Bubuki Buranki felt like it was an experimental show to me. It was sort of like the way it was presented animation, story, character designs etc it's like Sanzigen wanted to test out their new original show using new animation software or perhaps they wanted to use the viewers as a test audience to see if the current direction they are going in is okay.. overall it just felt like this show was released as an experiment for something bigger in the future.Moving on from that, the overall story was okay, it wasn't too bad, nor was it anything special. The plot always felt like
there was something missing or the writers just made things a bit too confusing.
The art, designs and animations rely heavily on CGI. I found this unique and maybe uncommon method pretty interesting, which makes me want to bring up the "Experimental theory" again, however I'm done writing about that... for now. Another thing I'd like to mention is the battles and action scenes. They are wonderful, beautiful, and most importantly for MECHA anime vibrant. Battles between Bubuki users are always exciting to watch! At times I felt like I was watching video game cut-scenes, in fact, I think that is word I want to use to summarize the animation and art used in Bubuki Buranki. The whole show just looks like a video game.
Soundtrack and background music, ughhh, they're alright, of course no specific songs used in this series stood out enough for me to like Em'. The voice actors were okay, I do however believe that Bubuki Buranki isn't going to be a role that the actors would want to brag about though.
Enjoyment overall, I found myself fading in and out, I mean Bubuki Buranki was well rounded to a certain extent and all however I just had a hard time keeping myself engaged in the story and plot. In the end though I think, nah, I strongly believe that Bubuki Buranki could've been a lot better than what was presented in the end. The plot and story could've been improved, character development etc. Overall I had to give this show a 7/10 because while I was disappointed with the story and plot, the amazing action scenes and fights actually made up for the mistakes.. So I don't want to rule Bubuki Buranki as a bad show so I think "fair" is good enough. Bubuki Buranki does have a lot of potential to be even greater, I look forward to watching season 2
Bubuki Buranki is one of those Anime you can call "Hidden gem".
I think it's really underrated.
Bubuki Buranki focuses on a group of 5 children, while each of them wield a Bubuki, which is a part of a Buranki (A Huge Mech), and only when they come together, they can form the Buranki.
It was an enjoyable one, since there was a good plot, great fights, and not too much talking.
Bubuki Buranki looks in art something similar to 3D (Like 009:Cyborg or Love Live! at some parts) which was beautiful.
The colors were colorful and are pretty bright, and at some scenes it was gray-black and some neon
colors flashing- which was beautiful as well.
About the music- Catchy Opening, and that's it.
I liked the characters, even though they don't develop too much in the Anime, they could work well together in a team and made the team interesting.
The fights were really good, and the way they fought was interesting, as well their weapons.
Also, The characters who are controlling another Buranki, are developing well in the Anime, making it even more interesting to know who's "good" and who's "bad".
As the Anime goes on, more teams join the fray, and makes the viewer choose what team is the "good" and what team is the "bad.
I think that Bubuki Buranki is a unique kind of Mecha anime.
Rating: 8/10 :D
Bububu is in my opinion the worst show, I've seen completely in the last season. I forgot the miserabely narrated story immediately after the show ended, sometimes, as the episode ended. The style, and CG was awesome, remembered me often times at Knights of Sidonia (beautiful Anime, go watch it!), but the unbelievably bad choreographed action scenes took so much time, that they pushed and squeezed every piece of dialogue between every fight as fast as they could. For example, after the 12th duel with this Bulletshooting guy, everyone I know recognized, that these fights go nowhere. They are meaningless in every aspect, end without
consequences and every char is saved with an unbreakable plot-armor.
Because of the massive amount of action, the end of the show is sooo rushed and punished with pure storytelling, combined with the stupidest and most obvious plotholes I have seen in years... Damn, I have to keep spoilers out of this... ok... they could make an whole Anime around the last two episodes, and it still could be cool, filled with action and with dense storytelling, but THEY HAD NO TIME. The last episode was so stupidely hilarious, thanks to earlier mentioned side characteres, that the Drama, they wanted to achieve by implementing red-haired girl's backstory, was blown out the window. It was annoying in every second and I regret to took the time, I needed to realize that. (3/10)
I'll start this review off by saying that I'm no intellectual. Far from it. When I watch my anime I often won't focus too hard on the plot, character development and so on, at least not when it comes to my everyday-casual consumtion of anime. As long as the art, character design, sound/music and the shows overall themes and are cool and executed with class, that alone may be enough for me to rate a show 7-8. (For example, LOTGH wasn't exactly my cup of tea, whereas this show, Bubuki/Buranki was. The storytelling in LOTGH was more intricate and intelligent, but the show as
a whole still wasn't very entertaining if you ask me.)
Although I must say that in B/B the plot feels both confusing and unfinished even to me. Furthermore, since it's an 12 eps only anime, there are simply too many teams/people cramed in there. It's almost hopeless to present that many a characters and cram them into one 12-ep season.
It's not so much the ideas themselves that are poor, it's just that the storytelling feels rushed and at times even sloppy.
As you may have guessed, the art and character design is what makes this show likeable to me. I can't really understand those who argue that the use of CGI is a problem. If the animation looks cool, it is cool. Which techniques was used shouldn't be an issue.
