Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Gundam Anime - Gundam Builder Fighters

Whew! I have been out of action for about a year. Mainly due to work, I was unable to blog on a consistent basis for this period of time. That does not mean I have given up building Gunpla. I will be posting on some of the kits which I have done over the year. But right now, the excitement is on the announcement of the latest Gundam Anime, Gundam Builder Fighters.

The story......

Years after the huge "Gunpla"-plastic models based on the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam-boom of the 1980s.
A second Gunpla boom is taking the world by storm, fueled by the revolutionary new ability to pilot your own Gunpla creations in "Gunpla Battles". These incredibly-popular Battles culminate in a yearly global tournament.
Our hero Sei Iori, is a young Gunpla builder who dreams of someday making it to the world champonships. An only child whose family owns a model shop, his talent is well-honed, but his weak piloting abilities have led to a series of first-round losses.
Then, one day, he meets a boy named Reiji whose piloting skills are incredible. Together as a team, they take on the world!

【Battle System】
Gunpla Battles are conducted using the Battle System.
When a completed Gunpla and a "GP Base" containing its build data are placed within the Build System, it begins to emit "Plavsky particles".
These particles, discovered a decade before Gunpla Build Fighters takes place, react with the Gunpla's plastic, allowing it to be piloted externally.
The particles also apply a realistic effect to beams, explosives, and more, giving Gunpla Battles all the excitement and impact of real combat.
The existence of Plavsky particles breathes life into Gunpla, letting them take part in the ultimate Gunpla Battle!

Sei Iori
A 7th-grader attending Seiho Academy. An only child, his family owns the shop Iori Models, and he's been a Gunpla fan from a young age. Both his building technique and his Gundam knowledge put many adults to shame.
However, he's a poor Gunpla Battler with a long record of washing out in the first round.
A mysterious boy Sei Iori encounters in town. He's overbearing, selfish, quick to anger, and lacking in manners.
Thrust into the Gunpla Battle cockpit, he shows off incredible piloting skills on his first try.
Tatsuya Yuki
This 9th-grader, president of both Seiho Academy's student government and its modeling club, is adored by the student population Talented at Gunpla building and battle, he made it all the way to the world championships of the last Gunpla Battle tournament.
He's also known as "the Crimson Comet".
China Kousaka
A 7th-grader in Seiho Academy's art program, and a class rep. Her family runs the Kousaka Restaurant.
Seeing Sei Iori's enthusiasm for Gunpla building, she takes up the hobby herself in her own thoughtful, reserved style.
Mobile Suits
Build Strike Gundam
A Gunpla created by Sei Iori, based on Mobile Suit Gundam SEED's Strike Gundam.
Focusing on mobility, it specializes in quick, hit-and-run attacks. While it's put together extremely well, its weapons loadout is still incomplete, meaning there's plenty of room to grow.
Zaku Amazing
A Gunpla built by Seioh Academy student government president Tatsuya Yuki, also known as the "Crimson Comet". Tatsuya's building and piloting skills combine to create an unbeatable foe.
Based on the MSV High Maneuver Model Zaku II, it's also been uparmored and equipped with fixed weaponry. Its mix between ranged and melee power make it a potent contender on any battleground.

Wing Gundam Fenice
A unique, asymmetrical heavy modification of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Wing Gundam. The modifications include the removal of Bird Mode. The antenna and winglike "ear" on the right side of its head both bear scars of battle damage.

Gundam X Maoh
A version of After War Gundam X's Gundam X equipped with "reflex thrusters". Its main weapon is its enhanced "Hyper Satellite Cannon", which boasts devastating power worthy of the name "Maoh".

Whoa! I think the previous Gundam OVA, Gunpla Builders Beginning G, was successful enough for Bandai to launch another project focusing on gunpla building. I for one will be looking forward to it. I think it is any gunpla builder's dream for their gunpla to be brought to life and battling as shown in the series trailer. What I do not like is that Bandai seems to run out of ideas to create new original gundam designs for the series. So far what I see is that they take existing models and mesh it up with new parts. Anyway I hope the new series will fare well especially after Bandai disappointed masses with their last project, Gundam Age.


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