12.24.2014

Mecha Analysis: Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 12

 
Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 13
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 11

Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 12 of Build Fighters: Return of the Meijin.
Something to keep in mind when looking at the Gunpla: Returning from Gundam Build Fighters, the ones responsible for mechanical design of Build Fighters: Return of the Meijin 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 12
The school of Meijin is now in session!

Gundam The End

Let's begin with The End. No new features were shown off, just the full Gunpla. I can confirm the suit design, for me, is quite off putting. Now to figure out which of the designers above were responsible for this hideous mobile suit.

Amazing Red Warrior

As we saw in the latter end of the previous episode, the third Meijin is back in red. It's quite fitting for the Char clone. The Red Warrior is equipped with Gunblades of varying lengths, a back mounted "hands free" Bazooka, and the mobile suit standard vulcans.


The suit itself is not all too interesting, but the fact that Meijin Kawaguchi pilots this suit potentially makes for some amazing episodes in the near future. Unfortunately, for this episode, it is piloted by a depressed Yuuma who has been holding himself back from being awesome. I'm sure we'll get some amazing action from this guy.

SD Beatdown

A shorter match between Fumina and Lady Kawaguchi happens after the showcase match (assumed to be happening simultaneously). Winning Gundam is destroyed by BB Legend Zero Gundam. However, before the match was over Fumina pulls all the parts she can for a final stand creating the absurd Winning Launcher as seen above.


Lady Kawaguchi's Zero Gundam is a stock build, just like the Stargazer she used 6 years ago (she does not confirm, but we can all assume she was the same girl). Somehow I do not believe she will be using this in a tournament.
Zero Gundam is a melee ranged SD mobile suit with two swords: a seemingly regular one and its main blue sword. Transforming the blue sword, Lady Kawaguchi uses Zero's special ability called "Maryu Kakusei."


Translating this, I get 魔竜 (Ma-Ryu) to be Demon (more like demonic magic) Dragon 覚醒 (Kakusei) to be awakening. I hope there's no blunder in translation this time around. The translation for Gurren was pretty embarrassing (please correct me if I am wrong).

That's about it for this episode. Having three fights in one episode doesn't allow any one suit to really show off. See you all tomorrow for more Mecha Analysis!