Posted by psgels on 3 May 2013 with categories: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

I made a really big mistake when first judging this series by its trailer: I thought that the characters looked really generic. In the end that turned out to be the big strength of this series. The thing with the character here is that they don’t try to force their quirks onto the viewer. Because of that they seem plain at first, but this show managed to flesh them out quite well here. You can see that all characters are based on some kind of idea, but when you look at them, they are more than just that idea. The ones who received attention, anyway.

I really liked this episode, which was all about exploring the cultural differences. On one hand there is Led with his military training and education, and on the other there is the social community on the Gargantia. I really liked how much inefficiencies Ledo saw in the way everyone operated (even though he too had trouble fitting in at times). The development of him fitting in is slow, but he’s constantly changing so far. I also really like how he’s beginning to pick up the language.

Also, yay for continuity. A hole in a roof stays broken until it gets fixed. And it doesn’t just get magically fixed, it takes resources that come from somewhere. That’s what I’m looking for: those kinds of details. It’s a shame that this show only has 12 episodes to flesh out its setting, because the creators are on their way, digging for gold, though the question is whether they’ll reach it in time.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    Yeah, this does feel a bit like an older series (older because, a few years ago 26 episodes were the standard), where they spend their first half building up their characters and setting and then the second half the actual plot kicks in. If they are going for this formula, I don’t know if 12 episodes are going cut it.

    I have to say though I am anjoying this so far.

  2. Arno says:

    Yes it feels like an older anime, and I think that’s quite good, because it is very refreshing to see a story with an actual sci-fi universe, not another highschool comedy (or even non-comedy).

  3. Keiki says:

    The biggest question in this series is:

    How can there be tea if there are no trees and no land?

    • jaen says:

      There’s a couple of ways:
      * some magical hydroponic gardens left over from bygone era,
      * less magical gardens with soil insulated from hull by virtue of some kind of plastic coating, so that the whole ship doesn’t rust,
      * just potting plants.

      • boa_sting says:

        It’s more the existence of land-based plants after an ice age and no land to speak of, than methods of growing things.

        Or maybe they just make “tea” out of some kind of sea kelp or algae or whatnot.

        The thing I want to know about is Amy’s furry friend.

      • Keiki says:

        Episode #5 answered that: they do have soil and they do have plants on board :P

  4. Zetatrain says:

    I’m really hoping that this series will get a second season because 12 episodes just doesn’t seem like enough to do this series justice.

    • Cytl says:

      This would be nice ONLY if it’s already on the original plans. An improvised sequel could do more harm than good (or it could be great, who knows).

  5. Tuuli says:

    Hopefully they have already decided or hopefully they have a really good plan how to tell this story well in 12 episodes. This series feels so good already. Ledo! ;____;

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  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:16 AM)
    @K-off: it’s the old doctor’s approach: start with the worst case scenario, and everything from then on would feel like a downhill Sprint. Never wanna raise the patient’s hope and then crush it with unfortunate reality.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 05:08 AM)
    @Kaiser As Tom Lehrer said, “always predict the worst, and you’ll be hailed as a prophet.” Not putting that movie down or anything, but the 70s was a period of time when it was rather easy to pick on the middle east in the middle of the OPEC embargo.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:22 AM)
    Loosely related but damn, I remember when Network called out (though briefly) America’s relation with the saudi’s.
    Brave 70s movie.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:20 AM)
    They pretty much own a chunk of our economy, we can’t afford that shizz right now. Granted their own economy ain’t hot enough to pull their investments, but oil countries stay afloat as long as they have oil.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:17 AM)
    Saudi Arabia was involved you say? Nonsense! Only 9 of 12 perpetrators were Saudi, and you know only the other three matter.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:01 AM)
    @Kaiser Oh yeah, I have a huge problem with how Saudi Arabia’s been skirting around those issues and making backdoor connections they knew they couldn’t uphold. Lucrative deals dating back to FDR, the Gulf War, and now they’re fighting some bullshit proxy war in Syria with their money.
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    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:49 AM)
    @K-off: I see the Saudi’s are pretending they weren’t in on 9/11.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:47 AM)
    @K-off: On a funnier side of politics though, Gerry Adams got in trouble for shitweeting about Django Unchained, trying to compare black oppression to Irish being oppressed, also people went apeshit because he jokingly said nigger.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:44 AM)
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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 02:39 AM)
    Though Britain leaving the EU is a curious thing…as Northern Ireland would have to go along with that…
    …I would be then in a country that is partially in the EU.

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