In episode 14, the preliminary round consists of only 9 races (and hence only 9 possible winners), and begins with 12 teams undefeated including Sei and Reiji, plus 7 players 4 points behind. How is it possible that Sei and Reiji fell to 17th place after losing the round? Worst case scenario is that they wind up tied for 15th place.
Why did Ral use a Best Collection mecha? HGUC Gouf is far easier to find, basically a cheap kit, and have better articulation, and with HGUC Gouf Custom it's even better.
He has A HGUC version, but he doesn't want it messed up by battling.
Yeah, but it's still easier to buy a new one (or the Gouf Custom) and build it just to train Reiji. Say that gives me a build idea...
Why do people cheer for the likes of Nils and Aila during their battles? Imagine taking the time and probably spending money to watch a highly anticipated gunpla battle live... and the fight is over in a matter of minutes under very suspicious circumstances and nobody knowing what's going on.
The same reason people root for professional sports teams that have way more money (and therefore better players) than the one they're currently playing.
With sports the thrill of supporting better funded teams is that you're guaranteed an hour or so of curbstomping. In gunpla battles of the aforementioned characters the fight is over almost right after it begins. In most cases it's not even an epic curbstomping. Imagine watching one of Aila's fights. There are hundreds of people in the stadium, and many are hyped for an epic battle. The battle begins, the opponent charges right at her gunpla... and blows up. That's it. Time to go home. Who cheers for something like that? It's like cheering for someone who plays videogame with an insta-kill cheat activated.
Thinking about it some more, maybe they picked up fans during the preliminaries. Nils had several pretty kickass kills during them (remember the ninja-yoyo, or the takedown of the Psyco Gundam?), and pilots a suit from an Ensemble Darkhorse sidestory. Alia is a cute girl in a skintight outfit and uses one of the more visually unique suits seen in the tournament.
Why is the new generation described as a revolution? As far as we can tell the only gunpla using "Plavsky hacks" are the Star Build Strike and the Sengoku Astray. All 14 other players in the finals are just skilled fighters using well-built standard gunpla.
What's going to happen the instant the tournament is over? Everyone's going to start incorporating Plavsky hacks into their Gunpla. By the time the next tournament rolls around, not having Plavsky hacks will be seen as strange on the competitive level. That's why it's a revolution. Everyone's going to be copying the new techniques displayed at the championship, and the Gunpla scene will be changed.
Given the real-world reaction to these hacks (generally negative) it's unlikely, not only because people don't really like them, but also because there are still plenty of world level fighters capable of winning the tournament on their tactics and skills alone. Bear in mind that in this tournament all the competitors had more than enough time to create gunpla with plavsky hacks before the finals, but practically nobody did.
Who said anything about real-world reactions? The reactions by the crowds in-show have been largely positive, and Fellini's comments were about the Gunpla scene being revolutionized in-show.
In-universe nobody is using plavsky hacks except Nils and Sei, even though they have all been given plenty of time to implement them.
The metagame simply hasn't had time to catch up yet. Building a high quality gunpla takes weeks or even months of effort. Most builders don't have Sei, Mao, or Nils' building skills, but you can bet that next year they're going to try to copy their techniques.
It's not just Plavsky hax — the "new generation" also demonstrates much more imagination and creativity than the old guard, much like Sei earlier in the show, many of the old guard let Gundam canon constrain them (note most of the canon-fodder so far have been fairly standard kits without any extensive mods). For example the Tallgeese Valkyrie would fit right in the universe of Wing, but the Sengoku Astray is something completely wild compared to its source material. In addition to more creative builds - tactics and strategies have advanced beyond "make a kickass Gunpla and be a good pilot" - The Renato brothers using different suits instead of the same one each battle to keep people guessing, The Kampfer Amazing is basically a swiss army knife, and Team Nemesis is outright cheating.
Basically all the gunpla would fit in their source canon, even in their heavily modified "crossover" state. The Kampfer Amazing, Renato Bros gunpla, Amazing Exia, Wing Fenice and Rinascita all could fit within their source canon more or less since they all use conventional weaponry and technology, which is still about the norm. In the last episode we see that the previous generation (Takeshi, Ral, Chinan) are still very competitive and potentially much more destructive than the current generation, so it's not about power or originality since they've had that since Ral's generation. Sengoku Astray and Build Strike still stick out like sore thumbs in their outrageousness, but they're only outliers at most, not worthy of calling it a revolution.
The negative reaction to "hax" is more of a western fandom thing: Western fandom was introduced to Gundam via stuff like Wing and 08th MS Team which have much less emphasis on Newtypes (or completely lacked them), whereas the original core UC series/movies have had plenty of "hax" from the get-go. Kamille blocking beam blasts with the power of dead Newtypes? Judau force-docking the ZZ with just his rage? Amuro pushing Axis away from Earth with his idealism? The in-show reaction is probably more accurate to the real-life Japanese fandom reaction.
