In the distant future, the nature of war has changed. “Objects”—massive, spherical tanks impermeable to standard weaponry and armed with destructive firepower—rule the battlefield; their very deployment ensures victory, rendering traditional armies useless. However, this new method of warfare is about to be turned on its head. Qwenthur Barbotage, a student studying Object Design, and Havia Winchell, a radar analyst of noble birth, serve in the Legitimate Kingdom’s 37th Mobile Maintenance Battalion, tasked with supporting the Baby Magnum, one of the nation’s Objects. Unfortunately, a battle gone awry places the duo in a precarious situation: mere infantry stand face-to-face against the unfathomable might of an enemy Object. As they scramble to save themselves and their fellow soldiers, a glimmer of hope shines through, and the world’s perception of Objects is changed forever. Heavy Object follows these two soldiers alongside Milinda Brantini, the Baby Magnum’s pilot, and their commanding officer Frolaytia Capistrano as the unit treks all over the globe to fight battle after battle. Facing one impossible situation after another, they must summon all their wit and courage to overcome the insurmountable foes that are Objects. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
Hue Hue Anime Reviews
Packed to the brim with witty characters, cynical humor, clean and unencumbered animation, unprecedented battles, intelligent stories, unforeseeable plot twists, tension building OSTs, and a brilliant English dub, Heavy Object is overflowing with finesse and oozing satire! Without a doubt Heavy Object can be counted among my top 3 favorite mechas. Genius in every respect of the word, the only thing I regret about this anime is that I’m going to have to wait to buy it. And believe me, I am going to buy it, and so should you, after giving it a look-see, of course. I can’t imagine not wanting to watch this fantastic anime over and over again, it’s a guaranteed rewatch series, for years to come.
I would say in the end this is a good show. Maybe not a great show, but it is very consistent. Each arc I think is on the whole on the same level as the one before it. The show just continues to give good and enjoyable episodes. This was a show that was very much a comfort show for me. I could always count on it to give me some interesting things to talk about and some good challenges for the main cast to overcome. It may not be one of the best anime I’ve ever seen, but it didn’t disappoint me. Definitely worth checking out if one is interested in unusual mechs that aren’t the usual Gundam-type and seeing humans overcoming incredible odds.
My Anime List
Basically if you like action and a little bit of humor it will probably fit your fancy. You don’t have to like mecha to like this. Personally I’m not a huge mecha fan but I really liked this anime.
So as a conclusion HO was one of those anime’s that started out very mediocre with a mildly interesting storyline and lame comedy but improved along the way. It developed into an anime that did the mech genre right and that didn’t idolize the concept of war.
A real blast of a start, but once the smoke clears there’s nothing there.
The Chuuni Corner
Frolaytia was a goddess, Qwenthur and Havia’s relationship was fun, but the action itself was boring.
The Nihon Review
Perhaps it is also a case of nitpicking to bemoan a series for basing its faceless feudal kingdom around modern France of all countries. But there is so little foundation to Heavy Object, that the nits just beg to be picked. That this anime gets so much wrong while being smugly convinced that it’s right compels me to believe that original writer Kamachi Kazuma has never cracked open a book or even left his house. I can’t think of another anime that was as insulting to my intelligence as Heavy Object. If only its flaws made it halfway fun to mock.