Unbreakable Machine Doll First Impressions: This show gets "Best Music" for this season so far

Well, at least I knew what I was getting myself into with this show. This one's follows Akabane Raishin, a puppeteer, and his clingy automaton Yaya as he enters the Royal Academy, a school for puppeteers, to avenge his family. I don't know all too much about the story because I haven't read the light novel, but I know some from the manga. This first episode introduces our characters, including Charlotte "Tyrant Rex" Belew and her automaton Sigmund. There's quite an excessive use of CG in the battles in this first episode, but I've never been one to be bothered by such things. I have a minor problem, though. I assume the fact that they played the same set of events twice in Raishin's battle was supposed to indicate that he predicted what would happen. I think so sorts of things are more interesting if he describes what he's doing the first time (like in the Sherlock Holmes movies).

I'm guessing the song at the end was the opening song. If so, I was okay with it...sounds better than a lot of stuff this season. I do want to note the soundtrack, though. The background music in this episode actually stood out to me as having a pleasing style. It's a good sign, I'd say. Yaya's still annoying as always, though...I've never been able to stand her. Anyway, Raishin's skirmish with Magnus aside, the main focus of the first arc is going to finding Cannibal Candy, the automaton-eating automaton that we saw briefly this episode. I'm quite curious how far this series will go in the story...the OP/ED seems to indicate they'll make it at least through Frey's story, which is about where the manga's translation is currently.

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