I think the animation in B/B is just breathtakingly beautiful and awesome and funky, then it's all good. How the sounds came to be shouldn't matter.
Liked: The characters, while being overall simple are still drawn as fun, interesting and stylized enough that I still cared for them and wanted them to succeed in their journey. The story isn't anything really new but it throws enough interesting curve balls that it can still easily grab your attention. Easily the best part of this show is the cgi, since the show is all cg. Compared to most modern anime, the animation and level of detail is truly something impressive to me.
Disliked: The pacing could be a little too slow for an action show at moments.
The anime can
go back and develop characters that don't truthfully need the development and it can be a bit draining at moments.
Bubuki Buranki was like.....a show with an interesting story about the adults, sidelined for a much less interesting and sloppily told story about the kids.
I guess my biggest issue with the show was that it starts out promising one kind of story, and ends up telling a completely different one by the end. The saving grace of this is that both stories were pretty interesting, but the end result is not especially pretty. I think the story of Migiwa and Reoko was quite captivating, but the way it was told? Chaotic and piecemeal as hell.
There were a lot of scenes that did nothing
to move the story forward. Mainly fight scenes, which I assume were put in just to look cool. And they did look cool! But a lot of the beginning of the show has very little impact on the endgame.
As far as the mechanics - art and sound - it's fine. I guess if you're one of those people that hates CG animation this isn't for you, but I'm fine with it myself and I thought this series looked pretty good for CG. Like I said, the fights are cool-looking.
When it comes to characters, there's not a lot of development to speak of. Really, Hiiragi and Shizuru are the only ones who change significantly in the show, so no surprises that they along with Reoko wound up being my favorites. Everyone else remains fairly static, although as the adults' backstories are revealed they definitely end up stealing the show.
Overall, a good concept with bad execution.
For the record, a "7" rating to me means "average," which is what this series wound up being.
You know i never thought i was even going to ever do a review but i gotta say is that its been a long time since ive seen such an amazing anime, i was never a fan of cg but now i am. this show was well paced, the characters are really well written even if tropes were used they were handled in such a good way . its been forever since i was really hyped for an anime and ive seen many so many that are popular yet so boring hyped for putrid fanservice and mindlessnes. Bubuki buranki really great, i didnt
think much about it when i first started it but it turned out better than i first anticipated. what makes it even better a season 2 has been confirmed to fill out the remaining unanswered questions and other stuff.
Let me start this review by saying that this is the first review I've written for this site, so you'll have to forgive me for my inexperience. Bubuki Buranki is a show I happened to stumble upon simply because it kept popping up on some of my favorite voice actors' work resumes. Voice actors are mostly the way I get introduced and interested in an anime, so please bear with me. After sitting out on it for a long while, I finally decided to take a look on it, if only out of curiosity. These are my impressions.
Warning! Spoiler alert!
Story: On paper, the story of
Bubuki Buranki focuses on Azuma Kazuki and his friends as they learn to control their Bubuki and fight the evil regime of Reoko Banryuu. To see the story in action, the main narrative divides itself into several subplots, sometimes to its detriment. At first, it looks like the story will be a typical "resistance vs empire" story, as Azuma and his friends try to survive. Then, with the introduction of several Buranki teams from all over the world, it gives the impression that the series will become a sports anime, with competitions and tournaments. After that, it is revealed that several countries have Buranki at their disposal and have been using them for political dominance, giving the impression of an arms race. The main narrative, or what is supposed to be the main narrative, encounters several bumps on the road because of all themes it introduced. By the time of the cilmax, it tries to put the focus back on Azuma and Reoko's conflict, which actually is Migiwa and Reoko's conflict, with Azuma acting as an envoy to his mother, or whatever. To make a long story short, the story of Bubuki Buranki is a collection of good ideas, but it is nothing more than that. (5/10)
Characters: This is where Bubuki Buranki's flaws start to show. It's not that the characters are bad, they are in fact quite memorable; it's just that most of these memorable characters are supporting characters and villains. First, there is Reoko, who becomes a surprisingly nuanced and developed character and defies the tradition of villains solely existing to be catalysts for the heroes' journeys and moments of self-realization. Then, there is the Russian team, whose leader matches Reoko in terms of nastiness. The series keeps introducing these characters and exploring their stories and motivations, to the point it forgets about Azuma, the protagonist and whom we are supposed to sympathize with. The only characters in the heroes' team who end up evolving to any extent are Shizuru, Hiiragi and, to a lesser extent, Kinoa but our hero Azuma is little more than a generic goody two-shoes who is only important for the things that happen to him, not for anything he does on his own accord. Even the story of Migiwa and Reoko ends up being more relevant to the series than Azuma himself. Also, what's up with Kaoruko? Why does she only show up in the finale? Overall, this overabundance of characters just gives the impression that series really wants to have a sequel, which I will later get to. (5/10)
Art: Previously, I had reservations towards watching a fully CGI anime, but upon watching the first episode, I became enthralled by how incredibly good it was. The characters were well rendered, the environments looked fantastic and the robots were obviously the main beneficiaries of the CGI treatment. The animation quality might take a slight nosedive because of its reliance on exaggerated anime expressions but, personally, it didn't detract the series for me. If this series is a testbed for CGI technology to be used future anime productions, then it succeeds in that regard. (9/10)
