Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – 20

gibo201

Tekkadan did it: they finally got Kudelia Aina Bernstein safely to Earth. The inescapable question is, What now? All they know for certain is that they’re only safe for the time being; Gjallarhorn has their position and it’s only a matter of time before they strike.

This episode provides a breather from last week’s intense (and awesome) battle, giving various characters a chance to consider their options, and determine whether moving forward is the answer, or if returning home is the right way to go.

A lot of the decisions by many of those characters has thus far been informed by those of their brothers (giving this episode its title) and this is no different…until the positions of those brothers comes into conflict.

gibo202

Gaelio has evolved greatly from the haughty, simpering aristocrat soldier of yore. He got swept up in Ein’s vendetta by giving him an arena to exact revenge, but that failed, Ein’s life hangs by a thread, and Gaelio feels responsible.

The old Gaelio actually comes out when the doctors recommend the only course is to give Ein the Alaya-Vijnana system, something Gaelio was brought up to dispise as less-than-human. He sees Ein as a brother now, and doesn’t want to make him a monster.

It takes the desperation of Ein’s situation, and counsel from an out-of-mask McGillis to start to sway Gaelio towards consent to Ein’s A-V operation. As McGillis says, the hatred and mistrust of tech like A-V (or even prostheses) were a calculated part of Gjallarhorn training, since its original mission was to avoid another Calamity War.

gibo203

Ein’s only hope is a relic form that war Earth would rather forget. But Tekkadan has been out there using it all along. While Gaelio must consider a practice the effects of which are more widespread in Mars, the Martians of Tekkadan have to get used to something a lot less intense: live fish.

Before meeting the illustrious Makanai, he gives them a big load of the flounder (or sole) which the orphans distrust almost as much as Gaelio mistrusts the A-V. Both are strange and alien, and elicit disgust. The food they’re used to is awful by Earth standards, but to them, it’s just food, and fresh fish is an aberration.  But Atra gets over that, and with the Turbine girls, pulls up her sleeves and prepares a meal…but we never see Mika take a bite.

gibo204

When the meeting with Makanai arrives…it’s a little disappointing. First, the good news: they’re in Oceanian territory, safe from Gjallarhorn for the time being. Peaceful progress has been made in the Dorts thanks to Kudelia’s efforts. Because that has led to lower productivity in the Dorts, Oceania is benefiting by filling the shortfall, giving Oceania greater incentive to protect Tekkadan, who helped make it possible.

Now the bad: Makanai has been exiled from Arbrau, and currently has no real power. He shares Kudelia’s desire for talks on Martian half-metal deregulation, but first he needs an escort back to Arbrau for an upcoming session of parliament in preparation for a new election. Makanai’s rival, Henri Fleurs, has Gjallarhorn support, which means if Tekkadan sides with Makanai, Gjallarhorn will have yet another reason to take them out.

gibo205

And all this, when Orga admits to Naze that despite all they’ve managed to accomplish, Tekkadan are still “nobodies” without firm ground to stand on. Naze tells Orga he has a wide berth when it comes to deciding what to do next; he’s already fulfilled his debt to McMurdo. So it’s Orga’s show, and never before has he needed the support of his right-hand-man Biscuit. (Notice how Biscuit is seated on Orga’s left above).

The problem is, while Orga believes their best shot at a prosperous future is to help Makanai, Biscuit disagrees. He just received a posthumous communication from Savarin, telling him to choose the life he wishes to lead. Whether it’s loud and dangerous or quiet and calm, what’s important is that Biscuit chooses.

Biscuit still has family to protect, be it his sisters back home or his little brothers in Tekkadan. And he suspects a lot of Tekkadan’s success has simply been due to luck. So when Orga comes to him wanting to barrel forward, with the sea in front of them, Biscuit can’t help but think about how his brother, armed with the best intentions, got swept into the undertow, couldn’t get out, and drowned.

Orga is upset with Biscuit’s no, but understands it a lot more when he hears about Savarin’s message. As Merribit comments on Orga’s long-time dependence on Biscuit’s agreement to this point, Yukinojou tells Biscuit it wasn’t luck that got them this far, it was the fact they were all together.

