Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai ~ Review
“Badass girls and boys be badass!!”
So when it comes to action/fantasy based anime series, we usually think of something like this… “unconfident/weak protagonist discovers that he holds some secret power of some sort and gradually turns badass while still maintaining character”… of course, not all action/fantasy series are like this, but you get the general idea. Except this time, with this series, you’ll probably see the most confident and badass protagonist you’ve seen in a while.
Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (translated as Unbreakable Machine-Doll) revolves around Akabane Raishin and his Automaton Yaya. Raishin is a puppeteer; a form of magician who are known for controlling and using Automatons to fight and train. Pursuing the culprit who killed his sister, Raishin and Yaya enter Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts to become the Wiseman; the greatest puppeteer of them all. There, Raishin and Yaya face many friends and foes and ultimately, the one who Raishin believes to be the culprit he has been looking for.
The anime is action based, but also has plenty of fan-service to offer
The series contains 12 episodes and aired during the Fall 2013 Anime Season (October 2013 – December 2013). The series is based off the light novel series of the same name written by Kaitou Reiji and illustrated Ruroo. The series is animated by Studio Lerche, who are a farily new production company who animated such series like Persona 4, Danganronpa and Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita.
The series contains a list faily known and popular voice actors and actresses including Shimono Hiro who voices Akabane Raishin (and is also known as the voices of Yoshii Akihisa from Baka to Test to Shoukanjyuu and Katsuragi Keima from The World God Only Knows trilogy), Harada Hitomi who voices Yaya (and is also known as the voices of Himeji Mizuki from Baka to Test to Shoukanjyuu and Asuka from Senran Kagura) and Takamoto Megumi who voices Charlotte (and is also known as the voices of Unyuu Mimori from Sket Dance and Jinno Kaoruko from Oniichan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!).
The series was quite interesting and enjoyable because although the anime was action centered, it used quite a bit of fan-service elements to “soften the blow”; the main protagonist being a confident protagonist (unlike a lot of other harem/ecchi anime protagonists) also added to the enjoyment factor. Although this anime was good, there was something that was missing… I can’t really say what it was but I wasn’t 100% satisfied when the series ended. Maybe a season 2 can cover up what was lacking in the first season, but either way I think this anime is worth having a go at.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 6.5/10