Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans is Sunrise’s new spinoff on the Gundam franchise written by Mari Okada, who worked on series such as Toradora and Pet Girl of Sakurasuo, and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai, who also directed the anime series A Certain Scientific Railgun.
Iron Blooded Orphans is currently halfway through its second season as it starts to introduce more enemies such as the Mobile Armors and goes deep into the strife inside one of its factions, Gjallarhorn. The series has been well received for its grounded sense of realism, storytelling, and of course the charisma of its characters while at the same time receiving critique for its excessive use of violence as it tries to picture the lives of child soldiers.
However, despite being a good series, IBO is not without its sampling of crazy questions that still remained unanswered even though we are already halfway through its second (and presumably last) season.
So if you think IBO is a great series, well, prepare to have some of these questions annoyingly echo in your head.
Where are the other 66 Gundam Frames?
One thing that made us excited about IBO is that, with its referencing to the book Ars Goetia, we have been “promised” 72 different Gundam frames that supposedly ended a great battle called the “Calamity War”. Throughout the course of Season 1, we have been treated with 3 different main Gundam frames, namely, the Barbatos, Gusion and the Kimaris, with the Astaroth also revealed via model kit release, and we expected to see more, maybe even just silhouettes of the other frames. But then, come season 2 what we got was:
Yet another variant of the Barbatos
Another form of the Gusion with a stupid scissor for a goddamn weapon.
The Vidar (which looks pretty badass, by the way)
The Flauros, which we all know is a tribute to Harambe.
Or Optimus Primal?
So yeah, dammit Sunrise, where the heck are the other Gundam Frames?
How did Merribit end up dating Old Man Nadi?
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Merribit and Orga shippers.
Seriously, how?! And of all the members of Tekkadan you just have to settle with Old Man Nadi! And what’s more, they are also said to be already dating after some of the events after the first season!
What is ChocoChar’s true motivation?
It’s been a tradition that every Gundam series will have its own Char Aznable clone, a smooth-talking, mask-wearing BAMF who acts as one of the major antagonists in the series. Normally, the Char clone has his own underlying motivations which commonly revolve around revenge of some sort, deeply rooted in a tragedy from a previous life. In IBO, the Char Clone that we get is McGillis Fareed, or his masked persona Montag, who’s goal is to “Purge Gjallarhorn of Corruption” in ways that he only knows what.
Like wearing Card-Game-Anime hairdo over that ridiculous mask.
While we do know that he is inspired by the founder of Gjallarhorn, Agnika Kaieru, and is the bastard child of the Fareed family, we still don’t get the connection between that and ridding Gjallarhorn of corruption. Of course, we know that his stated goals ultimately masks his true goals which are still unrevealed even with halfway through season 2.
Who made designed the Gundam frames (and why isn’t there any readily available information about them)?
So, from what we know, based on the latest episodes, the Gundam frames were developed to combat the mobile armors, AI run beings of absolute powere that are capable of destroying civilization. While the Gundam frames are actually developed by Gjallarhorn themselves during the events of the Calamity war and the organization’s inception, it was not stated who actually came up with the idea, much less even hinted that humanity should create radar disrupting power generators called Ahab Reactors, and use nanomachines implanted to a man’s body to connect his brain to a freaking mobile suit using the Alaya Vijnana System.
Maybe the designers name is lost in history? Perhaps but there’s also one additional inquiry that needs to be answered: Why in the world did Gjallarhorn just simply forget about the Gundams? If the Calamity war is truly an important point in history that led to the creation of the damn organization itself then why are they doing everything that they can to forget it?
Could it be this man?
How did Mika turn out to be such a psychopath (and where the heck did he come from anyway)?
Okay, so so far we have had information regarding the origins of Kudelia, Atra, Akihiro, Fumitan, Biscuit, some backstory between the relationship of McGillis and his dad, McGillis and Gaelio and McGillis and Carta, however, with 38 episodes already released we still don’t have any dedicated to the MC himself.
Okay, we get it, Mika might have had a troubled childhood, heck even the opening shot of the whole series implied that he just shot (and presumably killed) somebody when Orga found him but aside from that we haven’t had any episode that truly outlines his past and why he became such a cold-blooded killer.