Mecha Analysis: Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 21

Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 22
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 20

Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 21 of Gundam Build Fighters Try. Something to keep in mind when looking at the Gunpla: Returning from Gundam Build Fighters, the ones responsible for mechanical design of Gundam Build Fighters Try 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 21 
It has been quite some time since this show held any true tension. Even though anyone could predict the battle would turn out to be a 1v1 match, the push and pull of the skirmishes leading up to the final battle built up the match up rather than detract (like most of the cannon fodder has been in recent episodes). 
The only complaint I have is the opportunity for a badass line in that latter half of the show: When Shia states 2 minutes remain in the match and they only need to survive to win, I was hoping for something along the lines of "Leave this to me, all I need is two minutes" following Wilfrid's line "I don't want such an incomplete victory."
I would have also liked the final match up to be a battle of speed and agility rather than a Dragonball energy blow out competition. Is that asking too much of this show? Probably - this episode already had some nice battles, I'll take what I can get.

Team Celestial Sphere

These guys had their spotlight: the features of each Gunpla from the Academy have been seen in previous episodes and not much new came about in this episode. That said, there is still something to talk about when it comes to this elite trio of battlers!

I guess we should start with Gundam The End. Nothing new is shown from this suit, but for some reason Lucas is surprised when The End removes his cloak and flashes everyone with its ugly body (it looks better than I first remembered). Lucas aside, the way his moves are showcased in this episode are more clear than previous, especially his Dead End Finger.

Also, as an ending note for The End, this guy sure can eat.

Gundam Portent's most amazing ability is not an attack, but the repair bots controlled by Haro. I cannot remember if this is a nod to the Haro of Gundam 00, but I got excited all the same by this scene. PLEASE INCLUDE THESE TINY BOTS IN THE GUNDAM PORTENT KIT (unlikely :C)!


For a Gundam named Transient Gundam, he's lasted quite a long time (Transient: adj. lasting only for a short time; impermanent.) Wilfrid uses Transient's special power, Transient Burst, which does...something. Is it a suicide attack? This is where my complaint comes in. Could we have a battle of agility and wit rather than Dragonball style energy wrestles? Both Full Cloth and Transient seem to fit the role of such and it would have made for an interesting looking battle, but the animators seemed to hold back on what could have been one of the best battles to exist (from start to finish). Oh well, I guess the radiance that lead to the future is all we'll get in this episode.

Team Von Braun

Morgenroete and I were hoping this team would win. It truly would have been the biggest upset in the series (especially with how many people are fawning over the Transient Gundam and its 00 fairy dust). Unfortunately we won't be seeing this team anymore, like all the other obscure enemies that appear and disappear in this show. The team consists of two supporting Geara Doga [C]'s and Lucas Nemesis' Crossbone Gundam X-1 Full Cloth, which seems to be the only stock Gunpla in this team despite being the team leader.

Seriously, there was nothing Lucas was hiding under that cloak. No special weapons, no special features - just a stock Crossbone (that was "well built"). Sure, the suit already has a lot of features and fans probably wanted to see an unaltered Full Cloth in the show, but for a character to be built up as something amazing, he has a pretty normal Gunpla.

It's really too bad. I would have loved to see Lucas move up (and possibly show off an upgraded Full Cloth for the finals).
One aspect I am a big fan of in this episode is the tactics Lucas uses with his team members. Unlike the fight against Junya in the previous episode, Lucas has a strategy in mind. He is in constant contact with his team members and using them for an alternative purpose than just fighting.

The two Geara Doga [C]'s are modified Geara Doga Heavy Weapons Type which use a high mobility pack made popular by Sauper's Geara Zulu in Gundam Unicorn (along with Gilboa's and Cuaron's suits). Instead of having the long ranged beam rifle equipped, an additional cooling fin is equipped, leaving a massive battery that is used to power their leader.

The orange Geara Doga is equipped with a Gatling Gun which looks like a strange mix between the two HG Customize Campaign Gatling Guns. The proportions are slightly off so replicating it would be somewhat hard no matter

The Blue Geara Doga has the stock beam rifle and shield.

It's a shame no other team had strategies as interesting as this one, though it might be the reason why this team was so interesting.

Can I also mention Field 8: Sky is a beautiful scenery?
That is all from me! I hope you all enjoyed this episode as much as I did and may the next semi-finals be just as epic! See you all for G no Reconguista's Mecha Analysis (hopefully tomorrow...).

Don't forget: register for the Gunpla Lollapalooza! The deadline is Friday next week. Trust me, you will only regret it if you do not sign up (there's no registration fee or dropout penalty)! Click on the links above to find out more about this /r/Gunpla-based competition!

Also, for those of you going to PAX East, I personally won't be going, but Moregenroete will be there for one of the days. He says "I'll probably be too busy looking for Monster Hunter schwag." I guess he will not be seeing you there? Remember to hydrate often and wear deodorant! I hope you enjoy your time at the convention!

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