The story of Gundam Build Fighters Try is set 7 years after the end of the 1st series. Now Seiho Academy's Gunpla Battle Club has only one member, Hoshino Fumina, who is a third grade student in junior high. As the president of the club, she needs two more members to participate in the upcoming All-Japan Gunpla Battle Championships. One day she encounters a transfer student named Kamiki Sekai, who has traveled around for Kenpo training with his master. Then joining by a young Gunpla builder Kousaka Yuuma, their challenge to the Gunpla Battle begins....
Gundam build fighters Try is the Sequel to the Gundam build fighters, it takes place 7 years after and introduces us to a whole new range of characters and Gundams which are pitted against each other in battle.
Despite being a sequel, you don't need to have seen the first season to understand what is going on. Its essentially a standalone, and as a standalone its a decent anime. It has an interesting premise, some half decent characters, and a good deal of action to entertain you. It wont be the best thing you watch, nor the worst. HOWEVER, in comparison to the original this
is an absolute disappointment. If you're considering watching this after seeing the original, I highly recommend avoiding it.
The Story of GBFT revolves around 3 main characters and their journey to win the National gunpla battle tournament. Its very simplistic, without any real plot twists or depth, but that said it has some cool side story moments such as the hospital scene, but that doesn't make up for a generally lackluster plot.
The art in GBFT is decent, the Gundams are nicely drawn with good variety between the models. The beams and explosions look aesthetically pleasing, especially the flames of the Build Burning Gundam. There's also nice texturing on the Gundams when they take damage.
Where it loses points is in the animation. It's really not very special. Many of the fights consist of the same attack animations just be re-used. Especially for the Build Burning. It makes the fights rather lackluster to watch, seeing as how it doesnt really deviate a great deal. The only fight that was really animated well that comes to mind was the exhibition fight in the 25th episode.
If there is something I love about this series as a whole its the sound. The OST for both series's. The soundtracks are all well done and can standalone as individual songs, the second opening song for Try Fighters were also very nice and is one of my Favorite anime intro's to date.
The sound effects for the fights are also nicely done, the beams sound powerful, and when the gundams break, or hit each other, it sounds like they're actually mecha's and not just plastic models.
I Mentioned before that in comparison to the original that Try fighters is a disappointment, and it is mostly in the characters. In Build Fighters, Sei and Reiji felt like real people. They didn't act all pretentious, their dialogue was well scripted and sounded like real life conversation (they also didn't feel the need to scream out their attack names EVERY SINGLE TIME).
Try Fighters main characters are somewhat lackluster and one dimensional.
Not to mention pretentious. Sekai is a generic headstrong protag who rushes in without thinking, Yuuma is some 15yr old kid who is depressed cos someone beat him and his character development consists of going from not thinking he's good at Gunpla to having some confidence in himself. That's it.
Fumina starts off being cool, she's the glue of the group and the team leader. She co-ordinates the other 2 and is a strong participant in the battles. Her character changes midway through the series however, after 3rd or 4th battle, she suddenly becomes a supporting character with a crush on Sekai, and begins to take on the generic role of the girl who constantly gets jealous of the main character interacting with other females. Her strength disappears and she ceases to really co-ordinate the team, acting as a support instead.
Outside of the mains, there are some half decent side characters. Some are from the original series, a lot of the new ones conform to generic stereotypes however making them rather boring to watch. (Boxer kid was great tho)
Really, this is just another generic anime about Gundams. It doesn't have any of the charm of the original series. The characters arent as likable or real, the fights are boring and repetitive. And the dialogue is so cringey at times that I pulled out my phone to distract myself from it.
Not really worth watching, the First season was far, far better.
The first season of Gundam Build Fighters was just amazing because I never expected Gundam Build Fighters too,, be good in the slightest because of growing my bitterness too,, the children anime in general.
It had a great simple story with great writing, amazing characters, wonderful art/animation and the soundtrack was just a masterpiece of art.
