A Tekkadan Entrance Exam based on Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans began running on August 17 2016 at Gundam Front Tokyo in Diver City, Odaiba, Tokyo. It has attracted a lot of interest as the first puzzle-solving event based on Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Manga.Tokyo went to the event to report on the experience.
Part 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans aired from October 2015 to March 2016, with Part 2 scheduled to start in October 2016. The Tekkadan (lit: Iron Flower Brigade) is the name of a militia group lead by Orga Itsuki, joined by the series’ protagonist, Mikazuki Augus. In the event you can experience the Entrance Exam full with with physical tests and mental puzzles. It’s an all-round test that will measure the full range of your capabilities.
As it was the summer holidays, there was a long queue of people waiting as ‘Enrolment Hopefuls’. Many of the participants were men and women in their 20s. We noticed that there were a lot of female participants. It was recommended that participants should be over 16, but it was okay for children to take part if they were with their parents, allowing families to enjoy the event together.
The first thing we received was our test participation slips at the entrance. Then we were given electric torches and the exam paper. The instructions of the exam paper contained a map, character introductions, and the questions for the first part of the exam. The information here would become important in the future, so we spent some time absorbing the information.
Once we were inside the exam grounds they told us the instructions of the game as well as the information from the exam paper instructions. The militia leader, Orga Itsuki, also appeared on the screen and we heard some lines specially recorded for this event. The staff then suddenly asked us ‘Do you want to join Tekkadan because you like it?’ and most of the participants raised their hands. It seemed the participants were all pretty pumped up to try to enter the Tekkadan.
The event took place after Gundam Front’s closing time. Only the staff and the event participants were present; it was pretty quiet. We were told that the questions would be posted at each area, but since there would be lot of people trying to look at them, the staff advised us to take photographs of the questions. Thanks to that advice, the exam area did not get too crowded and it all went smoothly.
During the exam, there were announcements indicating the time left. It was easy to start panicking without realising it, but in the second half there were hints given to make it possible to solve each problem one by one.
The fans of Iron-Blooded Orphans who had already seen the series had a certain advantage, but the questions were written so that even people who did not know the series at all would be able to answer.
Of course, those who had the background knowledge would often have a grin on their face. I guess events are more fun when you know a few things about the series.
The day we took part in the event, seven participants out of forty were able to pass the exams. When we finished, Orga appeared to us once again and thanked us for taking part. However, immediately after the unthinkable happened… But if you want to know what, then you will have to take part in the event to find out!
The Tekkadan Entrance Exam will be held every day until August 31st, then every Friday, weekend and national holiday at 7 p.m. throughout September and until October 2. Advanced tickets are 3,500 yen with tax. Tickets for all days are on sale now. Tickets for each individual day can alo be bought from the ticket window and they cost 3,700 yen with tax.
The event is being held until the first episode of Part 2 of the series is broadcast, so until then give the Tekkadan Entrance Exam a go. We can’t think of a better way to get excited for Part 2!