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GARGANTIA #7 - - Watch & Learn

He just looks like he's ready to pop, doesn't he?

Well well well… there’s that inevitable conflict we feared.

In the final scheme of things, GARGANTIA may not be wind up being as ballsy a genre experiment as a high-stakes mecha that abruptly switches into a slice-of-life sitcom for good. It is still shaping up to be a well-written adventure, though, and I’m impressed by the dramatic and thematic reversals that arrive at this halfway point.

There’s the tension of these seemingly-passive whalesquid and their potential link to the villainous Hideauze

There’s clever ‘shoe on the other foot’ switch where the Earthlings are now begging Ledo not to kill aquatic life after they’ve repeatedly hoisted seafood on him despite his hesitance…

…and there’s the continued, nigh-Randian subtext of the Gargantia crew trying to coerce Ledo into cooperating when, all along, he could easily wipe them out with Chamber. In this case, if Atlas ever shrugs, he’d potentially vaporize an entire fleet of people.

That’s tight writing there. No matter how sharp the plot’s switchback turns are, they never feel like they’ve been ‘cheated.’ The show’s been consistently planting seeds about the differences in customs and values between Ledo and his new neighbors (as well as the importance of the whalesquid, specifically).Now that those seeds are blooming, you can’t but feel a little silly for not noticing their growth.

Outside of something mysterious and significant being unearthed during Pinion’s forthcoming deepsea excavation, I really can’t call where this going. Ledo’s suspicions may very prove unfounded, and this show might be sending a conservationist message. Or Ledo’s suspicions could prove right, and this show might be making a point about the dangers of good people burying their heads in the sand.

More importantly, will Ledo swallow his pride and re-open his heart to Amy? Let’s be real - - that’s all we should care about here.

Watch this episode, “A Soldier’s Fate" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Lurkeroon June 5, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

I am very worried that Ledo will get too much enjoyment out of killing whalesquid. Although I still don't know where the series is going I am eager to continue watching.

Marshal Victoryon June 5, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

Looking back its filled with small subplots that fit so tightly together they felt casual part of the main plot.This one starts a nice deep contrast thats not shallow or boring.This is another show you sould not look at the episode count as in how many is left.Ints a anime served best by enjoying the ride.

Good series overall .I cna see posibly seeing a conservationist in there some where but if so it was done right then.Because i wasnt beatn over the head about it.But seriously dont thing thats the message here.

takashichea moderator on June 5, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

The natives didn't help inform Ledo why the whale squid is a sacred creature. After Chamber has concluded that Hideauze and the whale squid share common genes, it bothered me a bit.

To be honest, I feel nothing between Ledo and Amy yet at this point. Finally, Gargantia gets moving on something interesting here. Ridget will have the spotlight to herself next episode. It's a good episode.

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