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Broken Blade (2010)
ブレイク ブレイド (Bureiku Bureido)
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Synopsis

The story is centered around a young man named Rygart Arrow, a resident of a world where people can use “magic”. This magic is the ability to control and empower quartz, doing many things from creating light to operating machinery to riding giant mecha called ‘Golems’. Rygart, however, is one of the few exceptions; as an “un-sorcerer”, he cannot utilize quartz, making many aspects of life difficult as well as being looked down upon by the rest of society. Despite this, in his youth, he managed to befriend Hodr and Sigyn, the future King and Queen of the Krisna Kingdom; and Zess, the younger brother of the Secretary of War of the Athens Commonwealth.

Years later, Rygart is reunited with Hodr and Sigyn where he learns the Athens Commonwealth has begun an invasion of Krisna. Rygart is also shocked to learn that Zess is leading one of the strike forces. While at the capital, Rygart discovers that he has the ability to pilot a recently discovered ancient Golem which cannot be piloted by magic users. Despite its ancient origins, the golem possesses capabilities and systems far more advanced than the current Golems and could be key to turning the tide of battle. While hesitant at first, Rygart soon gets involved in the war between Krisna and Athens, in an attempt to save Hodr, Sigyn, and Zess.
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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Mecha design
Music
Visual
World building

Cons

Character development
Slow-pace

PROs CONS

Overview

Broken Blade is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yunosuke Yoshinaga since September 12, 2006. The films were directed by Tetsurō Amino (Chief) and Nobuyoshi Habara.

– Movie Series with 6 episode – May 29, 2010 – March 26, 2011
– TV edit of the movie series with 12 episodes – April 6, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Alternative title

– Broken Blade
– ブレイク ブレイド BROKEN BLADE
– Break Blade Movie
– Kırık Kılıç
– Зламаний Меч
– Сломанный Меч
– 破剑之刃

TL;DR Review

Broken Blade (ブレイク ブレイド Bureiku Bureido, a.k.a. “Break Blade”) manga was adapted into six 50-minute animated films back in 2010 and was later edited into a 12-episode TV series in 2014. The TV version includes scenes never featured in the original movies.

The animation is superb and vibrant. Though some action sequences are questionable in physic and logistic. The mecha design is unique and rather cool looking. However, it is hard to tell one apart from another if they weren’t colored differently. There is probably just one sequence where 3D CGI was used for special effect.

The films’ opening theme is “Fate”, performed by Kokia and the closing theme song for the first five movies are “SERIOUS-AGE” by Faylan while the closing theme song for the sixth movie is “Nageki no Oto” (嘆きの音 The Wailing Sound), also performed by Kokia. I love the opening song “Fate”.

The TV version opening and closing theme were changed to “Junction Heart” by Sasaki Sayaka and “Itoshiki Aragai yo, Michibike Hikari e” by Yuuki Aira, respectively. I am not sure why the theme songs were changed, but I preferred the movie themes more.

The main character, Rygart, is moody, wishy-washy, and somewhat whiny at times. Everything was handed to him on a silver platter. He was given an overpowered mech and constantly needing to be rescued. The only standout feature he exudes is not being able to use magic. This is your typical underdog turned overpowered fantasy.

Almost every other side characters were more interested than our main protagonist, especially Girge. I wish more time was given to his backstory and expanded on his psychology, as he was a badass.

While the films mostly follow the manga story, for the last episode of the movie (eps 11-12 for the TV), the animators deviated from the manga to end the story with their own plot. This is either due to lack of budget or the first five movies wasn’t doing as well as expected?

As an action film, it is rather slow paced. A lot of uninteresting flashbacks aren’t needed. These random slice-of-life backstories don’t quite match up with why the king, queen, and Zess all think so highly of Rygart.

Too many characters were introduced at the beginning that didn’t fully get resolved at the end. This left the ending with more questions and a feeling of unfulfillment.

I do enjoy Broken Blade, though I am listing a lot of its negative aspects. I recommend this anime to the fan of medieval science fiction. Broken Blade contains graphic violence, some nudity, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Fate” by Kokia (Movie)
– “Junction Heart” by Sasaki Sayaka (TV Series)

Closing Theme

– “Serious-Age” by Faylan (eps 1-5 Movie)
– “Nageki no Oto” by Kokia (ep 6 Movie)
– “Itoshiki Aragai yo, Michibike Hikari e” by Yuuki Aira (TV Series)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Omoi” by Kokia (ep 4 Movie, ep 7 TV Series)
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Broken Blade (2010)

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