Why was the field left active for so long after Fellini conceded the match to Aila? Even if it normally remains active for a little while after a match, there was absolutely no reason that it should have been on as long as it was and it definitely should have been shut off when Aila lost it and started trashing the Fenice.
I like to think that Mashita and Baker deliberately dragged things out as a way to spite Fellini due to his relationship with Sei and Reiji.
Rule of Drama. That field not switching off was completely out of place and you could totally see Aila's rampage coming.
How old is Kirara/Mihoshi for China to feel threatened by Sei appearing to have a crush on her, but also for Fellini to date without coming off as a creep?
About eighteen to her early twenties, not accounting for any possible Values Dissonance for Japan or Italy. China's fear doesn't have to be completely rational, she's a thirteen-year-old girl who sees a pretty older girl getting attention from the boy she's trying to get the attention of.
Regarding whether or not Fellini is a creep: Fellini might be younger than we think. When we see him playing with a near-stock Fenice, he's a little kid; and for his first Gunpla Battle, he's a teenager. Assuming the World Gunpla Championship started up shortly after the battle system was created, and that Fellini was an early participator in Gunpla Battle in general, it's been about 7 years since his first battle as a teen. Also, he doesn't seem to be able to hold his liquor/drinks too much too fast; which could be an indication that he's just become old enough to drink. If Mihoshi is in her late teens, and him in his early 20's, it's not particularly weird. Yes, I put too much thought into this.
This is Word of Saint Paul, but according to both Pixipedia and Nicopedia, Mihoshi's VA has stated on radio that when she was being briefed on the character, she was told to picture Mihoshi as being in her late twenties (!!!); she's getting pretty old for the idol business, so she really needs that popularity to keep her job long enough to get a hit album out. This also explains why she's desperate enough to resort to cheating. Considering how young Sei's mom looks (and she's not even in showbiz), it's not a stretch to assume that Mihoshi is also Older than They Look. And given that Fellini's official age is 24 (from the Gundam Try Age card game), it's very much probable that he's younger than she is.
Why doesn't the Star Build Strike shoot its own shield to power up the Discharge system?
Judging from the way the parts are wielded, it would be impractical to do so. Also, doing this in the heat of a battle is very dangerous as it would leave itself open. It doesn't help that most of the fields lack camping spots.
Why do the PPSE gunplas seem so underpowered? Sure the Kampfer Amazing can shrug off a direct hit from the K9, but all their technologies manifest themselves in such mundane ways. You'd think that the creators of gunpla battle would have had Plavsky power gates and powered frames down with all their researchers and development, but all they do is make traditional-style gunpla with best-in-class performance, and even then it's not by much.
Probably because like most other builders, PPSE builders are constrained by the old way of thinking, by building Gunpla within the constraints of their own setting. It's actually very plausible, considering PPSE employees are undoubtedly put through a strict training regimen and selection process. For example, while Sei, Mao, and Nils like to come up with exotic systems and technologies, Alan seems to focus on squeezing every ounce of performance out of his suits.
They have literally unlimited resources compared to everyone else. They've got a lab full of world-level personnel and equipment to do the job that normally would be assigned to a single person. Moreover, some of them are just scientists hired to do a job instead of being gunpla fans. You'd imagine that some of them would at least explore powered frames or matching particle bands to cancel beam attacks. They're clearly not limited to a given setting seeing as they were able to armor up a Kampfer and give it much more weaponry than the original, plus convert it all to beam weaponry, and modify it to work in space and underwater as well. Alan does do a good job squeezing every last inch of performance out of his suits, but the results don't look like they'd be worth paying a room full of people for, seeing as several other entries in the tournament were able to come up with similar results with one- or two-man teams. Stumbling on to some technologies would seem to be inevitable.
It might be company policy to prevent PPSE scientists from being too creative. Remember, Mashita has been doing his best to cover up the true nature of Plavsky particles, to the point where he wouldn't even tell his own secretary what they are. What good would his attempts to protect the secret be if he just let all his scientists do whatever they wanted?
Episode 22 reveals that all PPSE employees are required to attend a Gunpla Academy before they are recruited. From how strict the program is implied to be, it's very likely most PPSE employees are indoctrinated into sticking to the old way of developing Gunpla. Notice how Sei, Mao, and Nils are all essentially self taught, and have no such barriers to their own personal creativity.
Somebody managed to build the Exia Dark Matter in a week.
Correction. Meijin and Allan managed to finish the Amazing Exia within 6 days, Someone managed to convert the Amazing Exia into the Exia Dark Matter within ONE DAY.
Which only raises more questions as to what the PPSE works team actually does. Also, the image of a mind-controlled Meijin painting a gunpla overnight is hilarious.
