GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS (FIRST IMPRESSIONS)
Okay it’s a new Gundam series and fans are watching this crunchyroll or on youtube (if you’re cheap like me). I watched and check it over twice for any flaws. The only flaw that I found. Is that is for the younger audience, who has been fan of AGE or just new to the series.
The story sets in a near future, but mostly in our world. Where those 50ft walking death machines, to small plastic models. But here’s a thing. You can use these gundam models, to fight other gundam models in a virtual battle arena. It’s kinda like Virtua-On but ten times more awesome.
The characters in this series are okay in this series. Sei Iroi (the protagonist) is gundam genius who his family owns a model shop in a middle of nowhere. There was one part in the episode that I agree with. Why put in a shop, where people rarely go through here. Instead of some places like Akihabara? Even though he’s good Gundam triva and great tips for gunpla building (in my case in theory). He sucks ass as a pilot, which surprises me. Usually you get some random dude or chick who sometimes found a gundam and piloted with ease naturally (While other series they don’t or easily learned it off screen). This is like some noob in some compettive MOBA game or Shooter, and I kinda of like it. The side characters are also fine, but there is one character that’s always bugging me. That dude is Reiji. Reiji is hot-headed kid in the show. He’s show lack of manners and selfish. But he’s also a good pilot. The weirdest thing is that Reiji gave Sei a gem. Just in case, if Sei wants to call him in his time of need.
This is the part where everybody is talking about Reiji. They think of him as alien from a another world, and the ironic part is that I’m those guys who holds that conspiracy. I really hope is not, because from what I can tell Gundam plus Aliens, really don’t go well. If you saw Gundam 00: Awakening of a Trailblazer. Then you know how stupid it will be when you put Gundam into the mix.
The animation is awesome in this. It looks like they put in the some animation from AGE and put here for all Gunpla battles. It’s smooth and clean, and I hope I could see more of it. The music, well for this kind of show, I’ll go to nice and have everyday feel when there having a conversation; then goes to the game on battle situation. Either way it’s very neutral for me, because I’m a well known Gundam fan.
Now if there’s any cameos in this series, then look no futher. They have two cameos that turned on my fanboy squee on. The first one is the part when the bulid strike gundam (piloted by Reiji)slices that Gyan in traditional RX-79-2 gundam style. The other best cameo, is when a customer Mr. Ral came by. He said that is favorite Mobile Suit is the Gouf. If you watched the very first Gundam series. This is the cameo for Rambal Ral one of my favorite Zeon characters in the original series. In my mind he’ll probably be in Gunpla fighting tournament, and pilot his custom made Gouf, and owns everybody with it. Hell you know that’s going to happen someday.
The Mobile suits, I mean Gundam models for new series. Are mostly the same thing from previous series. But with special modifications and color schemes. My favorite is still the Build Strike Gundam and the MS-06R-AB Zaku Amazing. My best hopes is for a custom made version of Shining Gundam with Ryu Color scheme from Street Fighter, Nobel Gundam that looks like Sailor Moon, and the knight gundam. I hope can see more of these in battle or in Easter Egg at least. That would be awesome.
So with all that what do I thin about this series. Well it’s a good show. But it’s for all the hardocre fans of Gundam. Which takes place in war, or conflict in any kind of century. But here’s a thing, this is not a war, or conflict. It’s a shonen/slice of life anime about a boy and his love of Gundam models and try to top his father in the tournament. It also targets to the younger audience of the show (just to make them buy their products) and sometimes for fans of nostalgia. You know just for us sometimes. If you’re hardcore fan of Mobile Suit Gundam, this will be not show for you. But if you’re Hardcore Gundam fan, who want to branch out for his love of anime. Then this will be a good start for ya. I’m sure that I’ll be having fun with this series too. I’m GundamFan202 saying, “Launch, APPLE AND PINKIE GUNDAM”!
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Gundam Wiki: http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Gundam_Build_Fighters
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