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A Fantasy manga by Yoshinaga Yunosuke, with Mecha genre as a secondary theme.

The story is set in the Continent of Cruzon where everyone is born with magic. In particular, the ability to control Quartz; from levitating Quartz crystals (which can be done easily by 2-year-olds) to conjuring it into whatever is wanted, from tea cups to [[AMechByAnyOtherName Golem]] armors. [[TheHero Rygart Arrow]], however, is [[BlessedWithSuck one rare exception]]: [[UnSorcerer He can't use magic]], which is an ''extremely'' rare trait to come by. As a result, not only is he shunned by many, anything that runs on Quartz, namely anything more complicated than hand tools, is totally out of the question for him. Despite performing well at the MilitaryAcademy in his youth, lack of funds and pride led to him resigning to live as a farmer with his similarly UnSorcerer brother.

One day, he is summoned to Binonten, capital of [[TheKingdom the Kingdom of Krisna]], where he is reunited with the Queen Sigyn and King Hodr, his old friends from the MilitaryAcademy days. Hodr fills him in about the current crisis of the country: The Nation of Athens intends to conquer Krisna and the only diplomatic solution is untenable. And then he takes Rygart into a mine where an [[HumongousMecha ancient Golem]] was discovered, encased in Quartz. The Golem has been under research and was tested by a lot of mages without any results, so Hodr requests that Rygart, an Un-Sorcerer, try it out instead. Just then, a small, yet highly skilled, squad of Athen Golems, breaks through the front lines to attack the capital. To make matters worse, they're led by Zess, the other best friend of Rygart, Sigyn and Hodr. In the ensuing chaos, Rygart accidentally [[FallingIntoTheCockpit falls into the cockpit]] of the ancient Golem and...

It also has been made into [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-07/broken-blade-manga-gets-anime-adaptation-green-lit a six-part anime movie]]; the trailer can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX1KLuAIdyc here]].

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!!Tropes presented by ''Break Blade'':

* AceCustom: Niko's golem has giant [[BladeBelowTheShoulder arm mounted blades]] that have [[BifurcatedWeapon guns concealed in them]].
** All of General Borcuse's and his bodyguards golems have extra armor, guns embedded in areas like the collars and knees, and custom weapons such as lances, axes, and whip swords.
** The Artemis is also considered one because it was specially customized for high-speed combat.
* ActionGirl: Narvi is the most prominent, but there are several on all sides of the war. All of Cleo's female relatives appear to be as well, but serve as instructors or are retired.
* AfterTheEnd: It's heavily implied that the land they live on is a far-future [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Japan]].
** It seems more like an AlternateUniverse Japan, but the trope still applies.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Narvi and her brother. Hodr and his sister, Lindy.
* AnyoneCanDie: Kills off characters left and right, sometimes without even explicitly showing the deaths either.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: Golems.
* AncientAstronauts: The ancients, who could very well be a future version of us given how Rygart's mech was built.
* AncientGreece: The Nation of Athens seems to have this as a motif, even though they're seemingly not ancient. Even their mecha have heads similar to Hoplite helmets.
* AntiHero: Girge, Type V. [[spoiler: Rygart, Type IV probably.]]
* BadassBoast: Zess at one point makes one of these.
-->"If you stay within 10 meters of me, no one will pick a fight with you. Just don't get any closer than three meters."
** And in his case, that's probably a true statement.
* BadassNormal: Girge, who fights Borcuse's bodyguards to a standstill, disabling Niko's Golem and killing several others, in a bog standard light frame golem.
** Actually the Artemis is not so bog standard given that it was designed to be a high-speed close combat golem. But still, Girge's skill in combat is '''INSANE''', which fits his personality. He's practically made an art form in golem combat.
** Also Rygart, considering he's an "Un-Sorcerer" who can't even do normal daily stuff that involves quartz before all this, manages to become one of the most important players in the war due to him being the only one who can pilot ''Delphine'' effectively.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Krisna pulls one off by luring Borcruse into the capital city to give Rygart a chance to defeat him while he is cut off from his army.]]
* BerserkButton: Niko does ''not'' like people pointing out that she is actually twice her physical age.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Cleo is {{moe}} and seems harmless... until [[UnstoppableRage you get her angry]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: Rygart. Narvi actually anticipates this when it becomes apparent that Rygart's hometown could be attacked by Borcuse and pulls a gun on Rygart, telling him to stay away from the ''Delphine'' and not to go off and try to save his brother on his own.
* BigDamnHeroes: General Baldr and his squad [[spoiler: when Zess's strike team breach the palace and are about to kill the king]].
** Rygart just as [[spoiler: General Baldr's squad is about to be wiped out]]
* {{BFS}}: The "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Giantsword]]".
