Gundam Build Fighters is a 2013 Gundam animated series, directed by Kenji Nagasaki (No. 6) and written by Yosuke Kuroda (Gundam 00). It takes the idea of Gunpla battles from Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G further.In the near future, new technology has been invented that allows people to animate and control plastic models in sporting competitions known as "Gunpla Battles". The protagonist, Sei Iori, hopes to one day make it into the Gunpla Battle world championships using his custom model "Build Strike Gundam". Unfortunately, despite being an excellent model builder, he's a terrible pilot. Sei's luck turns around, however, when he meets a mysterious boy with incredible piloting skills named Reiji. Together, they set off to realize Sei's dream To Be a Master.The show is known for being a Continuity Cavalcade, with numerous mobile suits, cameos and so forth from previous Gundam series appearing alongside original model designs, which can be seen here. Gundam Build Fighters started airing in October 7, 2013 on TV Tokyo as well as on Gundam.Info for the English sub.
Gundam Build Fighters contains examples of the following tropes:
Ace Custom: Wholly encouraged and practically the main selling point of the franchise, in and out of universe. Any well made custom gunpla will beat bog standard ones in terms of performance.
Adorkable: China, especially when she's pining for Sei.
Affectionate Parody: Arguably, to the entire genre of "collector battle" anime like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Beyblade, where kids treat games as Serious Business. Gundam Build Fighters uses the same kind of concept, but is utterly tongue-in-cheek and full of comedy beats and Lampshade Hanging over how ludicrous the entire concept is. Of course, it does have its moments of genuine drama, as well, though generally on a personal level rather than the world-spanning conflicts of previous Gundam series.
All Part of the Show: In episode 11, PPSE claims that the 1/48 Mega Sized Zaku storming the battlefield was part of a special stage event.
Almighty Janitor: Despite largely being a side character and not a Fighter, Mr. Ral is instantly recognized (and respected) almost everywhere he goes, and has a vast knowledge of the Gunpla world that allows him to influence events.
Animate Inanimate Object: Gunpla are able to move thanks to the Plavsky Particles interacting with the type of plastic they are made of.
Art Shift: In Episode 20, Sei gets treated to some hypnosis, which causes him to recite all of Amuro's lines from Mobile Suit Gundam. During this, his face is redrawn to mirror the style of the original series.
Attack Of The 5 Foot Whatever: Episode 11 ends with an appearance of a giant 1/48 Mega Size Zaku II vs 1/144 scale Gundams that are normally 7 inches tall.
Audience Surrogate: As both Reiji and China are new to the world of Gunpla at the start of the show, they're often used by the writers to have someone for Sei or Mr. Ral to spew Exposition at.
Badass Normal: While many of the new fighters such as Sei, Nils, Mao, and Aila have Gunpla that can manipulate Plavsky Particles, there are plenty of other fighters like Fellini, Luang, and Kawaguchi who get by with pure skill, experience, and determination.
Baseball Episode: Towards the end of episode 13. Possibly the strangest thing done with moving plastic models yet.
Batman Gambit: Sir John Ayers Mackenzie fakes a heart attack, so that his grandson Julian will replace him in the semi finals, and ensures the gunpla he'll use is Julian's old F91 Imagine - all so that Julian will return to Gunpla Battle.
Beta Couple: Fellini and Kirara qualifies as an example of this by Episode 20.
Big Bad: Chairman Mashita is the closest the series has to one, doing everything in his power to eliminate Sei and Reiji from the world tournament. He also knows who Reiji is, and seems to have a grudge against his family.
Made more apparent by the second opening, in which Mashita is shown sitting in classic Bond Villain styling and sporting a Slasher Smile while the silhouette of the Exia Dark Matter flashes its eyes in the background.
Big Damn Heroes: In episode 11, when Reiji and Sei come to the aid of Ricardo, who's severely outnumbered by Team NTR. And then, when it seems like they're in over their head Mao pulls off an epic One-Hit Kill to finish off the fight.
