Gundam Build Fighters

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Gundam Build Fighters
Gundam Build Fighters DVD.jpg
DVD cover art of the first volume
ガンダムビルドファイターズ
(Gandamu Birudo Faitāzu)
Genre Action, Comedy, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Kenji Nagasaki
Produced by Masakazu Ogawa
Makoto Shiraishi (TV Tokyo)
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Yuki Hayashi
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Original network TXN (TV Tokyo), AT-X, BS11
Original run October 7, 2013March 31, 2014
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Manga
Gundam Build Fighters Amazing
Written by Tomohiro Chiba
Illustrated by Kiyoshi Konoyo
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shonen
Magazine Gundam Ace
Original run September 2013 – present
Light novel
Gundam Build Fighters Honoo
Published by Hobby Japan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Hobby Japan
Original run December 2013November 2014
Light novel
Gundam Build Fighters Document
Written by Tomohiro Chiba
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Hobby Magazine
Original run September 2013August 2014
Original video animation
Gundam Build Fighters: GM's Counterattack
Directed by Kenji Nagasaki
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Yuki Hayashi
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released November 2017
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Gundam Build Fighters (Japanese: ガンダムビルドファイターズ?, Hepburn: Gandamu Birudo Faitāzu) is a 2013 Japanese science fiction anime television series based on Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise. The series is directed by Kenji Nagasaki of No. 6 and written by Yousuke Kuroda of Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Character designs were done by both Kenichi Ohnuki and Suzuhito Yasuda. The series was first unveiled under the name "1/144 Gundam Mobile" project by Sunrise,[1] before its official announcement. In contrast to other Gundam series, Gundam Build Fighters focuses on the Gundam model (Gunpla) aspect of the franchise.[2]

The series was officially unveiled by Bandai on July 2, 2013, during the series's live press conference as part of Gundam's 35th Anniversary in 2014. It premiered on TXN stations in Japan[3] and on YouTube in limited international markets on October 7, 2013.[4] One Manga adaptation and two photonovels were also announced by Sunrise, and currently running on Gundam Ace (Gundam Build Fighters Amazing), Hobby Japan (Gundam Build Fighters Honno), and Dengeki Hobby Magazine (Gundam Build Fighter Document) magazines.

Gundam Build Fighters is followed by the 2014 sequel Gundam Build Fighters Try. A sequel OVA titled Gundam Build Fighters: GM's Counterattack (Japanese: ガンダムビルドファイターズ GMの逆襲?, Hepburn: Gandamu Birudo Faitāzu GM no Gyakushū), which takes place between Build Fighters and Build Fighters Try is officially in development.[5] It will be released on November 2017.[6]

Story[edit]

Back in the 1980s, the success of the series Mobile Suit Gundam resulted in an economic boom due to sales of the Gundam model kits, or "Gunpla" (ガンプラ?, Ganpura), dubbed the Gunpla Boom. Years later, with the success of the second Gunpla Boom, special tournaments called Gunpla Battles are established throughout the world to see which customized Gunpla and its builder are the best. These incredibly popular Gunpla Battles culminate in an annual global tournament.

The story of the first series revolves around Sei Iori, a young Gunpla Builder and student who has a dream of becoming the best Gunpla Fighter in the tournament and someday become as good as his father. As the only child, his family owns a small Gunpla shop and his talent is well-honed, however his weak piloting abilities have led him to a series of first-round losses. But one day, he meets a strange boy named Reiji, who helps him out. Reiji gives him a jewel, promising that he will come to Sei's aid if wished enough. Together, both of them will tackle the world of Gunpla Battle and compete in the tournament using Sei's customized Gunpla, the GAT-X105B Build Strike Gundam.[7]

Gunpla Battle[edit]

The central theme of this series is the Gunpla Battle (ガンプラバトル?, Ganpura Batoru), a virtual game that involves the use of Gunpla. Each Gunpla Fighter has a GP Base (GPベース?, Jī Pī Bēsu), a device that stores their Gunpla information. Once the GP Bases are set, the Battle System (バトルシステム?, Batoru Shisutemu) disperses "Plavsky particles" (プラフスキー粒子?, Purafusukī Ryūshi, a portmanteau of "plastic" and "Minovsky particles"), which react only to the plastic material of Gunpla and animate them into the game. The Battle System creates a holographic landscape that simulates a battlefield from different Gundam series, and the battle begins once the Gunpla Fighters set their Gunpla to be scanned by the Plavsky particles. A Gunpla's combat statistics are determined by its build quality; modifications such as adding scratch-built parts and paint weathering will increase its stats. Battle effects such as explosions and beam attacks are faithfully simulated in the Battle System. Consequently, damage sustained during battle is reflected directly on the Gunpla itself, requiring Gunpla Fighters to have spare parts ready for necessary repairs. Scale also plays a major factor in a Gunpla Battle; just like in the real world, a 1/48 scale Mega Size Model Gunpla will dwarf a 1/144 scale opponent in the battlefield.[8]

The Gunpla Battle World Championships tournament begins with eight battles, including a four-person knockout battle, a three-on-three team battle, and the closing one-on-one battle. Five of the battles are revealed only on their scheduled dates. Each contestant receives four points for every battle won. The 16 Gunpla Fighters with the most points will advance to the final tournament, a knockout stage that decides the World Champion.

It is later on revealed that Plavsky particles are processed from Arista (アリスタ?, Arisuta), a crystal originating from Reiji's home country of Arian (アリアン?).

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The series was first announced in June 2013 under the name "1/144 Gundam Mobile" project by Sunrise and was later revealed to have a storyline more akin to the OVA Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G. Along with the announcement, several Mobile Suits exclusively from the show will receive their own High Grade kits and will be tied in in the long running Gunpla plastic model line, the new version of the Gundam Try Age Arcade Game and the PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita Game Gundam Breaker.[9]

In August 31, 2013, Sunrise aired the second trailer of the series, which details more about the story, characters and the Gunpla used in the series.[10] In September 30, they announced they will stream the series on YouTube in limited areas of the globe[4] with a United States release on the same day as the Japanese release.[11] Sunrise will release the anime on home video via Right Stuf in 2016.[12]

Music[edit]

The series' music is composed by Yuuki Hayashi, who composed several music scores for Blood Lad and Robotics;Notes.

The first opening theme "Nibun no Ichi" (ニブンノイチ?, lit. "One Half") by Back-On, and the ending theme "Imagination > Reality" by AiRI were used from episodes 2 to 13. From episodes 14 to 24, "wimp" by Back-On featuring Lil' Fang (from FAKY)[13] was the opening theme while "Han Pan Spirit" (半パン魂(スピリット)?, Han Pan Supiritto, lit. "Short-Pants Spirit") by Hyadain[14] became the ending theme from episodes 14 to 25.

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Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Gundam metaseries (production order)
2013-2014
Succeeded by
Mobile Suit Gundam-san
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Loum Arc
Gundam metaseries (production order)
2017-2018
Succeeded by
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