Sunrise’s history in the ‘real robot’ genre has always fascinated me. As the studio that gets the credit for kicking the ball off with Mobile Suit Gundam in the first place, their docket since then has been loaded with all manner of other variations on the formula. Some trying to ride in Gundam‘s wake, others simply to make their own mark.
Some of these do pretty well for themselves and even manage to gain some franchise clout of their own (Armored Trooper VOTOMS comes to mind) others swing and miss, never meeting the full potential it feels like they’re hoping for.
Somewhere between those two extremes is the comfortable little valley that Buddy Complex finds itself in.