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.
Well I was pretty surprised to know that Break Blade got a movie! Talk about being out of date. I've read the manga and quite liked it, though in the manga, mecha battle scenes aren't drawn very well, it gets kinda confusing. So I was pretty excited to watch the movie, to see what the mecha battles will be. And this movie really doesn't disappoint me in anyway.
Kinda typical story, a boy who can't use any magic in world where everyone can use magic, but somehow can activated a Golem that no other person managed to activate. Even if it's typical, I think it's played quite well. This is only the first movie so I can't say much about the plot, but I've read the manga so basically I know the story further than what this movie has shown, and I'll say that if the next movies continue to follow the manga, it will turn out to be good.
This is where I was struck the most. The animation is pretty good, the mecha battles are done pretty well. Though the mechas movements aren't nearly as fluid as Gundams, but I think it's done on purpose, since the Golem technology in this show isn't very advanced as how it is in other mecha shows. (This was not said in the movie, but it was said in the manga.) Designs for the mechas are interesting. They're not as flashy as other mecha shows, yet they're designed pretty well. As a mecha maniac I liked the designs of the mechas here. Character designs are average, though I quite liked it. At least there's no excess of moe/bishoujo/bishounen (they do exist, though at an acceptable dose.) Overall a good art, both in animation and design department.
For me, sound is divided into 3 parts: Musics, SFX, and Voice Acting. Music is nice, this movie has good opening and ending songs, and good musics throughout the movie. SFX are nice as well, they are made to be quite 'real'. Like, the sound of impact of a pressure gun is not as strong as the sound of impact in other mecha shows, since pressure guns are generally weak after all. I'm no pro at voice acting, but at least there's no annoying voice acting like those overly moe/shy character voice which is quite prevalent nowadays.
Sadly, there's only 50 minutes to this movie. Which means that there's not much character developments. Some cliched yet interesting characters are used, it's not really a problem for me since a cliche can be interesting when played well. Though not much character development, this first movie gives a good base to expand in the next movies. Let's just hope they do expand it well.
Pretty enjoyable for me. Cliche story that is played quite well to make it still interesting for me. Good animation, interesting mecha designs, and a fair character designs. Nice music, SFX, and VA. Characters that even though haven't developed much, already has good base to expand. Other than those, I liked the setting of the world in this movie. The world is full of magic users, so magic is generally used in everyday life. Even so, magic here isn't really that almighty like in many magic based story. There's no ultra powerful destruction magic or time controlling magic. Here, most of the things that magic can do are common things that can be done in real life. Moving vehicle, shooting pressure guns etc. This is what makes the setting interesting for me. Also, there's not really any awesome weapons here. The only weapons are the weak pressure guns, or the standard melee weapons. Though some may think this is a minus point, I liked it. I got kinda tired from all those high-tech, high destructive capability weapons in many mecha shows nowadays. This makes the world in which technologies are not very advanced and weapons are generally weak much more interesting.
I want to give 8.5, since this is better than 8, but doesn't really achieve 9. But there's no 8.5 score here so I'll just give 8.
A pretty good show for me. Though I think this is kinda underrated, since not many people seems to give much attention this show. This show is pretty interesting in many ways that even surprised me. Before watching I thought I'm gonna give this a 6 or 7, but after watching, I changed my mind and give better score. Though, I still need to wait whether the next movies will also be good or not. Let's just wait and see then.read more
Break Blade, or to be more accurate, Broken Blade is a very interesting start to this 6 part movie franchise. Yunosuke Yoshinaga is probably not the most well known mangaka out there having only two manga to his name (Rampage and of course Broken Blade) and to be honest I had never even heard of the manga until a very good friend of mine happened to point it out to me. Looking at Broken Blade's story, it isn't exactly what most people would call "hot property" and there isn't really much that can be said about it other than what's in the synopsis.
To be frank, the story is baggy. At no point does it seem to want to stop and explain to you just what's going on and it seems to have a case of mistaken identity, looking at it you'd think that its set in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland and there are times when that seems to be the case; judging from how the archaic mechs of the Kingdom of Krisna seem to fare in battle you'd be forgiven into thinking that this is another post-apocalyptic mecha. Apparently that's not the case. In an interesting move, the story mixes magic into the fray and integrates what little backstory we get on it quite well, for one thing, magic seems to be the only thing that can operate pretty much anything in the world including the Golems (Broken Blades mech).
However that's all we get on this interesting move. Nothing else in the movie is used to explain anything about how magic works or how indeed people were so easily able to develop a grasp of it, or what's so important about an "Un-sorcerer" (sounds stupid I know bear with it) given the time the movie runs for its understandable that some corners were cut and maybe in future instalments the issues regarding magic will be explained in more detail, I'd definitely like to see it.
