They’re the best Anime that 2010 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki, Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi, Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato, and more!
5: Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki
English: Broken Blade
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 覚醒ノ刻
MAL Score: 7.65
Rygart Arrow is different compared to the other people in the continent of Cruzon: he is unable to control quartz, branded an “un-sorcerer.” Despite this, he still befriends the future king and queen of Krisna—Hodr and Sigyn—as well as Zess, the younger brother of the Athens Commonwealth’s Secretary of War.
Several years later, Rygart discovers that there is a war brewing between Krisna and Athens. While visiting Binonten, the capital city of Krisna, he learns that his misfortune as an un-sorcerer enables him to pilot an ancient Golem, a unique ability that quartz-wielding users lack.
As Zess leads one of the Athenian strikes upon the capital, Rygart joins the battle with his newfound power in hopes of mending the schism between the two nations.
Kinda typical story, a boy who can’t use any magic in world where everyone can use magic, but somehow can activated a Golem that no other person managed to activate. Even if it’s typical, I think it’s played quite well. This is only the first movie so I can’t say much about the plot, but I’ve read the manga so basically I know the story further than what this movie has shown, and I’ll say that if the next movies continue to follow the manga, it will turn out to be good.
This is where I was struck the most. The animation is pretty good, the mecha battles are done pretty well. Though the mechas movements aren’t nearly as fluid as Gundams, but I think it’s done on purpose, since the Golem technology in this show isn’t very advanced as how it is in other mecha shows. (This was not said in the movie, but it was said in the manga.) Designs for the mechas are interesting. They’re not as flashy as other mecha shows, yet they’re designed pretty well. As a mecha maniac I liked the designs of the mechas here. Character designs are average, though I quite liked it. At least there’s no excess of moe/bishoujo/bishounen (they do exist, though at an acceptable dose.) Overall a good art, both in animation and design department.
For me, sound is divided into 3 parts: Musics, SFX, and Voice Acting. Music is nice, this movie has good opening and ending songs, and good musics throughout the movie. SFX are nice as well, they are made to be quite ‘real’. Like, the sound of impact of a pressure gun is not as strong as the sound of impact in other mecha shows, since pressure guns are generally weak after all. I’m no pro at voice acting, but at least there’s no annoying voice acting like those overly moe/shy character voice which is quite prevalent nowadays.
Sadly, there’s only 50 minutes to this movie. Which means that there’s not much character developments. Some cliched yet interesting characters are used, it’s not really a problem for me since a cliche can be interesting when played well. Though not much character development, this first movie gives a good base to expand in the next movies. Let’s just hope they do expand it well.
Pretty enjoyable for me. Cliche story that is played quite well to make it still interesting for me. Good animation, interesting mecha designs, and a fair character designs. Nice music, SFX, and VA. Characters that even though haven’t developed much, already has good base to expand. Other than those, I liked the setting of the world in this movie. The world is full of magic users, so magic is generally used in everyday life. Even so, magic here isn’t really that almighty like in many magic based story. There’s no ultra powerful destruction magic or time controlling magic. Here, most of the things that magic can do are common things that can be done in real life. Moving vehicle, shooting pressure guns etc. This is what makes the setting interesting for me. Also, there’s not really any awesome weapons here. The only weapons are the weak pressure guns, or the standard melee weapons. Though some may think this is a minus point, I liked it. I got kinda tired from all those high-tech, high destructive capability weapons in many mecha shows nowadays. This makes the world in which technologies are not very advanced and weapons are generally weak much more interesting.
I want to give 8.5, since this is better than 8, but doesn’t really achieve 9. But there’s no 8.5 score here so I’ll just give 8.
A pretty good show for me. Though I think this is kinda underrated, since not many people seems to give much attention this show. This show is pretty interesting in many ways that even surprised me. Before watching I thought I’m gonna give this a 6 or 7, but after watching, I changed my mind and give better score. Though, I still need to wait whether the next movies will also be good or not. Let’s just wait and see then.
Story-7,it’s not uncommon,still in the Gundam form- a guy that appears incapable of doing something or common suddenly manages to fight a robot different from the others in order to protect his friends.-Despite that,the story is structurated well,though i still believe 50 minutes isn’t enough,especially for the first part,in order to introduce us well to the characters.But for now we do have a presentation to the main character,Rygart Arrow,and a small idea about the other characters.
