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News: Gunpla Builders released

Posted on : 24-10-2010 | By : | In : News, Videos

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The moderately fourth wall breaking Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G OVA has finally had its first few episodes released. Despite being a bit “we put a Gundam show in a Gundam show so you can watch your Gundam show while you watch a Gundam show” the slightly awesome sight of seeing a pimped out Senjou no Kizuna cabinet used as a full blown linear seat is rather impressive. In terms of the show’s narrative setup, the arcade cabinets are the means by which Gunpla builders spar with one another. Using a Haro styled 3D imager, the tech then attributes abilities based off the kit. It’s a bit like Barcode Battlers in a way but with Gundam kits and insane arcade gaming production values. To be fair we’re not far off making an arcade game that works like this, but if the 3D imager could also detect colour I reckon we’d see a lot more red painted Gunpla – for the obvious stat boost. The first episode is shown below (unsubbed) and you can buy the kit of the Beginning Gundam, featured in the show, here. It’s also worth pointing out that the area where most of the combat scenes are set is actually around Shizuoka, where the full scale Gundam is based.

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Comments (6)

Haha, Char joke never gets old.

I don’t know why, but this anime reminds me a lot of Medabots and Megaman NT 😛

Great post, now waiting for the other parts.

I love this show so much. Needs a full TV series.

Huh..I do actually like the design of Beginning, curious to see if it’ll ever show up in anything else aside from this.

Maybe in another Gundam vs Gundam, or it can be a DLC on the GvG Extreme (if it’s released for PS3).

Well…on one hand, this show is hella dorky. At the same time, I managed to stay awake through the entire episode without drugs, which is more than I can say for the later “proper” Gundam shows like 00.

The scenes of the kid learning about GunPla for the first time are actually pretty nostalgic. After a lot of Macross and Dougram kits in the 80s I fell out of the plastic robot model scene for about 5-7 years or so. When I got back into it (around 1992) I was really amazed at how the Gundam scene had exploded. The F91 and 0083 stuff just blew my mind, and the scope of Gundam just seemed fascinating and infinite. The show really seemed to capture that “wow” factor.

Then it went into the VR crap and stuff, and I was less happy with what I saw. Also, seeing a Nu Gundam with feet on the ground…just doesn’t work. I’ll keep watching though.

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