* BlessedWithSuck: Rygart is a farmer who's incapable of using any sort of machinery due to him being an UnSorcerer. It's also because of that why everybody in the village shuns him and his brother. And yet it is precisely this reason why ''Delphine'' acknowledges only him.
* BloodKnight: Girge. [[spoiler: Rygart, later.]]
* ByronicHero: Girge. It's hard to say whether or not he's this, or the BrokenAce, given that he often acts amicable and has enough charisma to broker a sort of friendship with Rygart; though he's a pariah loathed and distrusted by even his own father for the crime he committed in the past.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold
* CanNotSpitItOut: Sigyn [[spoiler:towards Rygart]]. Made even worse by the fact that she went and married Hodr. Made even worse by the fact their marriage [[spoiler:is a sham at best, as evidenced by the fact that neither wears their rings]]. The worst part about it is that the scene where it's made plain is done in first person, and her confession before he leaves goes unheard [[SubvertedTrope not because she couldn't say it]], but just because she was speaking so quietly.
** Actually applies to [[spoiler:Rygart too since he actually feels the same about her. He actually heard her confession but chose to feign ignorance because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he considers himself unworthy & thought she should find someone better than him]].]]
* CapedMecha: General Borcuse has them on his and his personal guards' golems (which conceals that they are heavily armed, armored and modified golems).
** Also, ''Delphine'' (for also the same reason) when Rygart officially first set out to combat to support General Baldr.
* CharacterDevelopment: Rygart gets some after [[spoiler:an ally gets killed because he tried to take an enemy alive. Then the captured enemy soldier commits suicide. Then he visits the grave of his fallen comrade.]] Pretty much standard [[WarIsHell horror of war]] to a new recruit, but he does end up more mature about fighting because of it.
* ChildSoldier: Cleo, Niko, and probably Lee.
** [[spoiler:Although Niko only ''looks'' [[OlderThanTheyLook that young]].]]
* CurbStompBattle: [[http://www.mangareader.net/break-blade/50/23 Two giant shurikens, one battalion of paper thin armor mechs.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: General Borcusse, his first order to his subordinates after he disabled the Delphine? Pry it open, pull the pilot out and kill him. [[spoiler: fortunately Narvi's intervention [[BigDamnHeroes prevents said execution from happening]].]]
** [[spoiler: He's far more successful when he employs the same logic to [[BoomHeadshot dealing with Girge.]] ]]
* DefensiveFeintTrap: By Krisna to Athens. [[spoiler:A fake defector opens the capital's city gates and allows the Athens army to invade inside while Rygart hides for 3 weeks inside a fake wall waiting for Borcusse to get impatient and personally join the attack inside the city so he can ambush him.]]
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Niko.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The 3rd anime episode has [[spoiler:Cloe straddling Sigyn. In bed.]]
* EliteMooks: The Spartans, whose main purpose in the story seems to be [[spoiler: to get slaughtered by Girge in order to underline how [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] the latter is.]]
* EpicFlail: Part of the veritable arsenal of weapons Sigyn has added to the ''Delphine''.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Queen Sigyn gets Narvi to say she's hot at the party with her blushing a bit when they talked.
* EyepatchOfPower: General Borcuse.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Minister Zans]] "betrays" Krisna by not only defecting to General Borcuse, but also opening Pinonten's city gates during the seige of the city [[spoiler:as part of a plan to give Rygart a clean shot at killing Borcuse. It works, but [[HeroicSacrifice Zans pays for it with his life]].]]
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Played completely straight with Rygart.
* FanService: [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=25130 Only two of them should be there, canonically]]. [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Then again, two of them are there, canonically]].
** Mostly averted in series in that the girls wear the same uniform as the men. Although...
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Girge has little StoicSpectacles and is a touch AxCrazy.
* GeneralFailure: the appropriately named General Treue.
* GeneralRipper: General Borcuse.
* GreenRocks: As widespread and useful as it is, the case is inverted with Quartz; rather than because it has innate powers, it's actually the person's magic power which allows its manipulation.
* GroinAttack: Narvi threatens this on Rygart is he's ever insubordinate again. [[spoiler: He is, but she gives him a pass.]] She also threatens this to various male party goers after she shows up in a dress. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything She demonstrates with a sausage.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Right before Cleo gets captured.]]
* HumongousMecha
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: At first Rygart and Sigyn's relationship appears to be based around this, with Rygart originally unwilling to confess his feelings for Sigyn due to wanting to spare her the ridicule of being married to an Un-Sorcerer, and instead hooks her up with one of his best friends, who is a king. Hodr seems to want Rygart to just run off with Sigyn, despite being married to her. [[spoiler: As of Chapter 55, possible that this was an act on Hodr's part, and he genuinely still loves her, but her being married to him would subject her to the surrender clause Athens put up that would require the death of the entire royal line, thus his offer of divorce to protect her. With Kirshna no longer under threat, Hodr now wants to be with Sigyn once again, even though Rygart has finally admitted to his feelings for her.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: When ''Delphine'' drops its heavy armor and doubles in speed.
