So recently, the Gundam franchise is in a bit of a slump. Even though the Build Fighters series has been recieving their success, and the OVAs Unicorn and The Origin has been fairly good, but for Gundam on TV, it’s been misses. Apparently AGE was bad (I can’t say until I’ve seen it for myself). Reconguista in G was a mess. If this doesn’t resonate with viewers, Gundam on TV is as good as dead, and I want to protect my favorite franchises as much as possible. Heck, if you ask me, I think the entire mecha genre is in a slump.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, a Sunrise original, is set in Post Disaster year 323, 300 years after the Calamity War left the old Earth Sphere Government in ruins and a new one was formed. The colonized Martian city of Chryse seeks independence from the new Earth government, and Kudelia Aina Bernstein, the daughter of a Martian upper-class family, intends to speak on their behalf. The private security group Chryse Guard Security, including members Orga Itsuka and Mikazuki Augus, are tasked with escorting her to Earth. However, the CGS is attacked by Gjallarhorn, an Earth military group out to assassinate Kudelia. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki jumps into the cockpit of an old nuclear-powered mobile suit from the Calamity War, the Gundam Barbatos.
Well, Iron-Blooded Orphans is off to a good start. The overall layout pretty similar to Aldnoah.Zero, which if you recall, had a good start but went to shit badly, and the setup seems similar to last year’s Argevollen, which I thought as just okay, but completely unremarkable compared to say 08th MS Team, which is awesome (and one of my favorite UC OVAs). Hopefully this can be something that can rejuvenate the mecha genre. I certainly hope so.