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At the Tokyo premiere for the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans earlier this month, Yoshimasa Hosoya (seen left in the photo below)–the voice of Orga Itsuka–kept repeating the word “crazy” when passionately talking about the show with a boyish smile on his face. So much so, in fact, that Kengo Kawanishi (seen second to left)–the voice of Mikazuki Augus–had to warn him jokingly that if he kept saying it, the reporters would just end up writing that the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans is “crazy.”

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Well, Mr. Kawanishi… Challenge accepted.

The first season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans ended on a fairly satisfying note. Things seemed to be changing in the universe after child soldiers Mikazuki, Orga, and the other members of the Tekkadan escorted Martian aristocrat Kudelia to Earth. Though sacrifices were made in order to push the gears of revolution to begin moving, things had already begun to change at the end of the series.

The bigger question is: Was this change really for the better?

Why I’m Glad Iron-Blooded Orphans Was My First “Gundam” Anime

The big enemy of season one was Gjallarhorn, a self-righteous defense force that just happened to have a lot of corruption within its ranks. This corruption being exposed caused a massive amount of unrest, raising the need for child soldiers and Mobile Suits. In this age of chaos, the Tekkadan–an army of child soldiers that has now become an officially affialiated unit of the Teiwaz crime syndicate–is being called on more and more for their services, and that means even more child soldiers in the Tekkadan.

So yes, things are crazy in the world.

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There are at least five new child soldiers in the Tekkadan who I’m sure will play various roles throughout the second season. Although Mikazuki, Orga, and the others were forced to undergo the operation needed to use the neural interface Alaya-Vijnana within the Mobile Worker vehicles, Orga has now banned the surgery from being performed on Tekkadan members. This means that within the child soldiers, there is an entire subset of people who do not understand the pain and struggles Mikazuki and the others had to go through. This contrast in experience has already caused conflict between newcomer Hush (seen center in the screenshot above) and Mikazuki, with the former wanting to undergo the surgery and become a Mobile Suit pilot with skills surpassing even the latter.

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But let’s not forget what position Mikazuki–who underwent three surgeries–is in right now. When he’s not riding his Mobile Suit Barbatos, Mikazuki is nearly blind in one eye and has an all-but-paralyzed right arm due to his overuse of the Gundam in last season’s climax. However, the moment he jacks into the Alaya-Vijnana system, his eyesight and arm movement are restored. The fact that his eye and arm’s functions are now tied to the mobile suit brings up a question: How will Mikazuki’s dependence on Barbatos further break him as a functioning human? Despite already losing two very important physical abilities, Mikazuki continues to fight for Orga, believing in his friend’s vision.

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Orga, on the other hand, has left behind his position as a tactician on the field and has become a leader that works more behind the scenes. With so many new responsiblities and powers in his hands, it’s going to be interesting to see what path he will take and what his goal is. Setting up a character who was originally just a child soldier in the first season with so much power in the second is a very interesting idea that just screams, “Something is going to go wrong!”

While Orga and the Tekkadan have somewhat taken over the position of peacekeepers in the world, it doesn’t look like Gjallarhorn is just going to die off. McGillis–a character who sacrificed everything in order to gain power within the organization–definitely has something up his sleeves, but his fellow council member Rustal (seen below) seems to be up to something as well, and doesn’t look like he’s going to let McGillis get away with his scheming.

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There’s still so much that could happen this season: will Hush get to ride his Mobile Suit, despite being too old to undergo the surgery? Where will McGillis and Rustal’s dastardly plans lead the Tekkadan and the rest of the universe? The first few episodes set out an exciting new playing field of possibilities. I’m getting the feeling that this new season is going to be just as crazy as Orga’s voice actor Hosoya said. In a good way, of course.

Anime Basics: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2

The second season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans is streaming at Daisuki, Crunchyroll, and GUNDAM.INFO’s official YouTube channel. If you need to get ready to watch the second season or just need a refresher mid-way in, be sure to check out our Anime Basics page for the show with story details, character profiles, and more.

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