Buddy Complex

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Buddy Complex
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Promotional image of the Buddy Complex anime.
バディ・コンプレックス
(Badi Konpurekkusu)
GenreAction, Mecha, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byYasuhiro Tanabe
Written byBC project
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, TVA, ytv, BS11
Original runJanuary 5, 2014March 30, 2014
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Illustrated byHiroki Obara
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runJanuary 27, 2014 – ongoing
Manga
Buddy Complex: Coupling of Battlefield
Illustrated bySakae Saito
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Maoh
Original runJanuary 27, 2014 – ongoing
Game
Buddy Complex: Coupling of Battlefield
PublisherBandai Namco Games
GenreRPG
PlatformiOS, Android
ReleasedMarch 7, 2014
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Buddy Complex
Buddy Complex Promotional Image.png
Promotional image of the Buddy Complex anime.
バディ・コンプレックス
(Badi Konpurekkusu)
GenreAction, Mecha, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byYasuhiro Tanabe
Written byBC project
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
NetworkTokyo MX, TVA, ytv, BS11
Original runJanuary 5, 2014March 30, 2014
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Illustrated byHiroki Obara
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runJanuary 27, 2014 – ongoing
Manga
Buddy Complex: Coupling of Battlefield
Illustrated bySakae Saito
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Maoh
Original runJanuary 27, 2014 – ongoing
Game
Buddy Complex: Coupling of Battlefield
PublisherBandai Namco Games
GenreRPG
PlatformiOS, Android
ReleasedMarch 7, 2014
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Buddy Complex (バディ・コンプレックス Badi Konpurekkusu?) is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Sunrise. The series aired between January 5, 2014 and March 30, 2014. The first episode was pre-aired on December 29, 2013. A manga adaptation began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh from January 27, 2014.

Plot[edit]

Buddy Complex revolves around the main character, Aoba Watase, an ordinary high school boy. He lived an average, everyday life commuting to high school in the city. On the first day back after summer break, Aoba is attacked by a giant robot that appears out of the sky. As he's pursued through the city, his classmate Hina Yumihara appears in a giant robot of her own. She rescues him, and tells him cryptically that "Dio is waiting," before she sends Aoba into the future and then disappears. When Aoba wakes up, he finds himself over seventy years into the future, where the Free Pact Alliance and the Zogilia Republic are at war with each other and there he meets young pilot named Dio Weinberg. This begins Aoba's new life as the pilot of the Free Pact Alliance together with Dio, they would change the fate of the world.[1]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Aoba Watase (渡瀬 青葉 Watase Aoba?)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
The main protagonist. He was an ordinary Japanese high school student from 2014 who got transported into the year 2088 and now fights for the Free Pact Alliance. He is the pilot of coupling valiancer Luxon and later Luxon Next. He was surprised to see Hina as the Zogilia pilot with no memories of him from the past and even tries to kill him when he offered his hand to her to come into Luxon's cockpit.
Dio Jyunyou Weinberg (隼鷹・ディオ・ウェインバーグ Jun'yō Dio Weinbāgu?)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
An ace pilot for the Free Pact Alliance. He is the pilot of coupling valiancer Bradyon and later Bradyon Next. He usually looks down on Aoba.
Hina Yumihara (弓原 雛 Yumihara Hina?)/ Hina Ryazan (ヒナ・リャザン Hina Ryazan?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
Female protagonist. Aoba's classmate, but actually a mecha pilot from the future who has a mission to protect him from opposing mecha from same future with her who wants to kill him. She sent Aoba into the future, where she had not yet met Aoba and served as a pilot of Zogilia Republic, enemy of the Free Pact Alliance. She is the pilot of Fortuna and later coupling valiancer Karura.

Free Pact Alliance[edit]

The Free Pact Alliance, formally called the Confederate Treaty of Liberty Alliance, is a long-standing alliance between Japan and North American and Western European countries to counter the advance of the Zogilia Republic.

Crew of the Cygnus[edit]

Gengo Kuramitsu (倉光 源吾 Kuramitsu Gengo?)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
Captain of the Cygnus.
Lene Kleinbeck (レーネ・クラインベック Rēne Kurainbekku?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
Vice-captain of the Cygnus.
Lee Conrad (リー・コンラッド Rī Konraddo?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
Captain of the Cygnus' valiancer unit. Pilot of Beryl Commander.
Jarl Duran (ヤール・ドゥラン Yāru Duran?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Member of the Cygnus' valiancer unit. Pilot of Beryl Assault.
Fromm Vantarhei (フロム・ヴァンタレイ Furomu Vantarei?)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
New member of the Cygnus' valiancer unit. Pilot of Beryl Explorer. He is also capable of coupling with Aoba.
Elvira Hill (エルヴィラ・ヒル Eruvira Hiru?)
Voiced by: Rina Satō
A scientist in charge of the coupling system. Developed the specialized cockpit that is used in Luxon and Braydon. She was an apprentice of Alessandro Fermi.
Mayuka Nasu (奈須 まゆか Nasu Mayuka?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Cygnus's bridge crew member and Elvira Hill's aid. She was one of the first people to interact with Aoba upon his arrival to the Cygnus. She seems to have feelings for Aoba and worries that if given the chance Aoba would leave them and return to his own time period.
Anessa Rossetti (アネッサ・ロセッティ Anessa Rosetti?)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
Cygnus's bridge crew member. She is operator in charge of controlling Cygnus' valiancer unit.
Tusais Framboise (チュセ・フランボワ Chuse Furanbowa?)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
Cygnus's bridge crew member.
Garcian Bass (ガルシアン・バース Garushian Bāsu?)
Voiced by: Arthur Lounsbery
Cygnus's bridge crew member.
Soeharto (スハルト Suharuto?)
Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita
Cygnus's bridge crew member.
Saburota Ogisaka (荻坂 三郎太 Ogisaka Saburōta?)
Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi
Cygnus's bridge crew member. He is responsible of the Cygnus' engines management.
Don Naher (ドン・ナッハー Don Nahhā?)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Kobushi
Mechanist on the Cygnus.