If Mashita wanted Sei and Reiji out of the tournament, why not sic the Meijin on them early on? The Meijin is the PPSE's best and brightest, why not have him destroy the 16th place entrants in the first round of the finals?
They probably didn't want to risk the possibility of their own fighter losing early in the tournament. Notice that the Meijin is put in the block with a bunch of no name fighters, while Sei and Reiji are placed in the block with all of the big name monsters like Aila and Nils. They wanted to guarantee the Meijin would reach the finals. After all, why should they risk their own fighter when they can throw unwitting Cannon Fodder at the problem?
Sei and Reiji were 16th place. Statistically they were the cannon fodder for the Meijin to defeat.
They were only 16th due to Mashita and Bakers' meddling. If not for that they would have reached the finals undefeated. They were rigging Sei and Reiji's matches EXACTLY BECAUSE they couldn't find a way to get rid of them fairly.
Plus, the Meijin already suspected Mashita was trying to the rig the tournament after the appearance of the Mega Zaku, and actively threatened Mashita not to pull anything like that again. It would look very suspicious to him if he was immediately put up against Sei and Reiji in the opening round.
How did they manage to modify the Amazing Exia to the Exia Dark Matter in less than a week? The A5 unit was in development for months at least by the whole of the PPSE dev team, if we assume they began developing it immediately after finishing the Kampfer Amazing. When Allan requests it to be sent to him it's far from finished, and even with the combined efforts and talent of Allan and the Meijin they only get it 80% functional about a week later in time to fight Julian Mackenzie. Then tack on another week... and it has a brand new paint job, new weapons, new booster, new parts, and is practically unrecognizable from its previous form. How?
No doubt they were "assisted" by Mashita and Baker, considering that the Meijin is already sporting an Embody System at the end of the week as well.
Mashita knows nothing about Gunpla, Baker is an administrator, and Team Nemesis's main contribution is the Embody system.
Could also be a quick-and-dirty kitbash with a shiny coat of paint. A lot of its parts could've come off of other gunpla they were already working on. A modded booster from one kit, bigass swords from another, go down to the shop and buy 20 of the most expensive 1/144 gunpla they've got and sift through the parts for things they can use, and slap it together.
If creating the ultimate gunpla were as easy as buying several kits and kitbashing, everyone would be doing it. It's clear that building good gunpla is a lot more than just the parts, and even the paint and programming its abilities are a huge part of the process that have to be done carefully.
The opening of Episode 24 shows that the Amazing Exia had already been upgraded with the new booster and weapons by the time the Meijin was forced to wear the Embody System. All that would have been left at this point was a new weapon or two, the new face, and a paint job
Now that really just begs the question: Why do the members of the PPSE works team still have jobs given quality and quantity of their work?
Why didn't Nils wear his ninja outfit when infiltrating the Plavsky Particle production facility? That sword would definitely have come in handy.
Oddly enough, Nils has been far less blatantly Japanophile ever since his defeat. Perhaps he just mellowed out?
How did the Star Build Strike manage to beat the Exia Dark Matter without its booster and an arm missing? Last time it used the RG system while missing an arm and having taken extensive damage, they could only utilize the system to 30% or risk the additional particles destroying the gunpla by themselves. Also, it's stated that much of its additional mobility and power comes from the attached booster providing additional particles. How could the Exia Dark Matter be beaten by what was essentially the Build Strike Gundam in its base form?
It's safe to say that in the GBF universe, gundam fighting is sort of like a sport. One primarily enjoyed and viewed by children and teenagers. And there are people out there using questionable technology and practices in order to produce the perfect build fighter. FOR. A. KIDS. GAME.Why?
For the prize money, corporate reputation and fame. Real life sports have shades of this so it isn't surprising.
Besides, it's possible that the technology can be used in other fields also. For example, the same training techniques used with Aina could be used to make some kind of supersoldiers, bringing it Full Circle, as it was probably inspired by Gundam Cyber-Newtypes.
Also, more prosaically, as with all sports, there will always be betting, both illegal and sanctioned.
This seems to be a bit of a misconception. Sure, a lot of kids play with Gunpla, but we also see many adults into the hobby too. It's just that as a hobby, Gunpla is easier for kids to get into than most other sports like football or basketball because those sports require a great degree of physical ability.
Take into account that even if Gunpla Battle was ONLY kids (Which it isn't and as stated above it's a misconception to assume Gunpla, and by extension, Gunpla Battles, are a 'kids only' thing), look at all the horrible things parents in real life do to have their kid's team get an advantage. If it's as popular as they say it is, with decent prizes and such, people will invest into doing silly things in order to win.
Why are they called Plavsky Particles? Since they only move gunpla plastic, why weren't they called gunpla particles or some such name?
