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.
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.
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