Hello, everyone! Sirius here!
To start my blogging career for this year, I will be giving my thoughts about the anime, Unbreakable Machine Doll.
I watched this series a few weeks ago, and I can’t seem to stop thinking about the series. I mean, duh, with that kind of ending, the series needs a sequel.
(PS: I already made this review late last year. That means that I watched this series pretty much around October to November.)
The Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart was founded alongside the development of “Machinart,” machine magic capable of giving life and intelligence to mechanical dolls subsequently called as “automaton.” Its aim: train skilled puppeteers to control the automatons, as militaries across the globe have begun incorporating Machinart into their armies.
After miserably failing the academy’s entrance exams, Raishin Akabane and his humanoid automaton Yaya must defeat one of the top one hundred students to earn the right to take part in the Evening Party, a fight for supremacy between puppeteers using their automatons. The last one standing is bestowed the title of “Wiseman” and granted access to the powerful forbidden arts.
Thus, Raishin challenges Charlotte Belew and her automaton Sigmund to a duel, but before they even begin, Sigmund is attacked by other students. After saving his opponents from their assaulters, Raishin cancels the duel but is forced to search for a new way to gain access to the Party. Driven by the tragedies of his past, Raishin fights alongside Yaya to rise to the top and claim the title of Wiseman.
Before I watched this series, Unbreakable Machine Doll was heavily recommended by a friend of mine. I mean, he’s been telling me to watch it since….uuuhhhh… 2018? RIP, sorry for this late watch my friend.
Anyway, what are my thoughts about this series?
Well, first of all, I really enjoyed watching this series.
It had interesting and unique art and animation, and a very intriguing plot. I kinda wished I watched this sooner. Hahahahah.
As I am already talking about its looks, let me tell you how amazed I was by it. It wasn’t as outstanding as Violet Evergarden or My Hero Academia, it was more…in awe because it was my first time seeing that kind of art. The character designs look really like no other, and the animation was stable all throughout. I do admit that its visuals do become boring after binging it. Still, I like how everything looks.
As for the story, it focused on a “not-so-typical” main protagonist who’s clearly had one goal in mind, to seek revenge, at the same time, attracting a harem. Yep, this anime is full of action with a sprinkle of romance harem. Not that I am complaining. I love it, actually.
Other than the MC, each character that was introduced in the series all has its own intriguing plot that excites me to know more. As this series seemed to follow the typical “harem” kind of route, each arc features a female heroine. Through the arcs, we got to see and know more about the heroine while at the same time, getting to know more about the MC.
Unfortunately, the series is only 1 season and it never got a chance to fleshed them all out.
It wasn’t just the characters, the story had problems too.
I guess I am just disappointed with how the story flowed. It had a good start, it introduced the main characters well and we got enough gist to understand the world the characters are living in. We also see the main story unfolds. However, as the arcs continue to roll out, a lot of time was wasted on nonsensical moments. And this, bruh, affected the pacing of the series.
Because of this, not only the series felt like it was dragged, it also never got a proper conclusion as the last scenes were totally…bad. Rather than ending the series in a way that is open-ended, we actually got all of the girls fawning over the MC while making sure to tell the audience that the story is definitely not over yet.
I am a fan of ecchi harem, but if handled well, it would be really great, but the ending wasn’t consistent at all. Compared to the previous fanservice shown all over the series, the ending was full-blown, bruh. Maybe, because all of the girls are now present and were oh-so-ready to have the MC all for themselves, the ending became very very very generic.
Even with my negative points, I still liked the series.
I mean bruh, it’s rare to see an MC who’s quite aware of the feelings of the girls towards him. He’s just too kind and too focused on his goal that he either just lets them fawn over him or ignore their advances. I also love how we have a supporting character that is a male, that had a dynamic relationship with the MC. Their interactions were funny as hell, and I wouldn’t mind watching a series just all about the two guys. LOL.
Now, in my conclusion, I want to express how enjoyable yet frustrating this series was. It had a lot of potentials to be great, but I think this series was made to promote its Light novel instead. Because of this, I might check it out then. I really want to see the difference between the adaptation and its source material and I also want to see where the story would go after the happenings in the anime.
Oh man, another light novel to read.
First review of the year.
I was planning on posting something else as my first post of the year, but I decided to put this one up first. After all, I am widely known as an aniblogger over other stuff. Heh.
In the next couple of days, I will be posting a lot of different content, as I want to share more about my other interests. I do hope you guys would still check them out.
Okay, I won’t make this too long anymore.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.