Hello! We’re back with Fan Friday! Today I’m going to talk about Gundam Iron Blood Orphans. I’m a really big Gundam fan. My first Gundam show was Gundam Wing and I’ve been hooked ever since. There was something about fighting with giant robots in space that I thought was so cool, not to mention living in space in different communities where the same problems happen on Earth. I’ve watched many different Gundam series since Gundam Wing that I immediately watched this one when it came out.
One of the things about Iron Blood Orphans that really caught my eye was the way things go from 0 to 100 very fast. I think it took me by surprise since I’m used to shows that have their heavy episodes start around episode 5, not 2. While it surprised me I wanted to see how they would tackle the next challenge.
Another thing I like about Iron Blood Orphans is the way the show presents social issues that reflects many of the issues happening today. There are many heavy topics in the show such as child soldiers, slavery, war, political marriage, etc., and they don’t hide how these issues impacts the characters. Mika, the main character, has a skewed view of the world since he’s been killing for a long time. He doesn’t know how to read or the basics of taking care of himself, until Kudelia joins them. Another character called Akihiro was called human debris, children sold to different group for labor, he had a crisis the minute he gained an identity. I could go on about how each character reacts to the world due to the way they grew up, but it’s one of the ways that make them unique.
The third thing about Iron Blood Orphans I enjoy is the way that there’s no good or bad guy. Everyone has their reason on why they do things. While Mika, Orga, and their group do some things that aren’t very good in the name of survival. While the bad guys have to do things they don’t want to do, but they have to do because they have no choice. In the end you want both sides to get what they want even though it can’t possibly happen.
On top of the unique characters and the storyline there’s a lot of action packed into it too. It’s pretty cool to see the iconic Gundam when they fight in space. This show has a nice soundtrack that’s really good too.
There’s also the way their group Tekkadan or Iron flower shows the message that you have to fight for what you believe in even if that ruffles a few feathers along the way.