The people who live in the continent Cruzon are born with the ability to manipulate quarts. This ability is called magic. They refine quarts to make them flexible so they can turn gears, power vehicles, and even fire bullets. Quarts are also refined into luminous quarts, which emit light. Both forms of quarts are used in the creation of mechs that are called Golems. These Golems are the main force of weaponry employed in the armies of all Cruzon nations. One of these nations, Krisna, has been thrown into war. The reluctant king of Krisna calls for one of his military school friends, Rygart Arrow, for help. The catch is that Rygart is an un-sorcerer. Put simply, Rygart was born without the ability to manipulate quarts.
He cannot drive vehicles, turn on lights, or even shoot a gun. He was teased and picked on because of this. Rygart’s only means for survival was farming. This is one of the only jobs a un-sorcerer can do. Being born an un-sorcerer is incredibly rare. Rygart’s own father sold everything he had in order to buy a farm. Rygart’s father believed that Rygart could change his destiny. Rygart was even sent to military school in hopes that his “inner sorcerer” would awaken. This never happened, but Rygart became best friends with Hodr, Sigyn Erster, and Zess. The world of Broken Blade is a medieval world with a major difference. In broken Blade quartz has supernatural properties that have led the creation of a wide variety of magical technology including mecha. A small percentage of people called un-sorcerers cannot manipulate quartz making them handicapped in society. Therefore when the un-sorcerer, Rygart Arrow is summoned by his old friend the king to pilot an ancient robot he is somewhat perplexed. But his homeland is being invaded and he is the only person capable of piloting the suit that may be the tide of the war. Unbeknownst to him the head of the task force sent to kidnap the royal family is also an old friend putting him between a rock and hard place.
It’s another time, another world, where resources have grown scarce. But where there is no oil, energy, or metals, there is quartz, and there is magic. Magic in this case refers to the ability that most people are born with, the ability to control quartz, and imbue it with power. Quartz can be shaped into useful tools, and even vehicles, and people can control these devices. But there are rare individuals who are born without this ability, for whom quartz is merely a dead rock. These people are called un-sorcerers. Rygart Arrow is one such un-sorcerer, who tried to overcome his disability and attended a military academy. But when you can’t empower the golems, the quartz robots that defend the various countries, there’s only so far that you can advance.
As one might expect from a movie, the production quality of Broken Blade is very good. The setting allows for plenty of terrain and environments, plus mix medieval and robots is just fun. The robots themselves fall into a more realistic/military category but aren’t without some cool designs, especially Rygart’s ancient mecha. The same can be said for the fights. I am rather curious why they decided to make it a movie series rather than go for a TV serial but I’m not complaining. Broken Blade is a nice package with mecha, magic, political strife, and a little romance all executed with beautiful visuals.