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 is 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 aka PhantomKurata and I will be reviewing the squeal to 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 hate 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 Build Fighters Try.
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 when I say that.
Almost all of Sekai moves are just recycled stock footage from previous fights.
The only good thing about the visuals are the mecha designs which I found most of the them to be pretty cool looking
Overall the visuals of Try were a big step down from season 1 and it has some of the worst animation that I have experience in a Gundam show.
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.
I honestly rather watch Seed Destiny and Gundam Wing than touch this piece of shit again because least Gundam Wing and Seed Destiny had some good things in it. Try has nothing and because of this its now my third worst Gundam show I have ever seen only losing to F91 and Gundam AGE.
Final Score 3.5/10