It’s action-packed and yet the pace was tasteful. The characters were each memorable and distinct for a “kids show”, and the world felt familiar and established. I loved all the references to other Gundam series, and the way that the (somewhat simplistic) plot moved forward and developed with the characters was really fun to watch. The character relationships were awesome: developed with care and felt natural. I found myself really invested in the story and the characters, a lot faster than with most anime. It feels like a Saturday morning cartoon.

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It’s the end of an era. Or at least, it feels that way. My time in high school has come to an end, and with it comes the end of my childhood, so to speak. I’m in that weird transitioning phase between teenagerdom and young-adulthood, and it’s kind of scary and awesome in a lot of different ways. It hasn’t been easy to get here though. Lots of school, lots of time spent studying, lots of effort. Basically, a lot of work. And there’s a lot of work ahead of my as well. Some of it will be fun; most of it will be hard; can I find a balance? Maybe. But work isn’t merely a means to self-promotion. The work we do in our lives can have a profound impact on the way we perceive and approach the world around us, a theme that is heavily explored in one of my favorite anime, Gundam Build Fighters.

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Build Fighters is a very different type of show when compared to the rest of the Gundam franchise. While most strive for some semblance of realism in their depictions of war and international struggles, Build Fighters takes place in a world like our own where the Gundam series is merely a collection of stories told in anime and manga. Despite this Gundamception, the series centers around a sport known as Gunpla Battle, where through some awesome tech magic, players build and battle plastic models of Gundam in fights known as Gunpla Battles. 

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 9: Sakazuki

Release Date: November 29, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: Tekkadan finally arrives on the ship Saisei, and they meet with the Teiwaz representative McMurdo Barriston, and they make a deal to join Teiwaz, and become brothers with the Turbines. They plan the ceremony for the next day, and in the meantime Orga throws a party for the new family of Tekkadan. The Turbines also help to repair and rebuild Gundam Barbatos.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 8: The Form of Closeness

Release Date: November 22, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: After infiltrating Naze Turbine’s ship, he agrees to meet with the leaders of Tekkadan. After some negotiations, he agrees to introduce them to the leader of Teiwaz in order for them to become a subsidiary of Teiwaz, and thus they’ll have a safe passage to Earth. Meanwhile, Mikazuki is doing some self-searching after his tough battle in space. Orga also comes to grips with Tekkadan’s financial problems on Mars, and meets with Naze once again to procure trader with which to sell items gained from Gjallarhorn.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 7: Whaling

Release Date: November 15, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: Tekkadan is introduced to Naze Turbine, a mid-level boss working for Teiwaz. He was hired by Maruba to reclaim all fo the former CGS’ property, and he wants everything back. He offers to give the kids of Tekkadan work if they serve him, but Orga refuses, despite their need to ally with the Teiwaz mafia. Thus begins the second major space conflict in the lives of our iron-blooded orphans…

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 6: As For Them

Release Date: November 8, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: The episode opens up with McGillis deciding not to pursue Tekkadan immediately; he knows that they have Kudelia and are heading towards Earth. Meanwhile, Tekkadan needs a new guide to Earth, and they decide to hear to Jupiter to join up with a well-known mafia known as Teiwaz, who should be able to help them get to Earth unhindered by Gjallarhorn.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 5: Beyond the Red Sky

Release Date: November 1, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: Tekkadan makes their deal with the bling-wearing-yet-shady Mr. Orcus, and he promptly sells them out to Lieutenant Coral, the man who orchestrated the attack on CGS back in the first episodes. Hoping to use this as a way to get out of any reputation damage he’s already suffered, he enlistd the help of Majors Baudin and Fareed to help him capture Tekkadan as they escort the Princess to Earth. On their way to the space station, Tekkadan is confronted by Gjallarhorn and Orcus, but they aren’t without a few tricks up their sleeve, and they engage in a heated space battle.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 4: The Price of Life

Release Date: October 25, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: The episode begins with an explanation of Tekkadan’s plan to escort Princess Kudelia: they need to get to an orbital station, secure a ship formerly owned by CGS, and from there take some back routes to arrive on Earth, due to the major spaceways being watched by Gjallarhorn. One of the leftovers from CGS, a Mr. Todo, recommends that they use a company called Orcus to get to Earth, as he knows them personally, but he seems to have less-than-upright motives for doing so. As Orga dispatches Ahki and some others to secure the ship, we are taken to the Gjallarhorn Inspectors as they check out the records of Major Coral, the officer who sent the attack against CGS in the previous episodes. They don’t see eye-to-eye, and the Inspectors leave to investigate the conflict themselves. Meanwhile, Mika invites Kudelia to visit the farm of Biscuit’s grandmother, and they have some time to talk. Kudelia just barely manages to avoid the sudden intrusion of the Gjallarhorn Inspectors, as they have a run-in with Mika and Biscuit as they drive around the area searching for clues. As Mika and the gang return to base, they are greeted with the new symbol for Tekkadan, and yet Todo seems to be up to something.

Planning

Planning is half the battle. 

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 3: Glorious Demise

Release Date: October 18, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

Synopsis: The arrival of Atra brings warm food and happiness to the members of CGS (the name of the company), but it also precedes the takeover of the company by Orga, who leads a few of the other members in a coup and takes over the company. While they are still figuring out what to do from thre, Lt. Crank arrives and challenges them to a one-on-one duel, with the promise that he will only take Kudelia and end the feud between CGS and Gjallarhorn if he wins. Mika accepts the challenge and defeats Crank; Kudelia gives the group a mission by allowing them to continue their job as her escort to Earth, and the episode ends there.

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans

Episode 2: Barbatos

Release Date: October 11, 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

Studio: Sunrise

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: The episode opens where the last ended, as Mika takes on the two Gjallarhorn soldiers in Mobile Suits (Ein and Lieutenant Crank). Mika holds them off and they retreat. As a result of their defeat, the guy in charge of the attack orders Lieutenant Crank to capture Kudelia and destroy the base completely, Meanwhile, the First Group returns to base and is pretty pissed off at Third Group for delaying their retreat, and Orga gets beaten up as a result. He then takes some of his closest confidantes and they plot to take over the company from the First Group. While this is happening, the two Specialist Majors from the first episode arrive on the ship of the main force of Gjallarhorn that attacked the base, and there appears to be some tension between them. Cut to ending credits, and the episode is over.

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