(At the time of writing, the second season is 11 episodes in.)
The more the series progresses the more it tries to victimize the Tekkadan as people who are being used by everyone around them, there are no decent adults who are genuinely their ally except Naze who has placed an unusual level of faith towards them just as McGillis does. The problem with no other adult being a decent human being is that it becomes hard to want to see the story from another perspective because the only thing you are going to get is a person fueled by greed. It's pretty much impossible to differentiate what kind of person the boss of the Teiwaz is from any of the Gjallarhorn leaders because they're all the same: greedy old men who want more power.
On the opposite spectrum of goals we have the Tekkadan, who want more power so they can have farm and live peacefully...or something. The predictable and way too telegraphed deaths of multiple of its characters doesn't help how the series really wants to drive in how unfortunate their situation is and how they're always being played with. A simple solution would have been to introduce other factions who were treated similarly and actually focus on them or even just their interactions with the Tekkadan because at this point it just seems like they're the only ones who have it that bad.
From it's allusions to Jeanne D'Arc to its aforementioned predictable deaths, this anime lacks any kind of subtlety or even expects ay kind of intelligence from its viewers, one of the most recent episodes has a scene where a woman from Gjallarhorn spends a minute theorizing why a certain character wears a mask and is actually spot-on, this takes away any opportunity for the person watching to analyze or interpret the masked man themselves. It even goes very over-dramatic for the most banal of scenes, including one where the leader of the Tekkadan refuses to eat his food microwaved because "he just deals with whatever in front of him as it is" as if any viewer would actually consider this a good reason to not get off their ass and heat up their meal for 20 seconds, though with how highly rated this series is maybe that is the case.
The mobile suit designs are the worst they've ever been, from the most boring mass-produced unit "Graze" to even the main unit "Barbatos", who is a an anorexic sheep. even the gimmick of it constantly being refitted is pointless and unmemorable because the things that distinguish each different form aren't important and only used once or twice. It's sad to see G-Reco with it's great designs and most inventive main unit be a flop while this is even considered a success.
G-Tekketsu is a very boring war drama, the kind where there is visibly only one side to root for, that side being the oppressed children of mars who were treated as space trash, other than that there isn't any complexity or subtlety to them because the anime itself goes out of it's way to explain exactly how the characters feel and what drive their actions, even if those actions make absolutely no sense, leaving nothing to the viewer to chew on. It fails to create in interesting world that has different nuanced factions that aren't just there for the plot: I still can't tell what exactly Teiwaz do when their not gathered at the table doing nothing but drive the plot in a predictable way. read more
S2 is about Tekkadan creating a future they can never belong in.
Tekkadan are child soldiers. Killing is more natural to our protagonists than a full stomach. This season shows them feeling awkward and neutered as a legitimate organization. They struggle with reconciling their newfound joy for life with being the single-minded killing machines and human debris that made them so successful at warfare in the first place.
When the friction comes to a head, a theme emerges: to create the utopia they dream of, our heroes will have to become villains that can have no place there.
Peace, understanding, and other such ideals that Kudelia had touted in S1 become more and more of a distant memory. All sides increasingly succumb to bloodlust, the desire for vengeance, and the allure of overwhelming force as the true bringer of change.
The fights are more brutal, making use of heavy melee weapons like clubs, maces, and a giant wrench. Suits do not explode when destroyed, instead they lie lifeless with crushed cockpits and disfigured faces. One fight has Mika acting with demonic fury, the overcharged Barbatos continuing to rip and tear even as its face is torn open and flames burst from its mangled arm.
S2 is about the lengths Orga is willing to go to achieve his goal. If Orga has doubt about the blood he must spill, then Mika is his certainty. To overturn the existing order and destroy everything so that something new can bloom. To become the sacrifice on the altar of Kudelia's dream.
"Forget about past ties, we are Tekkadan. If we're headed in one direction, we don't need any reason. Crush them to the very last bit."read more
Sometimes when you look at a new season you find yourself despairing because all you see are a bunch of sequels to anime you've never seen. However I'm here to tell you that you should view this as a fantastic opportunity to catch up on all these anime you haven't seen before the new season begins!