Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Season 2) Episode 5 Review

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I hope Aston shoots this bastard.

Okay, Episode 30 (or Episode 5 of Season 2) of Iron-Blooded Orphans has aired and we see how the inevitable war scenario is about to begin after the pirates from before are out of the way. On Earth, Takaki, Aston, and Chad have a big day ahead of them as the military forces are beginning a commencement ceremony and everyone’s proud because Chad has come far from when he was a Human Debris. Of course, halfway through the episode a bomb goes off while Makanai and Chad are in the room and we find out that Radice guy, who had been a douchebag from the start, was planning to throw them into a war after they just got their crap together and didn’t consider the kids anything more than wild animals.

Worse, because Takaki is so nice and unwilling to fight Radice about it, they aren’t able to get word to Orga while the man plays him like a fiddle. Thankfully, Orga can smell the stench on the bastard from halfway across the galaxy and sends out the mobile suits, but it’ll be three weeks before they arrive and it looks like that might be a few days too late.

This episode was painful to watch for me because, to put it bluntly, we’re watching all the hardwork they’ve put in go down the drain because of ambitious adults that don’t think twice about sending kids off to die. Chad’s achievements and struggles all amounted to him failing because someone slipped in a bomb, and because Takaki has poor judgement when it comes to trusting people he’s essentially given Radice enough control to basically pull his strings like a puppet and drive a wedge between them and the Mars branch. Even after all of this gets resolved, after the inevitable bloodshed and guilt, there’s no way for these two to come out of this the same as they were. Takaki, who had been something of an optimist in this series, will be inevitably soured and Aston is flying so many death flags that it’s not funny.

There was also more stuff with the Seven Stars, including the guy in the mask clearly being Gaelio. And Hush’s obsession with getting behind a mobile suit that he hasn’t earned the right to pilot has officially gotten on my nerves. He’s not all that intriguing of a character, so stop pushing him already. 

And one thing that stuck out to me even before the reveal was that the flower in Makanai’s room looked like it was a 3D object on a 2D background. It seemed unnatural, but given it had a bomb in it, I can’t help but wonder if that was intentional for the audience.

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