* [[spoiler: IAmSpartacus: In Chapter 39, Girge does this in order to hide Rygart's identity as the pilot of the Delphine.]]
* [[spoiler:IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Sigyn gets this from Steiner, the guard Zess assigned to keep watch on her when she is captured. Although it comes across as sadistic pleasure, he shows some sexual interest when he strokes her leg.]]
* IShallTauntYou: [[spoiler:Rygart is about to stand down and go with Baldr's plan to capture Borcuse, and then Borcuse taunts Rygart into killing him, laughing as he dies.]]
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Played completely straight, but in a surprisingly plausible way. [[spoiler:She's twelve, how would she know it wasn't loaded?]]
* {{Jerk With A Heart Of Gold}}/{{Jerkass Facade}}: Rygart, as General Baldr points out that. And, as with him offering to flash his commanding officer [[spoiler: Narvi]] if she asks, he does it instead of dealing with those girly feeling things, often denying his actual feelings to make a crude joke or offhand dismissal.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: A katana will gleefully cut through any golem part known to man, whereas regular golem swords are blunted and act more like clubs used to bash apart enemy golems because a sharp edge also renders the blade more fragile. It's used to show off how awesome Girge is, as it takes very precise control of a golem to use it, as the pilot has to cut smoothly as opposed to bash.
* TheKingdom: The Kingdom of Krisna.
* LostTechnology: The ''Delphine''.
* LoveTriangle: At first it looks like one is being set up between Rygart, Sigyn, and Hodr, with Sigyn and Hodr being married. [[spoiler: This is subverted when Hodr tells Rygart that he is no longer interested in his wife, and would rather divorce her so she could leave with Rygart and be happy. Recently this has begun to be played straight, as it is revealed this dispassionate stance on his marriage was likely a lie: if she remained married to Hodr, when Krishna fell she would be put to death with him. Meanwhile Rygart has finally admitted his admitted to himself his feelings about Sigyn, who herself is still in love with Rygart.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine: Happens to another enemy mech of all things, when Rygart ups the speed on his while wearing heavy armor. They collide. Rygart's mech gets a few cosmetic scratches. Each of the other pilot's arms decide to go a different direction and the torso is pretty much gone. [[TooDumbToLive Oh, and the other mech's pilot was in the torso, and he had a pretty good idea what was about to happen]].
* MagiTek: Quartz is used in ''anything'', from lamps and vehicles to Mecha, so this apparently qualifies.
* MilitaryAcademy: Assam Military School where Rygart, Zess, Sigyn and Hodr met and studied.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Cleo's grandmother is quite short. Doesn't really hamper her piloting skills.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: How Loki feels about the [[spoiler:IAmSpartacus situation, given that Girge was a ridiculous AcePilot and Rygart is the only available pilot for the ''Delphine''.]] Narvi sets him straight, pointing out that, in defending the city, Loki's sniping skills are much more important at present.
* MsFanservice: Sigyn. ([[http://www.analbooru.com/_images/dae055dcc789072839ff0a15b7fbabee/62070/sigyn_erster/top_down_bottom_up.gif Falling asleep while studying]].)
* MuggleBornOfMages: Rygart (and his brother) cannot use any form of Quartz, but that also means that the mech recognizes him as being one of the Ancients and powers up when he uses it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Girge fakes a Freakout stating its the first time he's been on a proper battlefield so his team mates leave him behind [[spoiler: giving him free reign to mount a surprise attack against Borcuse's retreating unit.]]
* OhCrap: This reaction tends to happen a ''lot'' whenever the ''Delphine'' shows up.
* OlderThanTheyLook: One of the soldiers in Borcuse's army says that Niko only looks twelve and that she's actually twenty-five; given that she threatened to castrate him for the remark this is clearly the case.
* OperationJealousy: Sigyn just might be someone who has taken this UpToEleven She married her target's friend. Of course, [[IdiotHero he didn't even know she'd gotten married until she tells him months (or years) after the fact.]]
** In first chapter is revealed that he knew but decided to not attend.
* PetTheDog: General Treue is introduced as a relatively bloodthirsty counterpart to [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure General Baldr]]. It turns out he donates to orphanages. Somewhat played with when a new opposing flag officer is introduced spending time with his family before it is revealed he is a GeneralRipper.
** Treue is more a {{Hot Blood}}ed than a bloodthirsty general.
** General Baldr visits the graves of fallen soldiers. Not that he needed it, but it does enhance his humanity when juxtaposed with some of his later statements.
