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OP Sequence


「出会い」 (Deai)

Sunrise is back with their specialty in Buddy Complex and Christmas comes early for fans of the mecha genre this year. The story this time focuses on high school student Watase Aoba (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu)—your prototypical normal student with some great chemistry with the gal next to him. It’s just too bad someone from the future wants him dead with a passion, and what was a normal day quickly becomes anything but. I guess it’s a good thing he can’t aim (though Aoba has some great evasion skills), or else this would’ve been a pretty short story.

Buddy Complex’s first episode ultimately ends pretty straight forward, and it was mostly what we expected from a Sunrise original mecha series. In particular, a lot of the premise, designs, and the OP/ED sequences are reminiscent of past Gundam series, especially that of Gundam Seed. Whether that ends up being a good or a bad thing is still to be determined, but at the very least, the time traveling hijinks were promising. I can’t remember the last time Sunrise mixed in a bit of that with their mecha series, and this addition comes as a nice surprise to what was otherwise a pretty generic start. At the same time however, it’s the time traveling does brings more questions than it does answers, and one does hope that they do address some of them before it’s all said and done. Specifically, how Watase ends up within a suit that clearly wasn’t the one he traveled to the future with, and why (and how) Yumihara disappears midway through their portal warp.

For now though, it’s a solid start. It comes with some irony that the shows that meet your expectations typically give you less to talk about, and it was the case here. From a personal standpoint, I enjoyed this introductory episode as a mecha fan, but it’s admittedly nothing too amazing at the moment. How they pull off the main plot (and time-travel part of the story especially) will go a long way towards determining whether it does elevate itself to a higher tier, but even if it doesn’t, it’s likely to be a worthwhile watch for fans of the genre.

This is Sunrise doing their specialty after all, and their association with this series means you can expect a measure of quality from this show. This means high production values in terms of animation and sound, and both have already made their presence known this first episode. Sharp, clear cut animation was present throughout (how bout those basketball scenes?), and the now well known Kato Tatsuya already gave us a glimpse of how potentially epic the soundtrack could be by giving us a few battle themes right off the bat. Last but not least, it has to be noted that we seem to have only hit the tip of the iceberg cast-wise too, which bodes well considering how they pulled off the whole Hina x Aoba natural chemistry thing. It is too bad that Hina doesn’t look like she’ll play a part for a little bit (at least, it wouldn’t be the Hina as we knew her), but his impending “coupling” with Dio looks like it could end up worth watching for the potential ass-kicking it presents.

Looking forward, it’ll be interesting to see how much time they end up giving this series to develop. I’d like to say it looks like it’ll be a two-cour, but things did move fast enough in this introductory episode that it could very well be a one cour. Needless to say, the former would be better than the latter, but… stranger things have happened. We’ll see. All we do know right now is that Dio’s waiting for you, and it’s probably best not to keep him waiting too long.

Author’s Note: Buddy Complex is not scheduled to be covered at this time. If this changes, you’ll see an update in the schedule sometime in the next week or two.


ED Sequence

ED: 「あの空に還る未来で」 (Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de) by ChouCho


End Card

January 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm
  • January 5, 2014 at 6:01 pmrandomstroller


  • January 5, 2014 at 6:06 pmjustin

    Noooooooooo Yumihara!!!

    wait, it’s only episode 1 and im already crying ??

    • January 11, 2014 at 2:13 ampahlavi5312

      Will this anime bring feels? Yumihara disappearing at episode 1 made me reminisce about Gundam 00.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:08 pmPancakes

    Besides the fact there is nothing new we haven’t seen here in a mecha series before (besides time travel), it’s actually off to a good start. Better than Kakumeiki Valvrave, focus is more upon action than story from what I can tell. If the next few episodes give us some plot to go along with the action then we can expect a pretty good mecha anime to accompany the winter season.

