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Break Blade episode 4

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.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Giant mecha with capes~ FABULOUS!
    But not half as fabulous as giant mecha with high heels.

  2. Posted March 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what you’re complaining about, they raised the battle tension, and we all knew new mecha were on their way, with Sigyn doing her research and all. Otherwise she would have been left as a nice ornament to the cast. As far as battle choreography is concerned, I’m a fan, and I like the campy direction the series is going into with the new characters. But sure, the seiyuu do scream “Yes, I too voiced that Gundam character. Yes, that one!”

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      They didn’t raise the tension at all. They just raised the amount of mecha and characters. Also I don’t like the new campy look for Break Blade. They’re introducing super robot logic into a real robot show

  3. Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Break Blade messed up with this large scale battle between Borcuse and Baldr. I was expecting more well choreographed mech battles, like the one between Cleo and Baldr’s group last episode or the one between Ryuugart and Zess, but that never did happen. Still a decent battle, though it was a flawed battle.

    Aside from me being picky, I liked this episode (just not as much as previous ones). From what I hear, some parts from the manga were cut out, which might explain why there is less development for Hotr, Girghe, etc. Beats me as to what was cut out though
    ヽ(´ー`)┌

  4. Son Gohan
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Well, I have to disagree with many of your criticisms.

    1. The Break Blade manga is still ongoing. We already knew since the beginning of this series of movies that they were going to cover the first 8 volumes, finishing either with an original ending or leaving it open-ended.

    2. There isn’t really a love triangle between Rygart, Sigyn and Hodr because Hodr knows full well that Sigyn doesn’t love him. It was a marriage of convenience. The fact that they sleep in separate rooms should be enough proof. I actually thought that the flashback shown literally THROUGH Sigyn’s eyes was sweet and artistic.

    3. Borcuse and his crew are supposed to be the elite of the Athens’ army, so I was ok with their uber powers. This time the battle was more a tactical war between two generals than a series of individual fights like the previous movie. I actually liked this change. It makes the war more realistic. Rygart is no Kira Yamato, he doesn’t single-handedly change the course of the battle; he is just the pilot of a powerful mecha with many limitations.

    4. Even if there are some recycled frames, the animation is still gorgeous.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      1) I suppose it still is ongoing. It just strikes me as strange that you make movies to advertise a manga. Either way, doubling the size of the cast halfway through is not good story telling. The anime should still make sense from these 6 movies alone, even if they leave the ending open

      2) Rygart is fighting for Hodr. Zess also has a complicated relationship with him. Out of the 4 buddies, he’s the one getting no screen time.

      3) The battles were not realistic. Go there. Shoot shoot shoot. Get high ground. Shoot shoot shoot. Fire over there. Shoot shoot etc. It was all a load of lip-service with no signs of what was actually going on in the battle. That’s not good tactics and not good choreography

      4) Yeah the animation was still good. Just that scene was dumb

    • Crazyapple
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      Introducing a ton of new characters turned out all right for one reason; many of them died in the same episode, and the rest are soon to follow. It’s not like we got any back story on them, they showed up to serve a purpose and did exactly that.

      Although the 25 year old with the loli body and the loli with the 25 (more like 17 but oh well) year old body is a bit stupid. I guess they thought they were being clever? But it’s fine because she died too!

      I’m honestly glad Hodr doesn’t get much screen time because I know if he does it’s all going to be stupid cliches. Like he actually does love Sigyn, or he tries to sacrifice himself for his country…BLEH!

      Battles were good but yes, the whole “war” aspect of it was poorly executed.

      And dumb scene was dumb.

  5. OHEMGEE
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    haha
    didn’t even watch this but i saw my name and spazzed out
    “Chloe’s story is getting stupid too” x3

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know. I still rather like Girghe. He reminds me of Jade and Zelos from the Tales Of series mashed into one.

    It amuses me.

  7. Kyosuke
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    “Clearly someone with such a fine ass could not be a bad per­son!”

    I agree completely.

  8. Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Guess the budget has been cut…

    But seriously for a rich state like Krisna, they’re either pretty slow in the advancement of their golems, or there not as money wise as Athens. Speaking of Athens, just how the hell do they come up with those weird cookie cutter arm designs!?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Technology in Break Blade is a bit messed up anyway. The first person to develop artillery will win. Everything until then is just a war of attrition

  9. seansky
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    havta agree ep 4 is a bit “meh” for me too. I was highly recommending break blade to frens up to ep 3, now i lost the drive. Cant blame the anime, since the manga does the same thing as well, with the characters popping up with no real explanation where they came out from, and countries too. By now i lost count how many countries are involved, and who is from where.

    Also, there is no love triangle. Hodr dont love sigyn, sigyn cant confess properly, and ryghart is a log.

    I sure hope this anime wont end half-hanging in the end…..

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