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GARGANTIA #8 - - Watch & Learn

How can I tell how she feels with no inner monologue?

I watched this right after that internal-monologue-laden ATTACK ON TITAN episode and it served as a nice point of contrast on the merits of understatement. Not one moment, in all the minutes of screen time devoted to the commander’s funeral, has any character explaining why sand is being gradually sprinkled on this corpse. We’re able to infer so much about this society - - and of the sacred scarcity of dry sand therein - - by simply observing actions in sequences that are almost totally silent.

It’s far more engaging way to tell a story, no? Can you imagine how much less powerful it’d be if we had close-ups of Ridget staring at the body during the funeral, and we also heard the voice in her head explicating how sorry she felt? Nah… that’d be no good.

Of course, while we’re speaking of ‘scarcity,’ I suppose it’s intriguing that a shorter series like this would have enough screen time to devote almost an entire episode to one supporting character. Certainly, Ridget’s transition into a more senior position is a decently compelling drama, but I can’t help wondering how her little conflict might tie into the larger themes of the series. My best guess might be a little tenuous, but I’ll go ahead and put it out here…

Urobuchi said his intention with this show was to send an encouraging message to recent graduates trying to adjust and integrate into a rougher job market. You can see some pretty obvious parallels in how the premise essentially breaks down to a warrior being forced to get a new job. I have a feeling that Ledo’s going to go all the way down to the bottom of the sea, find that whalesquids aren’t a threat, come back to the surface and realize… it’s all OK, anyway.

How does that relate to Ridget then? Well, the fact that this funeral doesn’t feel overwrought with sorrow makes a point that major transitions don’t have to be daunting, existential threats. Change comes. It’s rarely that dramatic. And we can all handle it.

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

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Lurkeroon June 14, 2013 at 6:37 a.m.

One aspect of anime and manga that I continue to dislike are the scenes where characters not only wear their emotions on their clothes, but SCREAM them either out loud or in an internal monolog. It's very annoying when anime does it with comedy too.

This episode was good character development and setup. Let's see how it pays off in the future.

takashichea moderator on June 14, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

Episode gave Ridget a bit of spotlight. Also, it inspired the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Mizuhana no Bellows manga spin-off after showing a bit of Bellow's experience.

Ridget: "I want to protect this Gargantia that the former Fleet Commander loved. I want to protect this fleet that all of you live on. But my strength wasn't even enough to stop the people who wanted to leave. I am powerless. But that's exactly why I want all of you to lend me your strength! If you want to protect this fleet... If you want to protect Gargantia, this fortress that we live on... please help me!"
— Ridget admitting her weakness

The "show do not tell" is a difficult thing. I been so used to wiki editing. I pretty much explain everything in detail. Urobuchi is an excellent writer. I enjoyed his work in Fate Zero.

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