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Break Blade episode 3

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.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, that scene was so adorable

    dat owl man, dat owl

    • luffyluffy
      Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Wow, the lack of replies to this entry is so sad..

      • Scamp
        Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        innit? The last two Break Blade posts were decently popular. Was my post poorly written or something?

    • seansky
      Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      beats hedwig.

  2. Posted February 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    That owl is the best.

    Also great is the battle in this movie. I mean, man, so damn good. I enjoyed the battles in the previous two, but this is the first one where my immediate reaction was, “Now that was AWESOME.”

    “Queen Sigyn has a radiant ass”

    This is my kind of tag

    • Scamp
      Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Her backside shines brighter than any breasts in Rainbow Gate

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        Post more radiant ass

  3. Posted February 5, 2011 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    I have to see these movies! Well sometime anyway haha looks great thou.

  4. kathykaboom
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Great and funny review. It’s my most anticipated OVA this year. Funny thing in the manga there wasn’t any overly suggestive lesbianism.

    This anime didn’t get over the top in fanservism which I don’t mind. The battles are realistic and unlike most mecha anime the protagonist isn’t some whiny annoying little prepubescent kid who this he’s the shit.

    I’ve never felt like this for a long time.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 6, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      I doubt the implied lesbianism was anything more than fanservice. Which I am ok with =D

      Glad you enjoyed the review

  5. kathykaboom
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    * who think he’s the shit.

    Read more: http://thecartdriver.com/break-blade-episode-3/#ixzz1D5NQrLaQ

  6. Poro
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    i am hungry

  7. Posted February 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Alright, well, I watched all of this that’s out after reading this post.

    I have to say, the anime is definitely leaning towards Rygart’s side. I don’t really see it trying to sway you to the other side at all…except that it makes Zess’s team likeable.
    And even then, I feel like we know so little about them and their side and their reasons for acting that we don’t really get the feeling that we should side with them.

    But maybe it is just me.

    Also, black + high collars is awesome, and that is all there is to it.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 6, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      I guess it’s simply the Gundam case of giving the bad guys personalities. They are still clearly the bad guys, but at least they feel like humans and you understand why they are fighting

    Posted February 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Ah fighting robots?
    The only time I truly enjoyed that was with innocent venus-
    because those robots were tight, yo.

  9. Taka
    Posted February 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m ready for Darth Zess.

    I was hoping Chloe got killed because as soon as she wasn’t I knew what was going to happen. I knew somehow it was going to come out that Rygart and Zess were buds. I knew it as soon as I spotted Rygart on that bridge talking to the owl. I actually thought it was a decent plot device, but I figured Rygart would just confront Chloe at some point. The owl was a bit of a surprise but it’d already been sort of established that he and Rygart chatted on the occasion. Now Chloe’s gotta deal with it. *sunglasses*

    • Scamp
      Posted February 6, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      It was still waaay to convenient. What if she walked in on Rygart talking with the owl about the weird lump on his balls? She just so happened to get the conversation where he says Zess is his buddy

  10. seansky
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Gundam needs to learn from break blade.

  11. Scamp
    Posted February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Hey cool, finally a decent amount of comments. Guess all I needed was a little bit of patience

  12. Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    What this “episode” did well, better than the preceding showings anyway, was play up the small scale combat and core character relations while setting aside the story’s weaknesses, namely its setting and big picture military/political concepts. That makes it more entertaining, but still doesn’t explain conceptual concerns, like how the world’s weapons developments came upon the evolutionary singularity of giant cumbersome mechs.

    The winning side should be the first one to develop seige weapons, high yield explosives, or a combined arms strategy to counter the glorified infantry that are Golems, not spam one super-mech/ace pilot combo with plot armor.

    • FlameStrike
      Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

      What you say does make a lot of sense. In theory, I’d assume that development of combined arms has stalled due to the world’s culture and fixtration on the “awesomeness” and “glory” of using mechs. It’s like the time before people realized the the cool and glorious medieval Knights aren’t worth jack shit against a team of peasant pike men in formation. Sure the pike men work more practically, but the leaders want to glamor of the Knight.

      Another theory is that quartz technology has difficulty creating a large cannon that can propel artillery sized ordinance high enough for effective use as a long ranged siege weapon. Same with air power. Tanks are probably out because the more maneuverable golems pretty much take up their role, so development into tanks were deemed unnecessary.

      Of course that’s just in the context of the show. In real life I bet the reason there are no tanks or flying machines is because this is a giant mecha show that aims to showcase giant mechas. It wouldn’t be very cool to have your giant mechas destroyed by some dinky fighters or tanks would it? How many people would by Strike Freedom models if it got shot down by a simple gun turret?

      This is a short OVA after all, so going out of their way to explain conceptual concerns when it can be easily handwavied with little detraction from the story is a waste of valuable screen time. If it were a novel I’d be more worried, but since it’s an OVA I’d rather see some more awesome Gundam/Golem fights than watching talking heads explain the intricate details of quartz technology and why they can’t develop artillery weapons.

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