Oct 7, 2012

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Busou Shinki

What a great season so far. We may have had horrible pieces (see my previous review), but the rest is all just great. This anime, to me at least, is like a combination between Infinite Stratos IS and Chobits. They are truly similar in more ways than one. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t original, because it is. It just reminded me of those two shows.

The artwork is very interesting indeed. I would’ve changed one minor thing though; those small, robotic characters actually look a bit like robots. Their shoulders, arms and even legs have screws in them or whatnot. I think that’s a shame. I am well aware that they are indeed robots, but there’s nothing wrong with making them look a bit more human.

However, I just can’t seem to grasp the story. It’s a story about a war involving those tiny little robots? I don’t see how that’s even remotely exciting. Also, I don’t see how 6 inch robots can even remotely have any impact on everyday life.

Truthfully, the artwork is one of the best things about this show. The robots, little girls, all wear ecchi-type outfits, but their character design kind of ruins that. It’s just too obvious that they are robots, so that kind of limits the show’s sex appeal. I can only recommend this to sci-fi lovers.

Plot Summary: The slice-of-life battle story is set in a future that has neither World War III nor an alien invasion — just an ordinary future set after our current age. In this world, robots are part of everyday life, and they contribute in various aspects of society. “Shinki” are 15-centimeter-tall (about 6-inch-tall) cute partners made to assist humans. Equipped with intelligence and emotions, they devote themselves to serving their “Masters.”

These Shinki can even be equipped with weapons and armor to fight each other. Such Shinki are named “Busou Shinki” (literally, “armed divine princesses”). In particular, the Shinki Ann (Arnval), Aines (Altines), and Lene (Altlene) serve a high school freshman named Masato. Things change when a new Shinki, the bellicose Strarf, joins them.

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