    Based upon the speed of the first episode I’m expecting a one cour, but don’t hold me to that, stranger things have happened in anime before.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:10 pmTheMoondoggie

    “I wanted to post that.jpg”

    Anyway this show is the new Sunrise mecha huh? The first episode feels kinda bland, empty. Empty as in when the mechs were crushing the buildings/shooting at it, I was expecting some of the students inside getting hurt. But there were no people inside.

    I feel it’s a bit empty when there are no people getting hurt during a mecha fight.

    Sad to say the whole premise is laced with what seems to be yaoi teasing.

    I’ll give this 3 episodes. If it fails to get me interested, I’ll drop it.

    • January 5, 2014 at 7:56 pmKaleRylan

      Yeah, I’m a little concerned about the rather heavy Yaoi teasing. Yaoi is just not for me. I mean, to each their own, but I don’t enjoy watching it. Plus, it’d be nice to see a show built on a friendship rather than a romance for once. Anime tends to not focus on friendships that much.

      Also, Hina had great chemistry, which would be a waste not to follow up on at some point.

      • January 5, 2014 at 8:44 pmTheMoondoggie

        Yaoi isn’t bad unless it’s heavy and would sometimes be the focus.

    • January 5, 2014 at 9:59 pmx

      Well, it’s titled “Buddy Complex”. There were the “brocons”, the “siscons”, now you have the “buddycons”. I suppose after the “Buddy Complex” they could make “Rival Complex”, “Villain Complex”, … etc.

      • January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pmPancakes

        Rival-kun maybe? No idea, for some reason I am now imagining Toshino Kyoko from Yuru Yuri starring in a total serious business Mirakurun anime with Chinatsu as the evil witch and Akari providing the comic relief. Or maybe I’m just sad knowing we’re still missing a third season of that awesome, ridiculous, moe-filled, jacked-up, hyper-as-f*ck yuri show.

      • January 6, 2014 at 5:06 amewok40k

        Heh, Rival-kun: “I will make you wear clothes as embarrasing as mine!” – Best Villain Threat Ever!

    • January 5, 2014 at 10:13 pminfo600

      Agreed on the 3-ep test, the action is nice and all, but the plot…what is supposed to be happening in the future that Aoba has jumped into?

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:15 pmberrish17

    Yes, 1st episode :)
    great OP/ED!! Sunrise <3

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:18 pmKnowngni

    So it looks like the Yumi is originally on the enemy side from the OP clips

    • January 5, 2014 at 6:26 pmZephyr

      Indeed. The reaction from our unnamed, Watase obsessed pilot seems to have supported that too. Some priceless reactions there.

      • January 5, 2014 at 7:58 pmKaleRylan

        Yeah, I think the killer is that green-haired guy in the OP. He’s got the same color eyes. And they seem to be wearing the same uniform.

        Plus her robot looked more similar to the bad guy than the various good guy bots we’ve seen so far, but given the random designs, that’s neither here nor there.

      • January 11, 2014 at 1:11 pmlaaa

        hmmm they gave it away way too much

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:24 pmsadakups

    Now, that’s a ship that sunk even before it left port.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:24 pmdeVaras

    I foresee many yaoi doujins being made from this series. Fair first ep, will give it a few to see how it goes.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:28 pmswordhack4

    Yup. I’m already loving this. (Maybe I’m just a hardcore shipper but I smiled everytime Aoba and Yumihara had a moment. Especially when she told him to put faith in her and when he did she blushed and said “You’re quick to put faith in people.” XD)

    Aoba is already epic with his ball skills, Yumihara with her mecha skills, Dio with his badass skills. Solid start indeed.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:30 pmCroos

    Did you feel it! The same sensation when you played THAT GAME. When the last scene where he got transported! SO GOING TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS!!

    Dio is waiting for you

    Nice Coupling

    I feel that Sunrise has been putting a lot of gay innuendo this days in their anime. No offense intended.

