Ranked #481

Gundam Build Fighters

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ガンダムビルドファイターズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2013 to Mar 31, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.031 (scored by 11,643 users)
Ranked: #4812
Popularity: #1494
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The story is set in the near future when GunPla Battles, competitions that pit Gundam plastic models against each other, have become popular worldwide in the "Second GunPla Boom." Sei Iori, a first-year middle-school student and the only son of a model shop owner, is talented at building GunPla, but inexperienced in the GunPla Battles. He encounters a mysterious boy named Reiji, who happens to be an accomplished Gundam Fighter. Together, they strive for the GunPla Battle world championships.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kokuryu, Sachi
Kokuryu, Sachi
Iori, Sei
Iori, Sei
Komatsu, Mikako
Komatsu, Mikako
Jyrkiäinen, Aila
Jyrkiäinen, Aila
Hayami, Saori
Hayami, Saori
Iori, Rinko
Iori, Rinko
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono


Nagasaki, Kenji
Nagasaki, Kenji
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Lyrics

More episodes Episodes(25/25)

Episode Title Aired
1 Sei and Reiji
Sei to Reiji (セイとレイジ)
Oct 7, 2013
2 The Crimson Comet
Kurenai no Suisei (紅の彗星)
Oct 14, 2013
3 Full Package
Full Package (フルパッケージ)
Oct 21, 2013
4 Gunpla Idol Kirara
Gunpla Idol Kirara (ガンプラアイドル キララ☆)
Oct 28, 2013
5 The Strongest Builder
Saikyou Builder (最強ビルダー)
Nov 4, 2013

Opening Theme

#1: "Nibun no Ichi (ニブンノイチ)" by BACK-ON (eps 1-13)
#2: "wimp ft. Lil’Fang (from FAKY)" by BACK-ON (eps 14-??)

Ending Theme

#1: "Imagination > Reality" by AiRI (eps 2-13)
#2: "Hanpan Spirit (半パン魂)" by Hyadain (eps 14-25)

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Feb 16, 2014
Mecha series usually comes with the package of giant robots fighting space wars for liberation, conquest, and establishing a position in their perspective universe. Often or not, they adapt this style into a genre of warfare because colonies and countries rarely get along as result of internal/external conflicts. Gundam Build Fighters takes a bit of a different approach. Rather than world conquest, it adapts a competitive play involving technology that allows users to control Gundam models. These models are known by standards used in the so-called “Gunpla battles” as a sports competition. It presents a different atmosphere from the usual mecha series you may be read more
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Mar 2, 2015
"Is this the light of the human heart?!"

Gundam Build Fighters is the kind of anime that most people would be turned off from watching once they read the plot summary. The reason for that is Build Fighters main idea is silly in quite a few ways. It introduces us to a world where Gundam inspired plastic models (or as they're called in the anime, "GunPla") battle for victory in a series of intense action sequences. It's hard to imagine how this could be considered fun, or interesting, but it is quite an incredible surprise and an absolute delight to watch.

Story - 8/10:
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Oct 31, 2014
Gundam Build Fighters is a prime example of turning a lame idea into something worthwhile. I really was not expecting it to be this good. Even with it's strange premise, it manages to reach outside the box of its genre and become something more than I ever imagined it could be.

The idea of special particles only reacting with the plastic of model Gundams is retarded, to be quite frank. That overarching property is applied too many times to the reasoning of things that happen during the show, but it is masked by emotion and epic battles, so you gradually come to not care anymore about read more
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Jun 3, 2015
When I heard of Gundam Build Fighters I initially dismissed it as a desperate attempt to sell more models. However, now that I've finished the entire series I'm all the more glad to be proven wrong given how this show is surprisingly great.

Story 8/10
The overall story is pretty simple: Sei Iori is a Gundam fanboy who sucks at Gunpla battling so he teams up with a mysterious boy named Reiji to compete in Gunpla fighting as a team to win the world championship. While the story itself seems like a formulaic fighting tournament narrative, there are some moments of smart writing and commentary. The backstory read more
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Anime: Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer
A toy has become one of the most popular competitions. Build your own customized miniature fighter and use it in duels on a special arena against various opponents. Some of them may become your friends, some may use quite underhanded methods to win. Catch up to your parent. And maybe you'll even find love along the way. 
reportRecommended by luinthoron
Anime: Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Both these Gundam series are about hot-blooded tournament fighting, pretty much. I couldn't tell you how many times I expected Sei and Reiji to execute a Shining Finger instead of a Build Knuckle, haha. If you enjoyed the duelling and the special moves in Build Fighters, then look forward to even more kungfu-esque action in G Gundam.

Both anime take a few episodes to get off the ground, but when they do, they're pretty darned good. Remember to watch these subbed though - the English dub of G Gundam completely fails to capture the spirit of the original and is rather cringe-worthy. 
reportRecommended by eld10
Anime: Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
Reiji is very much like Takuto in early episodes, where he learns to settle in and reveals himself to be a brilliant pilot.

The plastic model kits, Gunpla, in the world of Build Fighters are given life with Plavsky particles, on the other hand, the Cybodis are merely white statues without a pilot possessing a mask or mark. 
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The King of Braves GaoGaiGar was part of the Takara/Sunrise's Brave Series which helped to revive the hype for 70s style Super Robot anime during the 90s and it exaggerates to a whole new level, total hot blooded manly Gar from each of the fights and a lot of technological fanservice in the form of intricate robot designs and transformation sequences.
Gundam Build Fighters magnificently references all of the previous Gundams series yet the story in itself is unique it doesn't try and be real robot but it happily includes over the top super robot action, Sunrise has cleverly snuck in references to their other  read more 
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Anime: Girls und Panzer
Both use a aspect of warfare and turn it into a fun sport and sometimes goes into the fine details of the tools at hand. For one, it's knowledge of tanks in WWII, for the other, Mobile Suits and other items from the giant Gundam Franchise(s). They both have MCs who are soon aiming to be the best at their sport. Each sometimes uses clever tactics to try and get a advantage, with varying results. They also both have a quirky sense of humor (Humliating costumes for defeat in one, while the other has tsundre-style flirting mid-battle and other Gundam Jokes). 
reportRecommended by mpo9
Anime: Ginga e Kickoff!!
Main characters who are still children, pursue a dream to become the best soccer player/Gunpla team in the world! Very similar atmosphere, characters and all around fun shows. GBF gives off a sports anime feel while still having lots of action. 
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