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Episode 3: Menace of the Runner Prison

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 4, 2021

 

Summary

 

Outside the game, a security guard sees that the masked man has removed the ladder to climb up to the Unicorn Gundam statute. The masked man initiates a Gunpla Battle game interface and appears inside the game as a custom pilot figure. Ryusei has never heard of anyone entering the game this way, and Touma notes that the attack with the plastic runners isn't possible without interfering with the game system. The masked man calls all the players rabble and says they should feel honored to be his springboard. He then becomes annoyed when he notices that Sana, Touma and Ryusei have escaped capture from his Runner Prison. He then uses his power to disassemble multiple Gunpla and reassemble them into three Chimera Gunpla: a small Rick Dias, a Zaku Gold Frame and a black Gundam Vidar. The masked man has the Chimera Gunpla attack, and Sana is forced on the defensive by the Gundam Vidar because the Perfect Strike Freedom's energy hasn't recharged yet. She uses a rocket anchor to knock it to the ground, and Touma destroys it with his lance. Touma dodges attacks from the Zaku Gold Frame and small Rick Dias, and Ryusei steps in to slice about the Zaku Gold Frame with his beam saber. The masked man then creates more Chimera Gunpla, and Ryusei and Touma decide that they should attack the masked man directly. Ryusei and Touma jump into the air and destroy the two new Chimera Gunpla, and the masked man asks them if it's wise to leave their friend alone. On the ground, Runner Prison spikes break into the game and target Sana. Ryusei and Touma attempt to slice apart the Runner Prison, but their weapons pass right through the runners and don't register. The Runner Prisons emerge again and fully disable the Perfect Strike Freedom while also getting the right arm of the Gundam Livelance Heaven and the left leg of the Gundam Helios. The masked man boasts that they won't be able to escape from the Runner Prison because he developed it to embarrass a certain man in front of everyone. Sana wonders if there's anything they can do so they don't lose their Gunpla. The masked man laughs that this is what he wants to see and hopes that the man he wants to embarrass will feel the same way. He then summons his custom Gunpla, the Gundam Barbataurus.

 

Commentary

 

If it wasn't obvious already, this episode makes it abundantly clear that the masked man causing all these problems is Kentaro Mahara, the sore loser we saw at the start of the first episode. It seems like a fittingly real world premise that a gamer would be so unhinged by a legitimate loss that they then become a griefer who makes the game miserable for everyone else. In addition to just disabling Gunpla with his Runner Prison, Kentaro can create new Chimera Gunpla on the fly. This all seems pretty elaborate just to get revenge on Takuma, so I'm curious how it plays out now that we're at the halfway point of these shorts.

 

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