Art-10,because it is Production I.G. and XEBEC we are talking about,and it looks well for me,as a mecha-fighting anime.The surroundings,canyon and desert really seem to bring out that feeling of isolation and arid grounds.
Sound-10- because it is Kokia that does the opening,with another amazing and beautiful song,and Faylan’s ending is also nice and more action-like.
Characters-8.It is hard to grasp the characters for now.But i do have a general idea concerning Arrow,Sigyn and Hodr.I like that Arrow is the more realistic,peaceful type.He has accepted his image in the world as a ” un-magic user” and tries to maintain peace.I am curious about how he will face the problem of ”fighting” his old friend.He seems rather innocent somehow [which makes him cute*giggles*].It is more than obvious that ,although Sigyn is married,there is something between them [ and not only friendship…i dare to say xD]
Enjoyment-10- it was very dinamic for a first part episode/ova/movie..and things didn’t seem to progress too slow…but not too fast either,although it is because of this,that i wanted more than 50 minutes of it.
Overall-10, for a first.I really enjoyed it,as a mecha-action,it didn’t let me down at all.But,you will have to watch it to see for yourself.
It starts with a rather chaotic scene featuring giant robots shooting at each other, only to shift focus to a young man fainting in the desert a couple of minutes later. It’s eventually made clear that conflict has broken out between 2 nations and that one of them has discovered a special weapon that could turn the tide in their favor if only they know how to use it. Enter our fainting young man in the desert who actually knows the ruler of said nation and, surprise, can use the weapon!
That’s the bare essentials of the main story. There are plenty more characters but none of them really develop in any way. Every character introduced gets a scene or 2 to establish his/her personality and maybe a few hints about their background and past relationships. All of them fall into familiar archetypes: there’s a clueless hero, a plucky comic-relief character, a stern but well-meaning enemy commander and so forth. All the characters are potentially interesting but the short length of the movie makes the potential stay just that, potential. We’ll have to wait and see how the characters are developed in future installments.
The art and animation are good, as could be expected from Production I.G.. Though the designs of the characters and (especially) mechs are rather uninspired to say the least. There’s also the occasional still-frame here and there but these are few, far between and very short. One last complaint I have is that the bullets fired by the mechs didn’t really have much impact for me. There wasn’t much ‘oomph’ when a mech got shot down.
The audio is sufficient. The music is completely forgettable (so it’s not terrible at least), the sound-effects do their job and there’s plenty of now-popular seiyu (eg. Hiroshi Kamiya, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kana Hanazawa) to please the fans.
There were a few cool twists on certain clichés such as how every person in the movie’s world can use magic and being unable to do so is considered strange or how the main character who falls into a mech’s cockpit for the first time doesn’t immediately start kicking ass. This gave some novelty to an otherwise derivative final product.
I was entertained enough to with this movie to at least check out the next one (though it helps that it ends on a huge tease). There are some elements in here that could make for a fun experience if executed well; but whether or not the creators will manage it is still up in the air.
4: Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi
English: Broken Blade 2
Japanese: ブレイクブレイド 訣別ノ路
MAL Score: 7.73
Second Break Blade movie.
The action starts right away and as you can see, the animation and art is pretty good. maybe some weird movements here and there, but overall it’s outstanding.
We get to know more about the characters, mostly about lee and cleo. and i think that cleo is not as a bad shooter as everyone thinks she is.
Which i found the main point of this episode was the decision of Rygart. His feelings get hurt and he’s left with a choice. leave the kingdom or fight for it.
Fighting for it would mean that he has to leave his old self behind who is against all this fighting and he would accept the possibility that he might die.
Or run away live on, but know that your friends will forfeit their lives.
Can he or can he not live on like that?
That will be answered in The second movie of Break Blade.
Again, sound and art are both fantastic, contributing to the overall enjoyment of the series. In comparison to BB1, it does get more of the plot in it since BB1 could be said as the foundation, or a teaser some may say.
The flashbacks shown in BB2, in my opinion, are well put and necessary for the enjoyment of the viewer. It’s a way of letting the viewers know why the characters do this and that, especially Zess and Cleo. It gives us a better understanding of the characters and of the whole story as well.
All of the old and new elements found in BB2 are both very engaging yet insufficient. The mecha battles are all fantastic yet some animations can be inconsistent at times, having to replay a whole minute in order to catch full sight of the action. Nevertheless, BB2 works with BB1 and makes you want to crave more of the series. Especially since both leave a cliffhanger by the end of the movie, which works its magic quite well.
