Iron Blooded Orphans Episode 40

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For anyone who has ever asked me what any Gundam story is about, episode 40 of Iron Blooded Orphans kind of defines it. Multiple factions seeking their own goals (mostly selfish ones) taking questionable actions in defence of either pride, honour, life, or some other motivator that makes backing away impossible, and the end result is usually a fairly cool space battle ending in deaths which will first be mourned and then will later give rise to yet more violence.

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It’s taken Orphans a longer time to get to this point in season 2 than a lot of other Gundam stories but ultimately this is where we are and while Naze’s death is tragic it was most definitely inevitable at this point. What annoys is how incredibly pointless it was (even though most actions in Gundam end up being pointless given even if you manage to save a life it will most likely still be ended before the final episode).

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Orga is the one I am really concerned about. I loved the positioning in this scene though with the symbol for Tekkadan prominently behind him showing us exactly why he couldn’t just act on his desire to help the Turbines. Though, maybe this inner turmoil and angst is pointless when you consider what Iok used against the Turbines. Would Tekkadan have actually made a difference to the outcome?

All and all, this episode really moves things forward from the political manoeuvering that has dominated a lot of this season and it kind of looks like events are getting firmly locked in place. The only question that remains is who will be left standing once all the moves are played?

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Iron Blooded Orphans Episode 39

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Review:

After missing this show for a few weeks it took a little bit to get back into it but fortunately this episode helped by pretty much running past all the major players and having them more or less narrate their current objective. This has been an issue for this show the whole run-time. Character motives are never clear so the characters spend a great deal of time simply stating what they are doing and why, and yet conveniently they don’t do this for information that might help the audience gain some insight into them beyond the obvious. Not a lot actually happened but since we got a nice long flashback sequence of the Turbines growing their organisation I kind of feel like the threat against them is pretty serious and maybe we’re about to lose some of the few characters we’ve kind of gotten to know and like. Anyway, I’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out because this episode ends with them running away and reminding Orga that he really shouldn’t stick his nose in to anymore trouble given he’s already got more than enough.

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