In episode 12, Nils manages to destroy two of the Mega-Zaku's missiles before they could take out Mao and Ricardo, while Meijin stalls it long enough for Reiji to deliver the finishing blow.
The Big Race: The penultimate stage of the World Tournament preliminary rounds is a free for all gunpla race.
Black and Nerdy: Nils Nielsen, who is obsessed with samurai culture, in addition to holding three Ph.Ds.
Blank White Eyes: Everyone's "WTF?!" reaction during the climax of Reiji and Aila's battle in episode 21.
Buddy Picture: Sei is the Gundam builder, Reiji is the Gundam fighter, and together they are Gundam Build Fighters!
But Not Too Foreign: Nils Nielsen, the African-American Gunpla Battle champion, is half-Japanese (on his mother's side).
Similarly, Caroline Yajima. She's half-Japanese and half-white, but the only thing that really sets her apart from the other Japanese kids is her blond hair.
Butt Monkey: AU suits in general tend to be treated this way when going against their UC counterparts. Special mention goes to the SEEDnote outside of Sei and Nils' suits units, which can't seem to catch a break anywhere. However, UC and CE have notably more units to use than all other series' and thus make the most cameos. As well as the show's nature where custom gunpla trump stock or repainted gunpla all day every day.
Call On Me: Reiji promises to come and help Sei, no matter where he is or what crisis he's facing.
Cassandra Truth: Reiji believes this whenever he reveals his backstory of being the crown prince of a country from another world called Arian, since everybody who hears it laughs at how ridiculous it is. Except for Mashita, who is implied to be from the same world.
The Cameo: Several mobile suits from various Gundam side-stories have made appearances as assembled kits in the background, including the S Gundam, the Crossbone Gundam X-1, and the Gundam Aesculapius from the Wing side-side story G-Unit. Hell, even the G-Saviour (from G Saviour, which has been essentially ignored by Sunrise and the fandom both since its release in 2000) has made an appearance.
In many cases, even the fighters or various audience members are obvious shout-outs to various Gundam characters, such as Jerrid and Kacricon from Zeta Gundam being paired together in the pre-qualifiers, or Sergei Smirnov from 00 cheering from the audience in the same episode that a brunette Soma Peries pilots the Kyrios.
There's also Chibodee Crocket from G Gundam who appears in Episode 14 in his own Gundam Maxter.
And the blond (and female!)Heero Yuy piloting a Mercurius from Wing alongside our heroes for a 3-on-3 battle, as well as the black-haired Allenby Beardsley piloting a custom-colored Nobel Gundam.
He hasn't appeared on-screen, but the fact that Patrick Mannequin, aka "The Immortal" Ensemble Darkhorse from Gundam 00, is a finalist in the tournament made many fans very excited.
Char Clone: Sei and Reiji's rival, Tatsuya Yuuki, uses a customized version of Char's custom Zaku II from Mobile Suit Gundam. He even has the nickname Crimson Comet, a play on Char's Red Comet moniker.
Plus that he is masked later with a different name.
Chekhov's Gun: The stone Reiji gave Sei in first episode becomes this in Episode 21. Sei has China give Aila the stone, which allows Reiji and Aila to reconcile and connect together. Chairman Mashita also has a similar stone that reacts to this as well. Nils also finds out the stone is made out of pure Plavsky Particles.
Aila's helmet as well. Previously implied to just be used to hide her identity, episodes 20 and 21 reveals that it actually has a program in it called the Embody system which helps her see Plavsky Particles as well as improve her combat skills, at the cost of her consciousness.
Cherry Tapping: When challenging the fighters at the Zeon Bar, Reiji deliberately asks to take the weakest Gunpla they have, which is a simple Ball. He then proceeds to utterly trounce his opponents with it.
In Episode 8, Aila proves her skills by trashing a championship player's Devil Gundam. With a Jegan.
