If you’re wondering what happened to episode 3’s review, well… I seem to have lost it. I did the content guide, and then never got around to writing the review. Now I can’t find my file. I suppose I’ll have to go back and re-watch that one and do a review at some point, but I really wanted to watch the next episode.
So, anyway, this episode is honestly pretty predictable. It doesn’t take a lot to figure out the plot twist, if you can call it that, but the story is still entertaining enough, and the reveal during this episode’s big battle would probably be a bit of a surprise, if I hadn’t already read about the Build Strike on Wikipedia…
In a way, it was a cute episode, at least when you pay attention to Kousaka. Her interest in Sei probably isn’t much of a surprise, either, but it’s still kind of cute to watch her reactions in this episode. On the other hand, though, they do bring in some fanservice this time around. Granted, it’s probably mild as far as fanservice goes, but it’s still there and it’s still worth nothing. I’m specifically referring to Kirara’s attire. They enjoy showing her a bit provocatively when she’s performing, she dresses in a skimpy outfit, and the camera seems to enjoy centering on her breasts. It’s not prevalent enough to ruin the episode, but it does raise the question of, “Why?” Fanservice, in my opinion, is never necessary, and particularly so in a show about kids building models.
With that said, let’s get to the meat of why you’re probably here: Gundam battles. While the battles may not make up the majority of the episode, the main battle for this episode is still entertaining to watch, especially if you don’t know the Build Strike’s secret. It’s a fun watch, as always. I did notice a few errors in the subtitles, though. Again, this isn’t something that ruins the episode, but I’m low on things to say, and I don’t think I criticize a lot, so I included it.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, Kirara. Skimpy outfit, cleavage, camera centering on her breasts… yeah, stuff like that is prevalent. There is no nudity, and most people would probably consider this mild, but I must question why this was included. I mean, it’s probably safe to classify this more as a kids’ show, so the Kirara fanservice–mild or not–seems completely out of place, and is something we could do without. Even excluding the close ups of her breasts (and yes, she was clothed) would have been an improvement. Other than that, there was the violence of the Gunpla battles, which I have simplified as, well, Gunpla battles in the “Violence” section simply because the nature of the battles doesn’t change: guns, beam swords, explosions, etc. If it’s in one episode, it’s probably in all of them.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Kirara dresses rather skimpy, in the equivalent of what we might as well call a bikini top and “booty shorts”, if you will. The camera makes it a point to zoom in on her (clothed) breasts, and some of her poses are a bit provocative. Also, she shows some cleavage. Ditto pretty much all of that for her appearance at the Gunpla battle. The camera focuses on her breasts a few time.
Violence: Gunpla battles