Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha
Aired: Oct 7, 2013 to Mar 31, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, Sotsu
Licensors: Nozomi Entertainment
Rating: G – All Ages
Though Gundam Plastic Models, better known as Gunpla, exploded in popularity with the release of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, their presence faded before resurging with a new purpose. Through the power of Plavsky particles, fans are now able to pit their Gunpla against others in a virtual reality-style battle with the best competing at the annual Gunpla World Tournament.
Sei Iori, whose father was a once finalist in the competition, dreams of one day conquering the contest himself. However, while Sei is an expert Gunpla builder, he lacks the prowess to effectively fight his creations during actual battle. In comes Reiji, a mysterious boy who is curiously ignorant of society but quickly demonstrates to Sei tremendous ability in Gunpla battles. The two boys decide to combine their strengths in order to sweep the Gunpla World Tournament and take the Gunpla world by storm. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The creators of Gundam try from time to time to release an iteration of the franchise that has a completely new story set away from the original time line and they usually hold on pretty well by themselves and Gundam build fighters is no less, unlike the other “spinoffs” build fighters is made for Gunpla Builders . The characters are quite diverse in both their motives and personalities, although this series explores most of the characters It just misses to delve more into one of the main character’s background, so to me it felt like as if more episodes were needed to knock that down.
Nevertheless, the show sprinkles meaningful lessons about improving oneself, outwitting your foes and there is an abundant of surprising twists of events that goes against the watcher’s expectation. In addition to the well choreographed fight scenes in which each had its own dynamic and believable exchange of blows between the opponents that added a sense of chivalry which is very fitting for a fighting series. As for the Mecha designs; I cannot say original knowing that most of them being a remodeling of old Mechs from previous Gundam shows but giving them a newer fresher look , and it is defiantly a joy when you see those Mechs back on screen even if it’s just for a split second just like a family reunion.
Overall Rate: 9/10