May 15, 2013

Suisei no Gargantia -- you can't go wrong with dancing girls

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I got curious about this one, so I just now downloaded the first six episodes. I wanted to see if its reputation for fan service was deserved, so I went through ep 6 (in which the above dancing girls can be found).

And, surprisingly enough, I got sucked into the story. So I just watched episode 1, and now I really am interested.

It has a mecha, but it isn't a mecha story. By which I mean, the mecha isn't the star of the story. Chamber is a character, not a gizmo, but it isn't the predominate character of the series. And Ledo, the castaway pilot, is surprisingly interesting.

...and Amy is a sweetie. (She's the one in the middle.)

The battle in the first half of the first episode was surprisingly long, but in narrative terms it was necessary in order to establish the characters of Ledo and Chamber so that we can truly understand how they could be so confused about where they finally end up.

There are a lot of good looking women, most (if not all) of whom are not bimbos, and that too is a pleasant surprise. And there are some men in the show who are not bastards. From ep 6 I see that Ledo is trying to fit in, and the people there understand that he's having a hard time and are willing to cut him some slack. So there's apparently a lot of love, too. And that's nice.

It's obvious that in the end there's going to be some tremendous danger, and Ledo and Chambers will cope with it and be heroes. Will they find their way home again? Unlikely. Prospects are that "home" no longer exists after what happened in episode 1.

UPDATE: End of ep 3, and so far it's great. I should mention that in general the art is very high quality. It's been a while since I've watched a show that looks so good.

UPDATE: Hard to go wrong with bikinis, too!

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It's the same three girls.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 06:09 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I'm waiting for the ending before committing.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 15, 2013 06:28 PM (RqRa5)

2 I agree; it's entirely possible that the ending will ruin it. That's happened many times.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2013 06:58 PM (+rSRq)

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 15, 2013 07:10 PM (Axk8h)

4 The worry is that the end will be, well, Gen the Butcher in action.  But, he's doing the composition.  This isn't actually his original idea or his project.  It's the director's and it's supposed to be a "going into the world" type of story. 

And, yes, the girls are very pretty.  Which isn't too surprising.  It's well regarded Hentai Manga mangaka that's doing the character designs.  And the End Cards are becoming something of a running joke, as the Character Designer has apparently enlisted all of his friends to do the End Cards.

This series has a LOT of thought put into it.  Pretty much nothing that's been going on has lacked a purpose or been really quite stupid.  With the possible exception of something in ep 5. 

Two important plot thoughts, that I'll toss into spoilers:

Ep 1 thoughts/possibilities:



Ep 6 information drop:



One of the big draws, early in, was actually the fact the series takes itself seriously in the proper way.  Characters, even ones we see for just a scene and really only are there to serve 1 purpose, don't seem out of place plot movers.  They seem like they should actually be there and we're just dropping in for one of their meetings.  It shows a lot of thought was put into the writing and world building, especially for an anime original series.

Posted by: sqa at May 15, 2013 07:15 PM (rAozM)

5 The stated aim of this show is to encourage Japanese NEET on how to integrate themselves back into society.  Ledo isn't a NEET, but he came from a society that's geared towards one and only one thing, the defeat of the alien threat.  He has to serve in the war for a period of time to ear his citizenship,  his limited right to procreate, and taking shore leave.  Hell, all of that is kind of foreign to him.
Now take him out of that environment and throw him into a more civilized one where everything isn't actively trying to kill him and trying his best to fit in.  He want to be useful to the fleet that has taken him in.  He's also getting some basic economic lesson from Amy (the Alliance is so low on resource that if you're not of use to the war, you're recycled).  

Posted by: BigFire at May 16, 2013 11:06 AM (PzKK9)

6 If that's true, it suggests it isn't going to have a disastrous ending. I guess we'll see.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 16, 2013 11:34 AM (+rSRq)

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