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Episode 10: The World Tournament Begins

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 12, 2013

 

Summary

 

Fellini gets a call from Greco about Kaiser's surprise defeat at the hands of Team Nemesis. Mao watches the match and is surprised that the winner is around his age. Around the world, players react to Kaiser's defeat. Nils wonders if his greatest obstacle has been removed, and Allan is surprised that PPSE doesn't have any data on Nemesis' new fighter. In Tokyo, Reiji collapses after a test run and tells Rinko and Ral that Sei has built an unbelievable Gunpla. Later, Sei watches a TV program on the tournament with Kirara serving as an announcer. She explains that more than 80 fighters from 68 countries will gather when the tournament opens tomorrow. She further explains that fighters will earn points through various types of battles, including single, team and endurance matches. The 16 fighters with the most points will advance to the finals. Ral swings by to pick up Sei and Reiji, and Rinko tells them to do their best so they don't have any regrets. China runs up to them and gives them Haro-shaped charms for good luck. As evening falls, Ral drops them off at the players' village and notes that by the tournament's 10th day, 70 percent of the fighters will already have been eliminated. Once they reach their room, Sei puts on a tuxedo and tells Reiji they have to go to a party hosted by PPSE. Reiji doesn't like formal things and jumps out the window while Sei is in the bathroom. Sei is nervous when he enters the ballroom, but he's happy to see a familiar face in Mao. Mao is excited when Luang Dallara, the Thai champ, walks by. He then spots Fellini, who addresses Sei by name. He asks about Reiji and explains that he's been training with him. Mao introduces himself, but Fellini already knows that he's Chinan's disciple. Kirara walks up and congratulates Sei on reaching the tournament, but Mao doesn't recognize her. Fellini starts hitting on her and walks off with her. Elsewhere, Reiji strolls through a mall and eats food from a list of restaurants that Ral gave him. At stall after stall, he finds the best food is sold out. He reaches a stall that has a single meat bun left, but Aila arrives at the same time. At the party, Fellini is drunk and babbles about The 08th M.S. Team to Kirara, which disillusions Sei and Mao.

 

Reiji realizes that Aila has been buying up all the snacks and demands that she let him have it. Aila says that ladies go first, but he says he doesn't see any. When he's momentarily distracted by fireworks, she drops money and runs off with the meat bun. Reiji gives chase, but she jumps off the balcony and slides down to the ground. She reaches a boardwalk and prepares to eat the bun, but Reiji arrives and tries to grab the bun. As they struggle, the bun slips out of her hand and falls into the lake. Aila calls Reiji an idiot and leaves when her car pulls up. Barthes asks who Reiji was and tells Aila not to act on her own because lots of money is riding on her. Reiji returns to the hotel room and gets yelled at by Sei for ditching him. The next day, the tournament begins with four-player knockout matches. Mao wonders where Sei and Reiji are and is further disillusioned by hungover Fellini. In the first battle, a Berga-Giros, GuAIZ, Gelgoog and Cobra Gundam fight each other, with German Gelgoog pilot Rainer Cziommer winning. In another battle, Luang's Abigorbine defeats a Messala and Geara Doga. Despite his hangover, Fellini defeats a Gunblaster and wins his match. In the next match, a Gundam Virsago, Gundam Throne Zwei and The-O try to take on Aila's Qubeley Papillon together, but they're defeated in seconds by her funnels. China and Rinko watch Sei and Reiji's battle on TV, and Rinko assumes that them being late is Reiji's fault. The upgraded Star Build Strike Gundam takes off and joins a space battle against a Super Custom Zaku F2000, a Duel Gundam and a Geymalk. Everyone is surprised when the Star Build Strike absorbs the energy of beam attacks from the Duel Gundam and Geymalk. Reiji destroys the Super Custom Zaku in one shot. Nils looks up their bios and recognizes Sei and Reiji from China's earlier battle. They Geymalk destroys the Duel Gundam and turns its funnels on the Star Build Strike. Reiji activates wings of light and uses them and his rifle to destroy the funnels. Aila watches the battle and remembers Reiji's moves from his fight using the Mk-II. Reiji destroys the Geymalk and wins the match. Mao congratulates Sei and Reiji on their win. Fellini mentions that PPSE's team will be fighting in the last match. Their main fighter Kawaguchi appears on TV, but Sei and Reiji recognize him as Yuuki.

 

Commentary

 

The world tournament finally begins with a series of four-player matches, but before that we have some comedic antics. It's no surprise that Reiji would ditch Sei and not attend a formal party, because that really isn't his style. This leads him to a fateful encounter with Aila and an epic battle for a meat bun. Up to now, she's been portrayed as icy and emotionless as they Newtypes she's emulating, so it's a surprise that she can get so excited over snacks. Her physical feats in escaping Reiji are on another level, and I have to wonder if she's some weird alien/whatever like he is. When it comes to Gunpla Battle, her last two fights haven't been impressive. We know from her fight with Gawain that she's got skills, but no one wants to see a fight that ends in seconds. Hopefully that'll change by the time Reiji fights her. I was amused by Sei and Mao being awestruck by Fellini, only to later see that he's a pathetic drunk. There are some more character cameos here, as the Geymalk's pilot resembles Victory Gundam's Junko Jenko. The upgraded Star Build Strike makes an impressive debut with a new gimmick, and it's clear that Sei has transcended the limits of Gundam to create something new. How it fares against other top players should prove interesting.

 

Overall Rating

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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