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Gundam Build Divers – 02

「百鬼オーガ」 (Hyakki Ogre)
“Chaotic Ogre”

As quickly as it was introduced, Riku’s Trans-Am rights have been revoked. Or rather, his ability to control his Custom 00′s features are still too green. Before becoming a Gundam to channel his inner Setsuna will have to wait, he’ll need some more time on the field, it is interesting how they’re going about the talent Riku has. He’s got enough innate talent to go toe-to-toe with Ogre, but not enough to be able to shift into Trans-Am mode without frying his gunpla. Where it might seem like a cop-out that he has the talent that he carries within him because he’s the main character, but his inexperience holds him back from being as broken as he could have been.

One development that is particularly interesting is Sarah’s in-born abilities. While she doesn’t have a gunpla attached to her identity, she has something more skin-deep with the mobile suits in the game. To be specific, she can feel pain from the pressure that surrounding pilots exert on their mobile suits. The times that Riku shifts into Trans-Am mode and the subsequent strain this puts on his gunpla are quickly followed with Sarah feeling the strain go back to her as she takes on the brunt of the force that is placed on the Custom 00. She also starts feeling ill and pained as soon as Ogre’s main rival puts his mobile suit in Break Boost mode, submerging the gunpla in a eerie purple aura that saps away at Sarah’s energy. It is a curious case of how much of the gunpla’s pain or damage she feels, or if this is strictly regulated to the strain of the various modes and drivers that are available to a set unit.

Meanwhile, Divers‘ fanservice continues to be a key asset to how the show can help retain its older fan base as they offer quite a bit of Gundam knowledge for viewers to chew on. The fireweed flowers that Sarah picks from a field happens to be the same variety that Shakti collects in Victory Gundam. Along with the gunpla available, Nanami’s penchant for cosplay has her dressing Momo up in various outfits from the franchise, including the pajamas of Harry Ord, the pilot with the best personal wardrobe in Turn A. The show still has to grapple with its younger target audience as far as plot and content goes, but the little nods to us old folk do make it enjoyable and easy to digest, not to mention that some of the neat information nuggets we get from Episode 2 add to the intrigue behind Sarah and GBN.

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April 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm
6 comments »
  • April 10, 2018 at 10:11 pmIncognito

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    Let’s use Trans-Am with an unupgraded 00 Gundam! What could possibly go wrong? (Well, better brush up on your Gundam 00 lore and build that 0 Raiser analogue, Riku…)

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    Gundam SEED DESTINY‘s Lunamaria Hawke and Gundam Wing‘s Relena Darlian. Ah, I still remember the Gundam characters being cosplayed like I just watched them yesterday. (To be fair, it can also be a literal case since both shows either have been or are currently being streamed on the GundamInfo YouTube channel.) Momo does look cute in Lunamaria’s outfit (and pose!), though.

    Also, Nanami’s face upon seeing the unsuspecting Momo instantly reminded me of Sanae Nagatsuki’s face whenever she sees the titular Ika-Musume (*cough*seiyuujoke*cough*). Or worse, Yazan Gable’s (Zeta Gundam) “I’m gonna violate you!” face.

    As for Sarah having an empathic bond to Gunpla… Maybe magic, or maybe mundane? Who is she, really?

  • April 11, 2018 at 10:53 amlancelot

    gee i wonder who that masked man is.

    in all seriousness though, its nice to see that a power up mode like trans arm wont be used as a going gets though and also shows that your gunpla needs to be of a certain level in order to handel the strain those power ups put on your mech.

  • April 11, 2018 at 3:12 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

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    *Momo* Check out my stranger danger face!

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    *Nanami* Hold my beer.

    On a personal note, I wish a chunk of viewers would remember that this is “Gundam Build / Dive Fighters” with its own universe and NOT directly connected to any main(stream) Gundam series besides fan-service – so many idiot comments complaining about the custom 00 Gundam not instantly owning the custom Doms, as if it’s the real 00 Gundam facing real Doms in an actual cross-over. -_-

  • April 12, 2018 at 11:04 pmRedjuice Fan

    I dig the opening song. Is it just me?

  • April 13, 2018 at 4:13 amlkaze

    Is it me or that somehow this GBD doesn’t hit the right chord or quench my thrist for Gundame Build Fighter. Maybe it the song or Jigen Haoh Ryuu

  • April 18, 2018 at 12:18 amChisel

    From what I got, Rijku’s inability to use trans-am is more due to the assembly quality of how well his gunpla was built. Think they mentioned it earlier in the episode. Guess once he brushes up and improves his building skills the 00 should technically be able to handle trans-am.