Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Episode 1 Insights
One of my favorite scenes from this episode was when the ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos showed up near the end of this episode. To save the day of course haha.
I liked it because… well, it looked very cool haha. But more than that, its entrance was timely. Just when everybody thought that the CGS’s Third Army Division are losing their battle, the Barbatos Gundam showed up to them.
And it was piloted by Mikazuki Augus. And so far, I am liking his character. His the strong and stoic type.
But before we talk about Mika, that’s how his commonly called, let’s talk about Orga Itsuka first. Orga Itsuka is the leader of the third army division of the Chryse Guard Security. And a fitting one I must say. I like his grit and mental toughness. I believe he is also a good strategist.
The “sudden” entrance of the Barbatos Gundam in the battlefield was orchestrated by him. It was part of their strategy. It was their last resort.
In this episode, you can also see Orga’s ability to think on his feet. Like what I’ve said, they’re not intending to use the Barbatos in battle except as a last resort. That’s because their Mobile Workers are enough.
But when Orga saw the mobile suits of the enemy, he quickly devised a new strategy in order to adapt to the situation.
That is why I say that he is such a good leader and strategist. That’s because those things aren’t easy. We might think it’s easy and doable, but when we are there, in that exact situation, we will realize that it’s easier said than done. It takes time and practice. It can’t be done overnight.
Another favorite scene of mine was the conversation between Orga and a maintenance man of CGS I believe.
The maintenance man remarked that Orga must be glad since they were handpicked for the mission.
This is Orga’s response, “glad of what? We’re just being used conveniently as always. That old man Maruba only thinks of us as rats that are a bit faster thanks to the “Whiskers.”… In any case, we Third Group Members are either toys to relieve stress or human shields. But I still have my pride. I can’t show my weakness.”
“The general is the bulwark of the state: if the bulwark is strong at all points, the state will be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the state will be weak.”– Sun Tzu
As a leader, your people look up to you. So you must never show weakness as much as possible. As Sun Tzu have said, “the general is the bulwark of the state: if the bulwark is strong at all points, the state will be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the state will be weak.” And as they say, where the head goes, the body follows.
Also, that weakness could mean anything. But the most crucial of them all I believe, is the weakness of character. You must never have this weakness. That’s because a weak character will lead to weak virtues and principles. And when ones virtues and principles are weak, then he/she is easily swayed by things. And that not the kind of leader that we need.
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”– Bruce Lee
We need someone who is strong, firm and resolute. Someone who can remain calm and focus despite the adversities that they are facing. Someone who can keep an optimistic outlook in life despite their circumstances.
And that’s exactly why I really like that scene. That’s because it showed Orga’s leadership abilities and character. You know that you can count on this guy when it mattered the most.
But I Still Have My Pride
“They can throw us in jail, label us, deprive us of our possessions, but they’ll never control our thoughts, our beliefs, our reactions.”– Ryan Holiday
I really liked it when he said, “but I still have my pride. I can’t show my weakness.” There are two kinds of pride actually, a good one and a bad one. Pride that exudes arrogance is bad. But a pride that exudes confidence is not. That kind of pride is not demeaning and arrogant. It’s inspiring actually. That’s the kind of pride that you see in great leaders, warriors and individuals throughout history. You also see that in great anime characters.
It’s more of a fighting spirit actually. It gives you a never-say-die attitude. That even in the midst of the direst of all situations, you will keep on fighting and marching forward. You want to keep on fighting not because you want to show to the world that your tough and strong. You do it because it’s something natural to you. Something deep within you tells you to keep on fighting – an undying fighting spirit.
It’s no wonder that individuals such as these are admired and respected by their peers. It’s because their confidence is inspiring. And that is what I see in Orga as well.
As Ts’ao Kuei, a chinese military figure have said, “in battle, a courageous spirit is everything… The value of a whole army – a mighty host of a million men – is dependent on one man alone: such is the influence of spirit!”
“Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is.”– Ryan Holiday
When the mobile suits of the enemy suddenly showed up in the battlefield, the first instinct of Orga’s comrades was to run. But Orga said, “there’s no place to run. There never was.” But that didn’t deter his spirit. Instead he turned to Mika and said,”right, Mika?” And Mika said, “yes. So, what should I do next, Orga?” Then Orga replied with a sinister smile. What a guy.
Then as he was being chased by one of the enemy’s mobile suits, he said these words, “I’m not gonna die. I will not die. I will never die. Not like this. Not here. It can’t end here.”
That’s his never-say-die attitude in action. You can’t help but admire this guy’s grit. He refuse to give up even in the direst of situations.
These incidents once again proved why Orga is the leader of CGS’s Third Army Division.
So much for grit. With that, I would like to leave these words from Bruce Lee to you guys.👇 I believe these words best summarize what I am trying to relay to you guys.
Whatever situation you are in, no matter how dire it is, always remember to choose the positive.😊
“Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”– Bruce Lee
“The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought.”– Sun Tzu
I also admire Orga’s strategic thinking skills. And one of those instances wherein that skill was highlighted was when he saw the unexpected entrance of the Gjallarhorn mobile suits in the battlefield. He modified his plans accordingly. In order to adapt to the new situation.
But I believe it’s safe to say that he already anticipated such an occurrence from the very start. Just like how he anticipated that the members of the CGS’s First Army Division would ditch them. That’s why he asked Biscuit to fire the flares the moment that they do that. So that they can act as decoys. And the enemy’s attention will be redirected towards them.
So yeah, like what I’ve said, it’s safe to say that he already anticipated the mobile suits of the enemy. That’s the reason why he replied with a sinister smile when Mika asked him as to what he should do next. They have a secret weapon of their own. And that is the ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos.
You can never predict what will happen in a battlefield. That’s why improvisation is very important in there.
“He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent, and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.”– Sun Tzu
As Sun Tzu have said, there are no constant conditions in warfare. So,”he who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent, and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.”
And Orga did indeed display those qualities.
You might ask why these traits are relevant? What’s in it for us who aren’t soldiers. Well, these things aren’t only applicable in battle. They are also applicable in every other areas of our lives. They will make us better in general. Being able to think on our feet and being able to adapt to different situations will improve our well-being, our relationships, our livelihood, and so on. The same is true for grit and mental toughness.That’s why they are very important. At least in my opinion.😊
The Mikazuki Connection
There are these scenes that I’m really curious about. It’s the flashback scenes wherein Mikazuki and Orga appears to be in an alley. And it appears that Mikazuki shot someone or something. It was shown twice in this episode. It was shown at the very beginning of this episode and at the very end.
I’m curious about it because I want to know the story behind that scene. It seems like the two of them had a rough childhood.
I also want to know the connection between Orga and Mikazuki. Because they are very close with each other. Their bond is very strong. They are like brothers. It seems like Mika will follow Orga’s commands without any question.
Yes. Let’s Go. All Of Us. Together.
And one of my favorite lines from this episode was when Mika said, “yes. Let’s Go. All Of Us. Together.” He said those lines after defeating the mobile suit that was chasing Orga. And as he was remembering while they were in that alley. He asked Orga as to what he should do next after shooting someone/something. And this is what Orga said, “It’s obvious. We are going. Somewhere not here. To the place where we truly belong.”
I liked that scene for many reasons. For one it’s kind of a heavy scene for me. In good a way. It’s evoking a sense of brotherhood among the members of the CGS’s Third Army Division.
It’s also evoking a sense of hope and a beginning of something new. Something good. A new journey/adventure for the members of CGS’s Third Army Division.
And all of that are symbolized by the appearance of the ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos in the battlefield.
Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