Gundam – Iron Blooded Orphans #01 — Naked Boys

October 4th, 2015


What's crazy is that they're not drenched in sweat.


No real surprises here, unless you count all the naked boys. Which you probably should. Teenagers being cruelly and unfairly oppressed and tortured by a world/society of adults, who take special glee in it because who doesn't love torturing kids? I think it's the obliviousness that really gets to me, especially through all the info dumping, which made up the majority of the episode. It was at its best/worst when two evil schmucks were on the bridge of a ship, proudly declaring that it is the great duty of mankind of enslave and exploit teenagers, although the excessively random aside where the evil 'overseer' was trying to flee the attack but forgot his password, and thought that the password might be "some bitch I slept with" was also a high point in the field of "Who the hell thought this scene was necessary?" Then again, so was the ridiculous princess. "The base is under attack! Come with me to shelter or you'll die!" "I-I'll die!?" These aren't actual characters, they're ridiculous archetypes taken to an extreme, which, yeah, I realize is par for the course for a series that likes to bring characters back from the dea in opera masks, but it hasn't exactly gotten me on board yet and didn't work here either.

Production's fine, more or less. The 'action' scenes aren't overly impressive, largely because they're kind of similar to the montage of random things exploding and exposition in a futile attempt to provide context that Heavy Object used only not CGI, but at least the whole thing's animated. I did, however, enjoy that a mech flew up with a giant axe in its hand, and just as I was thinking how ridiculous it was, it magically transformed offscreen to a rifle. Again, and like many a things, organic storytelling seems to have gone to the wayside for conversations like "This sucks." "Yes, we are an oppressed population of teenagers to fuel the war machine of the adults who have enslaved us. Grr grr." There's not a whole lot of characterization going on to talk about, and what there is, is so ridiculous that it's impossible to take seriously.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • The Phantom says:

    Another season, Another Gundam show, angsty side kick?: Check, Useless Bimbo Princess?: Check, antisocial unexplained godly ace pilot?: Check, half naked male teen?: Check, New line of toys?: Check, etc etc etc.

    I dont think they will keep action of this level going for long, but I liked this episode at least the action was decent, it would be great if they could fight using those mini tanks instead of those mechas, looks less ridiculous, but this is a mecha show we know is not going to happen.

  • algorithm says:

    I’m taking half naked boys any day over the 00 S2 faggy outfits.

    • Germanguy says:

      i think it is about the Heat the Cockpit creates. They do not have any cooling device for the Pilots, because they are expandable

  • arknoir says:

    If he’s lost his left eye, it’s his own fault.

  • Gorilla13 says:

    Oh boy the Gundam series keeps getting a nosedive with each new entry it produces. From 00 down to that Gundam for kids show to corny Unicorn and then to this (they even hire that Anohana writer for this piece of junk).

    Takes something special to make GSD look good and this pos did it!