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Offline Averruncus

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2011, 11:30:53 PM »
The Cleo X Sigyn relationship is really weird for me...
For one Sigyn's marriage mustn't be going very well if she is sleeping with a female enemy soldier. Cleo doesn't seem to mind being Sigyn's pet which is also weird since she was ready to bash her head to death just an episode ago, its just too fast.
Its not that I don't enjoy these scenes, its just weird...

True death didn't come as a surprise, but for me it had impact. Maybe it was because the scene started mid battle therefore not giving me time to mentally prepare for his death. I think its also because he crushed to death (horrible way to die) AND was killed by a loli (horrible way to die). I guess I wanted him to go in a blaze of glory since he had some back story established. Oh well, time to watch some IS...

I really should watch better anime...

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2011, 07:45:37 AM »
I'm sorry, what.

The Cleo X Sigyn relationship is really weird for me...
For one Sigyn's marriage mustn't be going very well if she is sleeping with a female enemy soldier.
I think you've said one of the last things on my mind. From what I see, they're not enemies personally. They're enemies simply by their alliance to their respective kingdoms, but not in person. This is what happens when you realize that the people on the other side of the war aren't always bad people per se. This is what Cleo learned about Sigyn. So what's weird about it? The fact that they sleep on the same bed? What are you getting at?

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I think that this is a tad better than the last three movies. Rygart still reminds me of SEED's Yamato Kira - must be the seiyuu - but a lot less angsty and whiny, and more resolved. Yeah, so he has "balls" (I snickered at the 'balls' joke).

But I have two problems with this movie (and probably with Break Blade as a whole): One, I still can't empathize the characters because they still lack character credibility and chemistry. Two, there are a number of pacing issues. At one point, especially any scene featuring a conversation between two people, it feels like time has frozen. At another point, especially the battle scenes, time speeds up. Two more things that bugged me about this particular movie is General True's sudden death and Athen's new loli ace. Yeah I don't get her either, and she's another reason for me to think that this show has problems with characters.

But I think the battle scenes have improved since the first movie. It's cutthroat, raw and down-to-earth (yay for no God-mode whatsoever, and for demonstrating that fuel and ammo are NOT infinite).

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2011, 12:56:32 PM »

I think you've said one of the last things on my mind. From what I see, they're not enemies personally. They're enemies simply by their alliance to their respective kingdoms, but not in person. This is what happens when you realize that the people on the other side of the war aren't always bad people per se. This is what Cleo learned about Sigyn. So what's weird about it? The fact that they sleep on the same bed? What are you getting at?


This relationship would have worked if it was just merely a dispute between two countries, where the people of each side merely misunderstand or disagree with each other. But this is war, where people's lives and the survival of both countries is at stake. Hodr is being extremely careless with Cleo given that Sigyn is a major reason why Krisna is still at war with Athens. Try to imagine what it is like to be a solider of the Krisna army; the enemy who was shooting at you few days ago is now bunking with your queen, oh but it's ok since she's not a bad person. Sure, Sigyn has no personal beef with Cleo but does she not care about her people's feelings?

I just find it extremely naive, to place an enemy solider in the one place where she shouldn't be. Sure, she turned out to be docile, but she has attempted on several occasions to kill people of your country, she even attempted to kill Rygart in front of Sigyn. Sigyn is really betting on the fact that Cleo reacts well to kindness and will not try to off people again. Cleo on the other hand, is in a position in which she could greatly impact the war with Krisna. Killing Sigyn might not end the war, but it would greatly impact the morale of Krisna and relieve them of their head mecha researcher. Given that she was ready to kill herself when she was captured, her sudden change of character just after over a week just felt too sudden. But I guess all this can be written off as "she's just twelve" and for that reason, I can understand why Cleo acts the way she does, but this doesn't explain the enormous amount of trust Sigyn and Hodr (since he's not doing anything) have in Cleo. Overall, I'm sure there are better ways of portraying stockholm syndrome (first of all, they should have just given Cleo her own room instead), it would have been better if it were more gradual, instead of attempted murder scene to drinking tea under the stars.

Lastly,  the awkwardness I feel from the Cleo X Sigyn relationship comes from its contrast with Rygart's struggle in becoming a solider. On one hand we get the realities of war, how a humble, peace-loving person has to accept that he will have to take lives in order to protect the ones he love, even if it means killing his close friend; on the other, we have the naive relationship of queen and POW. Given the overall feel of the anime, I just won't expect Sigyn to react this way.

For one Sigyn's marriage mustn't be going very well if she is sleeping with a female enemy soldier.