The first season of Gundam Build Fighters are personally one of my favourite Gundam shows period
When I saw Gundam Build Fighters Try for the first I expected too,, be almost as great as the first season of Gundam Build Fighters.
If only that was true.
Hello everyone Shawn/TheKazeTrigger and I will
be reviewing the squeal too,, the sleeper hit Gundam Build Fighters Gundam Build Fighters Try. Are this show worth the watch let's find out.
The story are almost literally the same as the first season expect it feels more dumped down this time.
Why you make ask?
Well for starters the writing in this season are clearly not that good because remember the amazing humour that the first season had. Well the first season type of humour are gone and it's replace with meh humour at best too,, cringe-worthy humour at worst.
Secondly this season feels more like a battle shounen more than a hobby that people can enjoy equally because the rivals in the season behave more like a generic villains that just wants power for they own deeds.
That's alone hurts the characterisation for this cast and it's really a shame that writers went for a shounen route this time. The first season had its shounen moments but it was less notable due too,, the great character interactions and strategies that happens in the first season.
Also the battles are all predictable and boring because in S1 theyre was a lot of strategies in the fight and also the battles were almost non predictable. In Try however fights are boring, unexciting and too,, add insult too,, injury they are a bunch of Deus Ex Machina now meaning whenever team try fighters are in a hopeless situation Sekai Gunpla will magically get stronger just too,, advance the plot.
I have admit that some of the fights were hype but the hype factor was negated due to god awful plot armour and Deus Ex Machinas that the Team Try Fighters have.
Lastly the whole theme of enjoying the hobby gets thrown out of the freaking window due to a certain character who literally has no passion or interest of the hobby gunpla.
Overall the story of Build Fighters Try was terrible.
If I have to describe the character cast in a nutshell it would be wasted potential and very poorly written.
Sekai is a terrible main lead who is basically a bootleg Reiji with hardly any reddening values whatsoever.
I will admit he was kinda tolerable in the first few episodes but as the show progressed and once we got to the tournament arc of Try. He devolves into a hot headed Gary Sue. Not gonna a lie.
One thing that I hated about Sekai is how he didn't care about the hobby of gunpla.
All he wants to do is get in the battlefield and spam he's Jigen Haoh School moved towards his opponents without giving a second thought about his teammates as well as his own gunpla.
Overall I really don't like Sekai.
Next we have Fumina...
What the hell did you do to this character Sunrise?
Fumina starts off being a potential great female lead because she are a team leader and she was a strong combatant for the first couple of fights.
As the series however literally becomes a supporting character because reasons?
What really pissed me of about this Fumina are ever since she became a supporting character she started doing retarded shit like being a half ass tsundere, joins Sekai 's harem and the final nail of the coffin for Fumina are she literally got nerfed too,, death meaning she are more weak than any supporting characters in the first season. That are just sad.
In general Fumina are just perfect example of a wasted potential character.
You thought Fumina was missed potential Yuuma are literally a badly written character.
He's boring, pretentious, uninteresting and he’s are really a poor man’s Sei, Not too,, mention Yumma sup plot are just terrible because you won’t believe this wonderful writing The main reason why he's depressed and stop playing altogether Gunpla because somebody beat him in a Gunpla battle.
Let's say that again. The main reason why he's depressed and stopped playing Gunpla altogether because somebody beat him in a Gunpla battle.
What’s even worst about this he's stopped playing Gunpla because of humiliation not because of an illness or family issues and by the way those are perfect sup plot sets for this character but no we get a poorly written revenge story instead because we haven't got enough of those stories right.
Overall Yuuma are a terrible character.
The rest of the characters are also not that good.
In fact the side characters in TRY hurt the anime more than the story and the main characters because the side characters here are just really bad.
Don't get me started how comical the rivals here because they don't have any passion for the gunpla battle whatsoever and most of them are doing it for the money, some school pride or some business shit.
Don't get me started with the whole harem thing with Sekai with the three girls.
Also the character interactions were just bad and at times cringe-worthy.
Overall the characters in Gundam Build Fighters Try were really bad and the show biggest fault by a long shot.
