5 Points Discussions – Gundam Build Fighters 10: “A Coalition Of Volunteers”

by Sage Ashford

The Build Divers team is invited to join a group responsible for shutting down the Break Decal creators once and for all. But is that even possible at this point?  Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. With Rommel having seen his entire squadron destroyed by Mass Divers capable of regenerating from any damage inflicted to them, Kyoya decides this Mass Diver issue needs to be taken more seriously.  He speaks to one of the creators of the game, whose avatar is in the shape of a Super Deformed Gundam.

Given Break Decals are so powerful they’re literally game warping, it stands to reason the people who developed the game should have long started looking into this. And we learn they have, only…they haven’t found anything. Despite break decals causing parts of the game to go havoc every time they’ve ever been activated, there’s no evidence server-side these things even exist. The logistics of that for a persistent online world like GBN seem impossible, but let’s say we’ve handwaved that for the sake of having a villain who can serve as a proper threat to our heroes. Guess Kyoya’s going to have to figure something out himself…

2. Early on our heroes were told that there were benefits to being a top ranked force, and this episode we finally see what it’s like for the best force in the game. Riku and the others are invited to Avalon’s Force Nest, and true to their name–it’s a literal castle, capable of hosting dozens of Force members. It’s really not healthy to spend too much time in a video game, but I’m starting to see how this game would eat all of someone’s free time.

In any case, all of them are invited to join a “Coalition of Volunteers” in order to battle Mass Divers and track down the person responsible for Break Decals. It would be a genius idea if they hadn’t invited Riku’s team, who’s teammate Ayame works for the bad guys, but oh well. They’re trying, which is more than I can say for their chosen name. A Coalition of Volunteers? What was their second choice?  “A bunch of folks who work together sometimes, I guess”?

3. The biggest mystery of this episode comes somewhere in the middle, and is strangely glossed over. Kyoya reveals they have a Man on the Inside working to get a break decal to show off to the Game Masters, but since it’s way too early for that of course he gets caught. The leader of the Mass Divers refuses to sell him a decal, then pulls out a gun and shoots him, claiming they’ve found a solution for people trying to stop their machinations.

Afterwards, we’re told the character has been forcibly logged out…but we don’t really learn what happens to him. Does it delete your account like an epic roasting from Twitter, or is this a freaky Death Gun-type situation where if you die in the game you die in real life? That part’s unlikely, but how crazy would it be to have a sudden massive change in tone like that?

4. Took a few episodes, but they finally made it happen. After the Coalition invades the server where the leader of the Break Decal ring is hiding, a few members break through to his main location while the rest are stuck fighting an army of Mass Divers. Of those few are Kyoya–who gets distracted going the wrong way–and Riku and Ayame.

With Ayame’s boss not willing to be found this quick, he finally gives the order for her to stand against Riku, as he and Sarah finally learn that Ayame was in control of the eagle that attacked them when they went on their horde mission with Kyoya. Wow, this episode wasted no time getting to the gut punches.  We’ve still got a long way before the series is up to Build Fighters and Build Fighters Try levels, but if it keeps ramping up like this it won’t be a problem.

5. Next Episode: Oh boy, we haven’t even heard Ayame’s reason for working with the leader of the break decal ring, but judging from the preview things are about to get stupid. Ayame is seemingly a decent person, if a bit of a hard-ass, so her honorable nature means she’s betraying herself for a reason that won’t make sense even after they reveal it.

Still, for now Riku’s gotta figure out a way to get past her if he wants to catch the leader. And if I had to guess, I’d say things aren’t going to go too well for the Coalition of Volunteers either way.

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.