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...
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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.
The end of the last episode had a shocking finale: the capable Luang Dallara of Thailand was defeated by the Argentinian Renato twins. What’s worse, nobody could figure out how they did it. Reiji and Sei came rushing in, but all they saw was Luang’s kit in pieces.
So now the major question becomes: will Yuki figure out how the brothers were able to eliminate Luang before they do the same thing to him, or will the mantle of Kawaguchi be too heavy for him to handle? Well, you’ll have to hit the jump to find out!
With about eight episodes left, Gundam Build Fighters has made it into the finals of the World Tournament. All of the blood, sweat, tears, paint, sandpaper and destroyed plastic has led to this. Right now, everybody that Sei and Reiji knows is at the arena, waiting for the decisive matches to happen.
Of course, it has to happen early in the morning, so the perpetually late Reiji and the exhausted Sei are late for the bracket announcements. No need to worry; their next opponent is waiting for them inside the venue. The first roadblock to the cup is none other than Mao. Having desired to meet and battle them on a world stage, Mao's wish has come true and the time for the fateful battle is soon.
Hit the jump to find out how that battle plays out and who will move on to the next round.
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.
It's hard to believe that Adol wasn't able to triumph over the Link last week. While Adol could've ended the match with his time-stopping spell, Link countered his move with the help of his Magic Cape. Confused by Link's unexpected disappearance, Adol received a surprise attack by the elven hero's legendary Master Sword. Link wins! (8 > 4)
After covering so many matches between characters that use an assortment of interesting weapons, I think it’s time to have a showdown between two fighters that rely solely on the power of their arms. That being said, let’s give a big hand to our two participants:
[Editor's Note: It's a little late in the season for First Impressions, but you know what? It's Valvrave. How could we resist?]
When last we left Valvrave the Liberator...
Actually, that phrase is a tad bit awkward, in my case, as I left Valvrave just after the somewhat uncomfortable episode 10, eventually allowing the season to lapse with little further comment. Now, I'm hardly the type to just drop things because they make some problematic missteps, but it's just that after episode 10-- despite its recovery from that stumble and some of the really bonkers stuff that went down afterward-- Valvrave just seemed a little bit less "fun" to watch, y'know?
But enough about that, because I'm here again, and so is Valvrave. This train is back on track and barreling to crazytown, and there ain't no stopping it.
To say that Gundam AGE was a disaster is an understatement. While the show started off well and had good intentions, it fell victim to holier-than-thou protagonists spitting out anti-war propaganda messages that made little to no sense. Not even a set of good-looking robots could save that mess. When the last episode limped to a flaccid conclusion, I wondered where the franchise would go next. It utterly failed in home video and kit sales, so the next entry would have to be something that could appeal to a wide audience, and make fans want to buy the kits again. Normally, this would mean that Sunrise would run to make another revision of the One Year War...but the thing is, that's what AGE was supposed to be. When the old standard fails, what comes next?
The answer is Gundam Build Fighters, an interesting play on nostalgia and fan service. Instead of a serious show set against the backdrop of war, Gundam BF involves kids duking it out with their special model kits. You read that right: people put together mobile suits from the entire history of the franchise and fight in virtual Gunpla Battles, with their pride in their kits on the line. If you think that sounds like a desperate attempt to sell old suits to a new audience, then you're not entirely wrong. However, that doesn't mean that the final product is bad- in fact, it's quite the opposite. I really enjoyed this lower-key Gundam.
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...
Well, what can I say? You can't mess with Jack Frost, and Blaze the Cat's flames were not enough to melt the ice. Since this Jack Frost was fused to resist fire, our ‘Hee-Ho’ shouting fairy only had to use only one Bufu spell to put out Blaze's fire. Jack Frost wins! (14 > 1)
Lots of guns have been blazing this week, so I have decided to go with another battle two iconic heroes that wield a firearm with special properties. However, the real credit goes to Baron Von Vogl for coming up with this match up when we were hanging out. But anyways, let's introduce our fighters!
He's traveled across the far ends of the galaxy to find the Galactic Leyline with the Outlaw Star, and he is now ready to test his Caster Shells in what might be his most challenging battle yet! Since he managed to come across some new Shells, Gene Starwind is ready to test them out!
Sixty Billion Double Dollars is a lot of money when you do the math. Despite the huge bounty, Vash the Stampede doesn’t look like a wanted criminal. However, his gunman skills and his love for doughnuts are a force to be reckoned with, so he won’t be holding back this time around.
Both fighters wield special firearms, so this battle will be based on the way how each fighter uses their weapons. Your votes and persuasion skills will act as the real bullets in settling this showdown. Make sure that you add a +1 to the person that you side with, since it well let us keep tabs on the bullets fired in combat. Gene and Vash will fight from today till Thursday, so do your best to vote on time. Once the battle comes to a complete end, you can drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins. Before the guns go off, I recommend that you head to your seats as soon as possible.