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 Talk about being out of date.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.
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
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.
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.
It starts with a rather chaotic scene featuring giant robots shooting at each other, only to shift focus to a young man fainting in the desert a couple of minutes later. It’s eventually made clear that conflict has broken out between 2 nations and that one of them has discovered a special weapon that could turn the tide in their favor if only they know how to use it. Enter our fainting young man in the desert who actually knows the ruler of said nation and, surprise, can use the weapon!
That’s the bare essentials of the main story. There
are plenty more characters but none of them really develop in any way. Every character introduced gets a scene or 2 to establish his/her personality and maybe a few hints about their background and past relationships. All of them fall into familiar archetypes: there’s a clueless hero, a plucky comic-relief character, a stern but well-meaning enemy commander and so forth. All the characters are potentially interesting but the short length of the movie makes the potential stay just that, potential. We’ll have to wait and see how the characters are developed in future installments.
The art and animation are good, as could be expected from Production I.G.. Though the designs of the characters and (especially) mechs are rather uninspired to say the least. There’s also the occasional still-frame here and there but these are few, far between and very short. One last complaint I have is that the bullets fired by the mechs didn’t really have much impact for me. There wasn’t much ‘oomph’ when a mech got shot down.
The audio is sufficient. The music is completely forgettable (so it’s not terrible at least), the sound-effects do their job and there’s plenty of now-popular seiyu (eg. Hiroshi Kamiya, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kana Hanazawa) to please the fans.
There were a few cool twists on certain clichés such as how every person in the movie’s world can use magic and being unable to do so is considered strange or how the main character who falls into a mech’s cockpit for the first time doesn’t immediately start kicking ass. This gave some novelty to an otherwise derivative final product.
I was entertained enough to with this movie to at least check out the next one (though it helps that it ends on a huge tease). There are some elements in here that could make for a fun experience if executed well; but whether or not the creators will manage it is still up in the air.