Mar 19, 2018
Gundam Build Divers Prologue operates less like an actual prologue and more like an exhibition of the concept; it’s a demo that shoehorns a relevant main character in an eye-rolling manner at the last second. That aside, there’s no denying the spectacle provided by this demo reel.
The visuals are as good as ever, with impressive new designs that finally give some love to Gundam Age and most cathartically, Gundam Thunderbolt. The battles are as flashy, destructive, and fun ever, but with a slightly grander and more chaotic scale. No longer bound to reality, we get to see new character designs based on animals and whatnot.
Call it cashing in on the popular Virtual Reality concept, but you need to remember that Gundam Build Fighters is the epitome of the commercial side of Gundam, with it being the most open about selling plastic model kits and showcasing the appeal of giant robots to a wider audience.
The music is unfortunately less praise-worthy. There are no new tracks of note, which is a shame since while the OSTs of Build Fighters and Try are both good, they cannot be the only ones used for what is the demo for the third big installment in the Build Fighters timeline. Nothing is particularly bad, just not worthy of note.
The characters do a passable job for what they are, largely irrelevant teammates showing off a 10 on 10 battle where the objective is to take down the most important member. They are nothing more or less, with some decent banter and rivalry between the two team leaders. The main character did not need to be here, or if he was, he should have been shown rushing to the seats of the virtual colosseum, watching it unfold, rather than merely being revealed at the end to be the guy who was inspired by this. It would be such an easy fix to really solidify this as a prologue that it's a shame it didn't do so. Regardless, it will be interesting to see Gundam Build Divers unfold as the third big installment in the Build Fighters saga, and see how it stacks up to the original and the first sequel, Try. Until then, as always, I bid you adieu.
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