Humanizing the Aggressors in Iron-Blooded Orphans December 12, 2015Posted by navycherub in Anime, Essay, iron blooded orphans, mobile suit gundam.
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Note: This contains spoilers for Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans thorough episode 10. Maybe technically less, but just to be safe.
Since its premiere, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans has not shied away from depicting the tragedies of conflict. Kudelia’s crusade for the people of Mars stems almost entirely from the abuse of the planet by the nations of Earth and Gjallarhorn, and the show lets us know every chance it gets with dramatic stills, flashbacks, and interesting infodumps. Tekkadan’s members are literal child soldiers, forced into the worst possible situation thanks to situations out of their control. On the other side, though, we haven’t had much of that kind of humanization.
Luckily, we do have Ein Dalton.
The Nature of Agency in Iron-Blooded Orphans October 20, 2015Posted by navycherub in Anime, Essay, iron blooded orphans, mobile suit gundam.
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Note: This contains spoilers for the first three episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
The world of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is one full of political strife. Right from the beginning, we have been introduced to factions with clear larger goals, from the Martians who want independence after the economic turmoil their current regime has put them under to the regime itself, the Earth Sphere, whose affluence is reliant on their control of Mars. Even within those larger organizations, we see how smaller groups such as the military group Gjallarhorn and our protagonists’ employers, the Chryse Guard Security, execute their own goals despite being cogs in larger machines. This entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise isn’t interested in examining events as simply major powers clashing on a large scale, though.
Iron-Blooded Orphans’ focus is instead on the individual agency of its characters and how their worldviews clash with the reality of the world.