Gundam Build Fighters (TV)
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Ral is based on Ramba Ral from Mobile Suit Gundam. Masashi Hirose voices both characters.
The series features numerous voice actors and actress who are Gundam alumni. Kotono Mitsuishi (Rinko) voiced Toniya Malme in After War Gundam X and Murrue Ramius Mobile Suit Gundam Seed. Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Takeshi) voiced Klaus Grado in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Yūichi Nakamura (Fellini) voiced Graham Aker in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Minoru Inaba (Chin'an) has voiced numerous minor characters from the 0079 movie trilogy to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Kenta Miyake (Gonda) voiced Don Boyage in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. Tetsu Inada (Tatsuzo) voiced Barack Zinin in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Yuji Ueda (Renato brother) voiced Billy Katagiri in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Takuya Eguchi (Luang) voiced Asemu Asuno in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE.
"Plavsky particle" is a portmanteau of "plastic" and "Minovsky particle", an energy particle in the Universal Century timeline used to disrupt or destroy electronic circuitry.
The title of episode 6, "A Reason to Battle" is a reference to Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 2 episode 2, "A Reason to Fight."
Tatsuya Yuuki's pseudonym "Meijin Kawaguchi" is a nod to master Gunpla builder Katsumi Kawaguchi. Meijin (名人) is Japanese for "expert" or "master", which is why Kawaguchi is often addressed as "Kawaguchi Meijin".
"Best Mecha Collection" is an umbrella term for the original Gundam and giant robot model kits of the 1980s. Compared to current Gunpla kits, these models have crude construction methods and limited articulation, making them useless in Gunpla Battles.
Kotono Mitsuishi's narration for the episode 6 preview is in the same format as her Mobile Suit Gundam SEED narrations.
Sei and Reiji's narration for the episode 7 preview ends with the catchphrase: "Ready! Go!", which is a reference to that of Mobile Fighter G-Gundam.
Sei and Reiji's narration for the episode 11 preview ends with the catchphrase: "Mission accepted", which is a reference to that of Heero Yuy of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
In episode 2, during the first battle between the Build Strike Gundam and the Zaku Amazing, Yuuki yells, "Moe agare!" ("Rage on!"), a reference to the lyrics of the Mobile Suit Gundam theme song "Tobe! Gundam" ("Fly! Gundam").
In episode 3, one of the defeated veteran Gunpla fighters wonders if Reiji is from the Flanagan Institute. In the original Gundam series, the Flanagan Institute was a Zeon-sponsored institute that specialized in Newtype research.
In episode 3, after Reiji defeats Ral-san in a Gunpla Battle, Ral's comment on Reiji winning because of the Build Strike Gundam's abilities echoes episode 19 of Mobile Suit Gundam, where a defeated Ramba Ral told Amuro Ray he won because of the Gundam's abilities.
In episode 4, the Gunpla Fighters controlling the Marasai resemble Jerid Messa and Kacricon Cacooler of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. They appear again in episode 9 at Cafe Restaurant Kousaka.
In episode 5, when Sei and Mao compare their Gunpla, an imaginary scene has Sei and Reiji dressed as Kira Yamato from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mao dressed as Garrod Ran from After War Gundam X.
In episode 5, when Ral-san shows off his High Grade 1/144 MS-07B Gouf, he says, "This is no Best Mecha Collection, boy! No Best Mecha Collection!" This is a paraphrase of Ramba Ral's quote, "This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!" from episode 19 of Mobile Suit Gundam.
In episode 6, the Gunpla Fighter controlling the GN-X resembles Patrick Coulasour of Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
In episode 6, the Zaku Amazing kicks the Build Strike Gundam Full Package in the same manner Char's Zaku did to the Gundam in episode 3 of Mobile Suit Gundam. Both Gunpla units explode in the same way as the Gundam GP01Fb Zephyranthes Full Burnern and Gundam GP02A Physalis in episode 10 of Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
In episode 7, the villain Tatsuzo resembles Dozle Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam.
In episode 7, Kato and his team are cosplaying as Jamil Neate from After War Gundam X. Kato's voice actor, Ken Narita, replaced the late Hirotaka Suzuoki as the voice of Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
In episode 7, the clock at the inn is labeled "Anaheim", a reference to Anaheim Electronics of the Gundam Universal Century timeline.
In episode 8, the U.S. Gunpla Battle match is held at La Vie en Rose Garden, which is named after the La Vie en Rose space station from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
In episode 8, the G-Saviour makes its first animated appearance, 13 years after the live-action film G-Saviour was released.
In episode 8, Aila Jyrkiainen is introduced as a subject from the Flana Institute, another reference to the Flanagan Institute from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
In episode 8, American Gunpla Battle announcer Ralph Jackson resembles Gundam co-creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
In episode 9, Alice Imai, owner of the Noble Gundam Deco, sports a hairstyle similar to Allenby Beardsley of Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
In episode 10, one of the stores in the shopping mall is called "Clover", a nod to the company that manufactured the first Gundam toy back in 1979.
In episode 10, the Gunpla Fighter controlling the AMX-015 Geymalk before being shot down by Sei and Reiji's Star Build Strike Gundam is voiced by Hazuki Kadoma, who voiced Chara Soon (the Geymalk's pilot) in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
In episode 11, Rainer's attempt to direct his Gaw Assault Carrier on a kamikaze run toward Fellini's Wing Gundam Fenice echoes that of Garma Zabi sending his heavily damaged Gaw toward the White Base on episode 10 of Mobile Suit Gundam.
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