Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

I almost passed completely on this series since I have very little experience with the Gundam franchise, I only saw Wing, its movie Endless Waltz and the first season of Seed, and The Built Fighter spin-offs. I am so glad that I decided to give it a go because I love all 25 episodes of it- even the really strange kiss scene between Mika and Emilia.

The great this about this series was its self-sufficiency. I didn’t feel like I needed to know the events of all the other Gundam series to understand or enjoy this one. The desired of the Tekkadan family to find a place where they can call home is something anyone can understand, as are the dangers of single-mindedly pursuing the dream.

There were countless times where I ached for members from opposing factions to openly speak with one another and to listen, only to watch the two destroy one another. The bloodshed seemed so pointless, but I found myself swayed by the conviction in Mikazuki’s and Orga’s eyes and words. I quailed at Tekkadan’s lack of battle etiquette in favour of guerilla tactics, like with Mikazuki cut off Carta Issue’s attempt at chivalry. Yet I also cheered on the quickness of results–it was a welcome change from so many other series where battles are elongated by flowery speeches. Like Biscuit and Merribit, I kept voicing my concerns at the violence and vengeance but found myself swept into the momentum to the goal destination.

I am looking forward to the second season of this anime with happiness and dread that there will be so much for deaths, but that is the nature of war.


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