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Autumn 2013: First Impressions – Unbreakable Machine Doll & BlazBlue: Alter Memory

October 9, 2013

autumnanimeSome fighting themed anime up next – Unbreakable Machine Doll and BlazBlue: Alter Memory.

Unbreakable Machine Doll

Oh lord this was bad.  I had read the first volume of the manga version of this series so knew what to expect, but somehow the anime managed to make things worse by trimming out a lot of the character dialogue.  There is also an alarming amount of incredibly bad CG in the action scenes that I just wasn’t expecting.  The basic premise is interesting, but I really didn’t like how they pushed Yaya’s lusting after Raishin to the forefront, almost to the point where seems more like a sex doll than a humanoid weapon – it something that rubbed me up the wrong way to start with, and the anime just made things worse.

Aside from the crap CG, the character designs are okay in a typically light novel kind of way – they are very shiny though.  Budget doesn’t seem to be all that high, but at least the action scenes were pretty interesting choreography wise.  Voice acting is a bit obnoxious – hate Yaya’s helium voice and Hiro Shimono isn’t making much of an effort with Raishin either.  Overall not a great episode, definitely dropped.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory

This felt really messy – like a bunch of disconnected scenes all strung together with no real destination in mind.  I know that this is a real problem with game adaptations – trying to condense multiple possible storylines into one cohesive narrative is really difficult, but BlazBlue didn’t feel like it was really trying to make things easy to access for those unfamiliar with the games.  The world and characters seem pretty standard but fairly interesting and I was entertained, but that was mainly because I was playing name that seiyuu – this has a really great cast!

Production is okay, nothing remarkable – did like the OP & ED and as I mentioned, stellar cast.  I’m just not excited enough about BlazBlue to keep it on though – maybe if I hear good things I’ll come back to it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2013 1:02 am

    I read the first 30 chapters of the manga for Machine Doll as well, and thought that just maybe the anime wouldn’t be terrible. Boy was that a mistake. That first episode was all kinds of awkward and bad, from the plot, to the animation, and things in-between.

    • October 10, 2013 7:08 pm

      Terrible episode – I was actually sort of amazed by how they managed to get so much wrong!

  2. October 10, 2013 9:46 pm

    Decided to drop Unbreakable Machine Doll in the end – other, forgiveable flaws aside, Yaya’s character would probably annoy me far too much in the long run.

    Agree that BlazBlue was a weirdly paced mess, a bit too much information for one episode, but it has more going for it than Machine Doll and Tokyo Ravens IMO. Might give it a second chance if any of the few series left this season that I haven’t watched turn out to be disappointing.

    • October 13, 2013 12:32 pm

      Out of that trio I’d be more inclined to give Tokyo Ravens another chance – but I did like BlazBlue’s cast so that could swing things for me!

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