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Broken Blade: Complete Collection (2005)

Souichiro Hoshi , Chiwa Saito , Tetsuro Amino , Nobuyoshi Habara  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Souichiro Hoshi, Chiwa Saito, Hideyuki Umezu, Emily Neves, Greg Ayres
  • Directors: Tetsuro Amino, Nobuyoshi Habara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0066O10AI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In Cruzon, children are born with the ability to control quartz. This power allows them to levitate simple objects-or control enormous and complex mobile battle suits called Golems. But when an ancient Golem is discovered during the height of a brutal war, a young king and his beautiful queen turn to Rygart Arrow. Though an "un-sorcerer", Rygart can miraculously pilot this ancient and powerful weapon. But in war, school friends can turn into bitter enemies and allies have suspicious motives. Strap yourself in, power up, and prepare for the heavy metal mecha action of Broken Blade!

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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By NC
Format:DVD
What you are looking at here is such an anime. Each episode is literally a movie itself. The series was not released all at once in Japan but over many months. Very similar in that respect to Katanagatari.

How I would categorize this show is a dirty mecha. Mechs are not overly glamorized or well fashioned. Combat is brutal and they are not like others where they stand there and take punishment while looking cool. People do die and often in gory ways. While the camera cuts away on most of them, it leaves enough to the imagination where you'd know it would hurt.

The storyline itself is about an invasion based on a need for Quartz. So, in other words, resources. But there is a lot of background to the plot that may slightly confuse you if you spend too long thinking about it. Resources isn't the only reason they are invading. Most of the answers are revealed during the course of the other films. A lot of bad blood has taken place between the nations and what makes it worse is that you have generations growing up believing lies and false history spread by the governments. You'll see this many times in the story.

However, you will get to see both sides in the conflict, but it does favor the defender's position. Each of the characters involved have their own tale and despite focusing on the defenders more, you will get to see some of the other side. Enough to find characters you like on both fronts. Many backgrounds interconnect in this way.

Overall, you'll find a great series here that gives mech combat more of a gritty feel. This series does have an ending, but it is open enough that you will hope they make more in the future. Which would be a blessing to the anime world if they made more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a mechwarriors dream come true June 25, 2012
Format:DVD
For anyone out their who wished their was a mechwarrior style movie out their look know further then this film collection. I really enjoyed this 6 part movie their is good story good charactor development the story starts with a boy named rygod he gets summoned by the king of his nation to pilot a new mecha that he uncovers but it also turns out that he and the king and queen are good friends. One thing i would like to say is that i'am so glad that hollywood is not the only choice for movie making. The japanese film industy and the indepentent film industies can also make really good films as well. through it seems that indie films have gotten more popular it would be nice to see more people give them a chance. Because they do not know what their missing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Blade DVD complete series June 1, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Epic anime for any mecha fan. has a good story line and awesome graphics. recommend for anyone who's an anime fan.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, ends... was that really the ending? May 21, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
For those who aren't in the know, this series of animated "films" (all of which, as Sentai Filmworks is doing their best to assure you, are included herein) is based upon an ongoing comic series which is probably going to wind up being "cancelled" before it can ever find its way to either an appropriate or satisfactory (what satisfies the critic rarely sits with the fan, and vice-versa) ending.

Just in case I didn't already scare you off with the title, this review itself essentially amounts to an unapologetic spoiling of Broken Blade's (non-)ending since I can easily imagine how one might feel cheated after purchasing this "complete collection" without fully understanding its nature. Then again, since this set has already dropped down to nearly half its MSRP a mere two months after release (that is as of 20120521) perhaps the only thing left for a perspective buyer to consider is whether or not you'll feel like you've wasted your time. Hopefully I can help you make that determination.

As a reader though not necessarily fan of the ridiculously slow-paced original manga, I had hoped that this series of films would capitalize on the potential I'd seen in the franchise by first heading in a different direction, and then ultimately wrapping up somewhere in the vicinity of the final installment's credits. On the first count I was almost satisfied since this adaptation is at least better than the mediocre manga, but as a result of nobody from the original author on up to the producers being willing to go in a completely different direction from that of the source material I knew my hopes would be dashed about halfway through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Look for Mecha, Same Tired Ballad September 26, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm not normally a "mecha fan," with the exception of Evangelion, Code Geass, and Gurren Lagann. I picked up Broken Blade because I thought the designs and battle animation looked promising. It's six episodes long, with each episode being longer than the norm (45 min).

***PROS***

MECH DESIGN/BATTLE ANIMATION
The mech's look great. They have a more realistic appearance than most: They're covered in dings and scrapes, and their movements give the welcome and much-needed impression of weight/gravity. The battles in the beginning are somewhat plain (focusing on familiarizing the audience with their projectile weapons, which fire steel spikes). But once they move on to close-quarters combat, the show starts to shine and flex some intensity. If you like long battles that don't start and end with a single attack, then this series is for you. These things take a beating, and the pilots must use strategy to achieve victory. The final boss battle consumes an entire episode. Thank you.

***CONS***

STORY
Everyone in this story uses a power called "magic" (I know, what a concept) to move all items considered technology, from toasters to robots. Our hero can't use magic (he's special), but at least they've unearthed an ancient mech that no one except our protagonist can use. He's reluctant to pilot it and doesn't want to fight in a war, as he's a pacifist at heart. Sound familiar? Because it's the base-level theme of every popular mecha anime. The goods news is they get that cliche out of the way in the first episode and MOVE ON. He pilots it and starts kicking ass, and the story changes gears. The politics and character motivations are simple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed it hope for sea 2
Published 11 days ago by donald dzubin
3.0 out of 5 stars too many gun shots
flimsy casing. okay show. too many gun shots. the whole show is just robots shooting guns. gets very frusterating
Published 29 days ago by iris
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Blade
I didn't see it on Youtube. But I am reading the Anime books on line. While the Dvd stop at finding Rygart younger brother.
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Published 4 months ago by rts8
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Hope any and all fans of anime enjoy this show it was wonderful and well worth every penny!! I recommend this to any and all anime fans!
Published 5 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Blade, a top notch anime
This anime shows battle scenes with mechs as they should be seen. The animation is not sharp but gritty and fast paced. Read more
Published 6 months ago by robert guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Six mini-movies that tell a great tale
A story of four friends (three vs. one) that reunite under a cloud of war. Overall a really great storyline with beautiful animation and great characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric Syler
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime was Good
its came in good condition with no problem it is an excellent anime and it was amazing to watch and see
Published 11 months ago by Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars what a terrible joke
how can someone justify charging $40 for 6 episodes of the most convoluted crap I have ever watched in my life. I consider myself a person who will give just about any anime a try. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Archaic Tears
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Blade
I don't know what to say or where to start. I am not a fan of mechi's as a rule but this one from start to finish was a ride that I did'nt want to get off of. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chief5598
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Mini-Series
Broken Blade is an engaging tale of epic warfare and its effect on the bonds of friendship, representing an excellent fusion of sci-fi/fantasy spread over 6 mini-movies and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Wiz
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