However a baggy story doesn't always mean a bad one and what Broken Blade has it deals with quite well, the fact that all four of the main characters have met in the past and each have mixed emotions for each other was, I thought, a refreshing change to a formula that's already been well established in other anime. In a matter of personal opinion I'm looking forward to the development of Rygart and Sigyn to how they feel about each other. Rygart and Zess's interactions will also be very interesting as well, although many people will probably be too quick to shout "Suzaku and Lelouch!" "Kira and Athrun!" I'm willing to give these two a chance and hopefully add them to that list.
Story issues aside, Broken Blade definitely is one hell of a looker. Gorgeous is an understatement, this anime is an absolutely beautiful site to behold. Production I.G really pulled through when making Broken Blade and there's just so much to take in in terms of visuals. From the way the field that Rygart farms looks to the designs of the mechs, it seems as if Production I.G really had a blast when making this anime. The simple (and young, how the heck am I supposed to accept that Rygart is 25 when he looks like that?) looking Character designs also translate fluidly to the screen as well, movement looks smooth and realistic and don't get me started on the battle scenes, fast paced, intense, and beautiful to look at. It's very hard to find flaws with the artwork and if there is one minor noticeable one, its that the obnoxious CG used to show the ice encasing Rygart's Golem looks out of place when compared to the more subtle uses of CG throughout the film. A minor flaw yes, but its a noticeable blemish on an outstanding looking film.
There's a lot of great voice talent on show in Broken Blade, the two star roles being taken by the awesome Souichirou Hoshi, and the outstanding Hiroshi Kamiya, with other roles being taken by Yuuichi Nakamura, Chiwa Saito and the hilarious Kenichi Ogata to name a few. There isn't really much in terms of music that's worth listening too here apart from the opening theme Fate done by Kokia.
I'll be honest, I was a little sceptical on hearing Souichirou Hoshi doing a role that was outside the crazy roles I've seen him do in the past like Keiichi Maebara, Tomoki Sakurai and Yukimura Sanada and more recently Lio Shirazumi, but then I remembered that, this is Souichirou Hoshi! The same Souichirou Hoshi that was able to pull off Makoto Oogami from Ghost Hound, and with this in mind I took in his performance as Rygart and I came away satisfied, my fears had been put to rest, now I can't imagine another person voicing Rygart aside from him.
As mentioned the outstanding Hiroshi Kamiya also stars as well, and although he unfortunately doesn't get as much screen time as Zess as I would have liked, when he is on, he does it well. Broken Blade also reminded me of why I found the voices of Takashi Natsume and Yuuta Takemoto to be so endearing in the first place, Kamiya is truly one of the best voice actors in anime.
However great voice talent aside, the characters are very stereotypical archetypes here, farmboy hero? Check. Experienced enemy/friend pilot/rival? Check. Love interest who's with another man but obviously loves the main character? Check. and of course the loli girl with a particularly large chest size? Check and checkmate. All the typical roles are filled here and its disappointing that Broken Blade doesn't try anything new with the characters considering its baggy story. They aren't bad characters by any stretch of the imagination, but all these characters have been done to death a million times before in anime that had much better stories to back up there lacklustre cast.
Broken Blade is at least enjoyable even with its story and character issues, many a time did this anime borderline on a 7 with me and its really the outstanding art and great voice cast that saved this anime from a lower score, I realise that being the first in a series of movies means that there's still a lot to build on here but its just a shame that the story has a lot of potential with its magic idea that seems to be wasted here.
I suppose a sense of irony comes from the quote at the start of this review, Broken Blade is indeed a Broken Blade in a world of anime where just having mechs and magic in at the same time doesn't always mean instant success in a market that relies primarily on moe here. It is not by any stretch of the imagination a bad anime, it just doesn't do anything new enough to make it a truly great one. Here's hoping that the rest of the movies improve on the story issues here.read more
Story-7,it's not uncommon,still in the Gundam form- a guy that appears incapable of doing something or common suddenly manages to fight a robot different from the others in order to protect his friends.-Despite that,the story is structurated well,though i still believe 50 minutes isn't enough,especially for the first part,in order to introduce us well to the characters.But for now we do have a presentation to the main character,Rygart Arrow,and a small idea about the other characters.
Art-10,because it is Production I.G. and XEBEC we are talking about,and it looks well for me,as a mecha-fighting anime.The surroundings,canyon and desert really seem to bring out that feeling of isolation and arid grounds.
Sound-10- because it is Kokia that does the opening,with another amazing and beautiful song,and Faylan's ending is also nice and more action-like.
