Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans

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The story of Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans takes places over three hundred years after the Calamity War, which was a great conflict between the Earth and the space colonies. Earth has been divided by the four economic blocks and the military organisation Gjallerhorn is in charge of keeping peace. But even in this false light the people are poor, hungry and treated as stock. Kudelia Aina Bernstein is a richborn girl that wants to help the people of Mars. In order to get the leaders of the economic block to listen to her, she must travel to Earth and speak with them. When Kudelia and her maid Fumitan hire the company “Chryse Guard Security” or shortened to CGS they are being attacked by Gjallerhorn, who have orders to kill her. In order to keep Kudelia alive, the lives of the child soldiers from CGS are about to change for good.

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Title: Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans
English: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ
Genre: Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space
Release date:  October 4th 2015, to March 27th 2016
Status: aired.
Episodes: 25
Opening Theme:
Raise your flag” by MAN WITH A MISSION (Episode 2 – 13)
Survivor” by BLUE ENCOUNT (episode 14 – 25)
Ending Theme:
Raise your flag” by MAN WITH A MISSION (episode 1)
Orphans no Namida” by MISIA (episode 2 to 13 and 21)
Steel: Tekketsu no Kizuna” by TRUE (episodes 14 till 18)
Senka no Tomoshibi” by Yuko Suzuhana (episode 19)

Iron blooded orphans.. hmm I wish it started as strong as the last five episodes. The first season is divided into two arc, the first arc is about the riot and rise of Tekkadan and defending Kudelia against Gjallerhorn and finding ways to get to Earth and the second part is from the start of the rebellion on one of the colonies close to Earth, landing on Earth and help out there.

For me personally the beginning took too long, the fights were nice, but the development of the story took too long. Out of every ally they acquired my favorites are by far The Turbines, they are nice, yet skilled and even though Naze has his harem, it’s hilarious. Lafter, Eco and Azee are joining Tekkadan to earth to keep them alive and I think they displayed the love and affection for family very well, even sharing one man!

HorribleSubs-Mobile-Suit-Gundam-Iron-Blooded-Orphans-06-720p.mkv_snapshot_07.52_2015.11.08_08.11.46Kudelia is a person that I’m sure to like or not. At one side she is very naive and childish but then again she is around sixteen, but the other side she is very smart, she eventually controlles the Teiwaz leader, Manakai, her sponsor (I forgot his name) and she even dares to demand things from Mcgillis, even though he bribes her in his plan. They all need her, but they also just allow her to do just that, be the maiden of Revolution.

McGillis_Fareed_and_Gaelio_arrivedSpeaking of Mcgillis, sneaky little… I admit I did not see the end coming! And he confused me for a couple of episodes, because he uses Tekkadan for his own purpose to root out all evil from Gjallerhorn, but also chases his supposedly best friends into their death for his own cause, and using the ultimate Alaya Vijnana system humanity once build to end the calamity war,to get on top. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the baddie but it was unexpected! Poor Gaelio though, losing his new friend Ein and his life.

However, Mcgillis plans are the reason this anime became something, it brought conspiracy (we all know that maffia’s always wants something in return) and action and betrayal and everything that needs a good portion drama and action for the war battle. The deaths from main characters are equally dramatic and they take the time to have them mourn their lost ones. Something else that I think they did well is the use of Merribit, as she is – together with Nadi – the only adult. Where Nadi disagrees with things, he won’t speak to the Orga and the children, Merribit has a different view and is more softened that Tekkadan don’t mind fighting, she finds it unfair. Often Nadi explains things to her when talking her through it.

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So story wise this one scores low, the development to the later, gets much better but almost took too long. The ending was dark and evil but it had closure. Kudelia has to stay on Earth and Tekkadan can go back to Mars. But what does this mean for Season 2? Because yes, it has been announced that the second season will dropped around fall this year! The only thing I can come up with is that our lovely blonde Mcgillis goes hayware, but how Kudelia and Tekkadan fit into that… beats me, so I’m curious about that. If you have an idea let us know in a comments! We would love to hear about it!

Fun fact:
MAN WITH A MISSION will be coming to Europe for a short tour, their stops will be Finland, London, Paris and Japan Expo (an famous anime convention in france). MAN WITH A MISSION sang the intro Raise your flag for this anime.

Review by: Tris

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