Inazuma Eleven Go vs Danball Senki W

2.5 Two_Five

Name: Gekijouban Inazuma Eleven Go vs Danball Senki W
Japanese: 劇場版 イナズマイレブンGO vs ダンボール戦機W
Genres: Shonen, Action, Sport, Fantasy, Tragedy
Length: 1.30 hour, movie
Producers: Oriental Light and Magic


<This review may contains spoiler>

Inazuma Eleven Go vs Danball Senki W:is action fantasy movie aimed for children demographic. Despite its fancy colors and incredible action sequences, it isn’t very much satisfying experience.

It’s an okay-constructed movie with good action sequences, multiple colors, and dazzling special effects coming from sports, of all things.There is a kid shooting flame from his leg, and there are toy robots that combine with each other and shapeshift into a giant sword, and many otrher. In fact, these are the reasons why fans would watch the movie in the first place, to watch a great art and to absorb those overexagerrated  feeling that sports and hobbies probably have never been this epic and they will certainly not bore a lot of fans. But sadly,  aesthetic is the only thing this movie got right.

You starts a story properly on a happy day with a friendly match between the Junior and Senior national Japanese soccer teams, then suddenly, a group of unknown threats claiming they have come from the future to “get rid of all battles” and “save the future” before “erasing” everything out of existances. Luckily,  the main cast of Inazuma Junior Japan survive the massacre. They joins up with the cast of Danball Senki, a team of robot action figure pilots and are determined to defeat the villians.

…Except the further you progress into the story, the more you step away from the protagonists. It doesn’t help that the heroes are so bland and argubly a bunch of copies of each other. There are at least two idealistic captain figures, two reliable sidekicks, and at least a dozen of anguish kids with who will attempt to kill each other by a simple prank or mind trick. They don’t have any real development aside from reviewing what they have already learned in their respective shows. There are reasons why I would say the three villains of this show are more important than the +20 heroes promoted in this giant cross-over.

In an unknown future, a young psychic named Fran is taken away from her parents and tortured horribly by some doctors because her ESP power was being accursed for a disease. Fran and her two best friends escape but find out that their world and everything in it is destroyed by… something. Filled with hatred of humanity, the three travel through time (don’t ask how) to the present day to get rid of every “battle” in the world and save the future.

Of course, they are supposed to be sympathetic villains who are wasting the worlds because they are naive and ignorant, and they only want people to love and understand them. Of course, It isn’t very sensible since they just pick random targets and go with them, but that’s sort of what make them so dangerous in the first place.

Sadly, the way they develop them in the movie just doesn’t make them as sympathetic as they seem, and it leaves a lot of bad impressions instead.  Despite that they have apparantly killed millions of innocent on-screen, the show tries to force an idea that Fran and co are really sympathetic and they can be redeemed. The result comes out as chessy as a bad children cartoon, with the villains totally change their ways, become totally saints-like, and regain everything in their life even though it is practically impossible. No punishment, no consequence, no nothing. All while every mishavs they have done are ignored and every people they have erased are left with ambiguious fates. What are we suppose to learn from this?

In the end, Inazuma Eleven Go vs Danball Senki W is great only for graphic and action.It’s watchable as an action movie, but everything else is not as satisfying. The story is average, the morality is ambiguous. The characters are boring, and the villains are not handled very well. The show, to me, is like a waste potential as a whole.


Quick Look: Gunpla Build Fighters


Gunpla Build Fighters

Name: Gunpla Build Fighters (ガンダムビルドファイターズ)
Genre: Shonen, Action, Mecha, Comedy,
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Written by: Yousuke Kuroda

I myself am not a huge fan of “Gundam” series, though I do collect a lot of SD plastic models. After the most recent disappointment with the Level 5’s “Mobile Suit Gundam Age (2011)”, I was actually surprised to notice that the next Gundam series,. “Gundam Build Fighters” appears to be a total opposite to what Gundam Age offered us. No more space drama, no more gaint robot, no more needless bloodshed, but rather a story of regualar teenagers and their “Gunpla” modeling hobby.  Therefore, I’m looking forward to this series. So far,  this apears to be a promising series despite its look.

Gunpla Build Fighters deals with the “Gunpla” hobby, which a plastic modelling hobby and worldwide trend related to a famous mecha  “Gundam” franchise, which people buy, build, and modify scaled sizes humanoid robots. In the fantasy aspect of the series, a Gunpla battler creates a model and use it in a combat simulator that allows the player to pilot their “toys” as if they are alive and real. This concept isn’t something new. Back in 2010, Bandai releasd 3-episode OVA series of “Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G” in 2010 to mark 30th anniversary of the Gundam series and to increase the sells of plastic models. Basically, Gunpla Build Fighters is an expasion of the OVA into a full-time television series, featuring its own cast and setting.

Similar to Clamp’s Angelic Layer (2001), Gundam Build Fighters resolves around middle schoolers building and customizing a toy robot to enter “Gunpla Battle” world tournament, and win the title of the best Gunpla battlers. The show focuses on two protagonists: Sei Iori, the blue haired, regular Gundam loving and easy going kid who has exceptional modelling ability but lack any skill in an actual Gunpla battle, and Reiji, the red haired, mysterious and aggorant combat prodigy who lacks any interest in making a model. The two meet an establish a unique relationship where they have to cope with each other’s differences and overcome. The story is lightheart and idealistic story dealing with how characters fight off challenges and strengthen their friendship bonds as they climb their ways to become the best of the bests. It is particularly interesting how the developers handle the two protagonists, Sei and Reji, as they are totally different in appearance and personalities, and there’s also the fact that they have to function as a team to make any progress.

The thing thats make Gundam Build Fighters superior to Gundam Age is that the story is intentionally made to be a lightheart, parodic, and idealistic story that they are good at making rather than a mixbag of idealiism, child soldiers, and mass genocide Unlike Gundam Age, Build Fighters doesn’t pretend to follow a war-smoking “tradition” of Gundam at all. Instead, the show is designed to appeal children and collectors that can easily associated themselves with the show. Children can enjoy its comedy and battle sequences, and long time Gundam fans and modelliers can discuss the robots, jokes, and references toward older series. Similar to G Gundam (1994), Gundam Build Fighters does not hestitate to be a black sheep of the series, and so far, it pays off really well.

So far, Gunpla Build Fighters is a promising show, being a funny and lightheart show with good actions. Gunpla modeling can attract both children and old school collectors. Of course, this promote consumerism, but at least you do get some good laughs and morality out of it. Crunchyroll allows viewers from some region to steam the series for free with English subtitle. The show is highly recommended.