Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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
Characters & Voice Actors
Buddy Complex is a new mecha anime from Sunrise that does not push any boundaries, unlike Valvrave. However, the execution is done very well and keeps me entertained every week. The battles display tactics rather than being brawls between different machines (i.e. Gundam Seed). 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. I have not noticed any re-used scenes while casually watching the episodes. It is simply a joy to watch for the art and sound alone.
All of the characters, besides the captain, seem ordinary. However, they are easily likable and feel human enough not to feel two-dimensional, and 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
Allow me to share my opinion on Buddy Complex.
Watase Aoba is a normal high school boy leading a normal life in a typical big city. Nearby this city, a tunnel through the time-space continuum summons a robot, piloted by an extremely angry fellow. This extremely angry fellow tries to kill Aoba, but he fails. Watase is saved by his classmate Yumihara Hina who has her own robot. Watase and Yumihara end up entering the aforementioned time tunnel due to some circumstances. While Yumihara is fading away, Aoba is told to find Dio( By Yumihara’s words, that Dio should help Watase). The story begins…The premise sound very promising, as a die-hard fan of mecha I really wanted to see Buddy Complex, but this anime is just … FAILURE
First of all Buddy Complex follows typical Sunrise’s formula. Yes, yes, I mean Kakumeiki Valvrave and Mobile Suit Gundam. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that Mobile Suit Gundam is even more popular than Star Trek. Meaning, that Sunrise does know how to create superb mecha series. Then here comes a question, why Buddy Complex looks absolutely similar to Gundam and Valvrave? Are they that lazy or our audience has become less scrupulous.
Of course if you are a big fan you will surely appreciate “a new dose of epic mecha fights”. But, believe me; this anime isn’t even near to Gundam and Valvrave.
Sunrise. What should I add?
The art is amazing, mecha elements are beautifully drawn. Every little detail on each robot looks like it took a lot of effort to get it right. The characters are also drawn pretty well, but they will give you nothing but déjà vu.
Tokishima Haruto-Garrod Ran-Watase Aoba.
Is it that difficult to draw new characters? Who cares! They will buy our stuff no matter what.
The background music during the battles and while they are on standby fit in very well. The OP and ED, however, are absolutely dull. Even Valvrave the Liberator did a better job.
Talking about voice acting. I have no complaints, however, the only thing which comes to my mind: Sugita Tomokazu’s character isn’t main. Why?! Why?!
Valvrave the Liberator has two female characters, two strong female characters I admire. They have interesting backgrounds and interesting motivations. Buddy Complex has only one female character and as the story goes on she becomes more and more useless. In my opinion, even a female character as mc could have saved the situation. For some reason Sunrise only presents us male protagonists. Okay, fine, but do show us a better development, even something new will do!
As for the male protagonists absolutely the same as with female. They are absolutely similar to Valvrave’s MCs on top of that they are even worse. What a dull cast!
If you are a big fan of Valvrave the Liberator and Gundam there is probability that you will appreciate this show, however, if you want to see something NEW, this anime will only disappoint you… read more
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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 that you watch Eureka 7 and vice versa.
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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