Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1 Review – Quick Summary
In Unbreakable Machine Doll episode 1, “Facing Cannibal Candy I,” Raishin Akabane was a puppeteer from Japan. He traveled all the way to England with his fighting puppet, Yaya, for a very simple purpose: Revenge. He wanted to participate in the Wise Man competition so he could go up against his enemy. The trouble was, his score placed him 1,235th out of 1,236 students. Only the top 100 students got to compete in the Wise Man competition. Is it even possible to raise his score that much? Is there another way he could get into the competition? And can he find a way to keep himself safe from Yaya’s amorous attacks?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1
I choose to believe Sigmund was trying to be helpful. Either that, or he was being a real jerk! Capture from the Funimation stream.
In about four minutes, the episode gave us everything we needed to know about Yaya and Raishin. He’s her puppeteer, she’s a high-end combat automation, and together, the two of them can stop a speeding locomotive.
Oh, yeah, she want to get him in bed. And she’s not shy about telling everyone!
I thought the narrative showed some serious efficiency there. The other introduction that showed similar efficiency belonged to Charlotte Belew. We first met her when she demanded Yaya and Raishin get out of her way. The next day, we see other students actively scamper to clear out of her path. Her puppet, Sigmund, takes the form of a dragon, and he remonstrated for being so cold and distant with everyone.
She didn’t like it when he listed how she had put an upperclassman who challenged her in the hospital. Or a prankster through a window. Or the entire science class through a window because she didn’t want to touch a frog. In fact, Sigmund seemed to think she’d never even get a boyfriend.
“You’ll be unwanted for life,” he said morosely (12:41).
It’s nice to see that those two have such a mutually supportive relationship. If that’s what it is. Which I hope it is. Because otherwise, he was being a real jerk.
Best in Show Moment for Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1
Raishin hid it under bravado, but he really didn’t want to take an unfair advantage. He didn’t do that out of kindness. He did it out of pride. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Yaya and Sigmund, Early Artificial Beings
I like seeing at least two of the puppets, Yaya and Sigmund, acting supportive of their puppeteers. There are times that I wonder if that’s why I find anime so appealing, because it so often uses anthropomorphism to explore themes. Put another way, maybe I like how anime uses cute anime girls to make difficult concepts easier to explore.
For example, I want to believe that if we were able to create self-aware artificial beings, some of use would have mutually supportive relationships with them. I think that’s what attracted me to this show. Yaya and Sigmund support their puppeteers, and in turn, Raishin and Charlotte support them. The series uses this as a thematic tool to tell us that these four are good role models, that they are, in other words, the protagonists.
Talk about making it clear that Yaya and Raishin are good guys! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Another way to show that Raishin is a protagonist is how he reacted after other parties interrupted his duel with Charlotte. First, it was cool seeing them fight. The boundaries between hand-drawn and computer-generated content appeared to be smooth, for the most part. Either that, or it was so smooth they didn’t even use CGI. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to tell with my untrained eye. All I know is that the battle looked good, and it conveyed two important facts to us.
First, lots of puppeteers are gunning for Charlotte. So many that they were able to team up and launch a coordinated attack. Second, it showed that despite Raishin’s low score, he and Yaya are every bit as effective against combatants as they were against a steam locomotive. They not only held their own. They dominated the field.
Delivery: Raishin, More Complex Than Simple Revenge
During the fight, Raishin and Yaya even had to intervene to make sure Charlotte and Sigmund didn’t go down to defeat. Sigmund is insanely powerful, and Charlotte is a masterful puppeteer, but against an unexpected and coordinated attack, they had some trouble. Yaya easily blocked an attack against Sigmund while Raishin caught Charlotte before she could pile drive herself into the turf.
Of course, Charlotte acted all bashful and embarrassed. But that wasn’t my favorite moment. My favorite moment was after the four of them got rid of the opposition, when Charlotte rejoined Sigmund and signaled she was ready to continue their original fight.
Charlotte couldn’t believe that Raishin seemed like he didn’t want to fight anymore. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Saying it wasn’t any fun anymore, he and Yaya left. Charlotte reacted with outage, but Sigmund, having both a cooler temper and a keener eye, said (18:39), “It would seem he noticed my injuries.” Charlotte hadn’t noticed, so she immediately cradled Sigmund.
Without a little detail like that, given that Raishin’s goal is revenge, he might have come off as a one-note, cold killer. I like this added dimension.
What did you think of Yaya’s incessant attempts to force herself on Raishin? What were your favorite moments in the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: [Spoilers] Unbreakable Machine-Doll Episode 1 Discussion
- Brave New Moe: Unbreakable Machine-Doll ep 1 first impressions
- Anime Evo: Unbreakable Machine-Doll – 01 [First Look]
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 1: Facing Cannibal Candy I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 2: Facing Cannibal Candy II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 3: Facing Cannibal Candy III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 4: Facing Cannibal Candy IV
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 5: Facing Sword Angel I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 6: Facing Sword Angel II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 7: Facing Sword Angel III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 8: Facing Sword Angel IV
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 9: Facing Elf Speeder I
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 10: Facing Elf Speeder II
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 11: Facing Elf Speeder III
- Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 12: Facing Elf Speeder IV