    • January 5, 2014 at 8:37 pmTheMoondoggie

      Valvrave is the only thing I can think of that has even the slightest gay that has been done recently by Sunrise before this. Love Live, Gundam Build Fighters are all safe.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:35 pmWanderer

    Great, so the show loses the girl in the very first episode? I’ll pass on this one.

    • January 5, 2014 at 8:00 pmKaleRylan

      It’s a time loop. She’s still there in the future. It’s just not clear how long before we see her. Given her prominence in the promo pics, videos, and OP, I would assume not that long.

    • January 5, 2014 at 8:40 pmTheMoondoggie

      We’ll probably see her again. The show will loop back to that scene where the MC first traveled through time and we’ll get to know what happened to her.

      Yeah I believe she ain’t dead yet.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:57 amIzaak

      There were several clues throughout the episode. The girl acted like she knew Aoba already, so did the masked guy, and finally she mentions meeting Dio. Which obviously Aoba hasn’t done yet, which leaves only one answer:
      Future (Future) > Past > Future (Past)

      This is similar to the Ifureeta thing in El Hazard. Basically, the girl comes from a future she’d already met the main character. She went back into the past and sent the MC to the future, but in that part they haven’t met yet. The rest of the story is how the two meet, and what starts the loop in the first place.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:35 pmzztop

    Come with me if you want to live John Connor Watase Aoba!

    • January 5, 2014 at 8:01 pmKaleRylan

      I know right? That’s exactly what I was thinking the whole time.

  • January 5, 2014 at 7:20 pmFlavorOfEvil

    • January 6, 2014 at 3:58 amZephyr


  • January 5, 2014 at 7:37 pmVsAllGaming

    Definitely gonna continue watching this anime.
    Hopefully we will somehow see Yumihara again very soon in the future >< I love her xD

  • January 5, 2014 at 8:05 pmoliviaven

    Go Sunrise! You can do it!

  • January 5, 2014 at 8:09 pmaoeu

    The Gundam That Leapt Through Time…

    • January 5, 2014 at 8:42 pmTheMoondoggie

      IKR? Time-travel hijinks again.

  • January 5, 2014 at 8:34 pmSDFGS

    -_- its not so much that their eyes were big (cause Haruto from Valvrave had huge eyes and they looked normal) but the fact that they all had Moe eyes 0_o. But I’m not going to judge the merit of this series just on character design so I’ll watch it.

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:14 ampaulrenzo

    Prediction: ending is that the girl goes back in time to meet the guy. Episode 1 occurs all over again afterwards

  • January 6, 2014 at 1:53 amHasta La Vista Baby

    Much time travel. Very terminator.

  • January 6, 2014 at 2:04 amCatsrofl

    First impressions weren’t the best here for me. Most of this felt kinda rushed. Atleast its production values are good as expected by sunrise. Oh well, 3 episode rule I guess.

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:43 amJackpot2121

    Where did the End Card come from, cause I certainly didn’t see it after watching the first episode?

    On an unrelated note, I thought the series was off to a good start. Aoba’s character is a nice change from Haruto’s, being more happy-go-lucky and upbeat then acting as a follower who’s easy to anger.

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:50 amsoramiu

    Thought I saw a girl in a wheelchair in the op. Reminds me of CG’s Nunnally. First episode was alright, but this still pales to VALVRAVE and its over-the-top antics.

  • January 6, 2014 at 9:39 amvane

    After the disappointing end of Kakumeiki Valvrave, I’m afraid to start watching it, enjoy it and be disappointed again

  • January 6, 2014 at 12:34 pmTre

    The hair clip is the key to Steins Gate.

  • January 6, 2014 at 2:01 pmThunder

    I thought that the time travel element did make it a little more interesting than the standard Sunrise fair.

    But seriously, how bad is this antagonist pilot? He can’t kill a clueless, unarmed kid with a Gundam-sized mech? Was this supposed to be comical?

    They should have been playing the Benny Hill theme during the chase.

  • January 6, 2014 at 2:58 pmActus

    Is it just me or does the protagonist’s eyes looks like a frog’s?

