In October of 2014, we saw Bandai pull off what has never happened in the Gundam franchise before: two television series airing similtaneously: Gundam Build Fighters Try, the continuation of the meta series Gundam Build Fighters, and Gundam G no Reconguista, Tomino's triumphant return to the franchise after 15 year hiatus (10 if you count Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation).
Week by week, we saw Sekai solve all his problems through martial arts and Bellri explore the Regild Century with the Rayhunton family machine. Both series were interesting in their own way, however I was left unsatisfied with each series.
Starting with Gundam Build Fighters Try, the story suffered from what I call the AGE syndrome: cheap story telling that leaves main cast shallow and a large cast of antagonists that are not memorable in four east steps,
- Introduce an enemy in one episode
- provide context in form of a flashback in the following episode
- immediately kill the character off in the third episode
- repeat steps 1 through 3 liberally
On top of this, the only truly significant antagonist (by significant I mean a character that shows up enough throughout the show) is Sakai who is treated as comic relief most of the time and ends up only as the "sub-boss" before the finals against the Gunpla Academy, a team that did not carry as much weight as they should have. With the lack of a true enemy in Gundam Build Fighters, the series is left punching the wind.
On a side note, I chose to leave out any comments about the final episode because it was barely part of the story arc and too many things angered me about it.
G no Reconguista seemed to build up to a emotionally taxing ending. However, the conclusion Tomino gives us is confusing. Did everyone just drop their political agendas and become friends? After what seemed like an endless chase, battle after battle, and the continuous fight of ownership of the G-Self, the Crescent Ship prepares for a tour of the earth, nations of Venus, Earth and the moon stop fighting, and Bellri climbs a mountain with a shank. Something is missing here. In another version of Tomino's story, dialogue between each of the nations exists, working out their differences before the mountain climbing, world touring, and camping with corn soup. The version we received from Tomino has no such thing.
Overall, I enjoyed the ride, but the end of the ride left me unsatisfied. At least Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin just started! I NEED MORE LUCIFER! Like Unicorn, it is going to be a painful wait for the next episode.
On top falling away from posting the weekly Mecha Analysis, I have not been posting much on my work on Gunpla. I apologize again.
Yes! Weiß Hund Zulu is near completion and the Jesta Cannon Kai is in the making! After quite a few delays, the project, Space Mercenary: Specter GM, is finally coming to a close with these two suits. I will definitely post more on these two suits, among other reviews, as I get them together! I hope you will stay tuned!
Until then, this is Gundariumsmith, thanking you for visiting the blog, whether it be for Gunpla, Mecha Analysis, or whatever you do on the internet. If you are participating in the Gunpla Lollapalooza, I look forward to seeing your work in June. See you in the near future!