** General Borcuse actually fits this trope better. Even considering all the sick shit that he did in the war, he does have a human side as he does care about his subordinates & particularly his daughter.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In a manner of speaking. There a lot of misunderstandings between the two armies, such as the history between the two countries. A specific example is when [[spoiler: Lee kills herself, rather than let Rygart capture her, leading the Athen's unit to surmise that he killed her.]] It's justified because, with the two countries at war, there's no real opportunity to actually dispel any misconceptions.
* PsychoForHire: Girge.
-->"I might start killing people because I feel like it again. That fine with you guys?"
* PutOnABus: Narvi's teammates tell her that this has occurred to General Treue, feeling that if she knew [[spoiler: that he was already dead]] she would suffer a breakdown.
* RagnarokProofing: Subverted: even though it works, the ''Delphine's'' armour and external iron plating is corroded from age, providing virtually zero protection from the stakes fired by the golems guns and has to be replaced, worse still the golem in question is actually rather shoddily built, with the suggestion that it was made in a rush.
* ScrewDestiny: The ''Delphine'' only works for un-sorcerers, and is in fact emblazoned ''Go, And Defy Your Destiny''.
* ShedArmorGainSpeed: ''Tyrfing'' goes into battle wearing enormous plates of bolt-on armor, which only it is strong enough to carry. If those become too damaged to help anymore, Rygart drops them and gets about 200% faster.
* [[spoiler: ShootTheHostage: In Baldr and Girge's backstory.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Note: Bolded names are the official names: Lygatto/'''Rygart''', Shigyun/Shigwen/Shigwin/'''Sigyn''', Zesu/Zessu/'''Zess''', Nico/'''Niko''', Tool/'''True''', Bard/'''Baldr''', Hozul/'''Hodr''', Krishna/'''Krisna''', Binonten/'''Pinonten''', Athen/Athens/Artemis(?) ...let's just say that an [[WordOfGod official statement]] is needed to clear this up. Heck, even the name of the series falls into this--while the katakana consistently says "Break Blade", the accompanying English isn't consistent throughout all sources. Some will say "Break Blade":, while others will say "Broken Blade" (this is what the US manga release went with).
* SuperSoldier: [[spoiler:There are hints that Cleo is one, piloting the golem with astounding proficiency and physically overpowering Sigyn despite the fact she's only twelve; Niko appears to be one as well but in a variation only ''looks'' twelve and is actually twice that age.]]
* TeamPet: Gram, the Owl.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Niko does this deliberately when trying to play up the cute angle in order to get sympathy.
* TitleDrop
--> '''Borcuse''': A golem with a broken sword for a horn that disrupted our tactics...I guess I can call it the ''Break Blade'' for the time being.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Girge.
* TookALevelInBadass: Rygart. He was already a pretty good pilot with Delphine, but [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/break_blade/v08/c042/17.html this page]] sums up how much he has changed and how determined and hungry for revenge against [[spoiler: Borcuse for killing Girge & for all the hell he put him through. Boy does he look PISSED.]]
** After chapter 50, Rygart [[BloodKnight definitely has]] [[AntiHero crossed this line]]. Also marks the beginning of the next chapter of the story, aptly subtitled '''CHAOS HERO'''.
** Firmly cemented in chapter 67. [[spoiler: Rygart completely and utterly '''OWNS''' Zess, with a damaged Delphine while Zess is riding a new model of Golem]]
* UnSorcerer: The TropeNamer.
* UnstoppableRage: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Getting Cleo mad: a bad idea]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:General Baldr]] is this for Girge. In the end, [[spoiler:Girge sacrifices himself in Rygart's place]] because he knows he will never be worthy of being [[spoiler:Baldr's]] son [[spoiler:since he's a messed up BloodKnight]] and thinks [[spoiler:Rygart]] would be a better son. This is why [[spoiler:Rygart is so broken up over Girge's death.]]
* [[spoiler: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Virtually all of the Athens characters who aren't dead by the sixth film's conclusion inexplicably disappear. What becomes of Io, Bades and Leto is never explained. Only Cleo is given closure, mentioned by Erekt and Zess after she escapes Binonten on a barge.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Rygart calls out on Hodr for being indecisive when Athens announced one of the demands for surrender involve Krisna's royal family, including Sigyn, to be executed.
* WorfEffect: [[spoiler:The Spartans, a elite groups of Athen Golems gets easily destroyed by Girge.]]
* WorldSundering: Some mysterious event happened in the past that caused majority of the volcanoes around the world to die.
* WreckedWeapon: Apart from the obvious symbolic meaning, the story's title might as well refer to the state Rygert leaves the Delphine and its equipment in after every battle.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Cleo. [[spoiler: She is twelve.]] The main characters are surprised when they find out.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The dress Narvi wears to the party sports this.
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