The first season of Build Fighters has great looking visuals as well as great animation that hardly has any stock footage. I cannot say the same about the animation.
The visuals have stayed the same from season 1 however I feel the character can go a bit too off model at times not to mention some of the character reactions are just downright cringe-worthy.
As for actual animation I honestly thought the animation for Try is a massive step down as half of the fights were choppy as hell as well as having a lot of stock footage especially in the tournament arc where the stock footage became almost as bad as Seed Destiny's Stock Footage. Am not even joking
The only good thing about the visuals are the mecha designs which I found most of the them to be pretty cool.
Overall the visuals of Try were a big step down from season 1
The OST itself are good for what it was but compare too,, the first season its not that great and it times it can be forgettable.
I can hardly remember a single track from the ost at all and this really sad because the first season ost are one of my favourite ost in anime.
The first opening Cerulean by BACK-ON are a good song and it really fits into the show really well and it's also one best parts of Gundam Build Fighters Try. It's catchy as hell and its a good listen.
The second opening Just Fly Away by EDGE of LIFE are also a good song but compare too,, the first opening its just okay and its feels more like a ending theme in my opinion.
Even tho Gundam Build Fighters Try has 2 good openings its simply can't complete with the first season opening 2 wimp ft. Lil’Fang (from FAKY) by BACK-ON because one the song had its own charm and secondly it was catchy and lastly the song was pure hype.
The first ending theme Amazing The World by SCREEN mode are a great song and its easily the best ending theme from the Gundam Build Fighters series.
The second ending theme Mayomayo Compass wa Iranai by StylipS are a okay ending theme. Nothing more nothing less.
At this time of the Gundam Build Fighters Try has a dub and too,, be honest with you. The dub are decent nothing in more nothing less
If you had a choice of sub or dub I would say stick with the sub unless you like watching dubbed anime such as myself.
Wasted Potential are easily the best way to describe Gundam Build Fighters Try as a whole.
It's has terrible characterisation, pretentious sub plots, weak story, very predictable fights that have contains lots of plot armour and deus ex machina, a borderline forgettable ost, stupid harem and its ultimately unsatisfying at the end.
On its own its a bad Gundam title but if you compare it to the well written first season its a train-wreck.
It takes away the fun of the first season and actually takes away a lot of the charm of the first season and it’s really a shame. If you’re planning to watch this only watch it for the mecha battles.
But hey least its better than Gundam Wing and Gundam Seed Destiny
I’m sure at one point in our childhood lives, we were fascinated with toys. Toys can do cool things like move around, make noises, and even do a bit of action. But what about Gundams? Piloting one would be impossible with our current technology in the modern world. However, we do have these cool little gadgets called Gunpla that resembles the big bad mecha you see in the franchise. Gundam Build Fighters Try returns for another season where Gunpla takes the skies and our characters steps into the driving seat.
As a direct sequel, you may be asking if it’s imperative to watch the first season
known as ‘Gundam Build Fighters’. While it’s not entirely necessarily, it is very much recommended as there are cameos from important characters and interconnections to the main story. This season is directed by Shinya Watada and we have three main protagonists - Sekai Kamiki, Yuuma Kousaka, and Fumina Hoshino. They come from a school known as Seiho Academy where they form a team known as ‘Try Fighters’. The story tells of their journey revolving with Gunpla and how the sport revolutionized in their world
If you’re new to the concept of Gundam, be sure to freshen your mind a bit from the first season. Set 7 years after the events of the first season but in the same universe, the sequel doesn’t go into info dumps; although it does revisit concepts on some breather episodes. Instead, the series focuses on Try Fighters and what I call a journey for them to make a name of themselves. But for starters, they debut as underdogs. Because let’s face it, almost everyone starts off as a newbie when it comes to sports. For team Try Fighters, they experiment with Gunpla battles and what it’s like to work together as a team. This is especially true for Sekai as he had virtually no experience involving Gunpla. What’s fascinating about Sekai isn’t just his skill in the martial arts but his great enthusiasm. From his early debut, it’s easy to tell that he shows interest in Gunpla by the style he plays. His adaptation is almost surreal at times when we see how focused he is. On the other hand, we have Yuuma Kousaka who shows little interest at Gunpla. There’s actually a reason for this because of an event from his past although he later regains the confidence to fight again. His relationship with Sekai also has a rocky start as the two constantly gets into arguments. But later on, the show resolves their issues and unites them with the team. That actually brings up the final member of the team, Fumina Hoshino. As the leader, she enlists the help of Sekai and her childhood friend Yuuma to participate in Gunpla battles. For what this is worth, the show is pretty standard when it comes to its ideas. Yet with this basic setup, the show has this unanimous momentum from the beginning.
