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
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:55 AM)
    I always saw aku no hana as more of a trainwreck/dark comedy, the manga at least, first and foremost.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:54 AM)
    @;( I had to motivate myself to read through that series at first because the protagonist was so unlikable.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Maybe things helped, but that creative person always existed in these people.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:50 AM)
    I guess what I am saying here is that Anno, Lynch, Jodorsky , Von Trier Gilliam may not have required crazy/drugs to be as creative as they are.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:47 AM)
    I bring this up because I recall my aunt saying that initially she felt if she stopped drinking the creativity would go away, but she ended up being wrong and now claims it was always in her.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:46 AM)
    Off topic, but I really meant to bring it up earlier, really really is the creative process truly helped by substance abuse or madness or is it really just always there in certain people before those two things even enter the picture.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:45 AM)
    @Real: I thought you meant Aku no Hana.
    Doesn’t have incest, but talk about a squicky romance…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @real: Finally! Something dead serious I’ve been recommended I can put on my list @flowersofevil.
  • ;(
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:41 AM)
    Emma:
    I agree with you, except for the comedy and porn bits.
    Sometimes, things are just played to be dumb fantasies.. And it works…
    “Sister” is just a title.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:39 AM)
    I do recall my mother having a magazine with a story that dealt with real life incest, were the sister met the brother without knowing him. Suicide was considered after finding out.

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