Ranked #2123

Buddy Complex

Alternative Titles

Japanese: バディ・コンプレックス


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Lantis
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.331 (scored by 19,315 users)
Ranked: #21232
Popularity: #1166
Members: 37,550
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On the first day back after summer break, high-school student Aoba is attacked by a giant robot that appears out of the sky. As he's pursued through the city, his classmate Hina appears in a robot of her own. She rescues him, and tells him cryptically that "Dio is waiting for you", before she disappears. This begins Aoba's new life as the pilot of the Free Treaty Alliance against the Great Zogiria Republic.

(Source: ANN)


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Yumihara, Hina
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Hayami, Saori
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Watase, Aoba
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Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
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Weinberg Junyou, Dio
Weinberg Junyou, Dio
Uchiyama, Kouki
Uchiyama, Kouki
Nasu, Mayuka
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Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana


Tanabe, Yasuhiro
Tanabe, Yasuhiro
Theme Song Performance
Karasawa, Miho
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Kodama, Saori
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Ending Theme

"Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de (あの空に還る未来で)" by ChouCho

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Feb 18, 2014
Buddy Complex is a new mecha anime from Sunrise that does not push any boundaries, unlike Valvrave. However, the execution is very well done and keeps me entertained every week. The battles display differing tactics after failed attempts rather than having the same few machines doing the same few moves against each other, which happens in quite a few of Sunrise's previous mecha series. It is a delight to see how our main characters get out of the various difficult situations they are forced into.

Coming from Sunrise, it is not much of a surprise that the art and sound are well done. The background music read more
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Apr 2, 2014
Buddy Complex implicates two dramatically different ways from its setup. We get a normal high school student named Aoba Watase with friends, a smile on his face, and like most kids, likes to play sports when they’re bored. Then, it quickly shifts to a mysterious girl coming from the future to apparently save Aoba, giant mecha dropping from the sky to terminate him, and a time travel phenomenon that changes his life forever. Sounds complex right? That’s just the tip of the iceberg as the show doesn’t reveal much in the beginning. Everything comes out as cryptic and plays you around like a jigsaw puzzle. read more
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Apr 1, 2014
"Connect with Dio"

You would think that this is just some other Gundam rip-off, but no. It's a new kind of mecha where they bring in time travel and buddy thing as how the title is.

Story: 9/10
Its simple, the guy in the past go to future then become some cool character then the story slowly unfold how it ended up in 1st episode. War between two nations/country... robot mecha fight around, yea. I like mecha.

Art: 8/10
The character are normal, but the art of Luxon and Bradyon is nice, and when both of them in coupling mode is so damn cool, like how the wings glow read more
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Mar 31, 2014
I found myself to like this show very much, surprisingly. You may think this is some weird, nerdy mecha anime with painstakingly slow plot progress your too lazy to watch, but Sunrise Studios has done it again. I really liked the funny interactions with each character in each episode, along with the love triangles and the "world war" vibes. The main character, Watase Aoba may look like those generic male characters and kinda is, but there is depth in many of the characters.

I can't also wait for the second season, cause this time they'll be romance, trust me, you won't regret watching this anime. read more
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Anime: Kakumeiki Valvrave
Our main characters from both series were living a normal life until a fateful encounter changes their lives forever. Haruto Tokishima must pilot a mecha called Valvrave to save his friends. Aoba Watase must pilot a mecha to save a distant future. Both characters will meet their polar opposite counterparts—L-Elf from Valvrave and Dio from Buddy Complex. I will even add that Saki and Hina are very similar yet different. Both series share the same company (Sunrise) and character design. They even share the same personality to some extent. If you miss Valvrave and need another series to fill the void, I recommend Buddy Complex. 
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Anime: Suisei no Gargantia
Ledo from Gargantia and Aoba from Buddy Complex are sent to another time/universe. Not knowing what will happen to them, they must adapt to their surroundings and find allies to help them get back home. Solve this world's situation and uncover secrets hidden within them. This secret will change them forever. Ledo has been trained for military combat while Aoba has none of that yet. They must live a life they are not used too or else suffer the consequences of their actions. 
reportRecommended by AnimeFan500
Anime: Aldnoah.Zero
Both anime have some characters that will hate each other and then like afterward from fighting, and these two similarity are that they use mecha to fight and the story feel kinda identical if you like one you might like they other, but then when you watch both anime you can see the different as well but the concept still apply 
reportRecommended by AkatsukiUlquiora
Anime: Eureka Seven
I can't say much about Buddy Complex yet as there are only a few episodes that have aired at the moment, but from what I can see of this anime, it gives me a similar atmosphere to Eureka 7. Both anime have mecha and (spoiler alert for Eureka 7) the idea of the future and past. Both amine are set in the future, and have a mysterious girl that comes into the main character's life. The ship in Buddy Complex really reminds of of the Gekkou in Eureka 7, though BC's is blue, while E7's is green. If you enjoy Buddy Complex, I highly recommend  read more 
reportRecommended by Elisa965
Anime: Guilty Crown
Ouma Shu = Tokishima Haruto
Tsutsugami Gai = Dio
Yuzuriha Inori = Yumihara Hina

Both have main protagonist pulled out of everyday school life without experience in the battlefield
Similar Mechas
High Budget
Similar how 2 of them pairs and becomes extremely powerful
Gai has similar personality to Dio
Both anime have main protagonist protecting a girl 
reportRecommended by Yuzeri
Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam
If you liked Buddy Complex can't go wrong with an older mecha series. Sometimes older series lose interest of a younger fan base because of animation style and the time period of the writing. Still worth a watch.  
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