Let’s have the exact same robot running past the same 3 rocks for a bit. Nobody will notice anything. They’ll just think it’s something wrong with their video. I know I thought my video was stuttering when I saw this scene. I think you might have been better when your battles were of a smaller scale, Break Blade.
Outside of the mecha battles, one of my favourite parts of Break Blade has been the development of Rygart’s character. It’s the classic pacifist story, but it was handled with a lot more care here than in most war anime. No dumb monologues about the importance of human life. They simply showed us through his actions in battle that he didn’t want to kill, then slammed it back in his face in a quite gruesome manner in episode 2. Now he’s the ace of the army. While everyone else stands to attention, he goofs off in the corner because he’s just that cool. He’s even offering ladies his balls on a regular basis. Not that the show ever seemed to recognise that he had become a cocky git. The extent of his development in this episode was a training montage.
Chloe’s story is getting stupid too. This pretty blonde girl is treating me so nicely. Does that mean my history books were lying to me all along? Do these folk not actually eat babies after all? It’s all a bit silly really. I know they’re going for the whole Stockholm Syndrome effect, but if they could do it a bit less eye-rollingly that would be much appreciated. Then again, Chloe is meant to be 12 after all, a fact I tend to conveniently forget. I guess it’s a bit simpler from her point of view. Clearly someone with such a fine ass could not be a bad person! Speaking of that glorious bottom, as much as I like to gaze upon Queen Sigyn’s shiny butt cheeks, even I’m starting to find the convenient excuses to get her to strip down a bit much.
What the hell does Hodr even do anymore? The poor guy has had barely any screen time since the first episode. How is he meant to fight for his stake in this apparent love triangle that the show has been pushing since the first episode if he’s never on screen? Since I’m talking about the romance, I would like to inform Break Blade that yes, we get it. Sigyn actually liked Rygart all along but just never told him. I kinda got that from the first episode. I didn’t need another half a movie repeating this to me again. I wouldn’t be so harsh if it wasn’t for the fact that this series is only going to be 6 movies long. The 4th movie has been and gone, I’d kinda like this plot to get a move on. Not double the size of the friggen cast. That was quite simply the worst possible thing Break Blade could have done at this point. They’re not going to finish the story in the space of these 6 movies, are they? This is just another damn advertisement for a manga. 6 high-budget movies simply as an advertisement for a manga? What the hell is wrong with this picture?
You may have realised the general tone of this post has not exactly been positive, but so far I’ve only written about the character side of things. Obviously the mecha battles will remain high quality, right? Wrong! They’ve gone and introduced a bunch of super-powered mecha. The earlier episodes had Rygart piloting a super-powered mecha, but I could run with that. It was ancient technology that only Rygart could power. Plus it wasn’t infallible, what with the time limit and the fact it could still clearly be damaged. I even liked how they dressed up his mecha like an angry chicken because it ran with what powers they had already established it had in the last few episodes. But these super powered mecha are powerful for no adequately explored reason. Are those capes the secret to their success? Are they woven out of GN particles or something?
This scene was the worst of the lot. 20-odd mecha get destroyed by 6. Why? We’re not going to show you. What happened to my beautifully choreographed fight sequences? Now we get…I’m not even sure what that fight scene was supposed to be. During this scene I was convinced Mr.Eye Patch here had the Geass. A Geass that allowed him to view 10 seconds into the future and then let his mecha do the work. From the way he was commenting, it was as though the guy hadn’t moved a muscle himself. He even kept his eyes shut the entire battle. He has the Geass. He must have. Until this show gives us a better explanation as to why his troupe were able to destroy a small army so easily, I’m going to continue to assume that was the case. Either that, or I’m back to my ‘cloaks made out of GN particles’ theory.
As for the new guy? I was prepared to like him when he broke down before entering battle. A guy who is all tough when amongst his own team mates but can’t handle it when he doesn’t know what the enemy is like? That’s quite an original twist on this sort of character archetype. But nope, it was all an act or something equally stupid. Instead he was just another over-powered mecha pilot to whom other mecha might as well not exist except when they’re piloted by men with the Geass and GN particle cloaks argh argh argh no! Bad, bad, bad episode. What happened to that Break Blade I fanboyed over for the past 3 episodes? Please come back and save me from this overpowered nonsense.