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Break Blade (TV)

Break Blade (TV)

Alternative Titles

English: Broken Blade
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Jun 22, 2014
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.501 (scored by 10182 users)
Ranked: #15092
Popularity: #1221
Members: 27,180
Favorites: 63
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In the continent of Cruzon, an impending war between the Kingdom of Krisna and the nation of Athens is brimming. The people of this land are able to use quartz for whatever purpose they desire. Yet one person, Rygart Arrow, is not. He is an "un-sorcerer," a person unable to use quartz. But this characteristic will enable him to pilot an ancient Golem, one strong enough to put up a fight against the invading army of Athens.

Related Anime

Adaptation: Break Blade
Alternative version: Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki, Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi, Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato, Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi, Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate, Break Blade 6: Doukoku no Toride
Side story: Break Blade (TV) Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Nakamura, Yuuichi
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Arrow, Rygart
Arrow, Rygart
Hoshi, Soichiro
Hoshi, Soichiro
Erster, Sigyn
Erster, Sigyn
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa


Amino, Tetsuro
Habara, Nobuyoshi
Tanimura, Daishiro
Sogo, Masashi

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Jul 7, 2014
Broken Blade it is then.Well in my opinion the specific anime is the most underrated of the past spring season.I will be more specific below.

Story:7--Its not nuclear science thats for sure but it solid nontheless.The 3 main protagonists(Zess rhygart and Hord) are connected with a deep friendship coming along the way from the past.The people of this continet(Cruzon) use quartz to move mechas except Rhygart, who gets to operate an ancient golem(aka mecha).Unexpectedly Rygart and Zess will confront each other in the battlefield serving different countries(even though rygart isnt a soldier)

Art:9. The art is simply fantastic.As a fun of mecha animes, i am a harsh read more
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Jun 28, 2014
Break Blade is one of those animes with a lot of potential. Unfortunately this is just a "12er" (only 12 episodes), and this is just not enough to develop a deep story and profound characters.

The strongest part of this anime however is, without a doubt, the art, animation and sound. It is just incredible. The highest quality you´ll probably ever see in a mecha anime. A lot of details, colours, special effects. The mechs are a 100% hand-drawn, yet they still look better than any other made with CGI.

The way the producers used the art in combination read more
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Jul 2, 2014
Titles do not usually hold much - if any - meaning. But in the case of Broken Blade, which is better known in Engrish as 'Break Blade' (BB), the title refers to the broken blades visible on the head and back of Rygart's (the lead & pilot) robot. The titular broken blades also - symbolically - link into Rygart's character. One of the two things they symbolise is how broken as a person he is in Break Blade's universe due to his "unsorcerer" (can not manipulate quartz / use technology) limitations. The other is how mentally broken he becomes as he goes from being pacifistic read more
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Jul 16, 2014
Thunder Kings Review no.7: Broken Blade

I didn't watched original Broken Blade movie series, neither did I read the manga. Still I invested my time in this anime as a weekly show I was coming back to every now and then and as such it was worth it. Watching huge robots fighting in quite big scale war is something hard to dislike but what more Broken Blade have to offer beside great action scenes? Well... not much.

The Story 5/10
The premise is just typical chosen one piloting the special mecha and saving world/country scenario. As un-sorcerer who can't manipulate quartz crystals as anyone else Rygert, read more
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Besides the mechas used, they share similarities with the story and it starts off with an impending war between two nations/worlds. They are very political and have a stronger second half to their respective stories. Both have really good fight scenes with Break Blade having much better animation while Nobunaga the Fool uses CGI for it's mechas but in it's defense at times it really blends well with the visuals. The main character only share two things in common, and that is to fight for the greater good and protect their people.
Both MCs have the same issue of being unable to manipulate mana, though the approach to this disability is much different.
> Both are about mechas
> The MC in both have a special mecha,that can take over the enemies
> Both have nations that fight one against the others with the mechas( Athens and Krishina in Broken Blade/Arandas and Ingelmia in Shirogane no Ishi)
> Both talk about political aspects and make a reflection about the life
You like break blade huh? Then you'll like Escaflowne. These two animes are very similar, especially when it comes to mecha combat and the warring nations feel to it. Escaflowne has a stronger romantic sub plot, but also has a more epic feel to it. The main characters are different, however the overall feel of the animes are similar. Break blade is a great anime in it's own regard, but if you like Break blade, you'll like Escaflowne. It is IMO a better anime
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A single mysterious ancient mecha is found in ruins, which is far superior to every other modern mechs or weaponry, that the main protagonists operates. There's also a minor romance subplot where the main heroine (whom are also queens) has romantic feelings for our male protagonists.
If not for the Break Blade movie series breaking up the content into six parts, I would've made this recommendation far sooner.

What links these series is the main characters and the unglorified manner in which they deal with the 'mecha' (technically, neither are mecha shows, with rock/quartz manipulation instead of mechanical control in Break; Rygart aside) genre. Neither lead wants to be a pilot in a 'robot'. In other shows you'd have a young boy that dreamed of piloting a giant war machine, with maybe some harsh lessons learned along the way, but you'd still describe them as heroic. In stark contrast, both Shinji in Eva and Rygart in Break Blade instantly want to escape what is depicted as being a realistically horrible situation. And they both try to leave before finding themselves trying to endure: resulting in mental breakdowns further down the line.

Shinji was a student; Rygart was a farmer. Both have personalities that avoid fighting. And they find themselves thrust into kill-or-be-killed situations--expected to act like trained soldiers. In Eva the battles are against alien entities that attack individually, where as in Break Blade it's simply a war between nations, but both take their leads in PTSD directions where everything eventually weighs too much on their shoulders. Rygart is older and doesn't cry or act quite so pathetically (though realistic) as Shinji, but how they deal with their situations is still very similar.

In a nutshell, the sheer reluctance to do what other characters in mecha series WANT to do, when paired with the psychological distress, makes these two almost anti-mecha series. Like, the same message WWII anime films such as 'Grave of the Fireflies' and 'Barefoot Gen' carry, but with a different angle: aimed at an anime genre.

Opening Theme

"Junction heart" by Sayaka Sasaki

Ending Theme

"Itoshiki Aragaiyo, Michibike Hikari e (愛しき抗いよ、導け光へ)" by Aira Yuuki

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