The Chew Toy: Poor, poor Cziommer. Bad enough that he lost his girlfriend, but now he's become Fellini's personal Team Patrick.
Color Failure: Sei in episode 2, while freaking out about Reiji's teleportation skills.
Rainer Cziommer in episode 11, after MaoOne Hit Kills his gunpla moments before he's able to deliver the finishing blow to Ricardo.
And then Nils gets this in Episode 19, when Caroline unilaterally declares him to be her boyfriend.
Rinko, Sei and China get those in Episode 22, when they saw Aila coming out of the bathroom wearing a towel.
Combat Breakdown: Happens often in the really big fights, as missing limbs, malfunctioning equipment, and one Wrecked Weapon after another take their toll on both players' suits. Particularly spectacular examples include the battles between the Build Strike Full Package and Zaku Amazing in Episode 6, between the Star Build Strike and Wing Gundam Fenice in Episode 15, and between the Kampfer Amazing and GM Sniper K9 in Episode 18.
Day in the Limelight: Episode 8 focuses almost entirely on newcomers Nils and Aila. Sei only makes two brief appearances.
Episode 17 is entirely focused on Mao and his backstory.
Typically whenever one of the major rivals are about to lose in the tournament, a good chunk of the episode is dedicated to them and their motivations. The ones so far have included Felini, Mao, the Renato Twins, Nils, and Aila.
Ricardo Fellini proves himself to be made of similar stuff, especially in Episode 15.
Didn't See That Coming: Meijin did not expect the GM Sniper K9 to have an EXAM system. At the same time, the Renato brothers didn't expect Meijin to lead them to the forgotten jettisoned weapon binder, and were definitely not expecting his gatling gun.
Dirty Old Man: Master Chinan's favorite female Gundam character is SEED's Murrue Ramius. His reason for liking her? Her boobs Gainaxing whenever the Archangel took a hit. Even so, he's unashamed to admit it (complete with hentai eyes and drool), which quite ironically is a hint toward the Gunpla Shingyo School's true philosophynote which is actually played straight and completely non-perverted.
Doing It for the Art: Mr. Ral explans to Reiji that not everyone builds Gunpla to battle, but to represent their love for Gundam and anime like his HG Gouf that he doesn't use in battle, and to reenact scenes from the franchise.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Upon seeing Reiji at the tournament, the CEO of PPSE freaks out. So much so that he spills his drink all over the crotch of his pants.
Double Knockout: In episode 15, Star Build Strike and Wing Gundam Fenice's match ends with a final, explosive blow that leaves both gunplas non-functioning. The fight is even declared a draw.
End of an Age/Dawn of an Era: After Greco's defeat at the hands of Nils, Fellini reflects that the old guard of Gunpla fighters are quickly being supplanted by a new generation of upcoming fighters. He outright calls this a "reformation" of the entire sport.
To be specific, the era of Fellini and Roman was characterized by fighters who were highly skilled with slightly custom Gunpla. The "new" generation, epitomized by Nils, use highly modified Gunpla which manipulate Plavsky particles to their advantage.
Enthusiasm vs. Stoicism: Nils (stoic) and Greco (enthusiastic)'s fight in Episode 8 is a clear-cut example. In particular, after the Tallgeese Valkyrie loses its arms, Nils tries to convince Greco to surrender and Greco responds by trying to ram the Sengoku Astray into a nearby rock formation.
Evolving Credits: With Episode 8, the background and characters present have changed in the running sequence, indicating a new leg of the story.
Eureka Moment: In Episode 9, China says she gave her Bearguy III a backstorynote He was an ordinary teddy bear who turned into a robot, which is why she stuffed the model kit with cotton. This makes Sei realize that he's been hamstringing himself by trying to keep the Build Strike consistent with the Gundam anime's design ethos, and that if he wants to succeed in the finals he needs to let his imagination and creativity flow freely.
