Hey everyone TheCodeTrigger and welcome to my next anime review.
For this one we are taking a look at Gundam Build Fighters.
Gundam Build Fighters how I underestimate you so hard When first looking at this anime I was like oh fuck this is going to be an another shameless cash grab just like its peers Bakugan and Beyblade but in the end, Gundam Build Fighters proved me wrong. Out of all the kid friendly shows that I have seen this is one the best one I have encountered so far.
Gundam Build Fighter is an anime that aired in fall of 2013 and was directed by a man named Nagasaki, Kenji and it consists of 25 episodes airing from Oct 7, 2013 to Mar 31, 2014.
Now with that out-of-the-way, let’s get started.
The story for Gundam build fighters is more rather simple. Sei Iori who is a young boy who’s living a dream as the son of the owner of a small Gunpla shop. He’s always fallen short in Gunpla battles in the past while his modelling skills are A class his piloting skills are not that good.
This is until one day a peculiar boy named Reiji who finds his way in Sei life and aiding him with his incredible piloting skills. Together the duo takes on the world of Gunpla battles and they want to become to best like no one ever was.
It’s your classic tournament set-up which were all the battles are revolving of using plastic toys known as Gunpla.
One thing that I liked about this series how they manage to developed each rival before they battle. This brings more personally into them and we know why they are in Gunpla tournament.
Outside tournaments there is a lot of things that are going on behind the scenes like it has its fair share of engaging conspiracies and villainy to its well written slice of life section which where all of the characters interact very well with each other to well crafted romance scenes which I got so much out of because It wasn’t enough of a key focus for relationships not being wrapped up to negatively affect the series. Instead it was a case of making hinted pairings known letting you assume that these people will end up together when the grow up.
I like to point it is the romance that is set in a world where you can officially get laid by presenting Gunpla to the ladies. That right there is hilarious.
We also get a decent of highly amusing silly and immature humour every now and then and they did it in the way that is acceptable to both kids and older viewers also the humour doesn’t get cringe-worthy thank god.
The only things that I can slightly complain is where they didn’t explore Reiji’ origins enough because Reiji was by far the most mysterious character of the bunch.
Besides from that very minor complaint that I have. The story of Gundam Build Fighters is simply wonderful.
Now the charterers in Gundam Build Fighters, in a nutshell, are really good like actually really good and memorable.
For starters, we have Sei Iori a kind and lovable boy who despite his amazing Gunpla building skills he sucks at piloting the Gunpla that cant enter a Gunpla tournament
Personally, I really liked him because he feels fresh and original unlike most generic main protagonist who are usually hot-headed and to be honest I was really tired of seeing Hot headed main protagonist in a kids because 75% of the time they character development are usually too predictable.
Also as the series progress he becomes so mature that at the ending of the series we see him able to pilot his own Gunpla without any help. The main reason why I adore Sei is because he actually made progress very slowly in both mentally and physically because we see him processes as a character that is not predictable but rather smart.
Overall Sei is a really good character and deserves an honourable mention in my top 30 favourite male characters list.
Next, we have the mysterious boy named Reiji who is from a different planet. He’s overbearing, selfish, quick to anger and lacking in manners.
I personally really liked Reiji because he the most entertaining character of this series. Every time he comes in screen he always just a badass from his personality to the things that he does throughout the whole series.
He really gets good character development thought the series because later on he learns the planet earth as well as how the Gunpla game works.
Overall Reiji is a great bro type character.
Then we have Aila Jyrkiäinen a quiet individual who often speaks with a lack of emotions and responding with the bare minimum amount of words.
Surprising she is my second favourite character in this show because she first starts off as a near emotionless character but as the series progresses she becomes a more engaging character mainly because she builds a relationship with Reiji and its a very funny one on that.
The rest of the characters can be hit or miss depending on your tastes.
Personally, I think all of the characters are very well-rounded and unique.
From the other competitors to the side characters all of them were enjoyable and interesting to watch.
