The audience learns three things from the first minute of the episode: Nerd Elf “got gud” at GBN, the next twenty minutes will revolve around “new mode” babble, and Magee’s bubble butt never quits.
The AniMessenger can summarize Gundam Build Divers’ plot in a single sentence: Catdog and Fox Jesus have a man-crush on Riku.
Our pubescent posse crosses a fake desert (because no Gundams allowed), dripping with sweat (no death in GBN, but watch out for dehydration), and a ninja driving a Humvee (normal) barrels across the cyber-universe to check up on them.
Welcome back to the world’s greatest Gundam infomercial! Let us walk, hand-in-hand, through a land of animated advertisements, panning shots of Gunpla boxes, and one-and-done characters whose existence hinges upon their mobile suits’ corresponding model kits!
Miyazaki, Shinkai, Hosoda–take your final bows and vacate the stage. We enter a new epoch–a paradigm shift. The Time of Weasel.
Can Gundam Build Divers deliver on the foundational promises in its opening animation? To cute-slap the audience’s face with cat-boys, weasel-commanders, and wolf-captains (oh my)?
Every otaku must eventually make a choice: A) watch a Gundam anime, B) build a Gunpla model, or C) watch a Gundam anime about building Gunpla models. Gundam Build Divers exists for all the C-pickers.
“If you place your hopes in anything, they will be betrayed. Promises will go unfulfilled, and faith will be let down”–Mitsuru’s words–a reflection of this reviewer’s experience with the show.
What do you get when you dice up a side of Gunbuster, a filet of FLCL, a quarter pound of Gurren Lagann, dollop in some Love Live! Sunshine!!, drop the mess into a blender, and press the “crush” button? A cloyingly sweet puree known as Aim for the Top 2: Diebuster.
Gundam Wing, better known as the robot show that came on after DBZ on Toonami, inspired enough yaoi lemon fanfiction to fill the Library of Congress ten times over. It also led to the creation of Gundam Wing: Endless Walt, a movie following a psychopath, a Satanist, a circus clown, a violinist, and a terrorist on their mission to murder a seven-year-old who assumes control of the government.