3: Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
English: Broken Blade 3
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第三章 凶刃ノ痕
MAL Score: 7.80
Third Break Blade movie.
This is a part of Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato.
Story: The story continues as to where the second left off. Throughout the serieswe get to see Rygart changing, taking people´s lives becomes easier. That is only one effect of war. Misery is also one, friends have to fight each other people get killed and their families are left behind. Prisoners are taken.
In break blade 3, the story is mainly about the cause of war and the effects of it
Art: The art is outstanding! It is very detailed and the colors are nice and vivid. On top of that, the animation is just awesome, it is very smooth and just neat to watch.
Sound: Wow, wow! Almost the only thing you can say, if you start watching it and hear the sound you will be very pleased. Compared to your average anime it is easily 10 times better. The sound really feels realistic.
You also have the Opening, it’s a calm opening but if you use that song and put it under a video with disasters of war it would be a very sad video.
The opening is a perfect fit.
Art: Average art, not too good. Although some characters looked better then normal 😉
Sound: Pretty good choice of sound in areas, esp. areas that are pictured to be stressful or the like, quite interesting
Character: Pretty good character development, stories, etc.
Enjoyment was not so much.
Overall it was average.
Main Point for me was that it was kind of embarassing that Ryner couldn’t kill someone and they died by accident. I know in some cultures it is worse to kill someone by accident then to murder them. And for me I really thought “seriously? please man up a little bit, you’re an embarrassment to the rest of us”.
The development with how he had nothing and finally could fit in was an interesting twist. Although they really did not elaborate too much on the happenings in school or Assam through the 2 movies so far.
Actually, they didn’t even talk about the geography between too much besides to tell you the 4 main countries. What is the world exactly, what planet are they on. etc..?
Also I like how they used “Assam” which geographically makes no sense, but its funny I guess?
Some of the things in the 2 movies did not make sense, such as 5 golems on their own, or why they seemed to have such an overwhelming advantage ( 15 v 3) and the 3 won. That made no sense although I guess they were trying to add suspense?
Overall this really was not a great one to watch i believe and I think there were many other things I know that deserved a movie rather than this, or this is just a particularly bad adaptation of its source.
BB3 works well with incorporating a lot of flashbacks in order to support the character development. The story proceeds well with Rygart under the army to defend the kingdom of Hodr. It’s quite understandable how Rygart became so powerful as he pilots his Under Golem. However, I’m not that impressed with the development of Cleo’s character. It seems out of context and her fight scene in the badlands isn’t believable. Well, she would get empowered by fury but I wouldn’t expect for her to get THAT much power in her fighting. I see that as somewhat inconsistent in her character.
BB3 gives us a teaser to new characters and is not that engaging as the first two titles. However, the story and character development are still implemented well.
2: Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
English: Broken Blade 4
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第四章 惨禍ノ地
MAL Score: 7.85
Fourth Break Blade Movie.
Break Blade 4 isn’t a stand-alone movie as it simple continued where the last movie finished, and this movie being in the middle part didn’t ended with any conclusions either, instead this movie is a setup for what comes next as the story is nearing its end. In this episode the viewers are treated with the introduction of the much feared General Borcuse of the nation of Athens and his soldiers followed by a very interesting battle against the forces of Krisna that ended in a draw, with the way everything balances out between the opposing forces, it is clear that the winners aren’t decided yet. Viewers are expected to have watched all its previous movies to makes sense of this one.
Animation is the strongest selling point of the movie. The environment is very detailed, probably one of the best detailed environment I have seen so far. The characters are also drawn very consistently and beautifully – especially the female characters. The well detailed facial expressions of the characters really shows off their emotions and feelings expressed vibrantly that the viewers can relate on. Movements are very fluid and life-like. As for the golems, while I admit that their mecha designs could have been prettier, I eventually got used to it and eventually got a liking of it seeing how it’s very mecha-like on how it looks and feels very clunky, and probably looks more mecha-like compare to other mecha shows of its type. Lastly the battle scenes, the battles are well choreograph and the animation stunning and pretty much eye-candy, detailed and well executed, I’m telling this because compare to previous episodes where the battles pretty much involved only a few golems from each side. In this episode, the scale becomes bigger in terms of sheer size, as the golems involved in the battle have gone into the hundreds and the area on which the battle occurred have also turned larger.
