Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.371 (scored by 14502 users)
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SynopsisOn 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Buddy Complex
Sequel: Buddy Complex: Kanketsu-hen - Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de
Characters & Voice Actors
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 during the battles and while they are on standby fit in very well, and the OP and ED are catchy. The battles scenes are amazing and do not have a noticeable amount of re-used scenes. It is a joy to watch for the art and sound alone.
All of the characters seem ordinary. However, they are easily likable and feel human enough not to feel two-dimensional. Also, when they get emotional, there are clear reasons behind them (i.e. their emotional spurts do not seem to be pulled out of nowhere). There are also no noticeable plot holes that I have noticed while casually watching the show.
This is where the series shines for me. The anime does not become too ridiculous or too boring, and nothing about it bugs me.
Overall, this anime does not try to be anything out of the ordinary, but its excellent execution and animation keeps me coming back for more every week. read more
This is my first Review of an anime since signing up with this site. I have used it for a long time, but never actually used it to keep track of what I had watched until recently.
Buddy Complex turned out to be a fantastically enjoyable experience for me. It actually surprised me at how much i ended up enjoying it.
Story - 8
I found the story to be rather interesting. Sure, the premise has been done before, but buddy Complex handled it well. I never felt like i was being forced to accept the storytellers point of view at any time. It was written in a way that let me accept things right along with the protagonist. This is something that I feel is important when trying to tell a story, that I should never have to just accept that this or that happened for no obvious reason. There is no real complications to the story, so if you are looking for something to engage your mind, this won't be doing that. But it will entertain you like a good story should It lets you sit back and enjoy it without having to try an wrack your brain trying to figure out what is going on.
Art - 10
I really enjoyed the ship and mecha designs, and the characters were all done very well. Smooth animation, up to today's standards. Effects and action scenes were all done very well, and if you see a re-used scene then you would have had to be looking for it specifically. I didn't notice one while watching. Not much more to say here, top notch art for this one.
Sound - 9
OT and ET were good, the battle scenes music was great and fit very well. Sounds fit, characters voices were all done very well, there was depth to battle sounds that needed it, and I enjoyed the music. Not too varied, i will admit, but they used what they had well.
Character - 9
Not sure if people would disagree with me or not, but I really enjoyed the characters in Buddy Complex. They all felt so real. Relationships within the anime between characters felt like they were moving forward at a true pace, not forced or fake. Characters reactions happened realistically and you could understand each persons decisions when they got mad, or depressed. The main two characters Aoba and Dio really stood out for me. Aoba was not too over the top, considering his situation, and his personality was not unfirm. He made his decisions based on who he was, and what he knew. He was a strong, caring person who was stuck in an abnormal situation. His and Dio's relationship really mattered as things moved forward, and each step that it took the viewer could understand exactly how and why it did so.
Perhaps no groundbreaking character personalities here, but you could tell the writers cared about why things happened in the anime, and not just what needed to happen.
Enjoyment - 10
So much enjoyment for me in this. I really wasn't expecting to enjoy it this much when i started it. But each episode i watched i just liked it more and more. The fight scenes, the characters the story, it all wrapped up an engaging little package that made me feel happy to have opened it.
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.
Same studio (Sunrise)
Both feature two nations with high spec mech embroiled in a war against each other with one side featuring top secret military designs.
Gives a very similar feel when watching. Both anime have two seasons(or will have) and is of the meccha theme.
Both anime is equipped with two male protagonist with some possible fan service for girls (depends on your interpretation). Both would like to express large themes and fails.
Character design is also very similar, with a hot blooded male protagonist 1 and a silent/intelligent soldier male protagonist 2
Tokishima Haruto = Watase Aoba
L Elf = Dio
Both have 2 main nations at war
Both have main protagonist pulled out of school life and put in war
At all,this works are very similar,because have a plot with battle mechas and full of mistery around the main characters; the trace lines are it's almost the same,and the reason is because the both have the same studio, Sunrise,but a like more Valvrave as came before and i think it's a better worth worked; the principal characters are so close to be indenticals, Dio is resembling L-Elf,as Aoba like Haruto; the sound tracks are so near to be identicals too;The only diference is the central theme,since Valvrave is turn around about aliens and Buddy Complex is about a travel in the time through;In the end, as much Buddy Complex and Kakumeiki Valvrave are too very good animes to watching and join it.
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.
- Both anime belong to the mech genre.
- Both Aoba and Ledo are suddenly pushed into a lifestyle they are unfamiliar with. Ledo goes from knowing nothing but being a soldier to everyday life on Earth, while Aoba is pulled from his everyday life and thrust into being a soldier in a war.
- Both Aoba and Ledo are pulled from what they know. Ledo ends up on Earth, previously thought to be an abandoned and uninhabited planet, and Aoba is sent to the future.
- Both anime have very similar feels to them, both during the light-hearted parts and the more serious parts.
Opening Theme"UNISONIA" by TRUE
Ending Theme"Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de (あの空に還る未来で)" by ChouCho
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