Suisei no Gargantia 01-08: A Colorful Story of Civilization

Is it just me or is WordPress getting pretty glitch? Every time I log in and want to post something, it only shows the HTML of the site. I can’t post a thing! Any thoughts on this? By the way, it’s past half-season and I’m still watching Suisei no Gargantia, the newest anime from the mastermind who brought us Guilty Crown. I may be wrong, but I think this anime is running for 25-ish episodes. Anyway, here’s how the anime fares so far.

The graphics are SUPERB, as expected from Nitroplus and GenUro from Production I.G. I just love the colorful world and the character designs, well-made and nice on the eyes. We even get served a dish of sweet, tanned loli and her friends. That being said, it would be shame to watch this anime on a resolution less than 720p (go 1080p if you’re rich in HDD space and resources).

Nice title screen
Nice title screen

This anime is mostly colorful, even the storyline. Unlike Psycho-Pass, which ponders on the core of humanity and morality, and Guilty Crown, which shows the dark side of overwhelming power, Suisei no Gargantia shows us the core of a civilized society. The protagonist, Ledo, who is a soldier that is constantly in battle and has never tasted society, gets stranded on Earth, the origin of humanity, which is now all water (similar to that movie, Waterworld). The remaining humans live on large ships that band together to create flotillas that could be considered the equivalent of states (or tribes). He just happens to get “salvaged” by the salvaging crew of the Gargantia. First, he was all “Where the hell am I? Who the hell are you?” With the help of Chamber, the overpowered mecha, he gradually learns the customs and language of the Gargantia and befriends Amy, the delicious brown-skinned loli. From here, he restarts his life as a citizen of Gargantia, helping people out and earning his keep. There are a lot of humorous moments when we see a baffled Ledo trying to adjust to an unfamiliar society, despite being of the same origin. There are also moments when he is faced with the fact that killing is not always an option, which conflicts with his nature as a soldier.

"I come in peace and offer you this dead fish as a token of our friendship,"
“I come in peace and offer you this dead fish as a token of our friendship,”
What Bellows says to Ledo after killing off pirates is gold.
What Bellows says to Ledo after killing off pirates is gold.
You have three girls in swimwear staring at your fine body...
You have three girls in swimwear staring at your fine body…
First day on the job and Ledo has already attracted everyone.
First day on the job and Ledo has already attracted everyone.

There’s nothing that brings this anime down for now. It’s well-made, it conveys a good message, and the story is good. The music is good too. Although, I would like to point out that the story may be a bit slow. But hey, how long would it take YOU to be accustomed to the habits of a foreign country? I’m gonna keep watching Suisei no Gargantia because I like the message it is trying to send us.

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