The first episode clearly illustrates the intensity of Gunpla battles. No less than a minute into the sequel, we have all out battles between Gunpla piloted by skilled players. It’s also noticeable that the show introduces variety with many type of battles throughout the season. Gundam Build Fighters Try isn’t shy to stir up unique twists throughout its story whether it’d be creative battle fields or astonishing tactics to wow the audience. The sequel isn’t a stranger to diversity either with all types of mobile suite appearing from the other Gundam series. This is what will inspire fans to stay in touch with the show especially for those who wants to see them in action again. Not to also mention, the show evolves with both new style of battle and rivals. This revolves with Team Build Try’s journey and the experience they gain by facing against powerful adversaries. The show adds texture to their growth by presenting both wins and losses. By losing, they also learn from their mistakes and it’s what makes them evolve. For what is worth, the show is like an experience for these rising stars.
With a show like this, it also depends on acceptance. If you’re looking for a series involving intergalactic wars or tragic storytelling, then you may be in the wrong place. Gundam Build Try is more of a fun show with interesting concepts involving Gunpla. It has some ambiguous way of storytelling with characters’ roles that all connects with the story. Then, there are the straightforward parts with conventional fashion involving Gunpla. I dare say that the series is also thoughtful when it comes to characters. All of them have some sort of unique personality that makes them stand out on their own. When they are put together as a team, it brings the best out of them individually and collectively. The series also adapts solid action with consistency when it comes to pacing. Every battle (regardless win, loss, or draw) has some sort of meaning that further expands the story’s purposes. If you’re a fan of Gundam and the first season, you may be more surprised by what this season can do.
Despite with all the fun style of the series and its highly entertaining doses, it does suffer some problems. Pacing sometimes become an issue when some episodes feeling a bit sluggish while other times may resolve issue in quick fashions. The show also has a more amateur feeling with the characters looking goofy. In essence, the show doesn’t adapt a serious or mature style like Gundam 00 or Gundam Seed. After all, the show is treated more as a sport for fans united for their passion to compete. The downside of this is that it may sway fans who are looking beyond more than that. Although the series’ story does go beyond Gunpla battles on occasions, it’s still the main focus and patience will be a key to adapt with the season’s style. Sometimes though, the series seems to try a bit too hard with itself. Comedy becomes part of this mix with cheesy lines and interactions. The show’s performance with its overall story tone also feels repetitive and can also be predictable at times. Tossing this aside, there are also moments when the show just feels too goofy for its own good when it comes to themes such as romance.
Similar to the first season, Gundam Build Fighters Try adapts the animation quality with a platform of creativity. Every single Gunpla in the show is unique whether it’s Sekai’s Build Burning Gundam, Fumina’s SD mobile suits, or even Bearguy used by Sekai’s elder sister. Speaking of which, the show also has a colorful sense with its character casts. Mirai Kamiki is designed with elegance and beauty while other characters such as Fumina has a more tomboyish outlook. Sekai may remind people of Reiji from the first season (hey even Ral mentions that he could be his second coming) with his character design. Still, the majority of the creativity comes with the Gunpla models and unique battles they participate in. It also seizes every opportunity to bring out the best of them with its intense battle scenarios. Although many of the battles are team-play, single one-on-one battles are also adapted well with full throttle action. You may sometimes have to catch a break or two after watching.
