Buddy Complex // First Impressions

Screenshot - 1_21_2014 , 11_36_11 AMSomething about this anime’s title just irks me. Complex, as you know, usually means a fetish and/or obsession for something, i.e.: lolicon is short for lolita complex, which is an fetish/obsession for little girls. You kinda get the idea. This begs the question: What is a Buddy Complex? I hope that doesn’t mean what I think it does…

Buddy Complex is a Sunrise original. The story follows Aoba Watase, an ordinary high school student who gets a rude awakening when a mecha pilot arrives from the near future to kill him. However, he’s saved by Hina Yumihara, a girl in his class who is also a mecha pilot from the same future as Aoba’s assailant. As they travel back to her future, Hina leaves a message to Aoba: “Dio is waiting.” As he awakens, he finds himself in a mecha meant for Dio to pilot, but is able to activate it anyway.

Wow, Sunrise. You’re just about to be on track to make the most silliest mecha show since Valvrave. Only this could qualify as Gundam meets Terminator. Really, you can take a swig on how many mecha cliches are in the first episode alone. But it’s not like cliches are bad. If done right, you could have something that’s actually kinda enjoyable. But if done wrong, you’ll have a big mess on your hands. I still don’t like that title, though…

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