Heavy Object – War has become a common thing, and you will find it in all ages. However, in the near future human conducting the new way of wars, utilizing a gigantic machine called Object. Biochemical, nuclear, and traditional weapons such as handgun, shotgun, riffle, and others won’t be enough to make you win in wars. Yeah… you will still be eliminated instantly by the Object.
Maybe you will think that Heavy Object is another mecha anime with cliche character. However, I think you have to try it once if you think that way. This show brings different atmosphere of mecha genre. It’s not only about huge robot vs robot, but you can see another battle between human vs human, and flesh-and-blood vs un-scratch huge machine called Object.
This Heavy Object review will include:
- What is Heavy Object anime?
- Heavy Object Concept
- Heavy Object anime review
You have to give it a try. And also I highly recommend it to everyone who love mecha. It can be also enjoyed by people who love sci-fi and military genres. I mean, you will love how the main characters solve the problem and find the unique way to win the wars, despite they don’t use robot or something.
Heavy Object Anime
Heavy Object is the Japanese action and mecha anime TV series produced by J.C.Staff studio and directed by Takashi Watanabe. The anime was broadcast on Tokyo MX and other channel between October 2, 2015 to March 25, 2016.
Heavy Object anime itself is based on the Japanese light novel written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Ryou Nagi of the same name –Heavy Object light novel–. The novel have been published by ASCII Media Works since 2009 and as of February 2017, there are 12 volumes have been released.
Three manga adaptation: Heavy Object illustrated by Shinsuke Inou; Heavy Object S and Heavy Object A illustrated by Sakae Saitou have also been published by the same publisher, ASCII Media Works from 2009 to 2011.
Madman Entertainment and Funimation have licensed the anime in Australia and North America respectively and released it in Blu-ray. The latest Blu-ray of Heavy Object was released on March 28, 2017 as a part two.
Heavy Object Concept
In the end, wars never went away. Every nook and cranny of the planet Earth had been developed. High-powered lasers lobbed shuttles into space with casual ease, and a certain segment of the powers-that-be now built vacation homes on the moon, but even in that day and age, man still hadn’t managed to eliminate the mechanism of conflict from their psyches. But there was something that changed. Even for them, intent on the worthless pursuit of killing one another, change came.
The super-large-scale weapon: the Object. Just the body of this new weapon alone measured over 50 meters in length and with its arrival, it completely overwrote the conventions of warfare that had existed up to that point. This weapon, which was first introduced by a certain island nation, took fire from the allied forces of fourteen nations.
Naturally, since then, Objects have become synonymous with war. Since the break down of the United Nations in the first half of the 21st century, various nations that had existed up to that point have collapsed or changed drastically, and the world became largely divided into four coalitions. But this division was as jumbled up as a broken stained glass window, and as a result of different powers sharing borders all over the world, small-scale local wars were breaking out constantly and repeatedly. Perhaps one could say that Objects were the ultimate warped product that were born of the needs of such a world.
And today, the fight for sovereignty on Earth between various nations are now determined by “clean wars” conducted by Objects.
Heavy Object Anime Review
In the near future, the enhancement of massive war machines called Objects have rendered traditional warfare and eve tactical nuclear weapons seemingly outdated. As a result, this military turbulence, all of the nations of the world have fractured into 4 coalitions which consistently wage war on each other: The “Legitimate Kingdom” which dedicated to tradition; The “Capitalist Enterprise” which values profit; The “Intelligence Union” which dedicated to knowledge; and The “Faith Organization” which values religion above everything else. Along with the awareness that only Objects can eliminate Objects, modern warfare is lessened to duels between Objects, which results in cleaner, shorter, and safer wars. However, this all changes when two normal soldiers from the Legitimate Kingdom named Qwenthur Barbotage and Havia Winchell, use their intelligence and ingenuity to demolish the “Water Strider”, an Object owned by Faith Organization all by themselves. Having proven that Objects made by man can also be defeated by man, Qwenthur and Havia are thrown into a new world of harrowing journeys and hazardous suicide missions, while together with Elite Melinda Brantini, an Object pilot named “Baby Magnum”.
The story is really complicated, especially when it comes to Object. They certainly went deep into the Object that from time to time I can’t even understand what people talking about. But I think it can be obvious considering it is sci-fi anime. But despite the story is complicated, somehow I can get it because I’m an adult. So, this show is not for a child. They will definitely say “what the hell you talking about?”
I really like the art style. The character designs, despite it’s a military and mecha anime, they look cute (Milinda Brantini) and cool. It’s not the best, because you can find those character designs in normal rom-com genre. But, it’s really uncommon to find those kind of character designs in military. The other strong aspect is in action scenes. It’s made by 3DCG but it looks so real, just look at the explosion! “die in fire”! It’s really masterpiece.
The other strong aspect of the show. The characters are unique and funny, you won’t find these kind of characters in every mecha anime everyday. Let’s say, Qwenthur and Havia. They are very intelligence, but have comedic side that make this show comes to life. Just like another hot blooded teenager, they also love women, I mean women with huge b00bs and they are not shy to express it. But still, they don’t cross the line. And there is a good character development here, we can see it clearly on the elite Millinda Brantini and the commanding officer Frolaytia Capistrano.
The opening and ending are great, I guess. Produced a really fit atmosphere to this anime. The background music also makes the story more alive, especially in the battle scenes. The seiyuu, they did a great job, especially Hanae Natsuki (Qwenthur) and Ishikawa Kaito (Havia). Their skill is a top notch!
Quite simply, if you like action and some humor, it will very likely fit your fancy. There’s no need to be a mecha fans. I’m personally not a mecha fans, but I still love it. However, just like I mentioned above, this anime is not for kid considering the story itself is really confusing.