I guess this is a week of me catching up on my Gundam!
The spiritual successor to Gunpla Builders Beginning G (which I loved the hell out of), Gundam Build Fighters is a very meta show. Instead of taking place in a distant future with space colonies and new types, the main setting for Build Fighters is a little Gunpla store in a small town in Japan. A young Gunpla builder, Sei, manages the shop with his mother and dreams of becoming a great Gunpla Fighter like his father before him.
I once dreamed of having a Gunpla shop. I would have a little work area in the back where I’d put together kits for display. It was an awesome dream. So it’s very satisfying to see Sei living my dream even if it’s in anime form.
Anyway, back to the show. To become the very best, like no one ever was, you must test your mettle in the Gunpla Fight. This is a virtual battle where you get to pilot your Gunpla. The better the model, the better your virtual Mobile Suit, although the Gunpla seem to take real damage when they fight so maybe it’s not so virtual.
Certainly, this show is mostly a toy commercial. It’s more toy whorey than the most form changing Tokusatsu show. Every kit that the kids build on the show will be available for purchase so you can build along. And each kit in the Build Fighters line will have the same frame so you can mix and match parts to create your very own custom. I think they will also be selling cards which will work with the Gundam Try Age arcade game. I’m not entirely certain how that will work, but it sounds like the cards you get will allow you to customize your own fighter in the game which sounds fucking awesome!
It’s not the epic space opera that I usually like in my Gundam. But it’s awesome fun. And there are all sorts of franchise references like that one dude named Mr. Ral who is totally Ramba Ral. Not sure if it’s a good jumping on point for new viewers (you should check out AGE), but it’s a lot of fun.