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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

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Mama-Beargguy and Cubbguy

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?!

Following Team Try Fighters' victory at the regionals, nationals are next, but just as before, with Sei and Reiji's brief post-qualification vacation, we take a break from the tourneys to catch some Z's, recharge, and let Mirai, Sekai's elder sister, have some time in the son.

And boy, does she.

Sekai isn't kidding when he says his sister's "not just for show", and Mirai proves it aftergetting drafted into a Gunpla race to promote the new "Gunpla Collection" fashion line (truncated to "Gun-Colle", it's  a clear reference to Kantai Collection). Yuuma is on hand to exercise his puppy crush on her, and helps her build her first custom Gunpla, the Mama Beargguy II and its sub-machine Petit-Beargguy. 

It is adorable. And I'm not just talking about the Beargguys here. The episode is pure, delicious fan service, much like the triumphal "Gunpla Festival" episode from late in the first season. References abound in the forms of Yuuma's Zeta Gundam-based dream dates, as well as the themed outfits of the various runway models at the show.

We even get another first-season cameo, courtesy of Durarara!! character designer Suzuhito Yasuda and his illustration of Hollywood celebrity Mihoshi (née Kirara) and her gorgeous seven-years-later look.

The episode doesn't skimp on the cool gunpla either. As mentioned, the Beargguys are adorable (Beargguy should be promoted to become a proper mascot for the Gundam brand at large), but also cool is the black-and-gold color scheme of the Turn A Gundam used by Taku, celebrity creeper and rival for Mirai's attention.

Of course, Taku gets his comeuppance in the form a Jigen Haoh School-powered crotch punch, and he definitely had it coming. Sadly, Yuuma still doesn't get his mack on, and with Fumina and Sekai as something of the pair to watch in Build Fighters Try, poor Yuuma's affections may end up unrequited  for this series. 

Next week, a training montage, with even more season 1 pop-ups! 

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