Over three hundred years have passed since the Calamity War, the great conflict between Earth and its outer space colonies. Now Earth is ruled over by four economic blocs, and the military organization Gjallarhorn is responsible for keeping the peace. Mars, on the other hand, depends heavily on Earth’s economy.

Horrified by the appalling living conditions that Mars’ inhabitants have to bear, Kudelia Aina Bernstein, a young aristocrat from the Chryse Autonomous Region, gets involved in the Red Planet’s independence movement. She hires the services of a local company, Chryse Guard Security (CGS), to escort her on the journey to Earth to negotiate economic conditions with the earthly bloc that controls the region. The Third Army Division—consisting of Mikazuki Augus, Orga Itsuka, and many other child soldiers—are chosen to protect her.

When Gjallarhorn attacks the CGS facilities to assassinate the young revolutionary threatening their interests, Orga and his comrades must not let the attackers accomplish their goal—in fact, Gjallarhorn’s actions might turn out to be the unintentional catalyst that leads the children to be the forgers of their own destiny. –

What I liked about it

I liked pretty much everything about this show, so I’m gonna break it all down.

First off, let’s start with story. When we get into the meat of this show we discover that it’s about a war between child soldiers and arrogant bureaucrats, both who think they’re right. Tekkaden’s side of things make more sense when it comes to being treated fairly, but they fall short where the use of children as military fighters are concerned. Normally I would dislike this kind of plot, but IBO did it in a way hat felt like there was no other choice. Either these children fought and died for themselves, or they be used as cannon fodder by the Gjallarhorn. We were shown the innocence of a child’s mind during war as well as that same innocence disappearing as they watched friends die on the battlefield. The combination had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire show.

Something else they excelled in was character development. I wasn’t really a big fan of anyone for the first couple of episodes, but once the plot really began to show itself I felt myself falling for everyone. Seriously, by the end of the show there wasn’t one character that worked within Tekkaden that I disliked. Maybe it’s because they were thrown into a situation they should’ve never been in and my motherly instinct came out. I honestly can’t tell you for sure, but every time someone died I felt like crying. And sometimes I did cry, especially towards the end (if you’ve watched it then you know what I mean). This is one of the few shows that I can genuinely say that I enjoyed pretty much everyone.

The animation fit the battlefield story line really well. No one looked too pretty or bug eyed. They made sure the women weren’t over sexualized (except for maybe one or two, but that was part of their character, not just a random addition). The men were very muscly, but it worked well with the situation they’re in. Constant mechanical work and training will do that to a person.

The music is fantastic! I fell in love with “Raise you Flag” by Man with a Mission and “Orphans no Namida” by Misia. Both songs are so well written and performed and they fit the two sides of IBOs’ emotional roller coaster of a plot. I could listen to both of them over and over again. Unfortunately, both songs were only used for the first half of the season and the other two weren’t as good (In my opinion).

What I Disliked

Really, the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the mech aspect. I’ve never been a fan of Mech’s in general, and because of that I tend to stay away from shows revolving around them. Luckily I had done a first impressions for that season of anime which forced me to watch the first episode! I’m very glad I did, and I may be open to give other mech anime a try now because of it.

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading, and if you have something you’d like to add to the discussion, please feel free to leave a comment.