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Break Blade  
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Rygart Arrow is the only one in his world who lacks the inherent ability to power up quartz, the energy source that makes all of the machines run. Nevertheless, he's pretty well connected. The King and Queen of his country of Krisna happen to be old college friends. But so is Zess, the guy who is leading the army of a neighboring kingdom in an attack on Krisna.
How did it comes to this? There's little time to ponder the implications as an army in giant, mechanized battle suits attacks. Arrow just feels like he's in the way - until he comes across a powerful, ancient mech that no one has yet to be able to figure out how to run. But his natural affinity for the suit's operating mechanism may just turn Arrow into the most important player of all.


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Associated Names
Сломанный Меч
Broken Blade

Groups Scanlating
Break Blade Project
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.85 by LetItGo-Scans 5 months ago
v.15 c.84 by LetItGo-Scans 5 months ago
c.88.5 by Vistrans about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Ongoing)
9 Volumes (Shinsouban)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 50 part 2

User Reviews

6 topics, 28 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (659 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.31 / 10.0
 31% (201 votes)
 19% (128 votes)
 22% (145 votes)
 17% (109 votes)
 7% (43 votes)
 3% (17 votes)
 1% (6 votes)
 0% (1 votes)
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 1% (7 votes)

Last Updated
January 21st 2018, 12:23am PST



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Original Publisher
Flex Comix (v01-10; 2007)
Holp Shuppan (Shinsouban; 2013)
SoftBank Creative (v11-Ongoing)

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Meteor (Aplix IP Holdings)
Flex Comix Blood (Flex Comix)
Shounen Blood (Flex Comix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
CMX (4 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #384 increased(+135)
Monthly Pos #676 increased(+105)
3 Month Pos #849 decreased(-51)
6 Month Pos #846 decreased(-429)
Year Pos #303 decreased(-69)

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Forum Posts
Broken Blade Has New Anime in the Works over 4 years ago
Break Blade MOVIE over 5 years ago
Anyone else see the strong connection to Gundam Seed? over 5 years ago
Hiatus? over 5 years ago
Movie and Manga over 6 years ago

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Banal, not captivating   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by knockoutmice
June 26th, 2013, 9:23pm
It starts out promising, but then degenerates into mecha battles where I couldn't even tell who is who since all the robots look the same! 90% is made of mecha battles, 4% chit-chats, 4% side characters background, and only 2% focuses on main characters backgrounds.

What I like to see is some other types of battles such as hand to hand combats and technology developments. This series is about magic power, yet so few of it's use has been explained or show or how the MC struggles to live in a world of magic where he is unable to do so. Instead the author rushes through these parts and focuses too much on mecha battles.

The fight tends to drag on and just when I thought a fight was finally over, they decide to challenge their own team mate for a match in the middle of an enemy invasion! That is just too much. But around chapter 50, the series starts to pick up again. I still read it, but I could do without.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
November 1st, 2012, 2:00am
lot have been said about this manga
but one thing is certain it is intentionally rage material
the way some characters are shown doing harm to each other, friends family (elements of NTR) and innocent .. thats controversial yes
this manga is between shounen and seinen on one side its too mature for a shounen
and on another sometimes its not deep enought for a seinen (there are shallow seinens too)

... Last updated on November 1st, 2012, 2:01am
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Rating: N/A
by chocololipopkun
June 2nd, 2012, 10:57am
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after i read this manga .i learned that i hate it and it pissed me off, because Sigyn Erster betrayed Rygart and she not being truth to herself that she love him untill the end(i mean make sure the divorce is success) OR atlest tell him the truth she love him and let him decide cause he also loved her so much. really made me frustrating and feel just like an idiot to continue read it pls ,let a good thing happen if not i really disappointed with this manga. pls consider the situation of Rygart because he is in such a sad situation (force to kill people,letting other people to have the person that he loved so long,to have guilt,mental destruction,and even betrayed by the love one .So pls dont make it worst .damn author i sure curse u for ur entire life for sure ...><...u better make it nice ...(sorry for all "act" all are based on my true feeling)pls safe that boy ... this is a manga only consist [ heart breaking ]if the AUTHOR does not change Sigyn Erster to the best way...
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not bad   
Rating: N/A
by cecixiao78
December 18th, 2011, 8:36pm
i wish they put some more thought into some of the scenes, i mean there are parts where it's suppose to have lots of emotions in it but i feel like the author just rushed it, it just became fighting nonstop...and it's not all that great since the fighting parts barely have any dialogue in it...
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Could Be So Much Better   
Rating: N/A
by Egg Tart
October 16th, 2011, 12:20am
In the beginning of the plot everything was interesting. The protagonist's personality, his lack of "magic", his relationship with the other major characters, his mecha, the backgrounds of other characters, and the fight scenes had so much potential. But soon I found myself just flipping through the pages trying to find something that interested me. I admit that the fight scenes are detailed and well done but they are too frequent and too long. I would much rather read about the characters and their development. I wished the author had focused more on those aspects of the plot rather than the action scenes, especially with Girghe's character. So much about his personality and past was left unanswered.

