From Gundam Build Fighters to Gundam Build Divers!
Yesterday, Sunrise announced an all-new installment to the Gundam Build Fighters saga called, Gundam Build Divers. The announcement came via a press conference through both the Gundam.Info and the Bandai Channel on YouTube. Now, for those seeking to view the press conference, it does not include subtitles for international viewers. However, the press conference featured information accessible on the official site, such as the cast, staff, and series’ story!
The latest network game Gundam Model Battle / Nexus online (GBN) enables players to enjoy various missions using Gundam simulators in virtual space. The term used to refer to the users of the GBN is known as ‘Divers’. Junior high school student, Riku Mikami with close friend Yukio Hidaka, and classmate Yashiro Momoka are drawn into the world of the GBN. There they meet and befriend Sera, who has a mysterious sensibility to Gundam and Gunpla Battles… They also encounter the famous Diver, and current champion Kyōya Kujō; he is a member of ‘Force,’ a unit composed of multiple divers. ‘Force’ deals with disturbances caused by ‘Mass Divers,’ who deal in breaking the rules of the GBN. After many encounters and experiences, Riku builds not only his own Gunpla, but also his own adventure!
The Characters & Cast:
The staff includes:
- Planning: Sunrise
- Director: Shinya Watada
- Original Work: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Series Composition: Noboru Kimura
- Original Character Designs: Hiro Harakazu
- Character Designs: Shuri Toida
- Mechanical Designs: Kunio Okawara, Kanetake Ebikawa, Junichi Akutsu, Junya Ishigaki, Ippei Gyōbu, Kenji Teraoka, Shinya Terashima, Takayuki Yanase, Naohiro Washio
- Action Director: Masami Obari
- Chief Mecha Animators: Shinya Kusumegi, Sakiko Uda
- Art: Studio Naya
- Music: Hideakira Kimura
- Planning Cooperation: Bandai Hobby Division
- Production Cooperation: ADK
- Production: TV Tokyo, Sunrise, Sotsu
In addition, the press conference featured information on the upcoming products, and a prologue episode, Gundam Build Divers Prologue. Following the press conference this short episode was available for the public to view, and it features various subtitle tracks.
The Gunpla Force Battle Tournament is a big event held in GBN once per year. Competing in the final round are Avalon, led by the champion Kyoya Kujo, and the elite 7th Panzer Division led by the cunning Rommel. Starting with Kyoya’s Gundam AGE II Magnum, a variety of Gunpla take to the field to determine which is the strongest force!
The new Mobile Suits from Gundam Build Divers will be abbreviated as HGBD in the 1/144 High Grade scale. The new Gunpla is designed to work with Gashapon (Capsule Toys), and the Candy Toy/ Mini-Pla. These kits will begin to appear in stores throughout March to May, with more intended to join line.
Gundam Build Divers is set to be a Spring 2018 anime, and it will air on Tokyo TV. Currently there is no premiere date, but from the release information on the High Grades one should expect the series to have a late March to early April release date.
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