  • January 6, 2014 at 3:29 pmDiyedas

    Hmm, so time travelling with mechas, that is just up my alley, I’m excited to see where this goes.

    Aoba seems like a good protagonist albeit a little plain at the moment. I did really like his chemistry with Yumihira. She seems hot and badass. Although if they weren’t in a mecha her line about watching him would come off really stalkerish. XD

    I can’t help feeling that Aoba looks like he belongs in card game or dueling anime. He’d fit right along the Digimon protagonists, all he’d need is goggles.

  • January 6, 2014 at 6:16 pmHorrible Title, Amazing plot

    Only the first episode yet so interesting, unexpected…

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:25 pmWhat if

    What if Dio was the one who went back in time to kill aoba… =/
    (although their eye colors are different)

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pmZephyr


    • January 6, 2014 at 7:50 pmCroos


      This anime is reminding me of DUEL! Parallel Trouble Adventures

    • January 8, 2014 at 12:38 amPulsewave

      No, I don’t think so. Show Spoiler ▼

      So, I think it’s pretty much what Croos said, “Nope”.

    • January 31, 2014 at 2:12 amSetsunah

      It wasn’t Dio. I know who that is but I don’t want to spoil.

  • January 7, 2014 at 3:02 amRed HeartGold ZX

    And… Just like in Valvrave, main girl ‘dies’ in Episode 1 and ends up alive afterwards :3

    • January 8, 2014 at 5:59 am^_^

      Shoko, main girl? lolz

  • January 7, 2014 at 6:15 amraijinoh2002

    Looking at the opening sequence, we can expect to see Twin Bird Strike Yaoi version :p

  • January 7, 2014 at 6:45 amMagoiichi

    Oh shit, Dio is waiting for Aoba, MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!!! I feel scared for Aoba, where’s Jojo when you need him? >.<

  • January 8, 2014 at 8:30 amTopboy

    Never afraid of Sunrise!
    It’s always come with questions and more questions than answers for every episodes show.
    After GC and VV it’s understandable why you don’t cover Sunrise anime anymore.
    Still,I wish this anime to cover.Just give Sunrise one last chance,please.

  • January 25, 2014 at 12:53 amNina

    More buddy complex :33333

  • January 25, 2014 at 10:00 amFroboi

    After watching Episode 2 and 3, this is definitely a show to be covered this season. Even I want to review this show now! lol.

  • February 10, 2014 at 8:35 amGermanguy

    I just Saw Episode 6:

    Well, they are to much on the “SuperHero” side of this Aoba

    As if he dont have any Weak Spots when he is in Copling Mode..

    Well, is this Show more then 13+ Episode long? Because they let their Time with the Story Progression…

    • February 10, 2014 at 8:36 amGermanguy

      Oh i forgotten. Looks like the “Red Shirt” Person joined them.. Why? Because he not appears in the OP…

  • February 17, 2014 at 3:50 pmNina

    Love this anime :3

  • February 18, 2014 at 9:22 amGermanguy

    Ep 7:

    The Yin and Yan of Aoba, is good now. Now he is not to much on the “SuperHero” Side. The Double Edge Sword, i love this Explanation

    • February 18, 2014 at 9:24 amGermanguy

      but… i get a feeling, that Aoba will jump into a Past.. No not his Past, some other Past.. Dont want to spoil to much.. standard Waveform…

    • February 18, 2014 at 10:29 amJ_the_Man

      Explain to me the whole double-edged sword thing please. I don’t understand it. Aoba’s wavelength perfectly matches the wavelength required to couple… But if someone couples with Aoba, their wavelengths deviates from the one required to couple with anyone?

