Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Season 2) Episode 12 Review


Time to pluck the wings of an angel.

Okay, Episode 37  (or Episode 12 of Season 2) of Iron-Blooded Orphans has aired and the episode picks up where it left off, with Mikazuki saving Ride. Barbatos acts strange upon seeing the Mobile Armor, causing his nose to bleed. Over with McGillis, Vidar encounters him but decides against fighting him right now. But he does basically give him a large hint that he’s basically the friend that McGillis screwed over.

Akihiro also has a negative reaction to the Mobile Armor’s presence and it knocks him out, leaving Chad to try and get it to change directions with a sweet sword toss. That forces Orga to try and plan around their two Gundam pilots after the engineers figure out that Barbatos and Guison have their limiters removed in the wake of the Mobile Armors, but since the system protecting the pilots is still in effect, it causes a feedback to stop it and so they can’t use them.

Then the Mobile Armor speeds up because Iok interferes again, which forces Julieta to save him while it gets past the choke-point, and Orga calls up McGillis to inform him of the situation. McGillis is fine with this since it allows them to both maintain a good relationship with Tekkadan while showing them their place, but Mikazuki isn’t having any of that and decides he’s going. So the final assult has Ride pull the Mobile Armor away from the Plumas and allows Flauros, which can turn into a giant cannon, to cut the Plumas off from it. However, Julieta, Mcgillis, Ride, and the others are unable to stop the Mobile Armor alone so Mikazuki keeps his word and takes Barbatos to deal with it despite the potential cost.

This episode was excellent as those that came before in how it showed the personalities of the different characters, but at one point they brought up the final battle of the first season and I can’t help but think that it’s actually pretty similar to that. Just like how all their attempts to stop Eins failed, the Mobile Armor completely decimated every other suit sent against it until Barbatos stepped up and Mikazuki makes a deal with the metal devil in order to gain the strength to beat it. I’m not complaining, but it does leave me wondering just where they’re going to go from here. The season is only halfway over and you’re already removing the limiter on your super prototype machine, so you can’t really get any higher-tier than that.

Fortunately, the next episode preview has showed a return to politic-side of things and the aftermath, and I’m looking forward to that.

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