Because as their "inventor", Mashita can name them whatever the hell he wants to. Plus "Plavsky" sounds cool.
Shout out to the original Gundam's "Minovsky Particles" that enabled the compact generators UC Mobile Suits use (see a resemblence now?), though in Universe it might have been Baker's idea to name them (she's the one that knows about Gundam)
What exactly does the PPSE works team do? They have at least an entire lab full of people, and yet they seem to turn out very little work. The A5 unit was in development for months and still completely unfinished, and then Allan and the Meijin were able to get the Amazing Exia from that state to 80% complete (already an excellent gunpla in its own right) in a week, and then upgrade it to the completed Amazing Exia with another week's time. Then the Meijin (under mind control, granted) was able to convert that into the Exia Dark Matter in less than a day. Why do the members of the works team still have jobs?
It's possible that, as with any unit within a company, developing Gunpla for the tournament isn't all that the scientists there do and they might have other responsibilities as well (e.g. developing the GP bases and other equipment used for Gunpla battles).
When Allan orders the A5 his lackey addresses the entire room full of people, and they all cease their activities, indicating they were all working on the A5 at the time. It's clear that the battle system doesn't need upgrading because they've held 7 years' worth of successful gunpla battle tournaments and the system hasn't shown any sign of changing since Takeshi's generation.
Or it could simply be a matter of bureaucracy within the company keeping talented individuals with great ideas from standing out. The same thing has already happened in the real world in motorsports such as Formula 1 where, back in the late 60s and 70s, the factory team from Ferrari was losing out to smaller British teams simply because talented designers could thrive in the latter but not the former.
This is a situation where their collective efforts amount to just about what a single person can do in the same amount of time. IF they're sitting there doing almost nothing anyway, why not just get rid of them all?
Plavsky Particles in general: How did they figure out they reacted only with gunpla plastic? How did Mashita and Baker manage to develop and commercialize the gunpla battle system within a year without raising any questions about where they came from? How did the giant Plavsky crystal find its way to Earth?
The Plavsky crystal might've been what teleported Mashita to Earth, and itself along with him. If the single gem in his pocketwatch was the only thing he stole, he probably wouldn't have been as torqued out as he was... the gem itself being the stolen treasure makes more sense.
How did he manage to hide the crystal from everyone? That thing was huge.
The thing is hidden in an abandoned space left out by Gundam: The Ride, which is about the size of a ferry. Also, It can only be synthesized in zero gravity so Mashita would know what the substance would react with from his years on Arian, a space colony.
Why are the gunpla enemies in the final episode dubbed bootlegs? If they were created by the company that holds a monopoly on gunpla and gunpla battling, aren't they just a new entry to the Gundam universe rather than cheap knockoffs?
First, there's no corresponding series for them. Second, Background materials mention that the drones were intended to be used as cheap, disposable computer controlled enemies.
Lots of products are launched without backstories with backstories added back for them afterwards, or not require them at all. The Extreme Gundam, for example, or the Beginning Gundam in-universe in its original series. Besides, it's not a knockoff if "automated gunpla battle robot" is exactly what it is. It'd be a great product that would save people everywhere time and money by allowing them to battle against AIs more easily. Bandai themselves also make products that don't appear in any series, mostly in the MSV series. It just seems like a very negative way to look at things, as if they're inherently evil just because the "villain" created them.
Still, they're basically intended as stand-ins for actual Gunpla models, so using the terms "bootleg" and "knock off" as derogatory descriptors is not too far off the mark, especially to builders who've spent YEARS perfecting their Gunpla.
They're bootlegs because they're made by PPSE. And yes they have the patent on Gunpla fight systems, they're not the source of Gunpla. In-Universe that's still probably Bandai, gunpla existed before PPSE as explained in Baker's and Mashita's back story. Technically PPSE would be in full legal right to sell the product so long as they don't call them gunpla (drones could work, or Mocks as is officially named). But for the characters (Fellini) they see a non-official Gundam knock-off, e.g Bootleg.
Is Mashita and Baker a couple? She let him to use her as a lap pillow and followed him to Arian.
Given the ending, I'd say they are. It may have started as simply two people realizing they can both get what they wanted (Mashita being rich, and Baker...um...) from each other. However over time they (or at least Baker) fell for each other. They both seem content with selling the Mocks to people back in Arian.
How exactly does the Gunpla battle system work? I mean yes the Plasky particles bring the Gunpla to "life" and simulate the effects of Gundam battles and damage. But how does it know what does what. I mean the Zaku Amazing is similar but much different unit from a Zaku II gunpla. How does the system know what the differences are, or even what the standard effects are?
Fanon seems to think there's a software scripting system involved with building Gunpla for Gunpla Battle, and that's what the GP Base is for, to declare the pre-programmed functions of the components of a Gunpla.