Oh that? Well, Sigyn has shown more affection to Cleo then she has with Hodr. Hodr lets Cleo sleep with Sigyn even after Cleo attempted to escape and kill Rygart. Sigyn has also shown that she likes Rygart. Their marriage isn't going well...

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2011, 05:38:57 AM »
If you think Cleo's characterization is the major issue of Break Blade, then I understand. This show doesn't handle characters that well in the first place. Plus, this whole idea of war seems to be discussed in a very naive way, a very common pitfall among shows that deal with prolonged unrest but skips on the dread of them all.

I just didn't understand the lesbian implication that I thought you were trying to say.

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2011, 11:43:43 AM »
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So everyone in the castle knows that Sigyn is actually in love with Rygart (or something along those lines), it's like one of those worst kept secrets, wonder if the rumours have made it to Hodr, I suspect not.

Anyway as for the rest of the episode, well the art and animation are excellent, but with such a long production time, you'd hope for such. The characters are losing any sympathy I was able to muster, I thought that the red haired guy could turn out interesting, but what actually happened was the probably one of the worse things they could have done, what a shoddy way to die, I'm annoyed. Rygart is a fool, while he was busy arguing with that guy, the brother and sister duo got defeated, and the brother died, which would have been easily preventable had Rygart not ****ed off because he saw the red haired one take off.

I'm not too good at identifying specific parts that are bad about the pacing or directing, but this episode was rushed at points, yet it still didn't make as much of the time it had as it could of. Let's see what the last one brings us.

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2011, 10:47:28 PM »
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Uhh, what a piss-poor bad guy Girghe turns out to be. He's just this powerful kid who wets his pants when he's in danger, scampers off when everyone's in trouble, laughs at them while rubbing his evil moustache. In short, an evil and strong coward. "Best" of all, his character tries to redeem himself and sign off as the villain who tries to tug at your heart and beg for forgiveness. Pfft, what a load of crap.

This show's like this half-brother of Gundam SEED who tries not to be like the latter but somewhat still resembles him. Rygart's still this impulsive little boy who has a schoolboy crush on some chick, and handles a godlike robot. Sounds just like Kira Yamato to me. Or Shin Asuka. Whichever. Same goes for that crazy loli bitch with the killer robot; how does that even work?

What in the hell is the point of the Sigyn-Cleo scene? Does it do anything important to the movie other than pandering to viewers with chicks in negligees, and seeing them giggle over stories on boys like some teenage girl? And strangely, the girls actually giggled over how the boys brushed off a story about the guys almost getting shot to death (possibly). Is it me, or do I think the girls are strangely sadistic?

I'm not too good at identifying specific parts that are bad about the pacing or directing, but this episode was rushed at points, yet it still didn't make as much of the time it had as it could of. Let's see what the last one brings us.
The fight scenes are intense and fast, but any time Break Blade doesn't show big robots smashing each other to pieces, it bores the audience with painstaking slow scenes of people talking with dull dialogue and poker faces. I'm quite surprised you even cared about the characters even once.

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2011, 07:51:44 AM »
Final:

I'll have to give Break Blade for one thing: the fights are pretty good. They're polished, hard-hitting and cutthroat so at least this show scores high points with the aesthetics. But what I don't like at all is the cast, which seems to be an imitation of Gundam's. Rygart is Kira Yamato (or Shinn Asuka, or both), Sigyn is Lacus Clyne, Zess is Athrun Zala, Borcuse is Char Aznable, Nike is Nena Trinity, etc. I may be drawing a jarring comparison but I can't help but be reminded of such.

Not sure what to feel at the opening ending; it's good that Break Blade doesn't go on the same "Global-Peace-with-Flower-on-top" signoff, but I was looking forward to something more conclusive.

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My thoughts on Break Blade:

I'll give it a tepid 7/10. I suppose that it's fun - the fights are impressive, and the production values are top-notch - but the characters are disappointing because they're static and also, because of what I explained above. Also, the pacing can be erratic: whenever a scene doesn't show a Golem getting smashed into pieces, it either features sluggish dialogue that makes me dozy.

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Re: Break Blade
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2011, 06:57:59 PM »
5/10

What the hell, that last one was the worst yet. The fights were kind of disappointing and anti-climatic, and the ending was just really really stupid - "**** you plot, lets just end here since we feel like it". What was the point of Zess anyway? In fact, screw that, what was the point of most of them? Then again, all the characters, and the plot, as said in the review - are bland, about as bland as water flavoured jelly. Lastly, the show fails at garnering any tension anywhere throughout. Oh well, just Nichijou left and I'm up to date with what I was watching, then I'll see the new season's shows.
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