Sound: The music was exceptionally well-done, with its intro and ending songs being very powerful and fitting for the series. The soundtrack contains several pieces for action, drama and comedy. The sound effects are very detailed and creatively used for every situation in the series. And what can I say about the voice actors? Something the show has going for it is that it features some of my favorite voice actors in the industry and they use every bit of talent they have to make their characters as believable as possible, which further highlight the flaws in this show's character writing. It makes me glad that whatever the series makes the characters do, their voice actors' talent will never be wasted. (10/10)
Overall: As I said before, the series tries hard to have a second season that it neglects the season it has right now. With its intermingling subplots and overabundance of characters, Bubuki Buranki desperately tries to be a franchise. I liked the series' basic concept and there were moments of genuine enjoyment for me, but ultimately this is a case where mediocrity can be worse than outright badness. In short, Bubuki Buranki is overly ambitions in scope and sloppy in its execution, and I sort of recommend it, if only for the technical aspects than for its story and characters. Hopefully, the second season will turn things around. (7/10)
While going through and watching all of the 2016 anime I missed throughout the year I found another completely CG anime that aired in Winter along with the more popular Ajin. When I began to watch it I went in expecting nothing and I came out with my mind completely blown. Bubuki Buranki stands as my favorite anime that has come out this year and in this review I’ll explain why I love it so much and why it is unbelievable that almost nobody watched this show when it came out, including me.
The story in Bubuki Buranki is by no means a masterpiece. But
the way it’s executed and the amount of craziness that happens makes it one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve seen. The level of enjoyment I got out of this is equal to what I got when watching Kill la Kill, and Kill la Kill is in my Top Ten Favourite Anime. That’s not really surprising though since the studio that did Bubuki Buranki, SANZIGEN is in the same building or near (I’m not really too sure on this one) as the studio that did Kill la Kill, Trigger. The Trigger-ish insanity can definitely be seen in Bubuki Buranki which means that this story is one of the craziest, emotional and enjoyable things in this anime. Once the action starts it never really stops which is one of the best things about this show. It’s something that you will want to marathon either in one sitting or in two (like I did) since it feels like one big movie that you won’t want to stop watching. The story is almost flawless and the only complaint that I have is that they split this show into two 12 episode seasons instead of showing all the episodes at once, which means that this show ends on a cliff-hanger ending which isn’t a problem now since the second season is currently airing.
This is where the only problem with this show comes in. My only main problem with Bubuki Buranki is that the main character is a little generic. He doesn’t do a lot of fighting in this show and his weapon is kind of useless in one on one fights, which this show has quite a few of. But there is a reason for that and I don’t want to spoil it here since I highly, highly suggest you watch this anime for yourself. Other than that all of the other four main characters and all of the villains are extremely memorable whether it be because of their colorful and unique designs or because they have really enjoyable personality traits, every character leaves an impact including some that only show up in the final couple of episodes. No character in this show is annoying and all of them (except for the MC) have really cool weapons and powers which makes the action scenes a joy to witness.
In the sound department Bubuki Buranki definitely excels and is one of this show’s high points. The soundtrack in this anime is incredible as it has a variety of action themes, comedic pieces and some sad songs which all fit every scene they are played in and make the scene more epic or heart-warming depending on which part they play in. The voice acting is really good as well considering a lot of the voice actors are newcomers. As of now this show doesn’t have a dub and if it does I hope that Aniplex of America picks it up since as much as I do enjoy Sentai Filmworks dubs, I think Bubuki Buranki deserves a little better then passable. Or they could just not dub it which would be fine as well since the sub is really good. Now to one of my favourite parts of this show, the Opening and Ending songs. The opening Beat your Heart by Konomi Suzuki is an amazing song that is one of her best Openings in my opinion and it fits Bubuki Buranki really well. The Ending is really good as well since it’s done by the band MYTH&ROID who do some really good songs as well.
The fact that this anime is done completely in CG is what I think turned people off of this show. Which is stupid since this is the best CG I’ve seen in any CG anime. The fact that Ajin is more popular than this and Ajin looks like crap is so weird to me. Even not comparing this to Ajin it looks really good too. The characters are smooth, the action is breathtaking and the expressions on the characters faces are even better than some normal anime. This show’s existence is the reason that I think SANZIGEN is a better animation studio then Polygon Pictures (they did Ajin and Knights of Sidonia). Out of everything the animation in Bubuki Buranki is its highest point and is one of the main reasons that I love this show so much. After seeing the quality of animation in this show it might be hard to watch Ajin or Knights of Sidonia since I would be constantly comparing them to Bubuki Buranki.
Overall, Bubuki Buranki is my choice for best anime of 2016. While I may be the only one that thinks this I urge people to give this show a shot. It has the best CG animation I’ve seen in any show (anime or not) and is a really fun ride that you are missing out on if you judge this show solely on the fact that it is CG. It is criminal that this show is already underrated.