Recaps for Buddy Complex

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Buddy Complex Episode 13 (Final): Not a bad ending

Oh wow. It was actually the same Hina who came to the future with Aoba? That was very surprising. So she’s actually been looping all of this time? That’s always a hard one to justify in the time travel sense, especially since the loop forward actually changes her age and because she goes into the same singularity as other people and comes out at different times. This show definitely gave me a lot to think about with regards to time travel. Hina’s just so hard to explain. Also, with regards to the breaking of the loop, I want to use a Madoka-esque explanation where constant time travel stabilizes Aoba’s waveform so that he can form the forced Coupling with the older Valiancers, which allow Dio to see the past. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work too well because Aoba isn’t the one looping. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 12: The final battle begins

It wouldn’t be a Sunrise mecha show if the enemies didn’t get some sort of giant laser to shoot in the final battle. Also, the brainwash might be more acceptable than anything else we’ve seen so far as a reason for Hina to turn traitor. I’m a bit skeptical about the results of the failed Coupling from last week, though. I guess Dio understands Aoba more now, but that brief conversation where Dio confirmed to the crew that Aoba was from the past was a bit awkward to me. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 11: This is why we can’t have nice things

Oh, so Zogilia actually manages to steal the Valiancers. Wasn’t totally expecting that. Hina’s father dies as expected, but that was quite an anticlimactic way to go. Also, Hina’s big secret is revealed. I almost thought the same thing as her when I first heard it. Maybe she’s actually the Hina that Aoba met somehow. But I find that highly unlikely after thinking about it. I also wondered whether she may be distantly related to Aoba as well, but it seems unlikely given the focus on their romance. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 10: Taking a break

Everyone gets a break from the battles this week. Dio gets his chance to reconcile with his father. That was fairly easy. Mayuka also gets to spend some quality time with Aoba. Poor girl. Aoba only has eyes for Hina. Not too much to discuss this week. There was the brief question of whether Aoba would want to stay in this time period, but it seems like he will based on what the other Hina said before disappearing. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 9: The power of friendship!

The power of friendship has broken the bounds of a the Coupling System! I’ve also been thinking about Hina’s eventual betrayal. I don’t expect Aoba’s simple sweet talking and devotion to be enough to turn someone away from their own country. I feel like the most powerful motivator for something like that is disgust. Either Hina is fully rejected by her country (which I think is a bit harsh because then she’s basically helpless) or something terrible will happen that will cause Hina to reject her country. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 8: So they didn’t capture her…

And so the doubt has been placed. Maybe now Hina won’t be so obsessed with trying to take down Aoba’s Valiancer in combat. It’s a pretty straightforward episode. I could probably go on a bit more about the whole hairpin thing, I guess. There isn’t all that much to analyze, but it displays my problems with a deterministic past. If the only reason Hina got the hairpin was because Aoba came back to the past, where did the hairpin originate? How was it created? That sort of thing. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 7: So that’s how they’re going to do it

Ah, I see. So they aren’t going to capture Hina. Aoba and Hina are just going to be stranded together for a bit. That should give them plenty of time to bond. I’ve been wondering how she will turn. It looks like the battle this week wasn’t as hard as it appeared to be last week. It’s interesting that Aoba has the ability to couple with anyone, but ruins waveforms. I wonder if this is meant to be some sort of artifact of the past that has disappeared in the years that Aoba has been missing. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 6: Demoted to cameraman

So it wasn’t a totally new pair like I suspected last week, so we’re stuck with Dio and Aoba. It looks like Aoba has a natural talent for coupling with others, whatever that means. Looks like we have some new characters. A new enemy who believes he has found the secret to beating the Coupling System and a new ally, Fromm, to troll Dio and distract all female members of the crew. I wish they’d go more into what coupling really is…it looks like people actually have to train in order to pair with others, so it’s not just an innate thing. Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 5: Some light hazing, I see

I guess Dio and Aoba are going to start being buddy-buddy pretty soon. That was kind of a foregone conclusion, though. Aoba seems to be integrating into the crew pretty nicely so far. But is his link to the past ever going to be relevant? Or was it just a mechanic to get him into the story? I’m still waiting for  him to meet someone from the past. That usually happens in these situations, right? Read More... //

Buddy Complex Episode 4: Is that High-Expectations Asian Father??

Well, I wonder if Dio managed to get over his problems with Aoba. They managed to pull off a Coupling, but surely he still has his doubts. That aside, this week’s episode seems to be a bit of a slow down. Nothing really interested me. The first half was spent solidifying Aoba’s resolve to fight by showing him that there was nothing left for him. The second half was re-establishing some sort of relationship with Dio. Read More... //