Iron-Blooded Orphans Ep. 46: For Whom?


As the Gundam Flauros explodes, the Lupus Rex comes under attack from the Reginlaze Julia, and Mikazuki tells Julieta to get out of his way. The crew of the Isaribi are shocked by Shino’s death, and Orga wants someone to go get him. Eugene argues with him that they have to pull back because the Hotarubi‘s timer is about to go off. Mikazuki wraps Julieta up with his tail blade and damages her suit. Julieta declares that she may not be able to defeat Mikazuki, but she’ll still win if she can protect Rustal. Mikazuki slams his mace into the Reginlaze Julia and tells Julieta that she talks too much. She tries to hold on to the Lupus Rex, but he kicks her away and returns to the Isaribi. The Hotarubi explodes and creates a cloud of nano-mirror chaff that cuts off communications and covers Tekkadan’s escape. McGillis’ Gundam Bael engages Gaelio’s Gundam Kimaris Vidar, and they move so quickly that Isurugi can’t even step in. He sees Tekkadan’s chaff and orders their forces to retreat. McGillis is kept in check by Gaelio, and he laughs that Gaelio mocks his ideals while using forbidden powers. Gaelio declares that when he kills McGillis with those forbidden powers, they’ll be able to understand each other. McGillis feels pain in his hand from Almiria’s stab wound, and Gaelio rushes in with his drill knee. However, Isurugi’s Helmwige Reincar jumps in at the last minute and takes the fatal blow. Isurugi tells Gaelio that he was able to dream while he was with McGillis because he was a nobody from the colonies with no dreams for the future. Gaelio kicks the bifurcated mobile suit away and says that the dreams McGillis showed to Isurugi were nothing but a deception. He also dreamed of McGillis’ ideas once, but he’s come to his senses.

Yamazin surveys the damaged Reginlaze Julia, and Rustal thanks Gaelio for bringing Julieta back. Gaelio is unsatisfied since he wasn’t able to kill McGillis, but Rustal tells him not to worry. The revolutionary forces travel through an old Turbines route, and McGillis calls Orga to discuss their next step. Nadi tries to comfort Yamagi by telling him that Shino’s sacrifice gave them the chance to escape to the next place, but Yamagi isn’t satisfied by that. Zack wonders if this is the end for them, but Hush points out that the enemy is still after them. Zack thinks they should quit Tekkadan, but Dane notes that they don’t have homes to go back to like Zack can. Zack counters that things will end badly for them at the rate things are going, but Eugene interjects that it’s not over yet. After having been injured in combat, Derma has his left arm amputated, and Atra apologizes that all the beds are taken in the infirmary. Dante tells Derma he was lucky to lose only an arm, but Derma says he wishes he’d died because he’s useless as an incomplete body. Akihiro thanks Derma for surviving because it means they can still talk, and Derma starts crying. Orga and Eugene meet with McGillis, who reassures them that they can add the forces of the Mars Branch to their number, and Eugene points out that they just fought with double that number and lost. McGillis thinks they have the advantage on Mars because it stretches the Arianrhod Fleet’s supply lines. He wants to press on so that the deaths of their comrades wasn’t in vain. Hush finds Mikazuki sitting alone, and Atra asks Hush to leave him alone. Hush asks if something has changed about Atra and tells her to forget about her. Gaelio visits Julieta in the infirmary, and she tells him she was afraid, like a devil was gripping her soul. She felt willing to do anything for power, but now she understands what Gaelio said and wants to become more powerful as a human. Orga and Eugene visit the room where all of Tekkadan’s casualties are stored in body bags. He feels guilty for promising to find them a good life, and Yamagi asks if he’s having second thoughts now. He yells at Orga for being cowardly now since everyone died believing his words. Yamagi runs away and is chased by Eugene, and he apologizes. Eugene thanks Yamagi because he didn’t have the guts to tell Orga that himself. Yamagi doesn’t understand how anyone feels, and Eugene recalls a conversation where Shino asked if Yamagi liked him. Shino talked about all the different types of people in their family and their desire to protect them. Yamagi says he would’ve rather died than live without Shino, but then Shino would be mad at him. Rustal boasts that McGillis is running into a trap. Orga tells Mikazuki that his words were a lie, and Mikazuki says that if he’d wiped out everyone in their way, Orga’s words wouldn’t have been a lie. Orga comments that things have always been like that with Mikazuki since the beginning, and that everyone brought them here today to make Orga’s words a reality. The only thing Orga can do for them is not have doubts, and he asks Mikazuki to give his all.


McGillis’ revolution takes another hit, and the battleground now moves to Mars. Isurugi sacrificed himself to save McGillis, but it’s an empty death. We only learn that he’s from the colonies in his dying moments, and nothing really explains why he’s such a loyal dog for McGinnis. Gaelio has it right – the dream that McGillis showed him was based on deception. I do believe that McGillis wants to build a better world, but he lied to all his followers about how easy it would be to achieve. We see that extending to Tekkadan as Orga starts to waver and feel guilty for leading so many of his people to their deaths. It’s also interesting to hear that Mikazuki blames himself for not crushing their opposition, thus making Orga’s words a lie. Yamagi learns that Shino knew how he felt, and I’m not sure if that’s a comfort or just extra pain, given the generally hopeless situation. McGinnis is pinning everyone’s hopes on Mars as the final battleground, but he doesn’t have as much credibility here given how wrong he’s been up to now. He also doesn’t know that Rustal has something up his sleeve yet again.

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Iron-Blooded Orphans Info

Tatsuyuki Nagai

Mari Okada
Hajime Kamoshida
Michihiro Tsuchiya
Toshizo Nemoto
Shinsuke Onishi
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Mayori Sekijima
Tatsuto Higuchi
Yousuke Kuroda

Mechanical Designer(s):
Naohiro Washio
Kanetake Ebikawa
Ippei Gyoubu
Kenji Teraoka
Tamotsu Shinohara

Character Designer(s):
Yu Ito
Michinori Chiba

Musical Composer:
Masaru Yokoyama

50 episodes; 9 compilation episodes

Airdates (TV):
Japan 10.04.2015 – 03.27.2016 (S1);
10.02.2016 – 04.02.2017 (S2)
U.S. 06.04.2016 – 12.11.2016 (S1);
10.08.2017 – 04.28.2018 (S2)

Airdates (SE):
Japan 04.29.2022 –


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