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Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS (機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ Kidō Senshi Gandamu Tekketsu no Orufenzu?) is a 2015 anime television series created by Sunrise. The first season aired every Sunday at 19:30 in Japan from October 4, 2015 to March 27, 2016. Gundam.Info simulcasted the anime for Southeast Asia and DAISUKI simulcasted the anime for the rest of the world. Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu also aired the anime with a 1 week delay. The English dub of the first season began airing in the United States at 00:30 ET, 23:30 CT on Saturday, June 4, 2016 on Adult Swim's Toonami block.[1] A second season premiered in Japanese on October 2, 2016 and concluded its final, twenty-fifth episode on April 2, 2017. The English dub of the second season began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami in September 2017.


Season 1

It is now the Post Disaster era, roughly 300 years have passed since the end of the great conflict known as the "Calamity War".

The Earth Sphere had lost its previous governing structure, and a new world was created under new systems of government. While a temporary peace had arrived, the seeds of a new conflict were being sown in the Mars Sphere, far away from Earth.

The protagonist, a boy named Mikazuki Augus, belongs to a private security company called Chryse Guard Security (CGS). The company accepts a mission to escort Kudelia Aina Bernstein, a girl who seeks to liberate the Martian city of Chryse from the rule of one of Earth's major powers. However, the military organization Gjallarhorn attacks CGS in order to nip this rebellion in the bud. CGS begins an evacuation, using Mikazuki and the other children as decoys.

Orga Itsuka, the leader of the boys, decides to take this opportunity to rise up in revolt and launch a coup d'état against the adults who have been oppressing them. He gives Mikazuki the task of repulsing Gjallarhorn, and Mikazuki enters battle using the Gundam Barbatos, a mobile suit from the Calamity War era which has been serving as CGS's power source.[2][3]

Season 2

Mikazuki Augus is part of Tekkadan, an Organization that jumped to fame from the battles involving the escorting of Kudelia Aina Bernstein to Earth and the Arbrau primary elections. The conflict exposed the corruption of Gjallarhorn as well, and the world was changing slowly but surely.

Tekkadan, with the rights to halfmetal as negotiated with Arbrau, became a direct affiliate of Teiwaz. That resulted in abundant funds and more people interested in joining, growing massively to even have a branch on Earth.

Kudelia, learning about the world from her journey to Earth, founded Admoss Company to strive for the financial independence of Mars both in reality and in practice. However, there are many who do not look favorably about the rise of the youngsters who are trying to start something new.

Admoss Company will be inspecting a mining site of halfmetal, and hired Tekkadan to guard them. There, the leader of Tekkadan, Orga Itsuka, senses an attack from a new enemy. Under Orga’s command, Tekkadan, including Mikazuki in the mobile suit Gundam Barbatos Lupus, head out to repel the enemy.[2]


Comprehensive Listing of Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS Episodes

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 Iron and Blood 4 October 2015 4 June 2016
2 Barbatos 11 October 2015 11 June 2016
3 Glorious Demise 18 October 2015 18 June 2016
4 The Price of Life 25 October 2015 25 June 2016
5 Beyond the Red Sky 1 November 2015 9 July 2016
6 As For Them 8 November 2015 16 July 2016
7 Whaling 15 November 2015 23 July 2016
8 The Form of Closeness 22 November 2015 30 July 2016
9 Sakazuki 29 November 2015 6 August 2016
10 A Letter from Tomorrow 6 December 2015 13 August 2016
11 Human Debris 13 December 2015 20 August 2016
12 The Shoals 20 December 2015 27 August 2016
13 Funeral Rites 27 December 2015 10 September 2016
14 Vessel of Hope 10 January 2016 17 September 2016
15 Trail of Footprints 17 January 2016 24 September 2016
16 Fumitan Admoss 24 January 2016 1 October 2016
17 Kudelia's Decision 31 January 2016 8 October 2016
18 Voice 7 February 2016 15 October 2016
19 The Gravity of Wishes 14 February 2016 22 October 2016
20 Brother 21 February 2016 5 November 2016
21 To the Place of Return 28 February 2016 12 November 2016
22 Not Yet Home 6 March 2016 19 November 2016
23 The Final Lie 13 March 2016 26 November 2016
24 A Future Reward 20 March 2016 3 December 2016
25 Tekkadan 27 March 2016 10 December 2016
26 New Blood 2 October 2016 7 October 2017
27 In the Midst of Jealousy 9 October 2016 14 October 2017
28 Battle Before Dawn 16 October 2016 21 October 2017
29 The Trigger of Success 23 October 2016 4 November 2017
30 Inauguration of the Arbrau Defence Force 30 October 2016 11 November 2017
31 Silent War 6 November 2016 18 November 2017
32 My Friend 13 November 2016 2 December 2017
33 Sovereign of Mars 20 November 2016 9 December 2017
34 Vidar Rising 27 November 2016 16 December 2017
35 Awakening Calamity 4 December 2016 6 January 2018
36 Stained Wings 11 December 2016 13 January 2018
37 Chryse Defensive Battle 18 December 2016 20 January 2018
38 Hunter of Angels 25 December 2016 27 January 2018
39 Counsel 15 January 2017 March 2018
40 Lit by a Blazing Sun 22 January 2017 10 February 2018
41 Natural For a Human 29 January 2017 17 February 2018
42 Settlement 5 February 2017 24 February 2018
43 Revealed Intentions 12 February 2017 3 March 2018
44 The Man Who Holds the Soul 19 February 2017 10 March 2018
45 If this is the End 26 February 2017 17 March 2018
46 For Whom? 5 March 2017 24 March 2018
47 Scapegoat 12 March 2017 7 April 2018
48 Promise 19 March 2017 14 April 2018
49 McGillis Fareed 26 March 2017 21 April 2018
50 Their Place 2 April 2017 28 April 2018


