"It's just when I look at them, I can't help but go soft on them"
The first movie in the Broken Blade franchise was an interesting, albeit flawed start to this weird mixture of magic and mechs, its story was baggy, its characters were typical and the only things it really had going for it where its excellent art and great voice talent, so the question that was on my mind when I went into Broken Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi is, does it get better?
First, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. The story still doesn't explain anything about magic or why
being this un-sorcerer is so important, granted you only get them like what once in a millennium? Oh great, big whoop, next your going to tell me that your going to start adding prophecies to the story and then its going to be a complete turn off. In fact, the whole magical element seems to be downplayed in Ketsubetsu no Michi considerably turning it into a more stereotypical mech which is a crying shame considering it was such an intriguing prospect.
So with that issue out of the way, let's get onto the good stuff. With the magic element now downplayed I was left wondering now what? Well for a start, the story is a considerable improvement over Kakusei no Toki, character development seems to be the call of the day here and it shows. Zess particularly is a more fleshed out character, and is the one character I can empathise the most with here, his reasoning for being so soft on the women in his squadron isn't a stupidly convoluted one, nor is it that simple and I won't spoil it for you here. Suffice to say, I was very satisfied by Zess here.
The pacing of the story seems to be going up as well, with a lot more emphasis here on Rygart going out to fight in his Golem, I mean sure this is a mech anime so giant robot fights are inevitable, but this is not just a case of "Good mech here, bad mech here now fight to the death" Rygart genuinely tries to avoid the conflict and not because he's a coward, again his reasoning makes sense and Rygart too is much more likeable here. His best scene being the tense showdown he has with Zess during the halfway point.
The first Broken Blade was definitely one that knew how to impress with its art and Production I.G pull through again for Ketsubetsu no Michi. The one glaring flaw in the first movie has been completely removed here, and with that you would think that Broken Blade 2 should be an absolute stunner...not quite. Its unfortunate but the great art here doesn't pack as much of an impact as Kakusei no Toki. Granted its still an absolutely great looking movie; but now that you get used to Broken Blade's art style completely that's all it is, there's no clever uses of CG here, it's just a great looking movie and while that is definitely not a bad thing, there has to be more to do than just making a movie look great.
The excellent voice talent from the first movie also makes a great return and Souichirou Hoshi and Hiroshi Kamiya impress yet again as Rygart and Zess. Although with the exception of Kenichi Ogata and Yuko Kaida, the rest of the supporting cast doesn't manage to impress as much as the leads which is a shame considering the talent on offer here but perhaps that's the point. If the main goal of Ketsubetsu no Michi is to develop the two leads then it does, and it does it well. At no point here does either Souichirou Hoshi's performance or Hiroshi Kamiya's feel forced or unrealistic, it all sounds natural which is how it should do.
Again the music in the films doesn't really impress, although the outstanding opening theme "Fate" by KOKIA is marvellous to listen too, really capturing the feel of the movies and impressively showcasing her talent. Granted it may not appeal to everyone, and it certainly won't be the one that most people sing along too, but its great nonetheless.
As you've probably figured out by this review, Ketsubetsu no Michi is all about character development here and there isn't really anything else about them to say. They are a definite improvement over the archetypes that were set up in the first movie which is great, you can definitely feel more for the two main leads more than anyone else and grounds them a lot more than they were in the first movie.
To sum it up then, Broken Blade 2 is a definite improvement over its predecessor, although its not quite there yet; there are still some problems that it needs to address and I'm still waiting on that magic explanation, issues aside its definitely finding a soft spot with me.
So this is the second movie of the series called Break Blade.
The action starts right away and as you can see, the animation and art is pretty good. maybe some weird movements here and there, but overall it's outstanding.
We get to know more about the characters, mostly about lee and cleo. and i think that cleo is not as a bad shooter as everyone thinks she is.
Which i found the main point of this episode was the decision of Rygart. His feelings get hurt and he's left with a choice. leave the kingdom or fight for it.
Fighting for it would mean that
he has to leave his old self behind who is against all this fighting and he would accept the possibility that he might die.
Or run away live on, but know that your friends will forfeit their lives.
Can he or can he not live on like that?
That will be answered in The second movie of Break Blade.
This movie might have had some potential but its just useless. Nothing happens, there is no character development. The story is boring and there is too much melodrama. The robots werent animated well. Its just a waste of time.
It doesn't take much for an anime to get me excited. BB2 is no exception to this. It starts off action packed and consistent from where it left off from BB1. The scenes still help us visualize the fact that Hodr's Kingdom is truly falling and is truly at a disadvantage when compared to the platoon of Zess. The story is nevertheless brilliant, and this is all because of the wonderful execution. Truth to the matter is, it can be quite typical at times. However, the story and characters all develop beautifully to the fact that it makes you want to know more about the
story, especially the characters of Zess and Rygart.
Again, sound and art are both fantastic, contributing to the overall enjoyment of the series. In comparison to BB1, it does get more of the plot in it since BB1 could be said as the foundation, or a teaser some may say.
The flashbacks shown in BB2, in my opinion, are well put and necessary for the enjoyment of the viewer. It's a way of letting the viewers know why the characters do this and that, especially Zess and Cleo. It gives us a better understanding of the characters and of the whole story as well.
All of the old and new elements found in BB2 are both very engaging yet insufficient. The mecha battles are all fantastic yet some animations can be inconsistent at times, having to replay a whole minute in order to catch full sight of the action. Nevertheless, BB2 works with BB1 and makes you want to crave more of the series. Especially since both leave a cliffhanger by the end of the movie, which works its magic quite well.