The Bonkurasu Brigade

Gunpla Build Fighters – 9 episodes on

Yes I know this isn’t Build Fighters, but Gundam Breaker’s concept is very similar

So pretty much every person who remotely knows about Gundam and Gunpla started watching Build Fighters. So what makes it so alluring and entertaining? And what exactly is the special formula for it? We dissect the past episodes to see what ticks its viewers.

1) Gunpla
Duh. That’s a given. But that alone doesn’t help trigger Gundam fans of all ages to watch an anime based on Gunpla.

2) Tasteful fanservice – from both Humans and Gunpla
Hot MILF? Check. Loli? Check.
Idol? Check.
Boobs? Check.
‘Bromance’? Check.
Epic battles? Check.
“Subliminal” Gunpla messaging? Check.
Numerous homage to past Gundam series? Check.

It pretty much ticks all the right criteria for a successful Gundam series, and more. The last time females were this engaged in a Gundam anime was back in the Gundam Wing days, where it aired on local (Singapore) TV stations.

3) Simple yet powerful scriptwriting
Veteran scriptwriter Yosuke Kuroda learned from his experiences from Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G to fine-tune all the tasteful fanservice into one neat little package of an anime series. Pacing of each episode is perfect, fulfilling at least 4 criteria listed in Point #2 above. Each episode is entertaining to watch, enough suspense to keep one on their toes, yet simple enough for the public to pick up and understand. People with no prior knowledge of the Gundam Universe will definitely enjoy the series for what it’s worth, but it is the fans of the Gundam Universe who have watched practically all of the past series (as well as Gunpla plamodellers) that are captivated by the series.

4) Engaging plot
Simple yet engaging overall plot and its plot device – “plavsky” particles that are loosely based on the antiparticle theory. Another plot device is the introduction and appearance of a powerful Build Fighters operator named Aila Jyrkiainen. They sure give weird names to the characters these days…

That’s about as much as I could think of. If you have any idea on what turned Build Fighters from what could potentially be a flop into a Dark Horse, let us know in the comments!


3 Comments so far

  1. Karry December 7th, 2013 7:46 pm

    >Engaging plot

    Not really. The tournament parts are all right, but that’s not what i would call a plot, and in-between parts are actually plot, but not at all engaging. I mean, the beach episode ? Come on.

  2. iron2000 December 9th, 2013 12:13 am

    lol, I never considered it a flop :P

    LBX, Beyblade and those card battle anime are basically of somewhat similar genre. They have not done that bad so perhaps its safe to bring Gunpla Battles from the years of manga to animation?

    I suppose before that they used Beginning G to test the waters first.

  3. sentinel011 December 10th, 2013 2:30 am


    Fundamentally, it’s an anime targeted at kids. The simplistic plot is very similar to the anime you see from Pokemon or Digimon, or more recently Cardfight!! Vanguard.

    The beach episode is meant to keep the older fans happy with some form of fanservice. Besides, the beach episode revealed some essential revelation that sparked Sei’s increased passion of Gunpla.

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