Opening Theme

Names Performed By Episodes
Raise your flag MAN WITH A MISSION 2 – 13
Survivor BLUE ENCOUNT 14 – 25
Fighter KANA-BOON 39 – 50

Ending Theme

Names Performed By Episodes
Raise your flag MAN WITH A MISSION 1

Orphans' Tears

MISIA 2 – 13, 21
STEEL ―Iron Blooded Bonds― TRUE 14 – 25
Lamplight of War Suzuhana Yuko of Wagakki Band 19
Shounen no Hate GRANRODEO 27 – 38
Freesia Uru 39 – 50

Insert Song

Names Performed By Episodes
Lamplight of War Suzuhana Yuko of Wagakki Band 19
To The Sky Suzuhana Yuko of Wagakki Band 46




Chryse Guard Security (CGS)




Montag Company


Dawn Horizon Corps



Further information: see Post Disaster Technology for the main technological concepts of this timeline

Chryse Guard Security/Tekkadan

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units


Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units


Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units


Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Dawn Horizon Crops

Vehicles and Support Units

Dort Colonies

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Arbrau Defense Forces

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

S.A.U. (Strategic Alliance Union)

Mobile Weapons

Oceanian Federation

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Montag Company

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units



The series was first announced many weeks prior to July 15, 2015, known only by the abbreviation G-Tekketsu (Gの鉄血 Ji no Tekketsu?, Iron-Blood of G). The website depicted a shadowy image of the main mobile suit, a countdown and a link to the Twitter account. As the countdown approached zero, shadows were removed. On July 15, 2015, Sunrise, Bandai-Namco and SOTSU held an event that could be streamed from the website, there was also an option to hear a translator for English and French speakers. At the event, important details about the series were revealed including the full name, setting, characters, mechanical designs and staff.

Directing the series is Tatsuyuki Nagai. The writer is Mari Okada, who wrote the mecha anime M3 the dark metal. Mechanical designs are by Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyōbu, Kenji Teraoka and Tamotsu Shinohara. The character designs are done by Yu Ito and Chiba Michinori.

According to anime distributor Crunchyroll, the anime begun production in 2009 after the conclusion of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series. However, projects such as Mobile Suit Gundam AGE kept staff away from the series.[4]

The animation was done by Sunrise's internal Studio 3. On April 5, 2017 12:00 JST, Gundam Global Portal allowed Facebook users to send messages of gratitude which they would translate and deliver to Studio 3 staff. They would do this until April 11 in USA time zones.[5]


On September 30, 2015 at 05:46 GMT, Gundam Global Portal announced that the anime would be starting from October 4, 2015 at 03:30 PDT (GMT-7) on, Hulu, and Gundam info as well as starting from October 11, 2015 at 01:30 PDT on Crunchyroll and FUNimation.[6] Later at 12:15 GMT, Gundam Global Portal announced that the premiere screening of episode 1 would be held across Asia. In Hong Kong, it premiered at the Golden Harvest Cinema "The Sky" in Olympian City at 18:30 GMT+8 on 2 October, in Taiwan, it premiered at GBT Taipei at 16:00 GMT+8 and GBT Gaoxiong at 17:00 GMT+8 on 4 October. In Thailand, it premiered at the SF Terminal 21 Cinema on 2 October, 19:00 GMT+8. In Korea it premiered at the Daehan theater on 3 October at 14:00 GMT+9.[7] At the 2015 New York Comic Con, Sunrise announced that anime will be dubbed in English by Bang Zoom! Entertainment, the same company that dubbed the movie Mobile Suit Gundam F91.[8]

The final episode of the first season was released on March 27, 2016 20:00 JST, half an hour later than usual. At the end of the episode, the second season, which will begin airing in Fall, 2016, was teased.

