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12:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Get yer gunpla ready, Gundam Build Fighters season two is a go!

After the surprise hit that was Gundam Build Fighters, we were left uncertain as to whether the popular show would be getting a second season. After all, everything in the story was wrapped up in a nice bow with only Sei's fu...

Pedro Cortes


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3:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Final volume of Gundam Unicorn gets another trailer

It's been four long years, but we're finally at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The OVA series, extended to seven episodes from the original solicitation of six, premieres its final episode in several Japanese theater...

Pedro Cortes



Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters photo
Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters
by Pedro Cortes

It’s finally at an end. After 25 episodes of unfiltered Gundam love, Build Fighters has reached its climax. Starting off as a kid who couldn’t find the right pilot for his beloved gunpla, Sei has gone farther than he ever could have imagined: He not only got to the world stage for gunpla fighting, but he managed to win the tournament despite the odds being stacked against him at nearly every turn.

However, there’s one last obstacle for Sei and Reiji to overcome. Thanks to Chairman Mashita’s tantrums, the giant Arista crystal underneath the arena has gone berserk. With Plavsky Particles shooting all over the place and sprouting crystals, what will our heroic duo do? Well, they’ll just have to destroy it. Thankfully, they won’t be doing it alone.

Hit the jump to read my recap of the final episode and my impressions of the series as a whole.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 23 & 24 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 23 & 24
by Pedro Cortes

Gundam Build Fighters has been coming to this point during its entire run. As more of the competitors were eliminated from the general tournament, it was pretty clear that Sei and Reiji would be facing off against their senpai, Yuuki. Their previous battle early on ended with a victory for their older, more experience pilot, but the win wasn’t as decisive as the boys thought. Unfortunately, outside interference may ruin what could’ve been a fair fight

Hit the jump to find out about the lead up and the actual battle between the Star Build Strike and the Amazing Exia.

 

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1:00 PM on 03.15.2014

Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits

It's actually funny: For as much access as North American anime fans have to Japan's pop culture output these days, there really are some things that are still difficult to find over there. For example, it's easy to get your ...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 22 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 22
by Pedro Cortes

The episode title Meijin vs Meijin confused me. I mean, at this point the only Meijin is Yuuki. I was thinking that there’d be a dark horse that would ride on in and take over at this point. The preview showed a young-looking guy, so maybe it was a former candidate for the title of Meijin. 

Well, I was half right. Being the kind of show that it is, Gundam Build Fighters had to throw in a complication in the form of an old trope. Hit the jump to see how this strapping British lad fits into the story about plastic models and the wackos that pilot them.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 20 & 21 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 20 & 21
by Pedro Cortes

We’re getting close to the end now. We’ve got the last battle to determine the Elite Four of the Gunpla World Championships. It’s a battle between “Italian Dandy” Ricardo Fellini and Aila, the stoic lover of meat buns. It’s a battle that will pit Sei and Reiji’s friend against the crazy Newtype of the show, so you know there’s bound to be a great amount of drama.

In short, yes, there’s a ton of drama and an equal amount of fallout afterward. So much so that we finally get some plot development from a character who has managed to remain pretty mum about their background.

Hit the jump to get the skinny on Sei and Reiji’s continued fight toward the top of the gunpla world!

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2:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Get a golden Bearguy III with second Gundam BF Blu-ray

As you may have read, I'm quite fond of Gundam Build Fighters. The show is pure fun and knows how to craft some amazing battles from a fairly silly premise. That said, it's a glorified gunpla commercial. Well, you can argue t...

Pedro Cortes



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters episode 19 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters episode 19
by Pedro Cortes

Next up in the quarter-finals are Sei and Reiji versus Nils Nielsen. It’s a battle between a pair of kids that are all about gunpla and a kid who could care less about it; all Nils wants are the secrets behind the Plavsky Particle, and he’s willing to go through some desperate lengths to get it.

Hit the jump to find out what the wunderkind was willing to do and the fallout in the resulting battle.

 

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 13-16 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Episode 13-16
by Pedro Cortes

Alright, now we're all caught up! Let me tell you, catching up to Gundam Build Fighters has been an entertaining affair. For one, it's been a blast to watch. As I mentioned during the first half recap, this show knows how to have fun with itself while still pimping out plastic models. Second, the shortened length of the show has led to some pretty nice-looking fights, as I haven't really seen any that have looked bad.

Well, the last four episodes have had some pretty crazy things going on: everything from a Wacky Racers-style episode to even a little bit of Big Windup. Build Fighters will keep you on your toes, what with these strange match-types and the fantastic suit cameos. So hit that jump and see what's been going on in the world of Gunpla Battle!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters episodes 3-12 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters episodes 3-12
by Pedro Cortes

Things have been quite interesting since I last talked about Gundam Build Fighters. For one, the show has really grown into its own. While mecha fan service is prevalent throughout every episode, the plot and characters have remained entertaining and likable. The main characters aren’t stupid and act more or less like normal people.

However, I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m here to take you through the first half of Gundam BF, through episode 12. In that time, we see gunpla idols using dirty tricks, a playboy Italian, Yakuza’s defeated by Gundam battles and an old suit gains some measure of redemption. Hit the jump to follow me through the first part of this surprisingly good love letter to all things plastic and buildable.

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10:00 PM on 10.01.2013

Gundam.info to simulcast Build Fighters

If any of you have been holding out hope for a Gundam Build Fighters simulcast, your prayers have been answer. It's been announced that the upcoming series will be streamed in select regions via Gundam.info, with new episode...

Tim Sheehy