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Gundam Build Fighters Try: She’s My Hero!

November 17, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 I loved the first season of Gundam Build Fighters so I thought it would be hard to top it with a new cast in another season. But then Fumina Hoshino appeared.

During a Gunpla World Championship, young Hoshino observed a magnificent player and decided then and there to aspire to the same greatness. Hoshino is now 14-years-old, building Gunpla, and the head of the Gunpla Battle school club with a goal of putting together a team to take all the way to their own championship.

Hoshino is a young woman and her inspiration is also a woman. And Hoshino is the protagonist of Gundam Build Fighters Try.

hisui_icon_4040 As someone who has listened to Gundamn for several years I have noticed a few recurring questions that pop up in their mailbag from time to time. (Apparently podcasts can regularly receive questions. Shocking but true. I have no experience with that phenomenon so this is all apocryphal.) One such question usually involves some variation of, “When do you think a Gundam series will have a female protagonist and what will she be like?” The general answer is that the closest they have come so far is Haruhiko Mikimoto’s Gundam École du Ciel manga and that is currently on indefinite hiatus and Tiel’s Impulse which I did not even know existed until I checked just to make sure there were not any other notable female Gundam heroines.

It would be foolish to discount École du Ciel and Tiel’s Impulse as unimportant steps towards a female protagonist in Gundam but I think the real victory for the fans who want a little more gender equality in Gundam would be a woman in the driver’s seat of a Gundam TV series. While Gundam is not totally married to the idea of a persistent canon the parts of the franchise that have the strongest claim to canon tend to be the TV series. That means that a Gundam TV series with a woman at the helm would set a powerful precedent.

As surprising as it is Fumina Hoshino might actually be the leading lady Gundam fans have been waiting for. Gundam Build Fighters Try might not be the expected route for the first female Gundam heroine but a slightly obscure path might be exactly what was needed for it to happen.

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The October 2014 Line-Up

October 31, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Nothing else this month matters because DETECTIVE CONAN IS NOW BEING SIMULCAST ON CRUNCHYROLL!!!

hisui_icon_4040 I could not be more happy to see them pick up Turn A Gundam. It came SO close to be released before it was cruelly snatched away. Thankfully The Right Stuf has come in to save the day.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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Beneath the Tangles are Sports Anime

October 30, 2014

Beneath the Tangles contributor JP has started a spin-off podcast with a rotating co-host plucked from other BtT staff. We were invited on their 3rd episode to talk sports anime with JP and Jack. As per usual, their podcast is only supposed to be an hour long and we talked for twice that length! Be sure to listen all the way to the end for some of those extra tidbits that had to be cut.

The Tangles Podcast – Episode 3

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The September 2014 Line-Up

September 30, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Nostalgia rated highest this month for me!

hisui_icon_4040 Wow! That is a lot of Type-Moon licenses. I guess everything is coming up Alain.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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