Posted by psgels on 2 July 2013 with categories: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

So here we have the conclusion of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Overall I’d have to say that it’s a solid ending, but nothing special. The animation in the final episode was very well done, and the whole bond between Ledo and Chamber really stood out as the best (even though it’s kindof weird that Chamber died… seeing as how he’s an AI and could easily have survived if he just copied his personality to that escape pod or something).

The evil robot who took control over humanity was definitely a more solid final conflict than “the Hideazu are human”, It was very sudden though, and acted like how everything was just wrapped up neatly… even though a ton of people died. Seriously, this show was more dramatic about the Hideazu being human (even though they were more than guilty of their own things) than the murder of tons of innocent people.

But yeah, as the final conflict… it does feel like we just skimmed the surface here. Gargantia should have been 24 episodes long, because the creators can actually do very nice things if they continue to build up from here. With this though, it just feels like too much is missing, and none of the characters really got their chance to show their growth, apart from Ledo perhaps, but even he feels like he can become better with another season. He may have changed, but he doesn’t really feel rounded still. This is why I feel like the perfect length for a series is 26 episodes: it’s neither too short nor too long; it has enough time to develop its characters really well, and it also needs to pace itself properly so there is little chance of dragging on. But yeah, that does require budget, and the producers probably didn’t manage to gather enough for 2 cours.

As for the overall writing itself… I’d say that this story is Urobuchi Gen’s worst written story, save for perhaps Blassreiter. It was definitely lighter than what he wrote before, but what I missed here was the character-development, going back to what I said before. All of his other adaptations so far had development that made some sort of impact, even on a shorter story. This one mostly had its world building, and while it was well-done, the setting wasn’t THAT special.
Rating: 4,5/8 (Good)

13 Responses

  1. snokipz says:

    Actually, there was a small hint that Chamber did copy himself onto a handheld device that Ledo was holding right near the end.

    • ServantOfPriss says:

      Shame they never actually bothered to explore it. Sailing through the sea and encountering other ships and more run ins with other pirates would’ve been more interesting than wasting time with belly dancing and one sided debates about whether killing is right or wrong.

  2. Energizer says:

    I think the world that they were in was pretty unique. The story was written well too. However, I feel we only got to see Ledo. I didn’t feel for Pinion/Amy/Ridget/Piratebooblady at all during the fight. It would have been nice to delve deeper into each person’s character rather than having one scene that defines them.

  3. Firechick says:

    Okay, the more I look at the concept of the show, the more I’m reminded of Escaflowne.

  4. Oroboros says:

    Of Gen Urobuchi’s work, this is my least favorite – which goes to show how much better a series is if he is writing most of it. Madoka, Fate/Zero, and PSYCHO-PASS are all on another level, dialogue/thematic-wise. I hope Urobuchi is back to his hands-on approach in his next work, or hire more talented writers to work with.

    To add what PSGELS said, this show was sabotaged by audience pandering. Great start, solid ending, ruined by a mediocre middle.

    • J.J says:

      exactly, ESPECIALLY since only the first and last episode were written by Gen in the first place. I mean not only do they use otaku pandering, but they actually stuck Gens name on it just to get people to watch. Then its like whoops hes only writing/directing two of the 13 eps.

      This anime was just bad, period. It shouldn’t have been made, it hasn’t gone anywhere that people haven’t seen millions of times before.

      Didn’t care about the characters except for chamber and kind of ledo. Amy was annoying for 58% of the scenes she was in, Ridget was a one-dimensional character – on full bitch/angry mode all the time, and the commander that died didn’t even want to MEET Ledo. . .wtf?! That’s kind of important you know.

      Basically the other writers did a HUGE disservice to Gen’s name and should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Zetatrain says:

      Wouldn’t really call it an Urobuchi series since he only did the first and last episode.

  5. As a reminder to everyone talking about Urobochi, he only personally wrote the first and last episodes, the rest were by a whole slew of other people.

  6. Zetatrain says:

    Yeah I agree that this show should have been around 24 episodes to bring out its full potential. Granted the the writers did a pretty good job with the amount of time given, but the series could have been so much more. It would have given characters besides Ledo and Chamber much more development though at the very least they did enough to make me care about some of them. It would have also for much more and better world building.