Four Is Death: The battles in Episode 13 are preceded by the entrants using a lotto machine to determine which weapons package they will be given. Sei draws 44, which he and several others take as an ill omen.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: During episode 12, the windmill that Don Quixote is charging towards is the Nether Gundam. During episode 15 we have a Leon Szpilman (Poland) vs Rosemarie (Jamaica) match, both are main characters from Roman Polański's famous films.
Friendly Rivalry: While they are rivals in the World Championship, the majority of the named gunpla players are very supportive of each other, and in in some cases outright cheer their competition on.
Gets a major lampshade in episode 15: After their big fight, the post-credits scene show Sei and Fellini working side-by-side to repair their Gunpla; Reiji remarks that the way they're acting you'd hardly believe they were fighting so hard not that long ago.
Friend or Idol Decision: A variation in episode 15: Going into the final round, Fellini's already got a lock on a Top 16 spot. His opponents are Sei and Reiji, which leads to a conflict of friendship versus pride: let the boys win in order to get them into the finals, or fight for real and run the risk of eliminating them and smashing their dreams. In the end he decides that he didn't build Wing Fenice to sit on a shelf and gives it all he's got, resulting in an epic battle that ends in a draw, which still gives Sei and Reiji enough points to make the Top 16.
Genre Shift: The battle in Episode 13 revolves around each competitor being limited to one random weapon that they are given at the start. What are Sei and Reiji given? A baseball mitt, visor and three Ball-motif balls. And then the stadium rises around them...
Episode 14 takes the cake with Gunpla Temarii (ala Sport Days in Japan) and Gunpla race (ala Wacky Racing)
Getting Crap Pastthe Radar: For a kids show Sunrise doesn't seem too concerned with the what parents might notice in the show, as the lyrics for the background music of episode 15 during Nils battle includes them saying "I don't give a fuck about..."
Genre Savvy: Nils, realizing that despite Ms. Baker's words, there was no guarantee PPSE would uphold their promise to let him visit their factory if he defeated Sei and Reiji.
Everybody who sees Star Build Strike's Absorb Shield immediately starts thinking of counters to it.
Heroic Second Wind: Episode 15. Despite his Wing Gundam Fenice getting the crap beat out of it, Fellini rises to his feet and fights the Star Build Strike to a draw.
I Let You Win: Subverted in episode 15. Everyone expects Ricardo (who has a guaranteed place in the top 16) to give Sei and Reiji an easy victory, not only so that they can secure their place in the finals, but to also preserve both their gunplas from damage. However, his pride in both himself and his gunpla refuses to accept this outcome, and he chooses to charge into battle guns a-blazing.
Nils offers to take a dive for Sei and Reiji, if they'll tell him the secret of Plavsky particles (since he suspects PPSE will welch on their promise). Both boys refuse, and Reiji challenges him to fight for real.
Imagine Spot: Both Sei and Mao have one where they imagine the battle between their Gunpla. Mr. Ral puts a stop to it so they can have a proper fight that isn't in their imagination.
Improbable Weapon User: Everyone becomes this in episode 13, since the battle is themed around random weapons. Some people get more standard weapons (Kawaguchi gets tonfa, his opponent gets a railgun), some get weird but still functional items (Fellini gets heat scissors that he wields like a sword, Nils gets a yo-yonote If that seems odd, remember that the yo-yo was invented to be a weapon), and some fall squarely into this trope (Mao gets a paint spraygun, Sei and Reiji get baseballs).
Ineffectual Sympathetic Antagonist: Rainer Cziommer, the German champ, has a major revenge-on against Fellini for stealing his girlfriendnote though Fellini insists that she came onto him and he just has an "open door" policy. He doesn't even care about the championship, just about ruining Fellini's chances. Unfortunately for him, he's becoming less and less of a threat as time goes on; compare his debut, where he would have gotten Fellini if not for Mao, to Episode 14, where he's literally not even a bump in the road.