The music feels good enough and appropriate for the movie. The OP with its accompanying animation captures the image of the movie fairly well, it feels sad but appropriate. The ED meanwhile feels upbeat and lively which is pretty standard for a mecha show. The movie is also well covered by its different background music, while not really noticeable, I felt that the music played in any given scene is just about right and good to listen.
The movie has a fairly good cast of old characters as well as new ones. So far I like the development of the main character Rygart, initially I don’t like his character believing he will turn into a character-type with a very high sense of justice and righteousness that rubs me the wrong way, the kind of character that talks too much, spouts too much justice and righteousness and goes too far in proving their point e.g. Touma (from Index) and Naruto (from Naruto), it turned out Rygart’s development goes into a more interesting path of carnage and willingness to take responsibility and fight with a clear set of goal in his mind. Another is Sigyn, it’s good that the movie gives some bits of her history this time, I particularly like how her past romantic feelings for Rygart will play out as the story nears its end. Then there is this new character Girge, while not is much is revealed about him yet, it feels like he has more role to play. Other characters also have their own moments as the movie goes along, each character feels unique and given enough screentime. Voice acting is also excellent, with the actors doing a fairly good job in portraying their respective characters.
Break Blade is a movie series which I initially started watching just for the sake of variety with no real expectations, it turns out to be more than what I bargain for, never a dull moment here, it has a very good story, great characters, lots of eye candies with its beautifully rendered and very fluid animation, and battles scenes that are fairly top notch. Recommended for viewers seeking a mecha show that contains a mix of both sci-fi and fantasy genre and doesn’t mind the long breaks between each episode.
The land of disaster.
It is the 4th installment of the Break Blade series.
The story continues and Rygart is still in the process of becoming a “cold-blooded killer”, it is not that he is changing but he wants to change. This said, the war is progressing and more and more battles occur, some new characters introduced, but for the rest. it continues the way it was heading.
As for the art, as you already might know since your on the 4th movie of Break Blade, is top-notch, very detailed and smooth making those battle scenes look better then your average anime.
“Fate” by Kokia, this OP fits perfectly and bears the emotions of Break Blade. But i’d rather aim towards the seiyuu and effects’. The seiyuu do their work pretty damn good, but some just felt off sometimes, thus destroying a little of the realistic feel it would give off and making it harder for the viewer to get into the movie. But opposite to that you have the effects, when the characters are talking it is like an average anime, but when the fights start it takes a drastic turn and the sound explodes. Don’t get me wrong, not in a bad way but in a good one. Every sound effect fits and is not annoying to the ears, added to that we have the extra loudness of these sound effects making the fights just that bit better.
The character department stays almost the same, ofcourse we have Rygart wanting to change with some succes. But the accent in this episode is on Sigyn, she is the one that we find out the most about.
The enjoyment level as always is high, it is just a better anime then the standard for me.
Overall i give it a 9.
The forth episode of Break Blade is really good and Break Blade officially become my favourite show from now on.
There’s not much to say. It simply continue the 3rd episode and stick to the manga although it has some changes. The war started, Rygart, accompanied by some new and old character, rolled out!
Still outstanding like other episodes. Very detailed and well-drawn characters and robots. The characters are unique and cool (a new cool boy is coming, prepare yourself!). Sigyl is damn hot in this episode!
The fighting scenes in this episode is even better than the previous episodes! Rygart’s Delphine is truly a monster on the battlefield. The movements are smooth and powerful.
What can I say here? It’s just… awesome. The opening is still as touching as ever. BGM is good and there is an insert song in this episode. It fits well.
The characters are BADASS. As all of you who watch the 3rd episode know, General Borcuse and Girghe will appear in this episode. They are just so cool, cold-blooded and powerful with awesome Golem controlling skill. Rygart is still very funny and enjoyable, Sigyl is cute. There are romance hints, I love those scene m/
So far, this is the most enjoyable Break Blade for me. Good story, nice art and animation, touching songs, cool characters, that’s all about a good show.
1: Omae Umasou da na
English: You Are Umasou
MAL Score: 8.03
By a twist of fate, a herbivorous dinosaur finds a lost egg and brings it back to her nest. When the egg hatches, however, a carnivorous dinosaur emerges. Unable to abandon the child, she names him “Heart” and raises him in exile alongside her own child. As Heart comes of age, he struggles to eat the same food as his family and runs away in disgrace when he learns that he cannot live properly without meat.
