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7:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Burlesque show inspired by Cowboy Bebop premieres early May

I love me a good burlesque show. Artful stripping to themes that are close to my heart? Please, give me more! It's one of the reason why I loved both Cosplay Burlesque shows when they were featured at Otakon several years bac...

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

11:00 AM on 04.07.2014

Animazement adds several seiyuu from original Mobile Suit Gundam

I was already going to Animazement. Their announcement of KOTOKO as the main musical guest was enough for me to plop down the cash for a weekend pass, plane tickets and a shared hotel. With their latest guest announcements, I...

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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Review: Tiger & Bunny: The Rising photo
Review: Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
by Pedro Cortes

Tiger & Bunny turned out to be a surprise hit for Sunrise. It had well-animated action scenes, an interesting story across both seasons and a set of main characters that had some great arcs. Not only that, but the show ended up being a hit across genders lines. In general, guys loved the super hero action and ladies loved the rather attractive heroes -- I mean, the Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Barnaby Brooks Jr. slash paring is one of the most popular ones I've seen.[Editor's Note: which certainly is not to say that plenty of ladies didn't also enjoy this show for the action as well!] It’s the kind of cross-over hit that only happens once every couple of years.

This being a Sunrise property, there was bound to be some sort of compilation film. The first movie, titled Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning, spent most of its time re-telling the opening few episodes of the show, ending with a new adventure involving a thief that can change his location at will. A year and a half later, we finally get the second film, Tiger & Bunny: The Rising. Instead of a ton of recaps, we get an entirely new film with a new hero and a new antagonist.

How do these new elements fit into the established world?

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8:00 AM on 03.21.2014

Gundam 35th anniversary brings new movie, OVA, TV show

I hope you're ready for a whole lot of Gundam in the next couple months, because the air is about to get thick with Minovsky Particles. To commemorate the 35th year of Gundam, Sunrise is prepping an onslaught of media for fan...

Pedro Cortes



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

2:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Ladies vote on which Gundam Wing pilots get chocolate

If the ladies of Japan could give one of the Gundam Wing pilots chocolate, who would get all the cavities? That's what Gundam.info asked their female readers leading up to Valentine's Day and the Blu-ray release of Gundam Win...

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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