This can be justified, as he spent most of his time building a mobile suit carrier, which doesn't have an official model. So he probably spent all of his time building that. Since it was destroyed, he was forced used an older model which he probably never upgraded unlike Fellini's Fenice. Leaving him with an outdated model.
Joke Character: Ral-san's favorite Gunpla. He's a decent pilot, and the Gouf itself a great machine... but his kit is a Best Mecha Collection Gouf, a really old model with crappy articulations that really can't compare to the newer stuff in terms of mobility. Reiji keeps trashing it (a melee oriented suit at that!) by rushing in and beam saber-ing it to death.
Leitmotif: "The Crimson Comet ~ The Usual Flamenco at Three Times the Passion~", Yuuki's theme, which is heard twice: Episode 6, Zaku Amazing vs Build Strike Full Package, and in Episode 18, Kampfer Amazing vs GM Sniper K9. It's also remixed for "Meijin ~ Six Times The Passion Of Ordinary Flamenco", which plays in Episode 22, Amazing Exia vs F91 Imagine.
Lost in Translation: In Japanese, the name of China's Beargguy III is pronounced "Bearguy-san", i.e. "Mr. Bearguy" in English. The official subtitles resolve this by rendering the name as "Mr. Bearguy III".
Actually discussed in-series; Reiji asks why people take Gunpla Battle so seriously, and Mr. Ral says that since it's not a real war like the original Gundam anime and no lives are at stake, people can have fun and become very passionate about it.
The Mafia: Episode 15 reveals that there's a Gunpla Mafia, who'll take any dirty job (including "C"'s attempt to disqualify Sei and Reiji in the previous episode). Sei's reaction serves as a lampshade on how ridiculous the idea sounds.
Meaningful Name: Wing Gundam Fenice, Italian for Phoenix. The meaning becomes very clear in Episode 15, as we see how Fellini keeps rebuilding it after every defeat, until it becomes the Ace Custom it is today.
In fact, episode 16 is quite detailed on what to do as a basic build, including clear coating.
Metagame/Gameplay Derailment: A variation: A lot of the newer powerful Gunpla fighters out there have learned to fight using not only their skills and their Gunpla's simulated weapons, but also by manipulating the very particles moving their models. A point is made that Gunpla fighters who haven't adapted, like Greco Logan and Ricardo Fellini, are at a disadvantage.
Midseason Upgrade: Typically a Gundam last at least 14 episodes. Build Strike Full Package and Zaku Amazing lasted 6 episodes, and each received an upgrade at episode 11.
Miracle Rally: In episode 14, after breaking free from the enemy gunpla that was holding them up, Sei and Reiji active Star Build Strike's Discharge Mode and make a mad dash for the finish line. Unfortunately for them, it's Discharge Mode runs out of juice in the final straight, causing Star Build to come in second place.
Mood Whiplash: Episode 21 piles on the feels, with Reiji's hate and Aila's despair, then heartwarming as they reconcile... and then Aila calls out Barthess, Kankaansyrjä and his grandson, then Reiji and Aila get into a shouting match over who's going to win, and then they spend the rest of the match flirting while beating each other up.
Mundane Utility: Technology has been created that can give life to inanimate plastic models. Mankind has decided to use this technology for sporting competitions. The Hand Wave is that the Plavsky Particles only react to the plastic in Gundam model kits.
Plavsky Particles are later revealed to be made out of antiparticles, which has many potential uses in many fields of science. However the company that produces Plavsky particles keeps the production process completely secret for unknown reasons.
Sei and China also stand out as this. They're paired up from quite early on in the show, and by the mid-teen episodes, they appear to be dating.
Power Glows: The frame under Star Build Strike's armor glows bright blue whenever it uses it's RG system Super Mode.
Puppy Love: Borderline, as most of the cast are in their early teenage years, yet every romance (or potentialthereof) is portrayed as innocent and down to earth. Major example is Sei and China's dynamic.
