Ranked #2007
Buddy Complex

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
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.351 (scored by 15874 users)
Ranked: #20072
Popularity: #1107
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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)


Episodes  0 / 13
Aired  Jan 6, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Buddy Complex
Sequel: Buddy Complex: Kanketsu-hen - Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de

Characters & Voice Actors

Watase, Aoba
Watase, Aoba
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Weinberg Junyou, Dio
Weinberg Junyou, Dio
Uchiyama, Kouki
Uchiyama, Kouki
Yumihara, Hina
Yumihara, Hina
Hayami, Saori
Hayami, Saori
Conrad, Lee
Conrad, Lee
Sugita, Tomokazu
Sugita, Tomokazu


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

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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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Oct 20, 2014
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 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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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.
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 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
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.
Similarity :
- Team works is the main key when fighting
- Mecha unit have a time limit to operate (Dancouga Nova only have 5 minute & Luxon-Bradyon only have 10-15 minute)

Different :
- Different theme story
- Different enemy

That words tell everything about both anime

Similarity :
+ MC came from different time using wormhole created from some incident testing, the difference is "Little-Girl" (Urda) came from future while Watase Aoba(Buddy Complex) come from past
+ MC rescued by his/her partner to join with protagonist side, fighting again antagonist side & also finding a way to return to his/her time, The partner is Little-Girl with Erna, Watase Aoba with Dio Weinberg Junyou
+ Main enemy also similar : Kurtz Glimhild (Urda) & Gerafil Bizon (Buddy Complex) originally a good person but turn become main enemy because time warping

Opening Theme


Ending Theme

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

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