order me around
People who oppose me, and...
A complicated plot that is in need of more explanation!
The main character, Raishin, is on a quest to revenge his family and kill the person who wiped out his clan. We join him as he enters a school of some sort and his adventures as he helps out fellow students in trouble.
The problem with the story is that they left out small details that either would have helped explained certain plot holes (Such as why Yaya had to turn off her invisibility) or complicated arcs such as the Loki and Frey arc. Both Cher's arc and the Loki and Frey arc both involved types of politics and relationships that weren't fully explained and left me clueless on why Raishin was helping. The pacing for the series was also fast, the time frame of what was a couple of days to what was a couple of minutes are never shown right, and when combined with the lack of knowledge led this story into a train wreck.
The art was very good. The scenery looked nice along with character designs. I loved how the characters would look when they faced left or right. The use of CG for this series allowed for smooth animation on almost everything, except for certain action scenes (This is the opposite of what Ars Nova did with CG)
Action scenes weren't bad, but there were times in where character movement and animation did not look as well as other parts of fight scenes. A great example would be the fight with Loki, as certain scenes had Yaya and Cheribum looking epic, but other scenes were very confusing. If they slowed down the fight scene and didn't use as many different angles when showing the fight scene, this problem would be solved.
Anicca, the OP is a great set up for the series. The song has a very soft start and leads to a metal guitar riff. What more could help set up the plot where puppeteers use puppets to fight each other, since most puppets are machine like. The ED is by far the best ED to come from the fall season, Maware! Setsugetsuka. It may be because I have a soft spot for traditional Asian themed songs, but this song is cheerful with a very catchy beat. The ED alone awarded this series a 10 in sound.
Background music was there to fit the mood, no complaints.
A place where this anime shines is in the characters. All the characters looked amazing as well as had interesting personalities. One of the few things I did get from the story was enough history for each character to have them be memorable. Some of the best characters include; Yaya, the comedic yandere, Loki, the rival who hates more than three things, Frey, the girl with a small personality but a set of big brea... I'll stop. These characters were very humorous and enjoyable to watch.
What about character development? There is none that I noticed in the series, maybe small amounts when it comes to Frey and Loki, but nothing involving the main characters. Is this a problem? I will answer with another question, why change characters that were excellent to begin with? Raishin and Yaya are blessed to be amazing characters from the very start and did not need character development.
Although the sound and characters were amazing, the story left me so clueless that I was partially bored during all the serious scenes and most of the action scenes.
Also, what was Raishin's power involving Yaya? Were they all different buffs or allowed different abilities involving Yaya? I wish they had explained that, as it would have led to less confusing during the fight scenes. Being ignorant of ones ability that is used a lot doesn't make for great fight scenes.
This anime had my head do what the ED's chorus says, maware (Spin). With such great sound and art, even great characters, the story was too poorly put together to enjoy all the other things this series did right. Hopeful for a great season two.
Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll if you like) is a generic yet well executed anime show and should be fairly likeable for most of the audience. It certainly has some weak point here and there, in story, character and even art, but in my opinion none of those faults should block you from watching the show if you like action/seinen/ecchi at least a little.
Now let’s get down to some details…
Story takes place in an alternative timeline sometime around 1900’s (early 20th century) in a world where magic and technology not only co-existed, but also merged together into a discipline called Machinart. This pseudo-magical pseudo-technological art allows its practitioners, Puppeteers, to create machines animated and powered by magic, automatons (also referred as doll), to the point where such automaton gains sentience and will of its own. Series follows a puppeteer Raisin and his human-like automaton Yaya on their path of vengeance and glory… this said, I must admit I was very intrigued by the show from the beginning, but then I started to realize it isn’t a show without the flaws.
Story (6) – Damn those school story settings! Raising enters the prestigious Academy for puppeteers, but it is entirely pointless and it looks school itself is a cover, as Pupeteers gain their rank here only from the gladiator games known as “Night of Valpurgis” where last man standing on the top gains the much desired title of “Wiseman”. Especially considering the fact Raisin himself is a pure excuse for a Puppeteer and got his state-of-art automaton as a gift from best Pupeteer in Japan, should he ever gain a “Wiseman” title and with it, employment within a military, it would be much pointless. He isn’t able to create more of this state-of-art war machines (but I can get he can be a good advertisement for real creator). But why the school setting? You can just leave the school out and it will be OK.
I’ll stop with potential spoilers here as I named the part which bothered me the most. Generally speaking, it is standard arc divided vengeance driven plot, where our main character wants to kill the villain in the top of gladiator ranking, meets new people and faces other “side” villains on the way. It’s certainly feels generic and sometimes a bit rushed, but it’s executed well enough to keep your interest.
Art (7) – art is beautiful and well drawn, only downside are entirely pointless CGI effect forced into each fighting scene, those are in my opinion entirely out of place and whole art would be much better in traditional drawn graphic. But this is a matter of taste, someone who loves CGI effect in anime can like it.
Sound (7) – standard with no objection to this, just want to say ending song can be somewhat catchy but with especially lame lyrics.
Characters (6) – Characters are in general most generic part of the anime, but despite this, their interaction doesn’t lack dynamics and are still likeable ones.
Raisin is typical anime protagonist, who never gives up, always helps people in need and always putting others in front of himself (and threats automatons as equals, of course). And as you can expect, he has a self-restrain which would but Buddhist monks in shame! All girls are into him, but he is obviously not into girls. At least he is not afraid of women. Another bonus points for lack of plot armor as he ends up badly wounded and in hospital almost in every episode.
Yaya is Raisin’s automaton (but not Raisn made), she is a human-like both in appearance and in personality. Despite she is technically a machine, her feelings for Raisin are genuine and her love borders obsession, which leads into many embarrassing scenes. A generic yandere with a obsessive disorder thrown in for a good measure, but not in a wrong way. C’mon guys, admit it, you watch the show because of this girl!
And of course, they are others, mostly girls and mostly after MC. Mandatory tsundere blonde named Charlotte, her clumsy twin-sister Henrietta (which happens to suffer from suicidal tendencies and andophobia), silver-haired shy girl with really revealing cleavage Freya. You will certainly pick up your favorite girl!
Sadly, main character won’t pick up one, since he isn’t into girls at all and this is neither harem or romance show.
Enjoyment and overall rating (7)
A show good enough to watch and kill some time in the process, not exactly a masterpiece, but certainly not a bad one. Fans of seinen will probably like the fighting scene, fans of ecchi and comedy will probably love the dynamic interaction between characters and lot of awkward scenes with Yaya and other girls. Those who expect a romance especially in a show structured as this one will be disappointed only a bit. But if you expect something serious, I suggest you looking elsewhere, since this is more the fun than all the seriousness.
While their world settings are different, both Accel World and Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll) involves with technology that contain main mysteries.
Both series' main female protagonist are capable of fighting in their perspective worlds and also seems to have an affection towards their partner/friend. There is drama, comedy, and romance involved although the responses the main protagonist delivers to their female friend/companion greatly contrasts with each other.
Both series also takes place at a school life setting where students learn more than just general academics.
They are both harem animes with mechanical dolls in Machine- Doll and virtual avatars in Accel World. The opening themes and the atmospheres are really similiar.
Opening Theme"Anicca" by Hitomi Harada
Ending Theme#1: "Anicca" by Hitomi Harada (eps 1, 7)
#2: "Maware! Setsugetsuka (回レ！雪月花)" by Hitomi Harada, Ai Kayano, and Yui Ogura (eps 2-6, 8-12)
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