Monday, April 11, 2011

Anime Review: Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G

Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Duration: ~15 min. per episode
Genre: Action, Mecha, Parody, Shounen
Aired: Aug. 15, 2010 to Dec. 19, 2010
Directed by: Kou Matsuo
Studio: Sunrise
Licensed by: Bandai Visual

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                 I was surprised when I found out theres an anime for gunpla. So I watched it right away. The story is about a boy named Haru who visited the 1/1 life-size RX-78 Gundam and got interested in gunpla. He chose to buy the Beginning Gundam for his gunpla. But he had no idea that the model kit he purchased was a rare gunpla. After building the Beginning, his friend introduces him to gunpla battle. This is a simulation game were you will take control of your gunpla to fight other gunplas. Haru then realized that the strength of a gunpla depends on how you build it. So Haru rebuild his Beginning Gundam and added some details to make it more powerful. Thats basically the main idea of the story. I won't say anything about the story anymore since it might spoil you. If you want to know more, you have to watch the anime yourself.

                  This anime is a great way to introduce the gunpla to the new generation. Too bad its only a short ova. It would have been better if it was a seasonal anime. Also, the show should have focused more on the gunpla building aspect rather than the gunpla battle. There are only a few scenes where the anime features some tips on gunpla. I guess its only natural to exaggerate the gunpla since its in anime. The anime also features some of the popular gunplas such as Hi-nu, Red Astray, Zaku, Forever and many more. Despite the fact that its a short anime and lacking on the gunpla building aspect, I still like the anime. Its a good combination of the gundam hobby and gunpla hobby. I recommend this anime to the gundam fans and to those who are interested in gunpla.

Rating:  4 out of 5

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