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Broken Blade
Broken Blade.jpg
First English edition of Broken Blade as published by CMX
ブレイク ブレイド
(Bureiku Bureido)
Genre Action, Sci-fi, Mecha
Manga
Author Yunosuke Yoshinaga
Publisher Japan Flex Comix
English publisher Canada United States CMX
Demographic Shōnen
Original run April 10, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 7
Original video animation
Break Blade
Director Tetsuro Amino
Studio Production I.G, Xebec
Released 2010
Episodes 6
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Broken Blade (ブレイク ブレイド Bureiku Bureido ?, aka. "Break Blade") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yunosuke Yoshinaga. Flex Comix published the first tankōbon volume of the manga on April 10, 2007.[1] The manga is licensed in North America by CMX,[2] which released the first tankōbon volume of the manga on July 7, 2009[3] despite previously announcing the release date of the manga as June 23, 2009.[4] The manga is licensed in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing.[5] The manga is to be adapted into six 50 minute animated movies, each movie based on each of the six graphic novels.[6]

Contents

Plot Summary

The series is centered around Rygart Arrow, an "un-sorcerer" born into a world of people who can use magic. These people can make quartz do many things, but Rygart is one of the few exceptions; he cannot use quartz, making many aspects of life difficult for him. Yet despite this, at military school, he manages to become best friends with Hodr and Sigyn, the future King and Queen of the Krisna Kingdom and Zess, the younger brother of the Secretary of War of the Athens Federation.

Years later, Rygart is reunited with Hodr and Sigyn at the Capital city of Krisna where he learns the Athens Federation has just declare war to the Kingdom. But it is at the capital that Rygart learns that his un-sorcerer ability allows him to pilot an ancient, effective, mecha that cannot be piloted by magic users.

Rygart later learns that Zess is leading a mecha strike force to the capital which forces him to choose sides between Hort or Zess which will decide which side will win the war.

Characters

Kingdom of Krisna

Rygart Arrow (ライガット・アロー Raigatto Arō?)
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 174cm
Voiced by: Souichirou Hoshi
Rygart is the series' main protagonist at the age of 25. He was born an un-sorcerer, meaning that he can't use magic, unlike the majority of the world's population. Before he left to see Hodr, he worked on a farm with his brother who's also an un-sorcerer, because of this, his father sold all Quartz operated tools and worked with tools without Quartz. After his father took out loans, he was able to attend a military school where he befriended Zess, Hodr, and Sigyn where the four of them were known as "the four problem children of Assam's Military School", him being known as the "King of Make-up tests". He hates violence and believes he can win via his opponent tiring out before him. He later becomes the pilot of the Dirfringe, an ancient mecha designed for only an un-sorcerer's use as a Heavy Knight for Krisna. He originally joins the war to protect his brother and friends but later admits he's really fighting to protect Sigyn.
Sigyn Erster (シギュン・エルステル Shigyun Erusuteru?)
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 158cm
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
Sigyn is the 25 year old Queen of Krisna and Hodr's wife and a close friend of Rygart. They went to the same military school as him, where she was known as the "Mad Scientist" for secluding herself in the school's lab for 3 days and nights without eating or drinking. She pursues a career of science and cares deeply for her friends, to the point of pointing a gun at Rygart upon first seeing him to ask why he didn't show up at her wedding and confirm that he doesn't hate her. While she is the Queen, she rarely acts like one as she usually spends in the castle maintenance workshop tinkering with machines with the royal engineers. Even though she and Hodr are married, both of them are never seen sharing the same bed suggesting their union was an arrange marriage. It is later reveal Sigyn was in love with Rygart during their days in military school but Rygart purposely didn't hear her confession to him when he returned to take over his father's farm because he felt Sigyn deserved a better life with someone else. Even after being reunited and married, she still loves Rygart.
Hodr (ホズル (クリシュナ9世) Hozuru?)
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 193cm
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Hodr is 25 year old king of Krisna and Sigyn's husband. He befriended Rygart at the military school when he ditched class to help him save an owl after he spotted him from his classroom's window. He was known as the "Crown Prince" for staring at the sky and scoring failing grades. He doesn't want to be king, but tries to be a good leader and caring for his peoples' lives.
Narvi (ナルヴィ・ストライズ Naruvi Sutoraizu?)
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 165cm
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
Narvi is a 24 year old female Upper Class Heavy Knight from Krisna. She previously served under General Tool before being assigned to command her own squad.
Nair (ナイル・ストライズ Nairu Sutoraizu?)
  • Age: 25
Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi
Nair is Narvi's older brother and a First Class Heavy Knight.
Logen (ロギン・ジー・ガルフ・エンサンス Rogin Jī Garufu Ensansu?)
  • Age: 28
Voiced by: Tomoya Kawai
A 29 year old male Upper First Class Heavy Knight from Krisna who serves as a mech sniper.
General Baldr (バルド Barudo?)
Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara
A calm General and brilliant strategist of Krisna. He serves as a mentor to Rygart on becoming a soldier and is also his Commanding officer. He has a son named Girge but has since disown him due to the latter killing his fellow cadets during training without reason.
General True (トゥル Turu?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata
A hot-headed General of Krisna who always immediately runs into the battle without strategy much to the trouble of those under his command. Despite these flaws, he is well loved by the people of Krisna due to donating all of his money to the orphanage and even taking care of the orphans himself with two of those orphans being Narvi and Nair. He is killed at the end of Volume 4 when his forces were ambushed by the Athens Invasion Force.
Girge
A gifted mech pilot from Krisna and General Bard's son. He was formerly serving in prison for killing his fellow cadets without reason during training but when Krisna needed more skilled mech pilots for the war, he is pardoned and assigned to Narvi's squad to help the war effort. He is skilled in using a Katana with his Mech and takes the opportunity when given the chance to fight other skilled mechs whether they be comrade or foe. Due to his attitude and his past actions, General Bard has order his squad-mates to executed him should Girge tries to attack any of them.

