Posted by psgels on 18 October 2013 with categories: Galilei Donna

In order to be able to watch Galilei Donna, you need to be able to accept the fact that a middle schooler spent three years, cramped up in a basement, constructing a big goldfish airship and mecha including artillery, fancy interface and weapons. This stands out. A lot. Beyond that it’s an excellent thriller though.

Heck, we need more shows with a varied cast like this with lots of different ages together. What I really like is that the family has an entire history behind them already. They’ve basically fallen apart over the years, due to the divorce, the pushy mother and the diverging interests of the three daughters. That’s actually a pretty cool backdrop to start the series with, especially with so much going on here.

The end of this episode really did stress though that this series is about the girls, and not their parents, however I do hope that father and mother are going to be more than just damsels in distress. It’s been so long since we’ve had a series that had divorced parents, but it works so well. Just look at what Noein and Bounen no Xamdou managed to do with them. Here too, they deserve to be actual characters, rather than plot devices who are only important in the beginning.

So far though, I’m excited. There are plenty of series with action this season, but this series clearly stands out with its scope and ambition. It really aims to be a fast-paced and varied thriller, it goes for the epic, and in a good way. I feel that epic is way often abused, just to create some fake tension. It’s easy to give someone enough power to destroy the world. Blah, boring. This show fast-pacedly introduced a story that dates back centuries, it puts the protagonists against an organization that controls the police. The villains feel like a real threat, and the destruction that happens feels real, thanks to the talk about suing these buggers for destruction charges. Galilei Donna understood that, which is a great sign for the future.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

3 Responses

  1. kazid says:

    Uhmmmm yeah a really big surprice, after 3 episodes of all season the best for me are: Galilei Dona, Kill la kill and Log horizon. Biggest dissapointments: Coppelion, Yosakura Quarter, Nagi no Asakura (is not bad but no for my likes). Biggest surprices: Galilei Dona, Outbreak company, Samurai Flamenco and Noucom.

  2. wicked says:

    to the first paragraph:

    because that’s so much harder to accept than a millionaire playboy came up with a design for unlimited energy source and build a battle suit under terrorist’s constant watch…in a cave

  3. Vince says:

    Nothing fazes me about the first paragraph. In Home Alone, a freaking kid overpowers two robbers with homemade traps. In fact most live-action Disney Movies, I bet there will be something hard to believe.

    This anime impressed me the most as I loved everything about it.

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    [WARNING] incoming Eva rant inbound.
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    (Friday, Sep 4. 2015 05:31 AM)
    @Kaiser: welcome to the light.
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    Yes you heard it here, Kaiser admitted to this. Fully watching the films I thought they were alright. And I even liked the direction the third film went and consider it the best thing to happen to the franchise. The plot felt more accessible and easier to follow. It feels more tight and compressed and benefits from animation upgrade. I still think Mari is pretty worthless though and as much as I still hate Asuka and Shinji, their more tolerable here.
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