Others[edit]

Sadamichi Jyunyou Weinberg (隼鷹・貞道・ウェインバーグ Jun'yō Sadamichi Weinbāgu?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka
Dio and Fiona's father.
Fiona Jyunyou Weinberg (隼鷹・フィオナ・ウェインバーグ Jun'yō Fiona Weinbāgu?)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
She is the younger sister of Dio. She was injured in a Zogilia attack that took the life of her mother prior to the vents of the series. As a result she is confined to a wheelchair. She deeply cares about her brother's well-being and hopes that one day he and their father will reconcile.
Richardson (リチャードソン Richādoson?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka
Vice admiral of Free Pact Alliance's military. He is Pacific Fleet Acting Commander.
Alessandro Fermi (アレッサンドロ・フェルミ Aressandoro Ferumi?)
Voiced by: Ryūsuke Ōbayashi
Elvira's mentor. Team leader of Coupling system's development team.

Zogilia Republic[edit]

The Zogilia Republic is a small nation that quickly grew into a superpower by conquering neighboring countries and expanding its territory along mainland Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.

Alfried Gallant's squad[edit]

Alfried Gallant (アルフリード・ガラント Arufurīdo Garanto?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Captain of "Trident" and later "Vajra". Pilot of Alsiel. He is a Commander assigned to 501st Mobile Company, 193 U-boat Brigade. He possesses great skill in strategic commands in addition to his clever Valiancer piloting skills.
Bizon Gerafil (ビゾン・ジェラフィル Bizon Jerafiru?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
Member of Alfried's squad but later transferred to Zogilia's Adminburo together with Hina. Childhood friend of Hina. He is in love with her to a point that can be considered borderline obsession. He despises Aoba for trying to rescue Hina during a battle because it caused her to be put under suspicion of being a traitor but then later his hatred toward Aoba grows because of jealousy that Aoba intrigued Hina. An aged Bizon appears in the future, seeming to have survived Dio and Aoba's assault,looking far older, implying he stayed in the past and seems to be in a very influential position in Zogilia's army. He still holds a grudge against Aoba. He is the pilot of Nebiros and later coupling valiancer Nergal.
Tarjim Vasily (タルジム・ヴァシリー Tarujimu Vashirī?)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Member of Alfried's squad. Pilot of Ogre.
Lasha Hakkarainen (ラーシャ・ハッカライネン Rāsha Hakkarainen?)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura
Member of Alfried's squad. Pilot of Krishna.
Margaret O'Keefe (マルガレタ・オキーフ Marugareta Okīfu?)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama
Special Officer, dispatched by Zogilia's Administration Bureau to supervise Alfried's squad.
Sirojanko (シロヤンコ Shiroyanko?)
Voiced by: Kazuaki Ito
Lieutenant Commander assigned to 501st Mobile Company, 193 U-boat Brigade. He is in charge of command in "Vajra" Aeroship under Commander Alfried Gallant.

Others[edit]

Wilhelm Hahn (ヴィルヘルム・ハーン Vuiruherumu Hān?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
A scientist defected to Zogilia from Free Pact Alliance.
Nestor Viktorovich Dorzhiev (ネストル・ヴィクトロヴィチ・ドルジエフ Nesutoru Vuikutorovuichi Dorujiefu?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida
1st Airborne Division Commander, Protection Division of Zogilia Adminburo. He is Captain of "Gae Bulg".
Viktor Ryazan (ヴィクトル・リャザン Vuikutoru Ryazan?)
Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto
Hina's adoptive father. He found Hina in Zagreb ten years ago then took her as war orphan and raised her as his own daughter. He is a Lieutenant Commander of Zogilian military assigned to 101st Independent Reconnaissance Brigade.

Development[edit]

Sunrise filed for a trademark on the use of the words "Buddy Complex" in a logo on October 1, 2013.[2] Despite making the trademark for a host of media items, the company had yet to announce any plans for the project. This changed on December 1, 2013 when the company unveiled a website in an announcement that they were developing the "traditional robot action" series, Buddy Complex.[3]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The anime series is produced by Sunrise.[3] It is an original creation of Hajime Yatate and is directed by Yasuhiro Tanabe, with series composition by BC Project. The series features character designs by Asako Inayoshi and Tomoshige Inayoshi and music by Tatsuya Katou. The first episode received an advanced pre-broadcast on Tokyo MX on December 29, 2013.[4] Following episodes premiered on Tokyo MX on January 5, 2014 with later airings on YTV, TVA, BS11 and Bandai Channel.[5] The opening theme is "Unisonia" by True while the ending theme is "Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de" by ChouCho. Funimation streamed the series on their video website, beginning on January 6, 2014.[6] Daisuki will stream the episodes worldwide on their Website as well as on their official YouTube Channel.[7] The series aired 13 episodes which ended on March 30, 2014, however its story is scheduled to continue in the future.[8] Bandai Visual will begin releasing the series in Japan on Blu-ray volumes starting on March 26, 2014.[9].

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh from January 27, 2014. A separate manga based on the smartphone game also began serialization on January 27 in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh.[10]

Video game[edit]

A multi-player smartphone game titled Buddy Complex: Coupling of Battlefield released by Bandai Namco Games for iOS and Android devices in Japan on March 7, 2014 with theme song "Orbital Line" by Erica Masaki.[10]

References[edit]

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