On May 12, 2016, Turner Broadcasting System posted their latest lineup for Adult Swim and its late night block, Toonami. Among the series listed was Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED Orphans.[9] On May 21, 2016, Gundam Global Portal uploaded the first trailer that featured dubbed audio, also announcing the airtime and start date for the anime's run on Adult Swim's Toonami block; 00:30 local time from June 4, 2016.[1] Promos began broadcasting on Adult Swim shortly afterwards. One which Toonami uploaded on their Facebook page on May 27, 2016 15:45 PDT was shown to have presentational style inspired by that of their old Mobile Suit Gundam Wing promos.[10]

The first preview of the second season was released on July 11, 2016 with the first visual at 07:17 GMT+00.[11] Pre-screenings of the first episode of the second season were held on October 1, 2016 at various locations around the world. At Anime Weekend in Atlanta, at 12:00 UTC+8 in The Sky Olympian, Hong Kong, at 16:00 and again at 17:00 UTC+8 on the sixth floor of Syntrend Creative Park, Taipei, at 13:00 UTC+7 at the Animate Shop, MBK Shopping Mall, Bangkok, three to four times from 14:00 UTC+9 at G-BASE, Hongdae branch in Seoul, and at 11:30 UTC+8 on both Saturday and Sunday as part of C3 Beijing at the China National Convention Centre.[12]




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Notes & Trivia

  • This anime was the first Gundam television series since Mobile Suit Gundam 00 to receive an official North American release and English dub. Although Mobile Suit Gundam AGE and Gundam Build Fighters received English dubs from Medi-Lan Limited, they only aired in Southeast Asia (although Right-Stuf! eventually gave them a western Blu-ray release with said dubs in 2018 and 2016, respectively).
  • This anime was also the first Gundam anime since Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (which aired on Syfy) to air on North American television and the first since Mobile Suit Gundam SEED to air regularly on Toonami or Adult Swim (a single episode of New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz aired on Adult Swim in 2012 as part of an April Fools prank).
  • Iron-Blooded Orphans was the first Gundam series to have its English dub recorded in the United States, though the dubs for most OVA's and the film Mobile Suit Gundam F91 were previously recorded there.
  • In the February 2016 issue of NewType magazine, Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS was ranked the third best series.[13]
  • The mobile weapons of this series follow various naming themes:
    • The Gundam Frames reference the 72 demons from the Ars Goetia, such as Barbatos, Gusion, Kimaris, Flauros and Bael, whereas their ancient archenemies, the mobile armors, are named after types of angels from Judeo-Christian mythology, such as Hashmal.
    • The Valkyrja Frames are named after valkyries in Richard Wagner's Die Walküre, such as Grimgerde and Helmwige, while Gjallarhorn's mass production mobile suits mostly bear generic German nouns, such as Schwalbe, Ritter or Scharfrichter.
    • Teiwaz's designs in turn have (Sino-)Japanese names.
  • Whereas most other Gundam series have all types of short, medium, and long range projectiles like beam weapons or cannons for their mobile suits, the mobile suits in this anime use weapons based off of medieval times such as swords, clubs, and grappling hooks, and fight more in close combat and hand to hand. Most of the mobile suits in this series will be equipped with only one cannon that uses large shells or bullets; otherwise they will be seen fighting in close combat. The creators intended the fights to have a more medieval flavor to them using these weapons. It also shows the abilities of the different mobile suits. The background music in the series usually also has a medieval tempo and instruments playing to give it that medieval theme.
    • Another interesting thing about this series is the fact that almost all ranged weapons use ballistic munitions or physical explosives instead of beam weapons. It is later revealed in Season 2 episode 10 that beam weapons are ancient technology rendered completely ineffective against mobile suits due to their armor. This is a subversion of the usual state of affairs in a Gundam series, where a hit with a beam weapon on a non-main character machine is usually devastating.
  • Similar to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Iron blooded Orphans is among one of the darkest entries in the series featuring one of the series highest body counts as well as generally more gruesome deaths/injuries.
    • According to series writer Mari Okada, in all the other drafts for the ending director Tatsuyuki Nagai wanted every single named character to be killed off. Mari Okada and other staff members protested the idea and had the ending rewritten as a result.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gundam Global Portal (20 May, 2016 22:37 GMT)
  5. Gundam Global Portal (05 April, 2017 12:00 JST)
  6. Gundam Global Portal (30 September, 2015 05:46 GMT)
  7. Gundam Global Portal (30 September, 2015 11:15 GMT)
  8. Sunrise to Dub Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Release Gundam Build Fighters
  9. Adult Swim Continues to Capture Millennial Audiences With Multi-Platform Programming Slate
  10. Toonami
  11. Gundam Global Portal
  12. Gundam Global Portal September 26 at 11:49 UTC+01
  13. NewType Magazine February 2016

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