Suisei no Gargantia – Cultural Divides and Collateral Damage


The story of Suisei no Gargantia seems to be one about the differences between cultures and how they shape our perspectives on life. Ledo, for all of his combat experience is currently incapable of understanding the way of life on Gargantia. As we found out in episode one he has spent 145,000 hours in combat, effectively living his entire life inside the cockpit of Chamber either in combat or stasis waiting for the next deployment. We have seen him flying emotionlessly into battle, neither fearing death, nor worrying about what the future might bring, instead he is utterly focused on the task at hand and carries out his duty as a soldier with ruthless efficiency. This is the kind of attitude towards his and others life that can only really be created through constant exposure to war and the fight for survival. Ledo’s society, what little of it we saw, is militaristic, with citizenship and the ability to breed only granted to those that survive. In effect, their fight against the Hidengauz acts as a form of natural selection, one that weeds out the weak elements and attempts to breed strength – although this way of thinking is inherently flawed and largely reinforces the strict, militarist governance that they have to live with. Read more of this post

Suisei no Gargantia – Giant robots and water worlds


I have to admit that I was rather cautious when approaching this series, largely because of Gen Urobuchi’s involvement. As a writer he comes up with some interesting ideas and settings, but over the years I have watched series he has written and been consistently disappointed or generally bored by his approach to character and plot development, and largely horrible dialogue. So with this in mind I was wary of something similar happening to Suisei no Gargantia, and the first episode surprised me with its energy, colour and overall feel that made me want to watch it again. The first half of the episode was well directed, although the space battles felt oddly lifeless, without the same sense of energy and life that battles in Macross frontier, Vandred and Mouretsu had. Not that it’s a bad opening first half, but more that it didn’t grab me in the same way that other series have, and while it looked very pretty, it felt slightly like a throwaway scene, one whose purpose was to set up Red’s back-story so that we understand his actions on a strange, and to him, dangerous new world. Read more of this post

Spring 2013 Anime Season Preview


So as the 2013 winter anime season draws to a close we begin to look forward to the spring season, one that has numerous interesting series, and a few that look to be potentially fascinating but I have yet to make up my mind on. I have to admit that I never really look into a new season until just before it begins, I also rarely watch the preview videos because I have yet to watch one that really demonstrated clearly what the series would be like. Instead I simply prefer to base my initial viewing off of the art, synopsis, and any other material that might be about such as manga adaptations, or original source etc. It is also very hard to really come up with a clear understanding or any real idea of what the season will be like purely based off of the series previews and ploy synopses. You can get a general idea of what a series may involve based on artwork and description, but from past seasons, and years there are always those hidden gems that at first look dull, boring and generally flat but turn into something that is truly wonderful. In a similar vein, there are series that start off well, but ultimately lose their way and become disappointments despite the talent and ability behind them. Read more of this post