If you have ever been to Japan, you will probably recognize these tall white robots with blue chests and something that looks like a samurai helmet on its head...

These are called gundams, gunpla, or gundam plastic models. Model kits that you assemble to build your own toy robot, arms and limbs separate and fists can be replaced with those that can hold shields, swords, rifles, and whatever weapon you can fantasize about.

With new shows comming out with new products, the ones that I favor the most are the Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Divers series.

The main idea behind these animes is that the world of gundam isnt the only universe. There is a world where people battle their custom hand build gunpla or gundams using machines that control their 1/144 scale gundams for them. As each team tries to either battle it out to reach championship victory as in the Gundam Build Fighters and Build Fighters TRY series, or just play in a simulated world with their gunpla in the Gundam Build Divers and Build Divers Re:Rise series, the joy of building and customizing is what these cartoons emphasize the most.

I have come to appreciate the storytelling amongst these shows and you can watch for free on YouTube by following this link:

Gundam Info is the offical portal site to everything Gunpla. They have shows that are dubbed in english, and the same shows that are also subbed in english. So as long as you have internet access you have access to several hits that I believe that improved upon my love of Gundams even more.

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