Years later, the now feared predator Heart encounters a situation similar to his past—he spots a dinosaur egg opposite his kind. As it emerges, Heart remarks that the newborn is delicious-looking. The newborn herbivore thinks that Heart is his father and takes delicious-looking, or “Umasou,” as his name. Unable to eat a newborn who loves him, Heart reluctantly decides to raise Umasou as his own. As he nurtures a forbidden child like his mother before him, Heart struggles to deal with an unforgiving world and the true natures of predator and prey.
Story: The story focuses on a T-rex(Big Jaw as it’s called in the movie) named Heart. At the beginning of the movie an egg drifts down the river, a plant eater(Completely blanking on the species) finds this egg and decides to take it as it’s own along with her own eggs. After a dinosaur attack all that remains of her eggs are just one of her own eggs, and the one with Heart in it. After the eggs hatch the herd tells the mother to abandon the egg due to it being a meat eater, the mother decides to split off from the herd and raise the two children in solitude. In order to control Heart’s meat eating nature the mother has him eat red berries as a substitute. This plan works decently but Heart still has his cravings for meat. While Heart and his brother Light(The other dinosaur that hatched) go out berry hunting, Heart decides to head off in his own direction. Heart then meets a herd of Big Jaws with their leader being a one eyes big jaw named appropriately “One Eyed Baku.” While the herd is taking in their game Heart flees at the sight of them eating the flesh of their catch, Baku then questions him on why he is here and what is he doing. After answering his questions and scurrying off, one of the herd breaks off to track Heart. When Heart returns to Light the herd member (Think his name was Doma. Names were far and between in this movie) attacks Light and questions Heart’s relationship to a plant eater. Doma laughs at the idea of the two being brothers and tempts Heart with the taste of meat and tells him that he is a Big Jaw.(Which Heart denies due to being raised as a plant eater) They scuffle with Heart ripping off Doma’s tail and Heart begins to question his taste of meat and what he really is. That’s part one. I’ll focus on part two briefly so you get a glimpse of why the hell this movie is named what it is.
A stronger grown up heart (This is probably the only movie where you will see a T-rex doing push-ups with one hand), after breaking off from the herd has taken his taste of meat with pride. Hunting other dinosaurs and eating his flesh, he soon sees a tiny egg on the ground. Heart approaches it to find a baby anklyosaurus(Hard Shell is the term they use) who believes Heart is his father. Heart in his meat phase calls the baby Umasou(Which means something on the lines of delicious) as to which the baby thinks his name is(Reminded me of Chii’s sweet home). Umasou now follows Heart believing that he is his father and wants to become strong like him. I’m gonna leave off there since I’m sure at this point if you’re reading you must have some interest in this movie. I hope that’s the case.
Art: The art is very colorful. Landscapes are painted to match the areas, my favorite being the vast deserts covered with sands with animal bones being scattered all across, with patches of grass randomly in it. Character designs are well, this is a kid’s movie after all. Basic and plain, but enough to warrant some attention.
Sound: Music choices fit the scenes accordingly. There are 3 vocal songs that are actually really catchy. The main one being when Heart and Umasou are training(For what dare you ask? Watch the damn movie!). It’s really addicting I swear.
Seiyuu’s are also very good. Was surprised to see Baku being played by Ikari Gendo’s seiyuu(He’s like, every villian now).
Character: Very good. You get attached to the Heart and the struggle he goes through. Being raised by the complete opposite and ending up raising the complete opposite with Umasou. The other characters like Umasou and Heart help keep the story in check. Was a little bit upset that Umasou did not really do much in the last part, he was just kind of there to say “Hey! Cute mascot here!”
Enjoyment: The movie is meant for kids, that’s a given. But it does appeal to all crowds. I grew up with these types of movies so seeing another one is fine with me, though for this one the fight scenes are actually pretty cool. The last one with ____ being the best one. I watched it on my own and enjoyed it, I’m also 20 by the way.
Overall: This movie is the same old telling just brought back with some cool stuff. Characters are fun, the songs are catchy, and in the end you really do feel for Heart and the choices he makes as a character. It’s a movie you can really watch with anyone, and I’d say if you got nothing better to do. Watch Umasou do a breakdance spin with his awkward body.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Omae Umasou da na
2. Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
3. Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
4. Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi
5. Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki