Still dealing with the fallout the characters of Iron Blooded Orphans spend a lot of this episode sitting around and talking. We have to spell out everything while still not really revealing what the final play of this series might be though Tekkadan is definitely heading for something given the current proposal in front of them.
This really leaves us with the question of what Orga’s intentions have been?
If he just wanted a place for the orphans they passed that point ages ago. Mikazuki actually says toward the end of this episode that it’s taken longer than he thought to get to where they are going and it makes you wonder if that is Mikazuki’s not so subtle way of trying to rein Orga in from a major mistake.
So about the only definite thing from this episode is Takaki has left Tekkadan and unless something tragic happens on Earth (which is quite possible) he may end up being the smart one of the group who got out before it all fell to pieces.
Just letting you know, I am about to name characters and major events from this episode. If you count that as spoiler than please know this was a tragic episode to watch (in the best sense of the word) and I hope you enjoy it.
For everyone still with me…
It was Aston. It had to be Aston or Takaki and it was clear early in this episode it was going to be Aston and even the manner of his death was pretty heavily foreshadowed with him cautioning Takaki and reminding him that they needed to work the way they always did. So the war is finally done because the guys from Mars finally showed up, but it was all a little bit too late to stop the tragedy we’ve been edging towards for literally weeks. Only, Aston’s death, while tragic, isn’t the real take-home tragedy of the episode. It’s just your normal plot pulling heart strings and taking out a character that they worked hard to make you like after a rough entrance. The real tragedy is what happens after when they are ‘cleaning’ up from this farce of a war. I think even the writers know that there’s no emotion attached anymore when Mikazuki shoots someone in cold blood. We’re kind of used to it. So him passing the gun to Takaki… That was cold, calculated, and utterly devastating.
Now, in the context of the show it is difficult to argue that Takaki didn’t have ‘the right’ given his friend had just been killed and the guy with his arms restrained behind him kneeling on the floor played a fair role in getting his friend killed. But Takaki, a character that we couldn’t have identified as anything other than the cheerful guy with the smart sister a few weeks ago, just calmly and coldly executed this guy. And then went home to his sister. Admittedly, given her reaction to his return, he’s probably a little bit broken but then the episode ended so we don’t even get to deal with the fall out.
Okay, there’s a much longer post that I could write about this episode but my 100 words are done and for anything else I’ll need to rewatch the episode and think about what I’d really like to focus on.
For now, Orphans continues to hit the right notes and while it isn’t a thrill a minute it is at least thought and emotion provoking.
Iron Blooded Orphans had a lot of fun this week setting up death flags for around half the cast. How many of them will actually end up dying remains to be seen but if the sad narration at the end of the episode is anything to go by the issue of too many characters may resolve itself. Mikazuki and Orga didn’t really get up to much this episode but that was a good thing as it gave us a chance to remember some of the other faces from season 1. Actually I started feeling really bad for Takaki this week (a character who I had been aware of previously but not paid much attention to). I’d really like him not to die (or his sister) but of all the characters this week he seems the most likely to either die in the near future or to survive after seeing all of his friends die and both options seem pretty tragic. Still, this episode show cases the flaw in Tekkadan’s entire growth after season 1. They don’t have management experience or an understanding of politics. The alliances they’ve made are ones of convenience for the other parties. And Earth and Mars are a long way apart when something goes wrong… This second season is still a bit less intense than season 1 and a bit less interesting but it is progressing the story and I do want to find out who is still breathing when we get to the end of the road.
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