    Overall I don’t think this series was bad by any means and in fact I thought it was pretty good to an extent. Too bad we’ll most likely never see what this series could have truly been.

  7. Juno says:

    And I want to correct people. Urobuchi and the director both collaborated on writing the actual story’s plot and general direction. That means Urobuchi’s involvement WAS quite big. It was AFTER he helped write the story that he wrote the first and last episodes as a guide for the new writers to do their stuff and bring the story to life. As for how much credit either him or the director had in the original plan, I don’t know. The only thing we know is that the general setting was thought up by the director, who always wanted to write about a world that lived on top of water.

  8. Jenny says:

    I reckon the last episode would have been a pretty awesome conclusion to a series had there been proper build up – but I felt that a lot of the elements, like psgels said were just skimmed over and wrapped up in a bow and then done with. For example, the character of Pinion: suddenly he starts acting like a martyr, while 2 episodes ago he was an egocentric moron, while another episode earlier he was a greedy avenger, while at the start he was merely comic relief – I felt there was no proper developement, he just changed spontaneously – which really irks me, because I don’t even feel he is a character any more. Also, Lukrage – what happened there? Where did her change come from? What happens to the people in the cult? There are so many unanswered questions and it was just so dissatisfying. I had held onto a shred of hope and amour for this show, but the last episode killed it.

    The only praise I have is how aptly they portrayed Chamber and Ledo’s bond – it teared me up and actually moved me. However I still think it was not very well developed and quite unbelievable. What a disappointment.

  9. B0Mb0y says:

    Did anyone else feel that the SnG’s story was somewhat fragmented? (dunno how else to put it) Gen did write the first and last episodes, and probably provided framework for everything in between, but the other screenwriters had to fill in the rest of their episodes with their own material. Seems like a lot of this material didn’t contribute to the ending.

    I agree, if this show was 2-cour long, more could have been done. We never knew the story behind Ledo’s clone/brother, and a lot of Gargantia’s crew never got enough emphasis towards the end (save Pinion). And I would have liked to see more of how the G.A. operates, for a better comparison with the Gargantia lifestyle.

  10. Starss says:

    And now we know where the Sybil System comes from.

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  • afgm
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 08:35 AM)
    nobody’s reviewing Berserk? A SIN!!
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 07:17 AM)
    @Bam Read the Mob Psycho entry.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 06:27 AM)
    Where’s Berserk 04 review btw?
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:33 AM)
    Also in regards to the bat scene. I just thought of Evangelion. I suppose that’s what the director was going on. Since you’re reviewing that, I’ll leave at that.
  • Vonter
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:22 AM)
    I agree to a certain level the padding at the beginning. I suppose I didn’t mind since it at least was like a standard Batman episode (of the latter seasons). I think what bugs me is that the portrayal of Batman wasn’t very good, I think he’s emotionless for the most part. And like I’ve said, on the technical side it isn’t as striking as the novel. It’s like when Gyo was adapted (to be fair that’s also because like Berserk it had a lot of CGI).
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:20 AM)
    Basically just seeing the story put on screen I was grateful for.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 04:18 AM)
    I noticed something off about the animation and the dialogue was pretty piss poor at times but the latters kind of a given in these things and the prior was never distracting enough to take me out of the movie. I’m indifferent really to the Batgirl drama, don’t mind that its there, don’t care if it wasn’t.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:39 AM)
    This story required a level of care that frankly the creators didn’t want to give.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:38 AM)
    I think instead of trying to combat the whole women in refrigerator aspect of the story they instead should have focused on what inspired the characters to do this. What made batman rethink his relationship with the joker and attempt to find a common ground? What made the Joker suddenly want to prove a point? And sure you could add something to give batgirl a moment but not some crap villain no one cares about. Instead have her go up against a real batman villain.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 03:33 AM)
    @Vonter, Animation was one part of it. The other was the first thirty minutes being a tacked on Batgirl story and it really shows. I didn’t really have that much of a problem with it up until that scene which everyone likely knows. That annoyed me. I get what they were trying to do but it just made things worse.
    As for the actual killing Joke itself, I thought it was ok. Hamell brought his A game. Really for that it was just small details that made it lesser.

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