It’s (finally) the beginning of the Nationals. After an eternity of filler and set up, it’s time for Team Try Fighters to show the country what they’re made of.
This is it folks, it’s finally happening. With all the pieces in play, it seems Try is finally ready to start shaping up. Of course, there is the undeniable comparison with its predecessor. By this point in Gundam Build Fighters, Sei and Reiji had already breezed through most of the preliminaries and squared off against Fellini and his Fenice in what was one of the most stunning mecha battles of the entire year. Try seems to be moving at a much slower pace, which I personally find somewhat questionable. With only 10 episodes left to focus on the big tournament, I wonder if the various rivals introduced are going to even get more than one battle each. It’s immediately telling that teams that were introduced earlier in the season, such as Gyanko’s, Team SRSC, and G Master are already long irrelevant, simply due to Try’s inability to maintain a cast of its size. Whether Try will be able to juggle this many teams and manage to give them all the development and spotlight they deserve remains to be seen.
That said, some doubts were cast aside once we got into the real meat of the show and the main reason why people enjoy the mecha genre: Robots beating up other robots. It was satisfying to see Team Try Fighters working together, especially Fumina, whose Star Winning Gundam seems to be able to manage both acting as a support unit and as a wholly capable fighter in and of itself. My only fear is that the inevitable escalation is going to leave her in the background yet again. As for Yuuma and Sekai, well they’re doing the same old thing they’ve always done. Yuuma’s Lightning Full Burnern still goes fast and shoots stuff, Sekai’s Try Burning still punches the shit out of things.
And my god does it punch the shit out of things. One would almost want to accuse Team Try Fighters of a particularly cruel brand of overkill, because goddamn they brutalized the enemy team this week. Of course it’s a bunch of nameless mooks so nobody really cares, but considering how much of the original Gundam Build Fighters was about the importance of good sportsmanship and respecting each other’s gunpla, I can’t help but find it hypocritical that the heroes are allowed to mangle their opponents’ suits with no consequence.
Still, it was a fun fight to watch, and with this week’s stinger showing off the individual pieces of Sakai’s absolutely insane triple combining suit, I know I’m excited for what’s to come.