Reed Richards Is Useless: Nils points out that the existence of the Plavsky Particle has massive scientific potential, but PPSE keeps the method of manufacture secret and only seems interested in using it to animate Gunpla.
Self-Deprecation: In episode 16, the show takes a little rib at itself at there being endless versions of the same gunpla.
Reiji: Just how many of these Zaku things are there?
Serious Business: Considering there are next to no stakes in battles between miniature plastic models, fights get surprisingly dramatic.
Justified by Mr. Ral in Episode 6. People take Gunpla seriously because it's a hobby they don't have put their lives on the line for, unlike in the wars of previous Gundam shows. Gunpla battling can be a pure expression of personal skill / creativity / passion.
There's a "Gunpla Mafia", along with an "International Gunpla Police" who can arrest you for cheating in Gunpla Battles!
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Sei denies Caroline's presumption that he's China's boyfriend, only to get embarrassed when China doesn't deny it too.
Ship Tease: Sei x China and Reiji x Aila get heavily implied throughout the series, without either actually becoming a couple.
Played for Laughs in case of Fellini x Mihoshi, who appear to be dating during the world tournament, only for Fellini to regularly screw things up.
There's also Mao and Misaki, which again is also Played for Laughs, because even though he does manage to go on a date with her, it quickly ends when he tries to kiss her.
In the second opening, Wing Fenice does Klein Sandman's trademark pose from Gravion (another Masami Obari anime).
In episode 15, Build Strike and Wing Fenice headbutt each other in a reference to S-CRY-ed. note doubles as an Actor Allusion; the two rivals in s-CRY-ed were voiced by Soichiro Hoshi and Hikaru Midorikawa, who also played Kira Yamato and Heero Yuy - the pilots of the Strike and Wing Gundams respectively
Takeshi introduces himself to Gunpla Mafioso C using Cutey Honey's "Sometimes I'm X, sometimes I'm Y, but the truth is Z" intro speech.
Team Nemesis' bus in the world tournament is the same one used by Zero in season 1 of Code Geass.
Probably unintentional, but the design of the Exia Dark Matter, especially with it's visor, makes it look like an Armored Core,
Episode 22 introduces a Briton named John, his grandson Julian, and a Gunpla named "Imagine". Sound familiar?
Most of the show's models actually do have highly articulated, "perfect" real world matches. The in-show models are also noted to have been sanded, painted and generally customized by their makers.
In episode 3, Mr. Ral's Gouf, from an older line of kits, is accurately depicted as being stiffer and less detailed than its modern counterparts. note this also matches the Gouf's animation in the original Mobile Suit Gundam, making it strangely enough show accurate too!
Becomes a plot point in Episode 9, where Sei realizes that Show Accuracy (making Build Strike something you might actually see in the Gundam SEED universe) is holding him back. He needs to use all his creativity if he wants to compete with world-class Builders.
Sniper Duel: The battle between Tatsuya and the Renato brothers in Episode 18 kicks off with a particularly spectacular one.
So Last Season: The new generation of Gunpla fighters have surpassed many of the previous generations, with newcomers defeating long time tournament fighters and even the previous World Champion. In particular, clever manipulation of Plavsky particles becomes at least as important as traditional building skills, and those battlers that don't keep up get annihilated.
In general, nearly all of the random battles have U.C. era suits prevailing over their AU counterparts, especially those from SEED; this was observed not only by members of the Western fandom, but also of the Chinese fandom.note On the other hand, most of the main Gunpla employed by the main characters are from AU series, and often trounce UC mobile suits in return.
The early episodes poked fun at units that rely on giant beam weapons by having them get taken down before their long charge rate can finish. Such as Wing Gundam's Buster Rifle getting disarmed by a shield toss, and Gundam Double X getting comically destroyed as it charges its Satellite Cannon.
