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Buddy Complex is a 2014 anime series
studio Sunrise (Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Wing). The series is a
done in a similar style to that of the popular Gundam franchise.
show is based on an original manga by Hiroki Ohara.
The Buddy Complex series starts off with
year old Aoba Watase, who is attending high school, and living
ordinary life. Then one day a gigantic robot attacks from the sky and
becomes turned upside down. A female classmate named Hina Yumihara
informs him that
she's come from the future to save Aoba's life. Aoba quickly becomes a
a giant robot and must face another giant robot being led by a
out to take down Aoba. In just mere moments, Aoba is flung into the
the year 2088.
Once in the future, Aoba meets a giant robot pilot
Junyou Weinberg, who Hina had told him would be waiting for him right
was flung into a time portal in the sky. Much to the surprise of Aoba,
no idea who he is and neither does anyone else. He ends up in a group
soldiers fighting against the ruthless Zogilia Republic empire. Aoba
idea how to get home (and to his proper time). Soon he discovers that
who saved his life in the past, Hina Yumihara, is actually a soldier in
Republic of the future.
The war is on between the Free Pact Alliance and
Republic. Aoba helps the alliance and becomes an expert giant robot
pilot but he
also wants to talk to Hina and try and figure out what happened to him
past. The Hina he meets in the future has no idea who he even is. Aoba
figure out what happened to Hina (if she is the same Hina who rescued
figure out a way home while still helping to defeat the Zogilia
The series is written by BC Project staff. The
off with a fun and entertaining concept involving time travel and giant
The characters are interesting at the start (especially the lead
Aoba). Over the course of the series, the show became less interesting
Buddy Complex focused a lot on the concept
(which is the term used throughout the series to describe a pilot's
in piloting a giant robot and in working with other pilots for
optimum abilities). The series also changed gears somewhat and was more
on being a slice-of-life type sci-fi series in the middle of the run.
ending arc was convoluted and confusing as well and tossed the
involving the Zogilia Republic aside in favor of a different sci-fi
time-travel elements weren't well handled by the series writers.
The series music is composed by Tatsuya Kato. The
the series is energetic and intense. The themes used throughout the
effective and grand in scope. The music worked well throughout the
was well suited for a giant robot mecha anime.
The animation on the show was superb. This was
best aspect of the entire series. The Sunrise animators did terrific
the series and made the anime much more exciting with their impressive
designs and character designs. The art was fluid and often beautiful.
of animation quality, Buddy Complex is a terrific accomplishment by the
who were involved in producing the series.
The series is directed by Yasuhiro Tanabe. The
with a energetic vibe which made the series seem exciting and original
start. The pacing throughout the series was generally well handled as
Unfortunately, the series became less involving as the storyline became
convoluted. The quality of the directing was also disappointing towards
of the anime as it became heavily focused on action sequences and the
seemed less and less important.
Buddy Complex was a decently entertaining
some interesting moments. The animation was superb. The music fit the
remarkably well. It was the storytelling and direction which
which stopped it from being as impressive as it could have been. The
of the series seemed highly rushed and convoluted. The series didn't
sense by the end and the last episode is not a satisfying finale.
The 1080p MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1
widescreen encoded image is generally quite
strong. The presentation is reasonably impressive with good color
and overall detail. The animation does have occasional softness but
still a clear, solid, and impressive high-definition presentation.
banding is the only big drawback to an otherwise solid presentation.
The audio is presented in Dolby
TrueHD 2.0 Japanese. English subtitles
are provided. The series was not dubbed and no English dub option is
on the release. The audio clarity is quite strong. Dialogue
excellent. The music score by Tatsuya Kato sounds terrific. In
overall clarity and quality, this is an excellent lossless audio
style="">This release is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.
Includes Textless Opening/Closing Themes,
Videos, and Trailers for other Funimation releases.
Though the series has some merit as a
robot mecha anime, Buddy Complex suffers from weak storytelling
convoluted conclusion. The series time travel elements are confusing
finale is disappointing. The series is worth a rental for its beautiful
and entertaining action sequences but the end result is a somewhat
underwhelming and mediocre series with little replay value.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.