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Gundam Ironblooded Orphans was a great entry into the Gundam Franchise after the last few failures. It felt more grounded in reality, with protagonists that we could empathize with. And up until Season 2's midpoint it was great.
However, the writing gets clunky after that. Needless to say, the ending is bittersweet as hell, possibly the most bitter ending in Gundam because of how the writing got screwed up around the middle of the second season. Yes, the system changed. But to do so most, if not all, the characters we empathized with had to die.
I think that the writer was trying to point out how change comes at a heavy price, but this is where the writing gets clunky. You see, despite Tekkadanís actions at the end of Season 1 being viewed as heroic because they were fighting against a frankly corrupt system, they made things worse for everyone else by showing the value of Child Soldiers and the amount of Human Debris increased. So to contrast this, they tried to show things improving for everyone else by killing Tekkadan off as a scapegoat through corrupt and illegal means and the people who changed the system were the privileged few who came to empathize with them.
It sends a message that only those in a position of power already can change the system for the better, while those who arenít serve as the foundation by dying.
I\'m really confused as to what kind of ending you were expecting. I\'ve never seen a non-bitter ending in Gundam.
@HammerOfJustice: Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try?
I don\'t get the backlash the ending got. It was a cynical ending for a cynical series from a writer known for such. Why were people surprised enough to be disappointed?
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