Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Watch: Gunpla Builders Beginning G (English Subbed)

Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G ( 模型戦士 ガンプラ ビルダーズ ビギニングG / Mokei Senshi Ganpura Birudāzu Biginingu Jī ) is a three-episode anime – Original Video Animation (OVA) – produced by Sunrise to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gunpla since the first Gundam RX-78-2 has been released in 1980.

Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G
Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G

Directed by Kou Matsuo
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Character designs by Kaichiro Terada
3 Episodes, 15 minutes each


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Story
Haru Irei went to Odaiba’s Shiokase Park where the 1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam was erected. He bought HG 1/144 GPB-X80 Beginning Gundam from the merchandise section. His curiosity in Gundam led Haru to participated in Gunpla battle, a virtual simulation game where the players have their Gunpla models scanned and battle in team matches or solo with other players while piloting their Gunplas. Haru relied on his friend’s support, Rina Noyama, a big fan of Gunpla but lacks knowledge about the mobile suits, and Kenta Sakazaki, a regular Gunpla builder which gave him advice on Gunpla building.

After his encounter with Boris Schauer and his Hg 1/144 GPB-X38-30 Forever Gundam, Haru upgraded his Beginning Gundam before they (Haru, Rina and Kenta) enter the national Gunpla Battle tournament.

Gunpla Battle
Gunpla battle in this anime is different from the Gundam Build Fighters series. In here, the participants enter simulation cockpits that resemble the late-Universal Century mobile suits. The Gunpla model is placed on a scanning device resembling a Haro unit. The mobile suits statistics are relevant to the build quality of the Gunpla model. If the Gunpla is fully detailed and tuned up, it will perform much better in Gunpla battle than a straight build model only. The battle will begin in a simulated battlefield like a city or A Baoa Qu.

Characters
Haru Irei – a newbie Gunpla builder who owns GPB-X80 Beginning Gundam
Kenta Sakazaki – a friend who gives advice on Haru about Gunpla building
Rina Noyama – a friend of Haru and a big fan of Gunpla but lacks knowledge about the origins of the mobile suits
Koji Matsumoto – a veteran Gunpla Builder who challenged Haru with Beginning Gundam as his winning prize
Manager – Koji Matsumoto’s manager who build his Gunpla for him
Tatsu Shimano – A Gunpla builder who is assigned to mentor Haru and Kenta in Gunpla Battle strategy. He resembles Allelujah Haptism of Gundam 00 where they both have an evil alter ego during battle
Boris Schauer – a senior Gunpla Meister who challenged Haru with his GPB-X78-30 Forever Gundam
Sam – Boris’ wingman in Gunpla Battle who pilots RX-79BD-1 Blue Destiny Unit 1
Diane Lee – Boris’ female wingman who pilots MS-18e Kämpfer
Hinode Irei – Haru’s father
Urara Irei – Haru’s mother

Mecha
Mobile Units

GPB-X80 Beginning Gundam (ビギニングガンダム Biginingu Gandamu)
Close-combat-type mobile suit with 9 beam sabers, head-mounted beam Vulcan cannons, a beam rifle and an asymmetrically designed shield. Haru uses three beam sabers at once in combat.

GPB-X80-30F Beginning 30 Gundam (ビギニング30ガンダム Biginingu Sātī Gandamu)
Upgraded version of Beginning Gundam which has an exclusive "IFS Unit" parts runner provided by Haru's father. Outfitted with extra armor and Vernier boosters and also capable of using the beam sabers as bits. Also armed with an I-Field generator.

Customized Units

GPB-X38-30 Forever Gundam (フォーエバーガンダム Fōebā Gandamu)
Boris’ Gunpla based on Hg Version 30th RX-78-2 Gundam with additional armor and 4 detachable Variable Speed Beam Rifle (VSBR) funnels. Chest armor covers the beam saber holders on the backpack, and beam sabers are mounted on the forearms

RX-93-ν2 Hi-ν Gundam GPB Color (Hi-νガンダム GPBカラー Hai nyū Gandamu Jī Pī Bī Karā)
Custom version of HGUC RX-93-ν2 Hi-ν (Nu) Gundam with an original white and black color scheme. In this anime, three kits of Hi-ν Gundam were used in order to obtain three pairs of movable fin funnels (in actual HGUC/GPB Gunpla, only one pair is movable).

GPB-06F Super Custom Zaku F2000 (スーパーカスタムザクF2000 Sūpā Kasutamu Zaku Efu Nisen)
Tatsu’s custom and heavily armed Gunpla based on HGUC MS-06F2 Zaku F2. Colored purple and dark gray. Armaments consists of Deadend G Heat Hawk, Super Custom MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun, and MMP-78 120mm Zaku Machine Gun, a forearm-mounted machine gun and shoulder-mounted missile launchers. It has 2 additional arms to hold all of its weaponry.

GPB-04B Beargguy (ベアッガイ Beaggai)
Rina's custom Gunpla, a modified 1/144 HGUC MSM-04 Acguy with a teddy bear head. High-firepower mobile suit carrying with a recorder-like beam rifle and a missile launcher backpack designed to resemble a school satchel bag. Its bear eyes are actually mega-beam launchers.

Proto Beargguy
The Beargguy in episode 2 which still uses the original Acguy head and is seen wearing a bear-hat and holding a fish.

MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki (GPB Color "Byaku Shiki") (百式 (GPBカラー「白式」) Hyaku Shiki (Jī Pī Bī Karā "Byaku Shiki")
Kenta's custom build of 1/144 HGUC Hyaku Shiki with Mega Beam Launcher repainted in white and changed the original kit's "Hyaku" mark (百) to the kanji for white (白), calling it "Byaku Shiki" (白式).

MSN-04 Sazabi GPB Color (サザビー GPBカラー Sazabī Jī Pī Bī Karā)
Kenta's second Gunpla, an HGUC 1/144 MSN-04 Sazabi repainted in white. The Sazabi engages in battle with Sam's RX-79BD-1 Blue Destiny Unit 1 in episode 3.

Episodes

"Parts A: Beginning Gundam"
"Pātsu Ē: Biginingu Gandamu" (パーツA 「ビギニングガンダム」)
Release Date in Japan August 15, 2010

"Parts B: Forever Gundam"
"Pātsu Bī: Fōebā Gandamu" (パーツB 「フォーエバーガンダム」)
Release Date in Japan October 31, 2010

"Parts C: Beginning 30"
"Pātsu Shī: Biginingu Sātī" (パーツC 「ビギニング30」)
Release Date in Japan December 19, 2010

The three episodes were compiled and released on both DVD and Blu-ray on December 22, 2010.

Information Sources: Wikia and Wikipedia

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