Broken Blade Movie 3: Scars from an Assassin’s Blade, Mecha Porn

CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR MOVIES 1 AND 2

I just have to reiterate that if you like mecha and you haven’t been watching Broken Blade, shame on you! I’m pretty much anxious all the time waiting for these movies to come out. This film marks the halfway point for the series giving it an important climatic and possibly game-changing role. Even though most of this movie is combat, pieces are still being moved into place.

Broken Blade movie three is the end of the beginning. Athens is ready to escalate their campaign against Krisna and are preparing to finally deploy a majority of their forces to the war.  This movie is the last of the small-scale skirmishes before full-fledged war breaks out. After this the dynamic of the battles will be on a whole new level. Guerrilla warfare will give way to armies clashing as part of an all out war of conquest. But there has to be one last clash between the current players and that battle may pan out in ways the audience does not expect. 

This movie is basically one fight. A very good, exciting, intense fight, but basically a 35-minute fight out of the film’s total 45-minute run time. However, with a long series like this sometimes that is not only exactly what you want, but it is necessary. And wow did they make it worth every second. I was on the edge of my seat thanks to the to excellent choreography. It was able to surprise me and I even uttered an audible gasp as its peak moment. Throughout all this the movie was able to convey personality, too, making it more than just cool-looking. Plot is not lost here, we finally meet some characters that we’d only heard about, a major character’s fate is left hanging, a new plan goes into action, and of course we continue to contemplate just when the king will die.

Zess is running out of time. If he cannot capture the royal family of Krisna soon then Athens main army will be deployed in order to crush the kingdom. But Rygart has finally committed himself to the fight and this means they will surely cross path again. What will be the result of this first real life or death clash between old friends? Who will survive?

Emotions are already running high when this film begins as Rygart is still coping with the reality of killing people or at least feeling responsible for their deaths though of course I couldn’t be happier to not being seeing Lee again. But things start to click in place for him in this film, and a bit of a darkness creeps in if only for a moment. Zess and his team are still a bit of an enigma though we do see a bit more of Zess’s dealings. Cloe has a major role to play in this movie and looks to be around in the foreseeable future, if for nothing else to dispense pseudo-lesbian fan-service. Despite how lame I find her, the combat scenes were really awe-inspiring. I found the back story of the owl amusing and his scenes with Rygart are the only comic relief this time around.

The battle between Zess and Rygart has a distinctly Char vs. Amuro feel. Rygart is the reluctant pilot in the vastly superior suit with several tricks up its sleeve but still a pilot with little real combat experience. Zess is out matched technologically but has the skills of a virtuoso veteran warrior. Zess also has a team of well-trained soldiers backing him up. While his subordinates might not be as skilled as Zess they give him an even greater advantage over the solo Rygart. It is a good back and forth battle with both sides being nicely balanced. Also the Delphine is an interesting mecha in the fact that it has no permanent outer layer so it is more of a super heavy fighter in this movie after Sigyn outfits it with massive red armor. This lets them vary how Rygart fights from movie to movie (and helps them sell more model kits.) And speaking of Sigyn they seem to have remembered the male mecha fans as we get another fan service scene like we did in the first movie. They just love to strip Sigyn whenever they have an excuse. It is hardly the focus of the show but they do like to throw it in there. I’m not complaining. I am just mentioning it is there.

This movie flew by in an instant, I was completely engrossed so when those credits rolled it threw me. Though this might have also been the not polished stopping point for the film. But one thing is for sure, they have made me even more excited for the next installment. Bravo Broken Blade for continuing to be a bright spot for mecha anime!

For everyone who thought the first two movies were too much talking and setup up this was the big slam-bang conclusion to the first part of the story. But it is not all robot porn. We get some more insights into our principle players and get introduce to some new characters that will take the stage for the next part of the story. I can’t wait to see what part 4 has to offer us. Thankfully it should be out by the time this review goes up so I expect will have a review of that shortly.

6 thoughts on “Broken Blade Movie 3: Scars from an Assassin’s Blade, Mecha Porn

  1. Lothos says:

    I actually watched all 3 movies over the weekend and agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of the series so far. I wasn’t aware that I’d actually read some of the manga awhile back until I began watching the movies. So chalk me up as another fan eagerly awaiting the 4th movie to be released.

    • reversethieves says:

      If you go to our normal friends who give us completely legitimate copies that no way infringe on copyrights or sales you will find that 4th movie is already out. I am waiting for Narutaki to get back from vacation so we can watch it together. Apparently the 3rd and movie movies were too long to make one movie but short enough that they could be made this close together.

      Glad we were able to hook you on this little anime series.

      – Hisui

    • reversethieves says:

      Sadly this is not the case. On of the reasons we are doing individual reviews of the movies is in hopes of having there series gain a bit more popularity in the US (and perhaps in English speaking couturiers to a lesser extent.) Maybe then you will be able to watch it in its proper legal form.

      – Hisui

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