For those not in the know and are interested in starting Gundam, Iron-Blooded Orphans started airing on Toonami a couple of Saturdays ago. It’s the first time in years that Gundam has made it onto tv air waves. I think the last time a Gundam series was on American television, it was Gundam OO on ani-Mondays on the once called Sci Fi channel. Since this is such a momentous occasion and I am a pretty huge Gundam fan, of course I needed to make a post about it. If I didn’t, I feel like I would personally let myself down.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was how solid the voice work and direction was. So far, the voice actors solidly portray each character’s individual age and gender. I know that it’s only been two episodes, but I can’t find very many flaws with this dub. The biggest surprise for me so far Is Mikazuki. I feel so much more emotion from him in this dub then I ever heard in the Japanese version. His Japanese voice actor never really did it for me, but going on I expect a lot more from this dub actor.
Okay, now onto the elephant in the room, Johnny Yong Bosch. If anybody else is familiar with JYB’s voice work, he has performed the voice of a lot of either teenage protagonists or insane bad guys. Sometimes even both. He has voiced people like comes from Lelouch from Code Geass, Ichigo frm Bleach, Renton Thurston from Eureka 7, Vash the Stampede from Trigun, and a lot more others. JYB has been in the voice acting field of anime for years, so he has tons of experience under his belt. From a first reaction, I didn’t feel like he fit the role of Orga. Orga is a character so far removed from Bosch’s usual selections of character choices that I thought he was miscast. At this moment, I am sorry that I ever thought that. His voice has a much lower pitch then the rest of the cast so he gains that older quality to him, but also has tons of charisma for leadership to spare. Anybody who has ever listened to him as Lelouch can attest to that.
So moving forward, I definitely plan on continuing to watch this series dubbed. I already know where the story is going and it’s a good path, so I don’t feel hesitant at all in watching it and also highly recommending it. It’s a good starter series if you want to dip your toe into the Gundam realm.
Iron-Blooded Orphans is currently airing on Toonami/Cartoon Network on Saturdays at 9 pm Pacific Time.