Oh, the irony. I’m finding that slice-of-life shows are just as much a challenge to do episode-by-episode's on, even when they involve high tech space suits. (Then again, that’s probably the same lesson I learned with SPACE BROTHERS). When you take ongoing, life-or-death conflict out of a show, it’s simply tougher to sink your teeth into anything, speculation wise - - even if you are enjoying everything you’re watching.
GARGANTIA has a couple shoes hanging over its head, sure. Will the pirates return for some bloody reprisals? Will Ledo be yanked back into the war against the space squid? Still, my gut’s telling me that, in the long view, the only real points of tension here will be over this boy opening up about his feelings to Amy; and then his decision to stay on this barge or leave it. Surely, that will pack plenty of emotional oomph, but it still isn't something you can posit too many theories about.
With that in mind, I’d now like to address the related topic of T&A (being that which otaku insist on calling ‘fan service’) since some of you lunatics were having some fun over me finally enjoying an obligatory beach party episode last time. Amy and her girlfriends ran around in bikinis for most of that episode, and they belly dance for a good portion of this one, too. Is it gratuitous?
Well, putting aside any notion that their dresses are simply just appropriate in a tropical setting, I don’t think it’s gratuitous in the way that a lot of anime's T&A is because it’s never handled like some attention-grabbing special effect. There are no tight, slo-mo close-ups tracing Amy’s dangerous curves, there are no upskirt shots on her crotch, there’s no running gag about Ledo popping a boner when he’s around her (which is what nosebleeds are really about, alright?) and, shock of shocks, Amy actually has the proportions of a real human being. She isn’t some grotesque caricature with a pair of water balloons strapped to her chest.
This isn’t a fine line of difference, here. It’s a number of ‘stylistic choices’ that have been tastefully avoided, and I really wish more shows would have such tact.
I’m not looking to start a deep discussion here, but we can have a talk. Do you concur?
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