3.11.2015

Mecha Analysis: Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 22

Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 23
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 21


Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 22 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 22
Sakai is the only character
outside of the protagonist's circle (include Mr. Ral) that
consistently shows up throughout the show. He is the only character I can label as an overarching enemy. Unfortunately this story arc has come to an end with the championships to be determined by the Gunpla Academy versus Team Try Hards. To me, the most interesting rivalry in this show has come to an end - so long, Osaka boy, you will be missed!

Team Try Hards

Once again, not much new is seen from Try Fighters, though there was a lot of Plavsky gate usage - first used as a shield to protect Yuuma in Gundam Unicorn final battle style, and second as a magnifier for Yuuma's beam rifles.


We also see Sekai taking a back seat this time! He plays the defensive role to help Yuuma out as his last move for the battle. Could that be considered a new technique for the Try Burning Gundam? Seriously though, he is NEVER the one defending...

Team Build Busters

Sakai pulls out all the stops on his masterpiece and he is met with defeat. Of all the characters and their Gunpla, Sakai and Gundam Tryon 3 has been the best story line. I wish the writers introduced Sakai's teammates and their relationship, or lack thereof, before Sakai's desire to enter the competition. Despite not having that bit, I'm sad to see this custom ZZ go.

TRYON 3 BANZAI!!
The first move we see from Tryon 3 is the Boomerang Stagger. Tryon takes its V-fin off and uses it like Gurren Lagann's shades! I wonder if both Gurren Lagann and Tryon 3 borrowed this technique from a Super Robot anime of the 70s (sorry, too lazy to do that research).


Tryon's second new skill, as shouted by Sakai in Super Robot finesse, is Raptor Breaker - a kick assisted by its leg's thrusters. I am continued to be reminded of how awesome Gurren Lagann is through this mobile suit.


Prompted by Sakai's teammate, Tryon's third attack is the Howl, Liger. It acts like the Phoenix's Graviton Beam from Starcraft II, levitating the target for a period of time which gave Sakai to use what would be his most powerful move.


Summoning the Hyper Minovsky Chohoken, Sakai defeats Star Winning Gundam and Try Burning Gundam with Tryzan One, Two, Three.

Hyper Minovsky Chohoken
Tryzan One, Two Three!
Your run in the tournament was a good one, Tryon 3. I hope to see you on my desk as a High Grade Build Fighters kit in the very near future! Until then, I have to watch some of the most lackluster rivalries in this show.

That is all for now. I hope the finals are not as bad as I predict them to be. That is a week from now, so I won't dwell on it too much. Stay tuned for Mecha Analysis on G no Reconguista! Also I cannot stress this enough, REGISTRATION FOR GUNPLA LOLLAPALOOZA ENDS THIS FRIDAY. PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU ARE EVEN REMOTELY INTERESTED! Click on the links on top of the page for more information. I hope to see you all there! Good luck and see you next time!