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12:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.

Josh Tolentino


12:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Watch 7 minutes of the Red Comet in Gundam: The Origin

Fans of the Red Comet, rejoice! We finally get to see Char Aznable in action in this new trailer for the upcoming first part of the OVA adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. The trailer features Char Aznable laying wa...

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17
by Josh Tolentino

It's worth pointing out that among many similarities to other episodes in the series, this week's installment of Build Fighters Try is the second time they've spent the opening minutes on the puppy-love angle between Fumina, Sekai, Gyanko, and now Shia. As a fan of cute, dumb things, I can't help but like it, and anyone looking to Build Fighters for a serious war drama has long since been frightened off, so there's no problem there.

What IS a problem, though, is having sound effects in the opening sequence. Why do you do these things, Sunrise? When David Production did it to the openings for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure late into the Battle Tendency arc I thought it was just some kind of rookie mistake, but you've been making Gundam for several decades now. You should know better!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16
by Josh Tolentino

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about Gundam, especially the original Gundam series, is the Core Block System.

For those unfamiliar, it's that system that allows a little transforming plane (the "Core Fighter") to form the "abs" of the original Gundam, which would assemble the legs, head, and upper torso around it. Given the original series' reputation as pioneering a concept of giant robots in a military, wartime context, the Core Block System and its combining glory feels like a weird holdover from the Super Robot days, where every robot assembled itself with an eye towards spectacle more than practicality.

Thank goodness for Minato Sakai and his Build Busters teammates, then.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15
by Josh Tolentino

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS.

Let's fighting!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12
by Josh Tolentino

Another week, another installment of my third-best anime of 2014. But as a fitting Christmas Eve present (the episode went live on December 24th), we get to unwrap the lovely gift that is the timely arrival of Meijin Kawaguchi III, and his legendary Gunpla, the Amazing Red Warrior.

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10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11
by Josh Tolentino

With the team high on the sweet taste of victory, we take a break from the road to the national championship for the customary training section. This is where we learn just what the Try Fighters are up against, now that they're playing in the big leagues.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10
by Josh Tolentino

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey. 

But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam". 

But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

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8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

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8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino