GARGANTIA #5 - - Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on May 21, 2013. Last post by ComicMan24 1 year, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Well, I feel like I just watched an episode of KING OF THE HILL guest-starring a mech… and boy, does it feels right.

I’m sure this series is probably going to piss off plenty of otaku who went in expecting another dour mecha saga. They’re probably spitting on the episodes’ talkbacks, irate over how the explosive battles have sharply dropped off to make way for beach parties, BBQ challenges, pushy trannies and embarrassing ship deck shenanigans. I can understand where the might be coming from, but I definitely don’t agree with it. This is what I love about anime. This is exactly the sort of ultra-specific premise I’ve been hoping to see for a long time, and it’s actually a little surreal to see that premise being realized so well.

Maybe it’s doubly surreal. Last time, I said this show seemed like an interesting complement/answer to CASSHERN SINS, and it continues to be so. SINS, of course, was the realization of a “MEGA MAN: THE OPERA” concept that I’d wanted to see. And this is shaping up to be a more positive and life-affirming answer to that.

Ledo’s faced with a more literal spin on Casshern’s predicament - - being a war veteran who’s got to find a new purpose now that his war’s over - - but the challenge is basically just a summer job search. This isn’t some tragic soul sliding into an inescapable existential crisis. There’s a comical discrepancy to the new challenges he’s facing, sure, but we get the feeling he’ll be handle the transition just fine.

I just found myself smiling a lot during this episode. Whether it was Amy’s high-altitude ‘rescue operation’ on the ship spire or Pinion’s clever re-purposing of Chamber’s black top radiation… it was all just a good time. Surely, the show’s going to have get back to business eventually, but I wouldn’t mind if it kept taking it easy from here on out.

Watch this episode, “Calm Day" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Post by Daniel_Newton (3,308 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Tom enjoyed a fan service beach episode? You've changed, man.

Actually it sounds like the episode focused on fun and sometimes you just need a change of pace. Gargantia is one of the shows I haven't checked out yet this season, but still intend to. I could use another anime or two to fill the void Doctor Who has left.

By the way Tom, our wiki is full of Gargantia images you can use, just to let you know!

Post by Marshal Victory (2,644 posts) See mini bio Level 14

This was a the manditory beach party episode... with no beach ! A lul an a few lol's.Sets up stuff an things an emotional copnection um ya thats it.

Post by takashichea (14,336 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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For a beach episode, it was pretty unique. They didn't have a beach, and it was on a boat. It was cool. I didn't mind the fan service since it was pretty tame. Bellows' comment on Ridget's swimsuit attire was amusing. Didn't suspect your boss to wear such revealing swimwear. Though, the highlights of the episode was where Ledo gets chased by some "suspicious men."

Here are some awesome shots I found on the web!

Gals in Bikinis
Gals in Bikinis
Why hello there big boy?
Why hello there big boy?
Post by takashichea (14,336 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Daniel_Newton:

Oh, I told Tom before. I guess he doesn't want to get spoiled by the tons of images I posted. :)

I bet you would enjoy the series. It's pretty slow, but I think it's up your alley. The fan service is pretty tame.

@Marshal Victory:

Every anime must have a beach episode even Casshern Sins had a beach episode. It wasn't a traditional fan service beach episode. It was a cute little kid finding sea shells on the first episode.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,644 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea: Yeah not all anime has them but almost all shonen does it seems. Thus my mandatory doment. It was a good episode really.Meta game tho this could set the watcher up for a sucker punch.The hook the view to see the characters as people angle.

Side side side note.. could this show harbinger the sea theamed vanguard?

Maybe .. Read part of manga for this it could be good. Not keen on the green bs back drop tho. but it fits with sci fi.

Post by takashichea (14,336 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Is this a trailer for the summer season of 2013?

Post by Marshal Victory (2,644 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea: not sure summer or fall promo was just released its Arpeggio of Blue Steel based on manga Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio f

Post by takashichea (14,336 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Thanks for the heads up. I'll post it as an unknown trailer in the meantime and update later on.

Post by Lurkero (418 posts) See mini bio Level 7

I have no idea what to expect for the rest of Gargantia, but for whatever reason the episodes have kept me watching. It's not complete fanservice or genre tropes and the characters are endearing. It's a show I just want to watch and enjoy.

Post by metalsnakezero (680 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I feel for Ledo for trying to get a job that isn't similar to his skill set.

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,300 posts) See mini bio Level 17

really nice episode. also gave me a few memories of fishing on an old barge, too.

Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Daniel_Newton said:

Tom enjoyed a fan service beach episode? You've changed, man.

This... this... this was tastefully done, man!

@takashichea said:

@Daniel_Newton:

Oh, I told Tom before. I guess he doesn't want to get spoiled by the tons of images I posted. :)

This image actually was from the wiki. Forgot to credit it! Will correct, now. Thanks guys!

@Lurkero said:

I have no idea what to expect for the rest of Gargantia, but for whatever reason the episodes have kept me watching. It's not complete fanservice or genre tropes and the characters are endearing. It's a show I just want to watch and enjoy.

My thoughts exactly....!

@metalsnakezero said:

I feel for Ledo for trying to get a job that isn't similar to his skill set.

Yeah. We've all been there, right?

Post by ComicMan24 (8,759 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Wait until you see the next episode, Tom. That's all I have to say ;)

lol

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