Busou Shinki: Moon Angel Episode 1
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Series Premise: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel is a web-based anime series based on a line of toys produced by Konami, first episode was released in September 2011. A young boy dreams of becoming a “Shinki Master” where he engages in battles with model-kit dolls.
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ep. tl;dr review: Five-minute advertisement for a toy line.
Episode Summary: In a battle over the skies of the city, two flying robot mecha girls fight it out, with the loser falling to the ground below, gravely injured. Meanwhile, a young transfer student is shunned by his classmates, yet dreams of becoming a “Shinki Master”, where he engages in battles between customized action figures. While walking home, he spots something stuck in tree, glinting in the moonlight. He finds it is actually the injured (and inoperative) Busou Shinki figurine, and marvels at his discovery.
My Impressions: First of all, this is only five minutes long, so there’s not exactly a whole lot of room for development or plot. Second of all, this is really nothing more than a glorified commercial produced by Konami to promote their long line of Busou Shinki action figures to impressionable ten year old boys.
Before this, I had never heard of Busou Shinki, but apparently it’s a pretty extensive line of dolls/action figures that has emerged in the past few years, with close to two dozen “waves” of releases. Egads. The dolls themselves are about six inches high, intricately jointed and highly poseable, featuring various girls with mecha-armor and weapons. Combined with the physical dolls there is also an online “Battle Rondo” game, where the dolls face off in combat in virtual arenas. Since I have zero interest in dolls or action figures or that crap, this is all Greek to me.
All that being said, this was actually not all that bad. It was fast-paced, no wasted time opening with a quick battle sequence then immediately jumping to the Forever Alone boy and his moping about being shunned by the “popular kids”. Animation was decent, background music was nice…and I really wonder what this would have been like if it was produced as an actual, full-length show instead of just a short teaser.
It appears that the plot and story are nothing special, nothing more than a glorified version of Angelic Layer except for toy-crazy boys instead of doll-crazy girls. Frankly, I don’t expect much out of this, but I am interested enough to keep an eye out for the next episode. If they spend some time in actually developing the characters and story (as in Angelic Layer) rather than just the damn toys (as in Gunpla Builders), then it has potential.
- Episode 1 in original Japanese on Youtube.
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this, you might also like: Angelic Layer or Model Suit Gunpla Builders.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “This indeed all screams blatant [commercialism], which makes the good direction even more awkward. The action is decent, the pacing is nice, the use of music is pretty nice. That’s the thing with this series: if this would have been a full fledged production it would have a near dream-team for its staff; it really was one of the more solid match-ups of the entire season. Overall though: they can definitely do better. Potential: 40%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Awesome Anime short! A bit on the cliche side, but it is enjoyable. Reminds me a lot of Angelic Layer, but with full AI control. I give this a…….8/10.” – Arctic Kitsune
- “This episode did a decent job with creating an effective plot and pacing. This is definitely a blatant advertisement, but at least it’s an advertisement that isn’t half-assing itself. It’s quite a shame that this series is stunted with five minute long episodes, because based on the beginning segment, this could have turned out into a rather decent action series. Grade: 6.0/10.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Personally, judging from the first episode this will be very enjoyable. Also, please don’t try comparing this to Infinite Stratos or the likes. Angelic Layer references are fine though, at least those make sense.” – Animatic Figmation
- “Busou Shinki Moon Angel is the first, and perhaps shortest, anime of the fall 2011 season – regardless of length however, it certainly is a sweet watch for the five minutes it demands in exchange.” – Seventh Style
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel
Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J
Coming up next: Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki, Kamisama Dolls, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan, Yuruyuri, No. 6, Sacred Seven, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, The Idolmaster, Manyuu Hikenchou, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memochou, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise, Baby Princess 3-D, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season, Rou Kyuu Bu, R-15