Series Review: Gundam Build Divers – Episode 6

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Episode 6 – “Past and Future”

The AniMessenger can summarize Gundam Build Divers’ plot in a single sentence: Catdog and Fox Jesus have a man-crush on Riku.

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After last week’s surprisingly sterling twenty minutes, the world’s greatest Virtual Shounen Plastic Simulator continues its path towards “not terrible” territory. Our heroes enjoy a brief respite from GBN, focusing their efforts on more serious endeavors like stalking washed up model builder celebrities. Let the hilarity ensue:

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The has-been, afflicted by PTSD flashbacks of epic bro-time, spends his miserable existence munching Cheetos and posing his army of 1:144 Panzer IVs. Thank Tomino that a group of tweens harassed him to the brink of insanity, driving him back to the land of opportunity–GBN–where he can fulfill his vocation as “Nerd Elf.”

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As our team of Pre-Pubescent Plamo Pals gather intelligence on Koichi and vice versa, The AniMessenger finally catches a whiff of that elusive magic that seemingly disappeared post-Build Fighters season one. The sense of achievement–rags-to-riches characters finding redemption through model building prowess. The over-the-top comedy–Magee and company harassing the ex-modeler elicits some honest laughter–and mech battles functioning as cherries-on-top rather than primary drivers.

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For the first time, Divers puts the spotlight on physical, analogue, non-VR building. The results? A touching display of earnestness and passion rather than meaningless flash and/or scenarios designed to stoke nine-year-olds. This reviewer upgrades his opinion of the show from “kill it with fire” to “not bad”–a ringing endorsement. If the Weasel Commander returns? Oscars, here we come.

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Rating: C+

And, please remember:

~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger
All screenshots and promotional images are the property of Sunrise, TV Tokyo, and Sotsu. The AniMessenger does not claim ownership.
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