Recently a new special was released for the Try Fighters Gundam anime, a special to give some closure and extra dimension to this excellently fun series.
Basically, Island Wars is a hommage to the epic finale episodes of the first GunPla based anime series, giving it the same sheer of greatness.
Plot (from Gundam Wikia)
In the Nielsen Labs, scientists are preparing test runs on the Plavsky Particle Mk. II, using the brand new Scramble Gundam as a test unit. The crystal to make this possible was refined by Nils Yajima.
However, during testing, something causes the crystal to react badly,
causing the Scramble Gundam to react violently. The Gunpla races out of
the ring and towards the control room, but is stopped by the emergency
In the 14th Gunpla Battle Japanese Under-19 Championship, Team
Try Fighters is battling Team Song Dynasty Vase in the finals. Yuuma and
Fumina put Gyanko's team under pressure, but Gyanko is able to push
back, holding back a tag team attack and allowing Mahiro and Keiko to
use the Northern Pod support mecha to attack the two with a
firebird-like ramming attack. However, Sekai arrives and deflects the
attack. The battle continues with Gyanko's team striking them, only to
watch as the Try Fighters escape unscathed and unleashing their new
finisher attack on them, earning their ticket to the Nationals once
After the battle, Fumina calls Yuuma to let him know they've been
given an invitation to test out the brand new Gunpla Battle system at
the Nielsen Labs. However, Yuuma lies and excuse himself. Fumina
reluctantly agrees but her mother arrives with the phone with Sekai on
the line, agreeing to go with Fumina after hearing over the invitation.
On the plane, Sekai takes notice of Fumina's face going red as she
thought of her mum's teasing words and questions if she's sick, which
she denies in a panic.
At the labs, Nils arrives and tells a fellow scientist that he
feels that what's causing this is an external factor. Before he can say
if it might be a hacking, the effect happens again. Out on the beach,
Sekai is busy training when his Kamiki Burning Gundam gets up from its
resting spot on a tree and hovers away. Sekai gives chase and is able to
catch it, getting the attention of a mysterious purple-haired child,
who is in awe over the Gunpla. Some distance away, Yuuma is busy working
on a AMX-109 Kapool
for the next shoot when Mirai takes notice of something nearby - Sekai.
To Yuuma's horror, he recognizes him immediately and wonders why he's
with another girl and the horror grows worse when he hears Fumina's
voice. While Fumina grips as to why Shia and Gyanko are in their
swimsuits, her own complaints take a backseat when the trio finds him
with the girl. Promptly, the girls flip and Yuuma attempts to escape,
only to run into a not-so-happy-to-see-him Minato.
Back at the lodge, the girls and Minato lay into Yuuma for his
lies, which he sadly mentions he has no excuse for while Shia and Gyanko
accuse Sekai of being a lolicon, which Sekai has no idea what's going
on. At the labs, Nils watches as another test starts up. When things
starts going red, he recognizes what's going on as what happened eight
years ago. The Plavsky Crystal goes berserk and starts growing extra
crystals as the young girl from earlier declares that she's found
something. The reaction kills the power and Gyanko attempts to take
advantage of it, only to be stopped by Fumina. When Yuuma spots
something in the distance, he freaks out and Minato teases him. However,
they all freak out when they see the objects coming at them. Sekai uses
his martial arts to strike them down, left in confusion as they were
Fumina's given a quick call to evacuate the island as the artificial
crystal that was supposed to be tested has gone out of control. However,
they all race off to investigate, finding the Labs covered in crystals.
Minato and Yuuma recognize the phenomenon that happened 8 years ago and
decide to get in. They're able to break in and set a Battle System to
Emergency Mode. When Mirai's friend Satomi questions if she was going to
go into battle, a starry-eyed Mirai gives her a Puuchiguy for her to
As everyone celebrates their victory, Fumina asks Yuuma why the
suit went on a rampage. He isn't sure, but he and Sekai spot a glowing
orb and everyone follows it, where they find the mysterious girl in
possession of the Scramble Gundam. Sekai figures out that she wanted her
own Gunpla, but isn't sure if she actually caused the reaction. Fumina
tells her that she can't have that Gunpla - that she has to build her
own to have one of her own. When she admits she doesn't know how, Fumina
and Sekai agree to help. As this transpires, Mirai asks Nils not to
tell anyone of this. He had no plan on doing so as no one was hurt, but
he hopes the others can help spread the joy of Gunpla as his friends did
with him so long ago. Happily, the girls help the younger one build her
own Petit'gguy and control it. Sekai's amazed at her appetite and
Fumina is horrified that she's curious over the Super Fumina. Sadly,
it's time for her to go. She thanks everyone for what they've done and
bids them farewell by teleporting... which freaks everyone out, thinking
her as a ghost.
In a familiar place,
the young girl reunites with her mother, who declares that she was off
building Gunpla and it was so much fun. Her mother, revealing to be Aila Jyrkiäinen, agrees and tells her that thanks to Gunpla, she was able to meet her dad.
The end card shows the Petit'gguy sitting with a SDV-04 Command Gundam and a GPB-X80 Beginning Gundam.
So we finally gotten our "Plavski gone crazy" mega battle thanks to this special, which in the original series was really magnificent to see all the Gundams battle it our on Grips.
The extra long episode, running at around 45 minutes, links to a lot of the first series, but also has for me a sort of Saint Seiya hommage. When all the gundams combine their power into a single attack, you get the same feeling as when Seiya used the cosmos of his friends to defeat the ubervillain... including "waveing in" faces...
It was a nice thing to watch, being a fun series after all, and this special is full of the same humour, including even the love issues Sekai unwittingly has... or better said, the girls around him ;-)
Rating: 7.5 / 10
A mixed weekend of gaming, rules, conversions and painting
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