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GARGANTIA #9- - Watch & Learn

What startling secret do these eyes see?

Another day, another series-redefining twist, huh?

The boon and the bane of watching a show unfold, week to week, with no prior expectations, is that you get plenty of time to speculate on where things will end up. Water-cooler talk is a big part of the fun for a viewer, obviously, and it’s nice to be pleasantly surprised when a series turns into something better than you anticipated. However, sometimes you can project a lot on a show based on the earlier episodes, and it can be… mildly frustrating when the show goes in a direction that doesn’t resembling your conjecture.

In more specific terms, I’m a touch disappointed with this revelation about the Hideauze/Whalesquid being evolved/semi-evolved humans. I guess I was just so taken with the notion that this series would be about Ledo having to adjust to a context completely removed from space opera, and I’d rather all the fantastical stuff be left as matters of fact. Now that we’re learning the terrible secrets behind this world, GARGANTIA's leaning a bit towards and OUTER LIMITS episode and, while that isn’t bad necessarily, it doesn’t feel as fresh as the ‘summer job’ angle.

(My black heart, I’ll confess, was also tickled by the prospect of this show having some sort of brutal, snarky “NUKE THE WHALES!” message).

The show’s still doing splendidly in the larger game - - this isn’t that much of a criticism, actually - - and we’ve got a quarter-season left for any number of additional twists to pop up, of course. I’m just hoping GARGANTIA doesn’t continue down a path that might turn it into another heavy-handed morality tale instead of the genuinely novel, lower-stakes allegory it was shaping up to be.

Watch this episode, “Deep Sea Secret" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon June 18, 2013 at 7:49 a.m.

"I’m just hoping GARGANTIA doesn’t continue down a path that might turn it into another heavy-handed morality tale instead of the genuinely novel, lower-stakes allegory it was shaping up to be."

That might end up being debatable .Eyes of the beholder an such, but perspective could well be key.Overall long game i do agree shows preforming on a higher meta stroy level like psyco pass did at this point.

That said wonder how many younger folk actualy know what a Water-cooler is an why people would gather around it to gab.Sadly its all about the bottle with new genrations .In far to many ways .

Lurkeroon June 18, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.

I dunno, Tom. A lot of shows tend to fail at the morality angle and I was looking forward to Gargantia being about Ledo confronting the beings he assumed to be Hideauze. He has the power to wipe them out in their current form. Will he continue his duty as a soldier or will he live with it? Let's find out.

I also got a kick from both the anime I am watching right now have real good "sh*t just got real" moments. Both Attack on Titan and Gargantia delivered.

Marshal Victoryon June 18, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.

Ehh after some thought on this it may be to late Tom.One could argue the Heavy handed moral is "we are the monsters" . But as always one should not look to deeply into intended morals.They always get in the way of a good time.

takashichea moderator is online on June 18, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

After reading Gen Urobuchi's message and looking at the humans are monsters, I'm getting that Shin Sekai Yori vibe.

sickVisionz moderator on June 19, 2013 at 9:19 a.m.

@takashichea said:

@Marshal Victory:

After reading Gen Urobuchi's message and looking at the humans are monsters, I'm getting that Shin Sekai Yori vibe.

They are similar in the raw reality of it, but the two shows are pretty different. The bad guys in this one kinda seem like dumb monster squids but the bad guys in Shin Sekai were pretty intelligent. You also don't find out they are the bad guys until like 75% of the series was done while in Gargantia it's laid out in like the first episode. The tone of both shows is pretty different as well. Gargantia is pretty happy-go-lucky and light hearted overall while Sekai was pretty bleak from the get-go.

I’m just hoping GARGANTIA doesn’t continue down a path that might turn it into another heavy-handed morality tale instead of the genuinely novel, lower-stakes allegory it was shaping up to be.

There's like a 90% chance of that happening. I've thought the series was pretty tropey and like a lot of stuff out there but, similar to Nisemonogatari, was showing that you can do tropey stuff without having to be absolute shit at it. Going down the route of super heavy handed morality tale is how these shows usually play out.

takashichea moderator is online on June 19, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

@sickVisionz:

Agree with you there on the comparisons. Shin Sekai Yori's monster twist was more shocking than Gargantia's. I'm still expecting another twist in this show, but there probably won't be any. I thought the Galactic Alliance had some conditioning that the folks did in Shin Sekai Yori. I was wrong on that part.

zaldaron June 19, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

Given Japans history with whale hunting and the rest of the worlds response....a show with a nuke the whales message would certainly be a way to get noticed. Actually now that I think about it odd that this show didn't create more controversy than it did...maybe as an epic troll someone should send the episodes up to where we find out the whales are not evil to Greenpeace?

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