Battle Before Dawn
This episode is so full of action it feels like it was meant to be an exact counter point to all the dialogue and set up from the previous episode. It’s quickly revealed Gjallarhorn is already trying to find ways to screw over the Tekkadan crew as instead of giving the full back up they were promised, they get only one ship. Orga doesn’t mind though as he knows it will allow his team the opportunity to take the pirates down and get all the glory if they succeed.
Two big pieces of information are revealed about the new, unnamed masked man. First, he is not McGillis using his alias of Montag as the new guy makes it a point to curse McGillis’ name bitterly. Second, he has a Gundam frame of his own. The machine looks a little bare bones right now, but by the time he goes into combat, it will more than likely be a force to be feared.
The action is intense, but the episode isn’t without a few moments where the animation quality drops. It is also painfully obvious when the quality does fall thanks to the fights being placed out in space. Kind of hard to cover up the fact the machines aren’t being drawn with such fine detail when they are the only objects on the screen.
Overall the episode is very entertaining and helps to showcase just how far Tekkadan has come as a team. There is no doubt they will be able to make it out of this first mission without any type of difficulty. The real problem comes from what the rest of the season will introduce to make the audience afraid everyone is going to make it out alive.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphan Season 2 is streaming on Daisuki.