Ok, it may not be the best, but it is defiantly top 3, and I wouldn’t be mad if you put at 1.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blood Orphans (Episode one link above) is in a class of its own. It’s different from other Gundan series, and that’s for the better. Its dark, sad, and violent all wrapped up in one. But it is a hell of a good watch. I highly recommend you to watch this series if you want to get into Gundam.
Orphans Turn Legend.
Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO is different from all the other Gundam animated series that came out. Where a lot of previous Gundam series takes place with a kid randomly falling into a mobile suit. An organization giving kids Gundams to change the world, or just an ace pilot promoted to fight in a Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO comes off. Differently, it starts with orphan children on Mars working for a security company called Chryse Guard Security (CGS). CGS abuse and mistreat the children working there. They disrespect them and treat them like trash and pawns until they had enough. The orphan’s rebel against the adults at CGS when the earth military and antagonist group of the series, Gjallarhorn, comes into play.
(Orga and Tekkadan watching Mika fight.)
Gjallarhorn came attacking the base looking to kill Kudelia Aina Bernstein, a Martian Noblewoman. Who hires CGS to take her to earth, to negotiate Mars independence. During the attack, the adults of CGS try to escape the base and leave the kids in miniature battle suits (no match to a mobile suit); to distract the earth’s military until they got away. Strategically, the leader of the orphans, Orga Itsuka, sabotage one of the vehicles that the adults were in so Gjallarhorn can destroy them while they try to escape.
(Picture of Orga, Mika, Barbatos, and the rest of Tekkadan)
After getting rid of the adults of CGS. Orga and the other orphans have another problem to get rid of, and that’s Gjallarhorn. So, Orgas right-hand man and the main protagonist of the series, Mikazuki Augus (Mika for short), boards an old powerful mobile suit that the orphans found and fixed up under the base, to destroy the Gjallarhorn force. During his entry into the mobile suit, Mika connects to it using the Alaya-Vijnana System.
It’s a Gundam!
This system allows the pilot to become one with the mobile suit so that he or she can reach their top potential as a pilot. While plug up, Mika learns that the mobile suit’s name is Gundam: Barbatos and he and Barbatos burst from the ground to destroy the enemies who get in their way. After the battle was over. Orga takes CGS and renames it to Tekkadan (iron flower), and accepted Kudelia’s request to take her to earth.
Why is IBO so great!!!
IBO is excellent because it brings remarkable growth, consequences, and unexpected sacrifices to the Gundam series. Also, the main character, Mika, is not afraid to kill his enemy like some past Gundam pilots were. Also, Mika is not the only character to grow threw out the whole series. Other members of Tekkadan has character growth that is as good or maybe better than the main characters. Besides the main story, you will grow attached to the sub-stories of the series and want to know what happens there before you go back to the main story. You even start to enjoy the character’s romances in the series. Trust me. There are relationships for “everyone” in this show.
Not only are the characters enjoyable. The IBO series does not use the same method of fighting like all the other Gundam series. Where mostly all the primary weapons of the previous series were beam sabers and beam rifles; IBO uses iron, steel, and regular bullets to get the job done. The action scenes are brutal and well done that you’ll appreciate Mika and Barbatos going out to destroy their opponents.
(Picture of Mobil Suit: Gundam Barbatos)
Overall, Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO is one of my favorite, if not my favorite Gundam series due to its “Game of Throne” style story. The series is excellent and enjoyable. I think you should start with IBO if you plan on starting to watch any Gundam series. You can find the series on almost every streaming service that shows anime. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime all have the series to watch.
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