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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Dec 2. 2015 05:04 AM)
    Although that one as far as I know does not have another version with better art.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Dec 2. 2015 05:03 AM)
    The onepunch man fans will be happy to know that Bone is adapting another work by the author, Mob psycho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:46 AM)
    @Kaiser: so far it’s good. I’ve been hearing the buzz but I wished someone had nodged me to watch it sooner.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:42 AM)
    You’ve reminded me Bam that I’d been meaning to pick up ash vs the evil dead sometime.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Kaiser: the remake was still pretty entertaining, but it lost the silly comedy edge the series was known for. I still think that the 2nd film had the most unique and prominent voice of its own, and all of that is present in the new series’ pilot. If anything Raimi cranked it up a couples of notches here and there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:35 AM)
    There was a mean spirited feel to the remake I found pretty appealling.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:27 AM)
    @Kaiser: the original Evil Dead was playing the horror genre straight, but it had a strata of slap-stick that was partially unintended. With Evil Dead 2 he doubled down on the strange horror/comedy dynamic and it became fantastic. Army of Darkness was very entertaining, but it strayed very far from the series’ roots. The remake was only produced by Raimi, while he got back on the writer/director chair for the pilot of the new series, and proved that he still got it sharp as ever.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:19 AM)
    Then again I believe Raimi was fairly involved with the remake.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:18 AM)
    The remake as far as remakes go should have been worse but it worked much better than I would have thought and I say this as someone who hates reboots/remakes.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:16 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve only partially seen the first evil dead but I don’t think its aged well, the second one I’ve seen and its hugely entertaining later on but its army of darkness that was the most enjoyable of the three for me.

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