I plan to finish reading this manga but in all honesty I just don't find myself that interested. It may just be because I tire of the fighting scenes or because I haven't really fallen in love with the characters. I just hope in the upcoming chapters the author will shift his focus toward the characters more.
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Consistently Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
September 13th, 2011, 2:08am
I have ONE criticism, and it is an important one: Others may not have this problem but at times I have trouble comprehending what's happening during a battle. Which Golem [the mecha in this series] dealt which blow, which character is piloting this golem, wait, didn't he just lose a leg... this was most difficult at the beginning probably because I couldn't differentiate the designs at the time. I still had some small trouble later, though, and would have to go over previous pages to figure out which golem belonged to the main char and which to the enemy. I'll probably watch the movies later [though the story has been changed a little for the sake of condensing it] so i can better appreciate the action scenes, which were still awesome, by the way. *will write about positives later, too sleepy* Because of the above, it may not deserve a 10/10 but I'm quite enthralled by this series nonetheless.

Also, it seems that the name should actually be Broken Blade, as it is with the official translation, as it is how a couple of characters refer to the main golem, first as a criticism, later in reference to the dorsal fin and a weird form of praise.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2012, 10:21pm
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Up and down and up again...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
September 4th, 2011, 9:45am
Generally a pretty good manga, it has a very nice start and it often is emotionally engaging, but it does get a bit too generic after a couple volumes. The finish of the war (around chapter 50) is great though, and has regained it's high quality from the beginning that was lost to the mainstream shounen adjustments. I'll give it an eight of ten.
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Looks good so far... if you enjoy well thought-out characters, action and a promising story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Burasu
June 21st, 2010, 12:33pm
Edit after vol 6:
Unfortunately, the manga has gone downhill from promising starting point toward generic shounen. Originally promising characters haven't been developing, but rather regressed toward stereotypes. Main cast has been joined by a dozen of side characters, who so far haven't been playing any significant role whatsoever. I'll keep reading, but I've reduced my originally high rating accordingly.

First look after 2nd volume:
Even though Break Blade is classified as Shounen in Manga Updates' database, it has rather subtle, mature and contemporary themes in characterization. This was a pleasant surprise for me.

Take for example how Lygato is shunning away from world due to his self-deprecation, Hozul's yearning to escape his responsibilities as a monarch, Shigwen's escape from her withering marriage through dedication to work. And of course Shigwen's subdued feelings towards Lygato. I love the way how these things are often conveyed in a somewhat subtle (though sometimes a bit underlined) manner: gazes, daydreams, expressions of face and stature.

And all of that comes with the other good stuff (in my book), which are action, mecha and a fantasy setting. Actually, these things remind me a bit of Xenogears... I hope the story gets as deep too. It would be exhilarating to have both style and substance in the same package, instead of mere brainless "WE NAKAMA! GO KILL BAD GUYS WITH NEW SUPER ATTACK!"-escapism that many Shounen series regress to.

Art seems passable. Backgrounds look often rather simplistic. Mecha designs appear to be neat, but it's kinda hard to tell for sure from the scans.

To sum it up, Break Blade (or rather Broken Blade) seems to be quite a promising series. I've only read two first volumes, but it has a very polished and well thought-out feeling. I sincerely hope Break Blade keeps going strong.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2010, 7:46am
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Definitely have a long story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by zebaod
January 29th, 2010, 1:32am
Honestly I do love Yoshinaga Yunosuke's work. Good artwork, but not really creative in design style, the same as in his previous manga. The story he makes always related in political conflict between some country and the main character involved unconsciously.
The heroine is always some important figure in political reign and the hero is always some no body in the beginning.
Mecha.... I don't like it. but I like how the author tell the story. It has very deep meaning in telling someone life and how other character involved. As we readers read this manga, there's no character trully good or evil. Everyone has their own problem and dedication to make them do what they should do.
Basically I like the story and I don't like the mecha things. But I still like this manga.
And the fact that this manga happens to be an anime movie, it's a good news.
I could predict that this manga will become much great when the story goes on. So it's worth to read.
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Interestingly, it will have a six-part movie anime by Production I.G out in 2010   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Padawan
October 24th, 2009, 5:39am
The summary sounded really interesting and i was looking forward for a very good series, but as i read the manga it failed to captivate me, i'm not sure why...maybe the presentation isn't really good, and the pace is too fast.
The drawings are ok, but kinda messy at times especially during the mecha battles (although that's quite common in manga). Also, the relationships between the characters really annoy me, i.e. the queen seemingly being romantically interested in the main protagonist...but she's married to the King...huh? Thats so messed up! and quite irritating. Perhaps i'm being unfair and that they have their reasons, but i simply couldn't go on reading as i lost all interest. I'm also tired of the theme where old friends become bitter enemies.
However, the mechas are awesome. The concept of their technology is interesting, and the setting and the world has so much potential to be epic.
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