The trend has died out these days *whistles awkwardly* but I'd be interested to see someone do an Abridged BF now it's developing a variation of the standard toyetic tournament anime plot.
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So apparently in this world there are characters that bring the same intensity and eccentricities of Gunpla battlers to water color painting.
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Oh God, 'Yajima CARORINE'. That just about killed me. I think Sei even threw in a 'Caro-chan-san', which also nearly did me in, too. I half expected somebody to gasp "Backstory!" in English when China explained why Bearguy-san had cotton stuffing. Hell, had Ral been there that would have been a perfect line for him. It's weird Hirose was called in for just the one line at the end.
Also, notice how the rival from the first episode was at an all-girls tournament. Hmm...
ALL FEAR THE COTTON-BASED BEARGGUY!
This was pretty hilarious and a very extreme change from the intensity of the previous episode. I'm pretty ready to get to that stuff, though, especially with the girl who wrecked the world champ, after this episode featured females piloting Gundam as inferior and primarily for comic relief. There totally needs to be a "girls' only" Gunpla competition, right?
But yeah, very amusing for what it was. For the standard ojou-sama stereotype, I actually liked Caro-chan (I mean CARORINE) a little more than most, not only for her Engrish but also because she's pretty much the first person in the series to point out that this focus on toys is perhaps a little silly. And then she proceeds to get right into it, of course.
Avatar: Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad/Clannad After Story (courtesy of Jun Kuga/Fudce from The Fandom Post)
Caro-chan is also the second female antagonist to have another build their Gunpla for them. I guess we're goin' to be stuck with either this or the Rei-clones? Maybe
JacobGrant will get his wish and the Allenby-esque girl will become a recurring character? Actually, strike that--bring on the Rain look-a-like! Or Chris! Or Chris!
...wow, this franchise has a lot of Chris'...
The funny thing is that the Gunpla Builders manga had an Allenby clone too. She was a bit older, wore glasses and worked for Bandai but she had a Nobel Gunpla and even wore the Trace Suit.
The glorious Trace Suit....
Ah, it's like being 17 all over again!
This is a pretty straightforward writeup of Gundam BF, but in the context of our recent discussion about what this series means for Gundam's direction I think Shin Sasaki's comments should be noted. They seem to frame this as one more expansion for the franchise at large than the harbinger of a long-term shift in tone, at least it does the way I'm reading it.
Episode 9 was all right. I liked that China's goofy take on the Bearguy, of all things, is what gets Sei to realize he can and should think outside of the box in his designing. Reiji agreeing to train China with no questions asked shows he can be nice, and I was amused by how he just happens to lying down in that tree out of nowhere to offer his help. Is he good at stalking or does he just teleport in at just the right moment all the time? You be the judge! Heh. I'm craving a real battle next week though. This one was basically a novelty joke.
Let's see here, Bearguy's training montage: running on the beach, at sunset, punching the air. Look up the Gunbuster opening 34 seconds in. I'm calling that a homage right there.
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