Anime of Tomorrow
Busou Shinki Ep. 1
Autumn 2012 (13 episodes) (English title – Armored War Goddess) (more info)
Mixing elements of mecha musume, fighting robots and maids, at first glance Busou Shinki appears to be appealing to a highly niche audience. But I think that all these elements have enough overlap that it’s still greater than the sum of its parts. That being said, it doesn’t suddenly make this series good. Yeah, it has a unique style and given the subject matter it could have been something lousy and perverted like DearS or Heaven’s Lost Property. That the story doesn’t go there and the main character is a nice, stand-up guy is reassuring to say the least. But from here I can only see the story becoming more and more ridiculous. Using your tiny, moe fighting robots as loving companions to do your chores doesn’t fit with my sensibilities. While I appreciate the originality, I think it’s all too simple to grow into anything particularly worthwhile.