12.10.2014

Mecha Analysis: Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 10


Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 11
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 9

Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 10 of Gundam Martial Arts Tryhard.
Something to keep in mind when looking at the Gunpla: Returning from Gundam Build Fighters, the ones responsible for mechanical design of Gundam Martial Arts Tryhard are as follows,

  • Kunio Okawara: THE Gundam designer, designing the original RX-78-2, and Zaku II along with many designs through the years. He's had his hand in Zeta, ZZ, 0080, F90, F91, 0083, Victory, G Gundam, 08th, Wing, X, Turn A, SEED, 00, Unicorn, and many other non-Gundam anime. Holy crap this list is long.
  • Not much is said about Junichi Akutsu, Junya Ishigaki, and Kenji Teraoka.
  • Kanetake Ebikawa, though has been working as a mechanical designer since the late 90s with anime like Blue Submarine No.6 and Full Metal Panic!, did not start designing for the Gundam franchise until 2007 with Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Other notable works include Gunpla Builders Beginning G, Gundam AGE, and Euerka Seven: AO.

Episode 10
BEARGGUY F. THAT IS ALL.

Turn A Gundam

The insignificant antagonist pilots a black (and yellow) Turn A Gundam. Besides standard load out, this mobile suit can use its shield to surf like Maxter Gundam. No Moonlight Butterfly? What a filthy casual!

Beargguy F

With help from Yuuma, Mirai constructs and customizes a Beargguy II. Not III, not even the original, just II. This non-existent kit has little to no marking, not even the Bandai label. Is this a Chinese knock-off Gunpla?

 

Mama-Beargguy is essentially a white Beargguy II. Nothing in particular stands out from this mobile suit. I do like how the writers take to factor that all Beargguys are based on the amphibious mobile suit, Acguy, and can, therefore, maneuver underwater. Though it was mentioned in Gunpla Builders Beginning G, it was never touched upon in Gundam Build Fighters (How was China able to maneuver through space in the final episode?).


Petit-Beargguy is a custom sub-machine built by Yuuma as a gift for Mirai. From what we see of Petit-Beargguy in this episode, it does not really have any weapons - at least none like Mama-Beargguy's. It has a bubble blowing straw, but in context to this episode, it has no offensive capability.


However, Mirai uses Petit-Beargguy to show off the martial arts she learned growing up. Even though Sekai did not fight this episode, we still get an attack of the week!


SOTEN GUREN-KEN! Translated to Blue (or Clear) Sky (蒼天: Soten) Crimson Lotus (紅蓮: Guren) Fist (拳: Ken), a relatively straight forward translation this time (thanks for the translation fix, /u/swfanatic717).

I don't think I need to talk about how much I want this kit. I'll have it someday to stand with my Beargguy III.

Cameo(s) of the Week
I haven't had this section in awhile. Not enough significant or interesting cameos in the past few episodes. Of course, because this episode is a side story, cameos are bound to appear.

 

THE META IS REAL. This universe is known for cameos, but to think we can now have cameos from the previous series in form of insignificant side characters is just funny.


Lalah Sune returns as a model! She is accompanied by her Elmeth and Char's Gelgoog. This shot only reminds me of how miserable the weather is in New England...


Is that a Unicorn...Unicorn?

 

The background has some interesting store fronts - McDaniel's, Yazan's Beach House, Hambrabi - if only we got to see Yazan as a beach bum surfing bro.

Even though this is merely a side story, it is definitely a good break from the tournament scene before nationals. Hopefully we see more Jigen Haoh martial arts from Mirai in the future! See you all tomorrow.