Whenever I told someone that I am currently watching Gundam, the usual response was “meron pa ba nun?”or “di na uso yan ah”. Maybe it is not as popular as before, but the most recent release of the Gundam Franchise “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans” was not at all what I expected to see. For those who are not that familiar with it, it is a 2015 anime television series created by Sunrise. The first season aired in Japan from October 04, 2015 to March 27, 2016, simulcasted by Gundam.info through its official site and YouTube channel. A second season debuted on October 02, 2016 and was recently concluded on April 02, 2017. With a total of 50 episodes, this action-packed, tear jerker, full of real life stories, politically driven and socially conscious animated series should not be missed.
BACKGROUND OF THE STORY
The stand alone, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, happened more than 300 years after the great conflict known as “Calamity War”. The Martian city of Chryse is still under the control of the economic blocs from Earth. Kudelia Aina Bernstein, the maiden of revolution, hires a group of young & expandable underdogs from the Third Army Division within Chryse Guard Security (CGS) that would bring her to Earth to spearhead the independence of Chryse City.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE ANIME SERIES
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Most of the characters here are underdogs. They are treated like slaves (some of them are referred to in the anime series as “human debris”) and because most of them are kids they would do whatever it is that they’re told. It somehow has that GoT (Game of Thrones) feels in a way that you would root for that character and in a blink of an eye, that character dies. Instead of losing interest, it would make you want to watch the series more. All deaths are justified (in my humble opinion) and often it would make the story more worth watching.
ACTION SEQUENCES DURING BATLES. All that clashes and fight scenes of the mechas would make any geeks drool, kick and shout. One fight scene (and I’m not gonna tell which one 😉) makes me say “that’s just serves you right” and another fight scene almost (emphasis on the almost, the reason why it is bold 😊) made me cry. The writer made every fight scenes justified and unavoidable, although it is a bit brutal and bloody.
IT COULD GET WAY TOO REAL SOMETIMES. Yes, I know that this is just an anime, but the issues of the story are way to real life sometimes. Many documentaries nowadays delve into slavery, child labor, war, and child soldiers. It shows you the ugly side of humanity and all of that are incorporated into the story of Iron Blooded Orphans. The anime would make you question if for what age brackets of viewers they are aiming for. Those issues are scary and for some it is also real. Maybe not for kids, but still those stories are needed to be told.
THE ENDING. I would not explain further as to why I like the ending because it would only spoil those that have not yet watched it but under those circumstances they’re in on the latter part of the series, the writer could have not done a better job than this one. I’m glad that I’ve watched it from the first episode until its conclusion. 😊
I like the series. From the fight scenes to the story itself was just right. The sensitivity of the issues was downplayed for the younger viewers and was told in a way that would slightly pinch your heart the right way. This series just makes me more excited as to what the next installment of the Gundam franchise would be. So, till next time!😉