Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 9

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Recap

The regional championship is finally here. Sekai, Fumina, and Yuuma face off against the seemingly indomitable Team G-Master.

Gee’s Thoughts

The big fight is here, and after 8 episodes, Try finally delivers on its promises. While not explicitly bad, Try has definitely faltered compared to its predecessor in its ability to deliver the fights and excitement that we’ve come to expect from the series. Team G-Master benefit hugely from getting some degree of development compared to any other opponent so far. While none of them are worthy of the standards Fellini and Yuuki set, they get enough characterization that it makes the fight something you can cheer for. Also goddamn, seeing a petulant bitch like Yomi get put in her place with a good ol’ fashioned Gundam slapping was immensely satisfying. Basically turned Akira from a nonentity¬†into one of my favorite side characters in the show.

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The fight itself was a rollercoaster of highs and lows, with a constant back and forth that kept me wondering if the fight was over yet, only for it to completely subvert my expectations. It was a bit of a shame they built up Akira’s supposed CQC prowess, only to have Sekai easily fend it off thanks to off-screen training with Shimon and Gyanko. Yuuma’s strategy during the entire fight was one of the most hilariously Japanese things possible. Only Japan could glorify sacrifice for the greater good in as blatant a manner as the Japanese do. And of course there’s the constant complaint that Fumina still doesn’t do anything important in this show anymore. It’s a goddamn shame, but at this point, I’ve come to accept that Japan as a whole has at least two or three decades of gender equality to catch up on and a show about kids building gunpla and then using them to fight each other is not the thing that’s going to change that. Seeing all three of them combine was hilariously stupid, but I’ll be damned if Sekai wasn’t channeling that G Gundam spirit like nothing else.

Despite the fact that I’m complaining, these are relatively minor compared to previous issues that have plagued Try. Overall, it was a wholly competent episode and with a surfing Turn A showing up next week, I can’t help but be excited to see where that goes.

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