We’ve reached the halfway point in Break Blade already, which is meant to be around the time those watching it start proclaiming “it gets better I swear“. Break Blade hasn’t gotten any better. This is still clearly the same anime and has remained consistent in quality and appeal throughout. Some people see the fact a plot is moving as time to call out that accursed mantra, rather than realising that a moving plot at this stage is something that should be taken as read. So for those of you who didn’t like Break Blade at the start, it hasn’t changed in any significant way to warrant another shot. Besides, even if everyone did tell you to pick it up again, there’s only a 30% chance it’s going to be worth your time.
I watch Break Blade for a number of reasons. The intricate mecha battles, the relationship between the three main guys, the development cycle of the main character, the random shots of shiny bottoms. I’m not watching it for the politics though. I’m still not 100% sure who is doing the besieging in this scene. I think it’s Zess’ country, but I really couldn’t say for certain. This certainly got confusing when they introduced new characters without having them interact with already established characters. I eventually figured out that the guy with the eyepatch, whose daughter had the hots for the military captain, were with Zess, while the criminal told to pilot the new mecha was with Rygart, but that’s really about the extent I know. This is hardly Legend of the Galactic Heroes level of political warring factions here. Although one thing LOGH never had was a war started due to material shortages. I called this back in episode 1, but surely quartz would run out if every vehicle and machine ran on the stuff. Replace Quartz with Oil and suddenly the war here doesn’t look a whole lot different from any of the wars since the Cold War ended (and plenty more before that, depending on who you listen to). I guess LOGH was too busy covering de-politicisation to carry a renewable energy message as well.
But who cares about the politics, lets spaz out over the mecha battles again! When Rygart’s monster golem first started moving, creating craters as it leaped about, I thought that the thing was both quick and heavy enough that it didn’t even need a gun. It could just run into the enemy and they wouldn’t be able to do a thing because the armour was too thick to stop it. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened, down to a tee. I liked how the bullets still did noticeable damage to the armour rather than bouncing off ineffectually as anime often likes to show super battle armour doing. Even when it came to other golems, like Chloe’s, the damage it sustained from previous battles remained. The bullet holes from the original face off remained when she went to duke it out with with Rygart and the entire squadron. Heck, it even carried that same logic into the fight between Zess and Rygart with Zess shooting at the same spot enough times to actually do some sort of significant damage to the machine.
Rygart vs Zess was cool because the fight was contained to less than 5 minutes real time with a grand total of less than 10 moves. I liked the logic that went behind each characters actions. Upon realising that Rygart was in the black golem, Zess knew he wouldn’t aim for the kill. Hence he was able to dodge the attack to his gun because he knew it was coming. But little did he know that Rygart has been having some character development while he was gone and is trying to get over his pacifist side. After being jolted from his temporary pacifist moment of madness, Rygart went straight for the cockpit, which Zess didn’t expect at all. I’m half hoping Zess comes back with a cyborg body or something. He looked like he had become ‘one with the cockpit’ when baldy levered him out. Then we get a final scene like the one from Star Wars except with Zess and Rygart. Maybe Rygart would meet baldy in episode 5 or something and baldy says “he’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil”.
/star wars nerding
Back to the politics for a sec, I like how we aren’t meant to be cheering for either side. The anime itself does seem to be siding with Rygarts side slightly, seeing as they have the whole ‘rewriting history textbooks’ thing going on with Chloe and Zess, as well as the whole ‘starting a war to get resources’ thing, but it’s not that clear cut. I did find myself siding with Chloe when she was captured originally. I mean, look at the uniform Rygart is wearing. Chloe’s uniform is white and noble while Rygart’s is clearly the uniform of the evil nation. If your uniform is jet black with high collars, you might as well print I AM A BAD GUY on the back to save confusion. He even spent the later part of the episode taunting an owl. I mean, who does that? What sort of sick individual taunts an owl for their own pleasure? Also what kind of show decides to then reveal information to another character by making them listen in on his conversation with said owl? I know I spend most of these Break Blade posts fanboying, but that was a rather lame move from the show.
If this was made in the 80’s or 90’s, we would have seen boobs here. I think it was sometime in the mid-90’s when Japan finally abolished the law that any anime must have at least one boob shot, no matter how out of place or jarring in tone it may have been. Come to think of it, it’s not like Broken Blade has done a whole lot different from those 90’s OVA’s. Sudden move to fanservice shots that don’t exactly stick with the tone? The only difference nowadays is we don’t get to see nipples. I wonder why we don’t get nipples though? This is a dvd release, they’re not bound by TV censorship nonsense. Perhaps I should talk about what happened in the scene itself instead of lamenting the lack of 12 year old nipples. Or perhaps not. Lets just throw up a picture of Rygart taunting an owl, because that never gets old for me.