First Impressions: Unbreakable Machine-Doll

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Alternate titles: Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
Light Novel Adaptation by Lerche
Simulcast on Funimation

Premise: Raishin Akabane and his automation, Yaya, journey to Liverpool, England to enroll in the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machine Arts to study Machinart. Though their actual motives for joining the school aren’t quite as innocent…

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Timmy’s Verdict: Intriguing

Confession time: I like trains. So when your first scene is the protagonist and his perverted mechanized sidekick stopping a run away locomotive superman style you kind of have me hooked from the get go. As for the rest of the episode, I think a Fate universe comparison isn’t that out of line. It has a slightly similar feeling but with the legendary hero servants replaced with various forms of magical machines. The fighting itself was pretty cool despite the CG dragon looking awfully CG, and the animation in general seems good.

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I don’t really have any major complaints with Machine-Doll and if it keeps doing what it is doing it will turn out to be a decent enough show; the characters and their motivations are interesting enough for me to keep watching. Yaya’s perversion may be a bit over the top though and while it is funny now if they keep pushing it I could easily see the humor wear thin to the point of the viewer having the same reaction to it as Raishin. So far so good though and I look forward to seeing where the show goes.

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Lifesong’s Verdict: Battle Royal

And a moderately interesting one so far. I’m not a big fan of the CG and the flirtatious doll is likely to creep some people out, but I enjoyed this episode. It seems like a fairly basic revenge tale and reminds me a bit too much of Fate/Stay Night for it’s own good, but I willing to give it a chance to prove me it can be more than that.

5 thoughts on “First Impressions: Unbreakable Machine-Doll

  1. since you like trains, i’ve figured out its a LNWR No. 790 “Hardwicke” locomotive judging by its wheel arrangemets and the logo and the rest of it shape.

    • Heh, I was curious but my unfamiliarity with British locomotives meant I didn’t get very far researching it. Thanks.

      I also wondered if they based the scene on an actual runaway train headed for a terminus station but a search revealed nothing of that sort for Liverpool or even England. And the notorious Paris incident is probably happenstance.

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