Characters-8.It is hard to grasp the characters for now.But i do have a general idea concerning Arrow,Sigyn and Hodr.I like that Arrow is the more realistic,peaceful type.He has accepted his image in the world as a '' un-magic user'' and tries to maintain peace.I am curious about how he will face the problem of ''fighting'' his old friend.He seems rather innocent somehow [which makes him cute*giggles*].It is more than obvious that ,although Sigyn is married,there is something between them [ and not only friendship...i dare to say xD]
Enjoyment-10- it was very dinamic for a first part episode/ova/movie..and things didn't seem to progress too slow...but not too fast either,although it is because of this,that i wanted more than 50 minutes of it.
Overall-10, for a first.I really enjoyed it,as a mecha-action,it didn't let me down at all.But,you will have to watch it to see for yourself.read more
First of all I want to clarify that I’m writing this review after watching Movie 1. I have no clue how the story will develop. Maybe I’ll throw my final conclusions at the page of the last one. Who knows.
Also, I apologize for every single spelling mistake I make in this post. I’m not really good at English.
So. I think an ideal word to describe this series is ‘simple’. But not in a negative way. If something is simple, yet catches your attention, it means there must be something good about it. I have a hard time paying attention to video’s that exceed 20 minutes, so I decided I would watch a part of this movie, to see if it was interesting or not. Before I knew it, it was over. It didn’t felt as if I watched such a long episode. The story was very interesting, imo. Yet, there are several reasons why I use the word ‘simple’.
First of all, let’s talk about Rygart Arrow, the main character. He’s 25 years old (god bless every 18+ mc in anime) and is one of the only people that can’t use magic. Yes. It’s an averted trope. Whereas most anime throw mc’s at your face that happened to be able to unlock some kind of badass power, Rygart is the only one who can’t. Indeed, the story is about a ‘normal’ main. It’s something refreshing to see. I won’t say I never bumped into this trope before, but it is definitely nicer than the most special of special snowflake mc, that happened to be the chosen one and saves the world even though they’re less than 18 years old and have no experience in life or whatsoever. Yet, you could argue about how ‘unique’ the plot actually is.
But oh well, since I’m only at the first part, I can’t tell how the story will develop, but making the main this ‘normal’ compared to the other characters, could eventually push the story towards the ‘special snowflake’ trope. If he’s the only normal character, he’s still the ‘only’ one, making him more special than the others. But I guess we’ll see once I continue watching.
So. Simple series. What do I mean by that except for the fact that Rygart is ‘normal’. Well. The story isn’t all too complex. In my opinion, it was ideal. I don’t really like to watch anime movies, as the pacing is often odd. It’s either as fast as a mad bull running through an arena or as slow as Windows 8 doing a ‘minor update’. The pacing in Broken Blade, was great though. The conversations don’t feel too long and stretched, yet it’s not all too hard to understand what’s going on and everything is clear and well-explained. It’s an interesting storyline, yet, it’s not too confusing. And this is something that counts for pretty much everything in the series. The character designs aren’t all too complex or outstanding, but they aren’t boring either. And in fact, I didn’t mind the lack of music. Sometimes, the silence created a special, idk how to say it, ‘aura’. And the songs that played were nice. Some of them felt like ‘typical’ background songs, others were just very beautiful.
Honestly I loved how ‘classical’ orientated the music was. You could easily play some of these songs at a classical concert and nobody would note it was supposed to be music for a movie.
What I found rather disturbing in the beginning, was how Rygart happened to be best friends with the king and queen themselves. I thought he was supposed to be as simple as possible, making him childhood friends with them, didn’t seem right. But after thinking this through, I realized the purpose of this relationship actually is supporting the series it ‘simple’ vibe. It’d be really hard and unrealistic to come up with some kind of story to how King Hodr found out about Rygart, how they need to gain each other’s trust, Zess’ part of the story and the relationship between Sigyn and Rygart (I cover that one later on). Making the four of them friends, made the story better, in my opinion and I’m curious to see how things will develop in the sequel.
Okay. So about Sigyn. Honestly, I’m not all too keen on the RygartxSigyn hints the first movie gave us. She’s married to Rygart’s best friend. It’d be highly disturbing to see her cheating on him for no good reason. And no ‘Rygart is my true love’, isn’t a good reason to me. As I enjoyed the plot for so far, I really hope they won’t ruin the series for me with some half-assed love triangle.
As last but not least. The art. The freaking art. It’s beautiful. The animation is really well done, even the mecha fights were great. The bots had interesting designs as well. Not too weird, yet not too similar to the other ones I already saw.
Overall I think this was a really enjoyable movie and I’m really looking forward to the next part! read more