Tender Tears: Sir John Ayers Mackenzie has this in Episode 22, watching the conclusion of Julian and Meijin's battle, and seeing Julian's return to gunpla.
Theme Song Power Up: In Episode 12 when Sei and Reiji begin charging the Star Build Strike's BFG, the ending theme "Imagination > Reality" starts up.
In Episode 18, Meijin is on the ropes, and the Renato Brothers move in to finish him off... and then his leitmotif kicks in and he spectacularly turns the tables on them.
Trailers Always Spoil: Bandai's Gunpla release schedule pretty much spoils what mobile suits will show up later in the series.
Trailers Always Lie: On the other hand, The second opening shows six silhouetted Gunpla behind Chairman Mashita, implying that they're going to be part of his attempts to eliminate Sei and Reiji. However, out of the six, only one (the Hell Zeong) has actually been an enemy, while several others belong to good guys like Reiji and Aila.
Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: After Chairman Mashita identifies Reiji as the Prince of Arian, he goes to ridiculous lengths to try to boot him and Sei out of the World Championship. He does get called out repeatedly for his behavior, not that it does much to stop him.
Undercover Cop Reveal: Sometimes he's the owner of a back-alley model store. And sometimes, he's a Gunpla fan, travelling around the world to promote Gunpla. But his true self is...International Gunpla Battle Official Referee, Takeshi Iori!
Unexpected Character: Episode 8 start with Nils fighting a G-Saviour. The thing was ignored by Sunrise and Bandai for more than a decade, got excluded from all supplement materials as if it never existed, and even caused faulty rumor among fans that it got removed from Universal Century timeline. Yes, it's truly The Unfavourite of Gundam. Yet, it makes its anime debut here.
And that episode scored a double whammy by introducing an explicitely Shout-Out-based design, namely Thai champion Luang Dallara's custom Abigor themed after Aura Battler Dunbine's titular mech.
Villainous Breakdown: A humorous example. In episode 13, when Mashita's secretary's plan to get Sei and Reiji eliminated from the tournament fails, she refuses to speak and looks away in shame for the rest of the episode.
She also has been losing her cool more and more as Sei and Reiji continues through the tournament finals; by Nils's defeat she is left speechless.
We All Live In Japan: A very egregious example happens in episode 20, when everybody from Team Nemesis bows towards its president the Japanese way after he left the scene, except they're supposed to be Finnish.
On the other hand, this is defied like hell in the same episode: One can suppose Kirara, being Japanese, could easily understand the reasons why the Italian Fellini is trying to self-destruct his Gunpla. It turns out she's calling him out for trying to do this kind of behavior and he changes his mind after that.note It's very possible since the series is geared toward younger audiences, Sunrise doesn't want to promote suicide, even if it's handled in a figurative sense. Taking into account how common this problem is in Japan, this is justified.
Wham Episode: episode 14. At the beginning of the episode, Sei and Reiji are on an unbroken winning streak and are among the top contenders... then the Chairman's latest meddling results in them almost getting eliminated from the tournament altogether. On the other hand, the Chairman's reaction to a very (and rightly) pissed Reiji kicking down his door was priceless...
Episode 20 is this too, by having Aila destroying the Wing Gundam Fenice and Reiji's Beginning Gundam without any hint of regret or self-constraint (Due to the berserker-like system imposed on her). All this just so the Chairman can see his grandson see the Qubeley Papillion win... and also pulls out The Reveal towards Reiji.
Reiji: I said what are you doing, Aina?!
Wham Line: episode 21. Reiji drops the bog-standard heroic "I'll beat you" speech which itself isn't unusual... until he says something that instantly makes the Chairman goBlue with Shock.
Reiji:In our next battle, we'll beat you for sure! ON THE HONOR AND PRIDE OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF ARIAN!!!
Xanatos Speed Chess: The battle between Meijin and the Renato brothers basically amounts to them trying to counter each of the strategies and weaknesses of the opposing Gunpla.