      • February 18, 2014 at 11:13 amGermanguy

        Why should i explain a thing, that was told and explained in the Episode? You only need to watch it yourself, to understand. All other would be spoiling the “have not seen Episode 7″ Fans here

      • February 18, 2014 at 11:16 amGermanguy

        Someone that couples with Aoba, will lose the ability to couple with others. He/she will be only able to couple with Aobe in the future

        i spoiled it. Gome ne, mina-san

      • February 18, 2014 at 11:49 amJ_the_Man

        I did watch it. Just didn’t completely understand it all.

      • February 18, 2014 at 12:32 pmGermanguy

        If Dio continue to coupling with Aoba, Dio will only be able to couple with him, and lose the ability to coupling with others of the school

      • March 31, 2014 at 12:56 pmActus

        This will be an answer to an old question I suppose.

        Aoba is able to supposedly pair with everyone because he has the standard brain wave pattern. (let’s say an arbitrary number of 5) This is also, coincidentally, the ideal pattern to operate the machine.

        When two people pair up, I would suppose they would only be compatible if one is ‘above’ the pattern and the other is ‘below’ the pattern. Thus on a number scale, they would only be able to pair up if one has 7 and the other had 3 for example. The closer it gets to 5, the better the pairing. This also means that when two people with a high deviation from the standard (e.g. 7 and 3) pair up, the deviation from both ways is 2, giving a resulting value of 5. But if Aoba pairs with someone else, the deviation would be between 5 and a number such as 7 or 3. The result woudl be close to 5 so as to allow the operation of the system, but this would render one number closer to the other.

        Placed in the other context, it would mean that a deviated value of 4 (between 5 and 3) would be paired with the original 7, yielding 5-6. This is results in a deviation, rendering them less and less able to pilot with anyone other than Aoba.

  • February 18, 2014 at 10:30 amJ_the_Man

    This show is definitely flying way under the radar. The first episode was so stale and bland, but after that it’s been fabulous as Mechas can get.

    • February 18, 2014 at 11:14 amGermanguy

      Mecha action is good. But this Aoba, shows the Present “High Ace” Pilots, that a Men from the Past is even Higher, and without any training…

      That is this “Superhero” that made him to strong

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:49 amGermanguy

    ep 09:

    Even if this Coupling System is Superhero Powers, Dio is doing it all right. he is giving Aoba the Human side of his “Superhero of the Past”.

    In short, Dio is taking Aoba from the Superhero Cloud slowly back down to earth

    Naruto Guy’s Thumb Up from me, with Smile. Your doing it right

    • March 3, 2014 at 9:54 amGermanguy

      btw, i know now that this coupling system dont have a timer. He checks the Mind of the users, and shutdown if they gets exhausted.. So if the users hold it out, they can expand the time… Nice

      (that was the message of Episode 09)… But seriously, an entire Episode for 1 message.. last time it was, that the Present Hina is not the Hina from Aoba’s past (well even i know it from the first encounter.. Aoba is a slowpoke)

      The Hina from Aoba’s past, is the Hina in the future.. So She will become Aoba’s friend.. Time loops, i love them

      • March 3, 2014 at 9:56 amGermanguy

        but then, how give her the hairpin in the first place? somewhere it must have come from… or you creating a time Paradox

  • March 10, 2014 at 10:43 amGermanguy

    Ep: 10

    I want only to Speculate about the Last Minutes (well more Seconds)

    Dou you go there and let Hina and Aoba perform Coupling? .. i think i can see that :)

    Because Aoba can coupling with anyone…

    And we still need to see the “New Mechas” from Episode 1. So Hahn was looking to this new ones, in the Background.. Well so much for Secrets, unfold from you self

    • March 10, 2014 at 10:46 amGermanguy

      If both do the coupling, then we get the Hina that Aoba known in his Timeframe..

  • March 31, 2014 at 11:24 amGermanguy

    Episode 13 (End):

    …to be continued

    there will be a 2nd Season


    • March 31, 2014 at 1:09 pmGermanguy

      .. and “Darth Vader” is born

  • April 8, 2014 at 7:27 amWhat is the coupling theme?

    Anyone knows the insert song name which sounds like Two steps from hell – heart of courage?