Only thing that I personally liked about the side characters actually having a relevance to the story because you see I had some problems with they have a big bunch of characters but they ether do nothing or they just there to show off. Some examples include Black Bullet, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul and Metal Fight Beyblade.
Thankfully these side characters were fun to watch and they actually did something unlike where they are just there to fill in roster.
Overall the characters in Gundam Build Fighters are brilliant and they are very well written.
I really love the art here. It’s mostly constant and very detailed with a good use of colours to make the backgrounds,
There are a few mild fan-service scenes but its apectable here because after all this is a kids show.
The animation is also great. I feel all the Gunpla battle are well animated and smooth and the characters movements are great to.
Overall the art and animation are just amazing to look at.
This OST itself has got to be one of the best anime OST I ever heard in my life. Now I listened to the entire OST and let me tell you all of the songs are memorable as hell. No joke.
These are some of my favourite tracks from this OST.
The first opening theme Nibun no Ichi by BACK ON. Personally,the first opening theme is good on its own but it gets overshadowed by the second opening (“wimp ft. Lil’Fang (from FAKY)” by BACK-ON) is wonderful to listen because it brings builds up the anime really well and its makes the show more exciting. Because of this opening two is one of my favourite anime openings period.
The first ending theme is great while the second ending is great but incredibly inferior to the first ending theme which I loved.
At this time of the review, there is no English dub for Gundam Build Fighters which saddens me because I just want to hear a good dub from a kids show because ever since Beyblade Original Series and past Pokemon Gen 4 there hasn’t been any good dubs for a kids show. /stares at Beyblade Metal Fusion and Yugioh Zexal…
To be frank honest with you if Gundam Build Fighters gets a dub I will watch it regardless if it sounds bad or not.
Overall I really adored the OST, the opening and ending themes.
I personally enjoyed the season. I love all of the mecha battles from the serious battles to the more silly battles that they have. I love all of the characters because unlike Beyblade/Bakugan they actually have personalities and surprisingly I found them to be well written in execution.
I found the animation to be outstanding because all of the characters/Gunpla moved so smoothly there was hardly any frame drops during the animation department and most of all it just looked so beautiful to watch. You can tell that Sunrise really put a lot effort into this wonderful anime.
Also, the OST was wonderful to listen because it adds life to the world that they live in and all of the Gunpla battles.
I decided to pick up this show because I wanted to see a good kid friendly show that can appeal to the kids as well as the adults because rarely I feel that most kids type of shows is only sceptic made for one and that is the kids. I was also looking for a show that doesn’t heavy promote its merchandise.
Gundam Build Fighters is a perfect example of a kids shows right because unlike let’s say Bakugan and Beyblade where most of these characters are here just to promote their toys and later on they became useless but with Gundam Build Fighters they manage to make every character feel relevant to the story. Also for kids show its very well written surprisingly. Personally, I think Gundam Build Fighters is one of the few kids shows that can appeal to the mature anime fans. The only other 3 kid shows that can do that is the Digimon Series, Inazuma Eleven and Ginga e Kickoff because they are very good and well written kids show.
Gundam Build Fighters has become one of my favorite anime OST period aswell as being one of my favourite anime period.
I strongly recommend this show for anyone who is looking for a good kids shows or if you’re a big Gundam fan.
I give Gundam Build Fighters a 9.5/10.
At this time of the review Gundam Build Fighters hasn’t been licensed by any UK anime studio. However you can watch the whole series from YouTube for free with no extra cost.
I know some of them are weird choices but I think they are very similar to each other in the terms of content.
Personal Anime Recommendation
A couple of quotes.
“Gundam plastic models… Gunpla. Building them or fighting them, it all depends on you. Unlike the Mobile Suit Gundam story, we’re not in a state of war, and we don’t have to put our lives on the line. It’s just played for pleasure. But… No, for that very reason… People can be enthralled by Gunpla and Gunpla Battle. Because it’s a game, they can take it seriously!”
“heh but it’s just a game of toy, why would anybody take it seriously for that reason!”