Federation of Athens

Zess (ゼス Zesu?)
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 182cm
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Zess is 25 years old soldier of Athens. He met Rygart at military school, where he was called "straight-laced Zess". He was one of the best pilots and was the full of pride. He met Rygart when he was being bullied and not complaining or fighting back, scaring the bullies off and quickly befriended Rygart afterward. When he learns his nation plans to conquer Krisna, he leads a small commando strike force of mechs to the Krisna capital in order to make Hodr surrender quickly to spare his friends and their country from the wrath of the main Athens Invasion Army, unaware that the leaders of Athens wants the royal family executed. He is married and has a 2 year old daughter.
Cleo Saburafu (クレオ・サーブラフ Kureo Sāburafu?)
  • Age: 12
  • Height: 153cm
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Cleo is 12 years old mech pilot who looks like a teenager which her friend Lee makes fun of her for being extremely developed for her age. She's a quick learner, but despite this she is very clumsy and somewhat a slow thinker with other things. She states that her positive skills are cooking, laundry, and keeping watch without even getting tired. She and Lee graduated from military school after 2 years, when it ordinarily takes 6 years. Lee later commits suicide to prevent from being captured under the belief that the enemy are barbarians, but Cleo believes Rygart killed her and initially wanted to kill him. After this, she meets Rygart in battle and shows a surprising amount of skill contrary to how she was before, almost fighting off Rygart. She is defeated shortly after securing Zess's escape and taken prisoner, where she is treated very leniently and shares a room with Sigyn. She initially tries to escape by securing Sigyn's gun and tries to kill Rygart, but fails because the gun actually had no ammo. She befriends Sigyn and doesn't try to escape afterward.
Elekt (エレクト Erekuto?)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu
A soldier of Athens.
Lee (リィ Rii?)
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 161cm
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida
A soldier of Athens who detests Krisna for their ruthless acts during the previous war, though she seems unaware of Athen's own acts during it. Cleo and her went to the same Military School.
Argath (アルガス Arugasu?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata
A soldier of Athens.
General Borcuse
An infamous General from Athens. He may be seen as a loving father and good friend to his subordinates, but in reality is a cold and calculating man who does horrible things to win. He was formerly under house arrest for committing a war crime in the previous war, where he ordered the slaughter of innocent villagers and had his men use their mechs to dangle their dead bodies in front of their enemies, a tactic he favors since it causes both fear and a bait to his enemies. He was recently pardoned by the Athens government in order to lead the Athens Invasion force so that they may quickly defeat Krisna and take over the kingdom's quartz mines. He is also a skilled mech pilot and has five other skilled mech pilots who serve under him as his bodyguards and commanders of his troops.

References

  1. ^ "ブレイク ブレイド 1巻 Flex Comix" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4797341424/. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "CMX Confirms King of Debris, Lapis Lazuli Crown, Broken Blade (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-02-07. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-02-07/cmx-confirms-king-of-debris-lapis-lazuli-crown-broken-blade. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Broken Blade (GN 1)". Anime News Network. April 20, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/releases.php?id=14146. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Online Retailers List New Manga, Books in 2009 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2008-12-21. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-21/online-retailers-list-new-manga-books-in-2009. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "BREAK BLADE破刃之劍 1" (in Chinese). Tong Li Publishing. http://www.tongli.com.tw/BookDetail.aspx?Bd=BE0002001. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  6. ^ "Broken Blade Fantasy Robot Manga Gets Anime Green-Lit (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-07-07. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-07/broken-blade-manga-gets-anime-adaptation-green-lit. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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