Busou Shinki

(12 episodes)

What’s it about ?

Cute sentient dolls action figures doing cute things.


There’s a token generic dude who owns the show’s starring dolls, but he’s so superfluous and lacking any personality that he disappears offscreen for most of the episode.

Not the three main dolls have much personality either. There’s the generic main one, the jerk and the pushover who likes maid outfits. They spend most of the episodes “comically” unpacking the guy’s stuff after they just moved back into Tokyo. They meet a fourth one in a park. A fifth one shows up at the end of the episode.

Frankly, it’s a pain to describe such bland characters, especially as they do virtually nothing for 24 minutes.

Checking out the cast list on ANN is utterly depressing, as it promises appearances by dozens of other dolls, in what looks like a catalog of nearly every currently at least mildly popular voice actress. I’d hope they at least get a decent paycheck for this, but considering how the numbers are in favour of those merely being glorified cameos…

Production Values

Mostly okay, although be advised that the dolls are in leotards (and thus don’t wear pants). Fanservice isn’t too obnoxious, though.

What did I think of it ?

Oh gods please shoot me. This isn’t awful, but it’s terminally boring if you’re not an action figure fetishist. This was really a chore to watch to the end, and I’m not wasting any more of my time on another episode.

Which is disappointing, considering how the short ONA was actually decent and had semi-interesting ideas (although Angelic Layer did it better a decade ago). None of which are on display here, leaving just a empty pile of nothing. Avoid.

via [In which I review] New anime, Fall 2012 – Page 3.

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