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GARGANTIA #11 - - Watch & Learn

Mech lobsters... always returning when least expected.

Oh no! Not the Gargantia!

I’m still not as… convinced of the horror surrounding the Hideazue as the show might expect me to be, but Kugel training his reticle on this island of generous hosts does turn my stomach a little. Ledo’s tense anxiety over getting squeezing between the proverbial rock and hard place was pretty palpable.

(Well, maybe they weren’t too generous, actually. They did insist on Ledo paying for his stay pretty quickly, didn’t they?)

Out of all the developments this show might’ve thrown at me, I never, ever expected that it’d reintroduce this space captain with a high seas cult worshipping him; nor that the pirate queen would return as something of a high priestess in that cult. That’s about three steps of surprises, right there. If I might add another box car to my ongoing Urobuchi praise train, I’ll say I appreciate how it’s hard to even guess the themes of his stories as they’re unfolding, let alone the plot developments. I’m confident that the show will tie this all together cohesively, but it’s really throwing up none of the telltale signs that allegories usually swing around with such obvious aplomb.

I’ve alluded to this before, noting how the show seemed like it could just as easily turn into a conservationist fable or a cautionary warning about underestimating threats. Here, that ambiguity centers on a couple specific points. We’ve got only got a couple episodes left at this point (right?) and, even with this threat against Gargantia, I can’t tell what Kugel’s being set up to be. He could easily become a villain whose ideology Ledo must finally break from, or… who knows… he might actually be right in the economic, logical morality of this show.

Guess that means this serial’s doing its job, huh?

Watch this episode, “Supreme Ruler of Terror" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon June 25, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.

After next watch an learn ill share what i think least this arch was about. That said... are you not glade the pirate was not piloting a mech crab or we would have had ... " Mech crabs... always returning when least expected." tag line.

takashichea moderator on June 25, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

I enjoyed how they show us a glimpse of Kugel's Fleet and how crazy the people are. I'm a little suspicious about Lukkage and her men since they don't have the trident marking on their foreheads. Ledo has to choose to go with his commander or protect Gargantia. It's predictable to see where Ledo would choose in the next episode.

YotaruVegetaon June 25, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

Now here's a theory going around my head, and I've read at least one other person who thought this: Do you think Ledo's superior is even alive? We don't see him; no one has. So is he even in there? Is there a corpse in there?

takashichea moderator on June 25, 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta:

You will get your answer next episode.

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