Soundtrack remains top notch if you are familiar with the first season. The OST exceeded my expectations and will leave you a strong impression if you are a fan for action. As for the main characters, each of them has a good note for their voice. Sekai is a prime example for the energy he brings into this show. Not only that but every character seems to have a life with their voice mannerisms. They also reflect the personalities in battle too when the opportunities come to give them their time to shine. Finally, OP and ED songs are decent with BACK-ON returning for the first theme. The ED songs also have a decorative sequence as a way of motivation.
Gundam Build Fighters Try is a show that I recommend to not just for those who enjoyed the first season but also if you’re interested in something different from the usual mecha wars. The series undertakes the task to adapt this unique sport with a very colorful cast of characters. Throw those in with a variety of Gunpla along the way and you’ll get entertainment. It also has a story of course with a sense of purpose and it never loses track of what it’s trying to do. And although it may lose focus on occasions with its pacing, the show ultimately connects together as a way to celebrate the Gundam franchise.
Here I will present you with my review of Gundam Build Fighters Try. As a sequel of Gundam Build Fighters, it is inevitable that a comparison will be made between the two. With that said, I will to the best of my ability to write this review in both objective and subjective manner.
The story of Gundam Build Fighters Try is awfully similar to its prequel. That is, a tournament style story where our main characters are aiming to win the National championship with the use of their gunpla. In that sense, Try’s story is also similar to any other tournament
The pacing of Try is somewhat slow until around more than half of the episodes. It is understandable as the first half is used as a buildup and setup for the main character’s personalities, motivation and also for introducing their future opponents. The comedies present in Try are to an extent comedic and funny.
The problem that lies in Try is neither because of its settings nor its story. Rather, it’s due the way it presents the story to us viewers. The way it presents itself follow a simple basic formula that is the opponents are there to fulfill their role as punching bag until the main characters fight final opponent. Granted, this is not always the case, but most of the time it is like this. Hence, making the plot utterly predictable right when a certain opponent appears. But that is not all, I find that the story’s execution is rather dull due to other reasons unrelated to how the story goes, which I will explain in other section.
Now, this is the part where the prequel executes better than its sequel, which, I believe serves as the downfall of Try. Because of its focus in battle, there’s almost no character development….for most of the opponents that is. I mean, they are just there, to be beaten so that our main characters can proceed in the tournament, nothing else. Main characters do get developed, but not all of them are developed fully. If I have to say so only Yuuma Kousaka gets developed fully and Fumina Hoshino comes second.
Other than the lack of character development, Try also suffers in character interaction. Unlike the friendly rivalry that’s going on with all the opponents in the prequel, the only thing that we can call interaction in Try is between the main rivals. Like I have written before, most of the opponents are just there so that the main characters can climb to their main rivals, which is the reason why it gives the story a dull taste.
I’ve got to say Animation in Try is well done. The animation for the battles is smooth even for the minor battles. While there are some low qualities here and there, it is forgivable. Though in term of choreography, I feel that GBF wins over Try in this category. I’m not saying the choreography is bad per say, but it just felt pale in comparison to its prequel, and some of them are overly exaggerated.
To me, this is the strongest point of Try. The music is really good, memorable and well placed. The voice acting is good just like any other anime standard. While the voice acting is good even with the change of voice actor (Mr. Ral), there’s one character whose voice irks me, which that I also find not suitable in shouting, the said name of the character is Lady Kawaguchi.
If there’s anything I can truly in Try is in the music, it helps to liven up the atmosphere. And a lot of the tracks are memorable. What comes as a surprise is the addition of sound effects in the second opening, which is the first time I’ve encountered in my anime watching pilgrimage.
I did enjoy around the first 10 episodes of Try. But, because of the lackluster character development and interaction in later episodes, my enjoyment level went down a bit, and I adaptively lower my expectation for the anime. I hereby declare that the prequel still shines over the once hyped sequel.
Total Score: 31/50
All in all, if you want to watch Gundam Build Fighter Try, watch it for the battle and the comedies.
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