The Earth Sphere had lost its previous governing structure, and a new world was created under new systems of government. While a temporary peace had arrived, the seeds of a new conflict were being sown in the Mars Sphere, far away from Earth.
Give me a Mecha with a giant ass spear, and make it a battered Gundam in the hands of slightly older children soldiers. Oh, and give the title some sort of kick ass name with metal and some body fluid as the subtex. I must admit, I have been jonsing for a mecha title in the vein of more realistic mecha titles of yore, like Gundam 08th, Votoms, or maybe even Fang of the Sun Dougram. In fact, in the case of the last title mentioned, a desert wasteland is a perfect backdrop. Let's face it; Gundam has been stumbling about a bit lately. Gundam Age was too glossy and cumbersome, Gundam G Recongusta caused more people to scratch their heads at, what the literal fuck is going on, and Gundam Build Fighters was fun and kind of cute, but felt like it was aimed at 10-13 year olds or 30-55+ modelers more than anything. Even a welcome return to the link of the original Gundam with Unicorn left me sour with it's overly lengthy wait times between episodes. Now this will be loaded with what makes a mecha title a mecha title. Big lumbering mecha, a hinging war based on colony vs the mother planet's rule. Most likely there will be a showcase fight every few episodes, and the heroes will be in possession of the ONE mecha that will be able to stand up to the bad forces, whatever they throw at it. In fact, this even borrows on the Original Mobile Suit Gundam, with a Frow Brow character who is enamored with the main star, and a trio of bad guys in mobile suits sent to cause trouble. But, so far they are taking these well-worn stereotypes and handling them well enough that I want to see what happens next. There is a nice piece added to this version of Gundam. The main characters of Mikazuki and Orga, play much like the older/younger brother style of friendship. It reminds me of the first Macross and the dynamic between Hikaru and Roy. For those of you who do not delve back to 80’s anime, a more recent comparison is Kamina and Simon in Gurren Laggen. The fact that these are child-soldiers also adds a bit of real-world feel to the mix. The princess character seems a bit like they shoe-horned a female character into the fray without giving her much to do but in the second half of the season she is given more to do more to do. I still feel she was underdeveloped and that the title adds women just to further the plot. Other secondarys such as the obligatory large guy and a set of children are all Ok but have a one dimentional feel to them. The kids have not become as annoying as the trio in the original Gundam, or the assholes that were in Eureka 7. Action…( yes this is not in the points scale, but it should be. Because damnit! This is a giant robot title) I am going to flutter this to a 8/10, possibly a 7.5 just because of the stall when they get to the ship full of drama, er, I mean women who have a pimp like captain. As for the animation of the action. The CG mix of mecha, has really made such leaps from the days of Gundam Seed, where the CG looked jarring next to the hand painted Cel art. It is fast furious and the Gundam itself looks intimidating. It is fun to lasso a rope onto and go for the ride. Speaking of artwork, the animation itself looks solid. It obviously benefits from the deep pockets at Sunrise and the fact they milk Gundam for all the money it can give. The character designs are OK, but Orga has some annoying gravity defying hair. It might go down as one of the silliest hair-dos of all time. Sound? The voice acting is spot on, as the boy soldiers hae had enough with being abused and they act almost roboticly with aplomb. And, as for the rest? It has your standard wiz-bang sounds, but I especially enjoyed the bass in some of the fights. So, can it live through the season. Yes, is season 2 make it even better? Maybe, I have yet to finish it. Does it need a second season... kinda. I feel rushed at the end and left wanting. 7.5 for a good military romp.
THIS IS BEFORE THE SECOND SEASON. I love this show, I love the characters, the animation, almost everything. Villain wise I think its amazing, each has their flaws. Ein got his hatred to succumb him, Carta only caring for her own reputation, Mcgillis wanting to change Gjallorhorn (Dont know how to spell it), and Gaelio being too trusting. Each confront the heroes and giving them a challenge. I love all characters in Tekkadan right now. Im serious I dont know which character is bad right now. Musically its a masterpeice I love it a lot. Kudelia, shes a GOOD Relena Peacecraft her shown that the world is worse than she thought and she had to grow and wants to be hope to people, shes needed to be protected but she knows it because she cant fight shes only a peace talker. Orga I love how he grows to be a good leader he does not want his family (Tekkadan) to die but he knew that he cant prevent deaths. Mika is probably my favorite, hes a very simple character and its the fact hes a wingman but he has a good personality in my own opinion. Biscuit he wanted to get money to get his two little sisters at school and he was the one who had doubt but decides to stay. The animation I love it pleases me to no end with its detail and refined art. Im putting all tens on this. Thats how much of a fan I am for Iron Blooded Orphans. If you find some flaws good for you its nice to have some different opinions as long we are not being childish about it :3
Art- Cliche, but not bad; Story- trash. turns from mecha to romance when it should've stuck to it's own category Characters- garbage The characters s u c k. Like badly. Mikazuki, while cute, is not suitable for a main character in any way. In fact, more effort should've been shown to mikazuki and his past. Kudeilia- Terrible. Ditzy, awful, not a good female protaginist. She's complete garbage. Her voice actor doesn't suit her and Kudeilia needs to stop being a total jerk. Atris- She's nice however that's all she is Biscuit- Your cliche big-boned character that's also nice and has more brains than others = boring Orga- Terrible. Too much. The voice actor ruins him. Fumitan- Why is she here? The general on the enemy side with a 9-year-old fiancee- Why. Orgas "brother" also known as darling- why the harem? While the characters are complete garbage, the story is nice, however it's full of holes and complaints. I watched this on Netflix, and while i was too lazy to change to subtitles, the dub is so bad it'll melt your ears. There's some good things about this, but i've listed the worst parts 6/10
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