Unbreakable Machine-Doll Review – A fusion of Magic and Technology Applications

Unbreakable Machine-Doll AnimeUnbreakable Machine-Doll sets in the early 20th century in an alternate industrial-like world. Rather than developing cannons and gunpowder though, you can find an emergence of a power called Machinart – a combination technology and magic uses. The show can be a generic just like another automaton anime series yet perfectly executed and be pretty likeable for most of the viewers. It surely comes with some weak point here and there, for example in character, art, and even story. But I think none of those problems should stop you from watching the anime if you like action or a mild ecchi.

Every single episodes has some meaning to the story, it always has a lot of comical moments, but it knows how to change to action and more serious scenes quite nicely. The anime truly stood out to me, as it is fairly different from other anime, and it really is a blast to enjoy. I personally liked watching each character interact with each other along with all the story and progress.

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The anime sets up itself with arcs but only focuses on its story points with bit of emphasis on romance, friendship, or man other vital themes of morality. And several stories feels a tad rushed due to the episodes pacing as well. Ways to enjoy the anime is to perhaps focus on Raishin’s motives whether it’s his goal for vengeance or quest to turn into Wiseman.

Unbreakable Machine-Doll Anime


Unbreakable Machine-Doll Light Novel
The cover of the first volume of the light novel featuring the main female character, Yaya.

Unbreakable Machine-Doll, or also known as Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai or Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai in Japan is the Japanese action and fantasy anime TV series produced by Lerche studio and directed by Kinji Yoshimoto. The anime was broadcast on Tokyo MX and several networks in Japan starting from October 7 to December 23, 2013. 

Unbreakable Machine-Doll is based on the Japanese light novel series written by Reiji Kaitou and illustrated by Ruroo of the same name which was released since November 21, 2009. As March 2017, there are 15 volumes published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J imprint.

A manga adaptation based on the light novel by Hakaru Takagi began serialization in Monthly Comic Alive magazine since April 27, 2010. As March 2017, Media Factory released the manga into 9 tankoubon volumes.

The spin-off of manga adaptation written by the original writer Reiji Kaitou and illustrated by Misato Kadama also began serialization in Monthly Comic Gene magazine since April 15, 2013.

Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime series in North America and released the show on Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes between December 25, 2013, and May 28, 2014 which includes the 6 Original Video Animation episodes. The latest Blu-ray was released on February 21, 2017.

Unbreakable Machine-Doll Anime Review


Unbreakable Machine-Doll Blu-ray
Unbreakable Machine-Doll: Complete Series S.A.V.E.
(Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
released on February 21, 2017

Synopsis

In an alternate historical world of the united kingdom in the early 20th century, researchers have produced a mixture of sorcery and technology called Machinart, circuits created from spells that are put into dolls to bring them to life and give them artificial intelligence. These kind of Automatons were developed as a military weapon and spread across the world, the humans in control of them became identified as puppeteers.

A young puppeteer named Akabane Raishin comes from Japan to Liverpool to study at Walpurgis Royal Academy Machinart, together with his automaton Yaya. Once every four years, the Academy holds the competition called “Night Party” where puppeteers use their automatons to battle in hopes of getting the title of “Wiseman”. Raishin enters the school and the competition to take a vengeance on a mysterious genius who slain the other members of his family.

Story

The story is fairly attracting, and it constantly left me curious what would happen next, and it consistently stick to the main protagonist’s purpose where he, Raisin, fighting along side with his automaton partner, Yaya. There are definitely no filler episodes, as each of them has some sort of meaning or foreshadowing that led into next episodes. You will also find lots of action, and the battling scenes were perfectly done and portrayed Raishin’s skills very well.

Artwork

The artwork is excellent. The scenery appeared very nice along with character designs. The utilization of CG for this anime helped for smooth animation on almost everything, apart from certain action scenes. But I’m sure you won’t notice it, so I won’t tell which one.

Unbreakable Machine-Doll Artwork 2

Characters

All the characters appeared wonderful as well as had appealing personalities. Mostly of the things I did get from the story is enough background for each character to have them be unforgettable. The best character in the series in my opinion is Yaya, the comedic heroine.

Sounds

The sounds are wonderful in this anime. It brings it’s own effect for each character, and it provided the show and the character a really distinctive feel. Many times there would be parts in battles where there is minimal sound with a lot going on, but it is made up for with all fighting sounds in other battling scenes, together with regular sounds in just normal moments.

Overall (70/100)

This anime is well enough to watch and kill some time in the process, not exactly a work of genius, but certainly not a bad one to enjoy.

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