Orga isn’t rushing ahead without fear or reason. He is thinking about the future Biscuit wants now. They only disagree on the timing and the path.

gibo206

Kudelia knows the only way is forward, and prays to Fumitan to give her the strength to do so. That strength enters on cue in the form of Atra and Mika with some food; Kudelia hasn’t been eating. Just as Orga draws strength and confidence in Biscuit, Mika, Naze, and others, Kudelia knows she can’t go anywhere without the strength lent to her from Atra, Mika, and Fumitan’s memory. Brothers and sisters.

gibo207

Speaking of sisters, I’m pleased to report we haven’t seen the last of Carta Issue (thought it was pretty evident we were going to get more than just that one confrontation with her). With her pride and the pride of her fleet on the line, she’s coming after Tekkadan harder than ever. Thanks to her connections, she’s been given clearance to enter Oceanian jurisdiction, meaning the “time being”

Tekkadan was safe from Gjallarhorn turned out to be no more than a couple days. While I totally understand Biscuits desire to go home, considering the myriad dangers that surround them no matter what they choose to do, Orga’s plan is the one with the greatest reward. And thanks to the help of the Turbine girls, they’ll have a few more tricks up their sleeve with new Earth-optimized suit mods.

8_brav2

Advertisements

Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

4 thoughts on “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – 20”

  1. Nice little side shot of McMurdo and Nobliss talking while all this drama on Earth is going on, and I figured Makanai was going to attach some caveats to get back into power.

  2. I am intrigued as the what McGillis said was the true power of the AV system.

    Also, I really like how the series’ sense of scale plays on that part of old man Makanai’s schemes. We’re talking of a million mile , five-month journey here and with the difficulty of sending information over at such a large scale, anything can happen that can then be exploited by guys like him.

    And it seems that Naze is is subtly siding with Orga and Tekkadan against what McMurrdo might be pulling up.

    And, hey, Carta’s back! The woman might actually be more devious than what I thought. Hopefully, she is actually a capable MS pilot (as seen in the preview), just to make up for her lack of commanding skills.

    1. Devious? Please. She probably just through her name around to get what she wanted. Carta, like McGillis and Gaelio, is a member of the Seven Stars. They are basically the next in line to the highest 7 positions in Gjallerhorn. If they want something done, there is not much that their name won’t get them.

  3. Just got a chance to see the episode and it was a nice intermediate episode. I loved their reactions to Earth and to the flounder. I loved Atra and Mika’s “old-married couple scenes.

    That old man has some nerve calling them all the way out there and then telling them that he can’t do anything unless they help him get reelected. Again, Tekkadan is getting taken advantage of. Like Naze said, I think it’s time that Orga begins to think about what’s just good for Tekkadan right now. That’s what’s important.

    And then there was the blow up between Biscuit and Orga. If I had to choose a side, I agree with Orga. He does take risks, but he’s looking towards the long haul more so than just the short term. Also, I know Biscuit has always want to keep things close to the vest and take safety over risk, but if he thinks for one minute that Gjallerhorn is just going to let them go, he’s quite wrong. It’s really the emotions talking. I can’t believe that Savarin would commit suicide like that, especially considering how fast they were able to get what they wanted in terms of equal rights in the end. That part I thought was kind of forced. It’s barely been a few days and now suddenly the company that killed and massacred everyone wants to give them everything they asked for? It feels a bit rushed.

    It looks like Ein might get the AV system after all, though I honestly don’t think it would do him any good in the end. I thought it could only be used in growing children. Is Ein a teenager all this time? I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. Also, it doesn’t look like Gaelio knows about McGillis being Montag. If he’s hiding it, I wonder for what reason? Is Gaelio really going to become Garma 2.0? The way that he seems to be egging him and Ein on, makes me think that he’s setting them up.

    It looks like Tekkadan’s short rest though is being put on hold. Carla is using her Seven Stars status to pull strings and attack Tekkadan, and it looks like next week all our boys will be out to fight and shirtless this time. And is that Biscuit I see out in the fight?! This should be interesting.

Comments are closed.