Broken Blade Episode 4
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — Checking back on the new episodes of shows from 2010. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
About the series: Broken Blade, or Break Blade, is a six-part Original Video Animation, with the first episode premiering in May 2010, second episode in June 2010, third episode in September 2010, fourth episode in October 2010. Set in a fantasy world where everyone has the power to manipulate quartz as their only source of energy. Rygart Arrow is unique as an “Un-Sorcerer”, unable to use quartz — but this lack of ability also makes him uniquely qualified to pilot a special, ancient “golem” mecha-robot. Called to duty by his old friends Hodr and Sigyn, now king and queen of Krisna, he must help defend his land against a superior invading army, which includes his old friend Zess. More info about the series: Wikipedia Entry.
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ep. tl;dr review: The Krisna army finds itself outmaneuvered and out-gunned by the superior Athenian force; Rygart and the special forces to the rescue.
Episode Summary: Queen Sigyn continues to keep Cleo as her “guest” in her quarters. As General True heads out to confront the Athenian forces, Sigyn assembles a special squad of golem fighters under Narvi, which includes Rygart and Girghe, a former war criminal and also General Baldr’s estranged son. General True’s forces are ambushed and all killed by the Athenian forces due to the superior skills of the diminutive Nike. General Baldr’s larger squad later approaches the Athenians across a desert plain, and sees an opportunity to attack. But in a lightning strike of 20 against 6, they are utterly destroyed, with Nike taunting the rest of Baldr’s forces with the destroyed corpses of their lead golem. Baldr soon finds himself cornered, but is rescued by a surprise attack from Rygart and Narvi’s forces.
My thoughts: After being the centerpiece of the previous episode, the voluptuous military prodigy Cleo is almost completely sidelined in this episode. She appears a couple of times in short scenes, often with a practically naked Queen Sigyn — it seems mostly just to remind everyone she is still alive, but contributing nothing to this episode at all, other than as obligatory (and unnecessary) fan service.
Instead, we have another female to focus on: the spunky, sprightly, dark-hearted Nike. Looks like a little kid but she’s all adult…except when acting like a kid for effect in the most annoying, anime-like style. But bad personality aside, she’s also a military protege that lays the smack-down on the Krisna forces. You definitely do NOT want to darken her path, and given that we know about the indoctrination the Athenians receive, that includes the *entire* Krisna army. General True is summarily executed, and the remainder of the Athenian forces would have also been crushed if it were not for Rygart and Company to the rescue.
This episode is mostly all about the military machinations and the fighting as the Athenians and Krisnans battle it out. Not only one-on-one slug-fests, but also for the first time some large-scale maneuvers between armies. With only two episodes left, I’m at a bit of a loss to see how everything is going to sort out, but it is definitely building up to a big climax.
Not much more to add that I haven’t really covered before, just looking forward to the next episode. Ah, if only all giant robot shows were like this, I could enjoy the genre.
For more information:
- My review of the first episode from August 2010
- My review of the second episode from September 2010
- My review of the third episode from July 2011
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, and AniDB
- Episode 4 Video Preview: on Youtube
The Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “The latest installment of the Break Blade series had much less character development, and in its stead we got a lot more coordinated battles and action sequences. What I’ve always found great about this series is how the mechs really have weighty feel to them, which makes the actual battles much more realistic and nitty-gritty, so to speak. Grade: 7.8/10.” – Emory Anime Club
- “If there’s one thing about the story that drew in almost immediately, it’s how friends are pitting against one another without fully understanding the circumstances of the other side. It worked in Gundam SEED and has me hooked here, hoping that Cleo will be the one to clear things up.” – Random Curiosity
- “What happened to that Break Blade I fanboyed over for the past 3 episodes? Please come back and save me from this overpowered nonsense.” – The Cart Driver
- “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.” – The Cart Driver
- “The fourth movie pretty much was the same as the previous ones: whenever the lead character was on the screen it was boring, whenever it focused on the other characters, it was quite interesting. Grade: 77.5/100.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog