Suisei no Gargantia 03

Suisei no Gargantia

Food diplomacy best diplomacy.

Well, this basically turned out to be a “let’s talk about the morality of killing people over some grilled chicken, then we go kick some pirate lady’s butt” episode. Yet, Gargantia’s really going strong for now, and I actually liked the talk Amy and Bellows had with Ledo since it also gave us insights to the customs of the world.

The second half basically continues the one-sidedness of Chamber and Ledo, as they single-handedly took out the pirate fleet AND the pirate lady captain’s hillarious lobster mech using only melee attacks. I appreciated the attempt by the show to try and make it seem like it was really close and all, but seriously, it’s quite impossible to lose when you have such massive technological advantage….

(Also, the slave girls turning out to be pirate lady captain’s sidekicks in battle really had me laughing)

And I’m very appreciative of how the show tackles the language barrier problem by actually making it a plot important. Ledo’s “thank you” at the end of the episode really resonated with me, by showing him slowly attempting to fit in to this strange world he’s inadvertently found himself in.

Suisei no Gargantia

Let’s just hope they keep this language thing consistent, and not just dispense of this after a while and make everyone magically already understand each other. And of course, I still want to hear more of Sugita’s robotic deadpan :)

Suisei no Gargantia

End card by 霜月えいと

Sorry pirate lady, you might have that kinda-cool lobster mecha but it’s no match for a Buster Machine!


  1. phatmlrd Said,

    April 22, 2013 @ 11:27 pm


  2. GiGio Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    So you can wipe this entire fleet out if you desired? “Affirmative.”
    Then why help us? “It was either befriend you or befriend the pirates. This was the logical choice.”
    Sugita deadpan indeed.
    If you asked me, they should have taken those slave girls as spoils of war.
    I’m still not convinced that this is a healing anime meant to teach people how to get along, and that the true purpose of weapons is to discourage aggression.
    Urobuchi is definitely going to let Amy/Bellows/Chamber become suffering.

    Side note: SHE WANTS THE D

    Based Gargantia art:
    Smiles = Death Flags

  3. faehkerlohl Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    So what we learned: Killing people is wrong, even the pirates, because the sparse amount of inhabitants in earth will further diminish and w/e more morally reasons there are.

    * Second half of Episode 2: Pirates attacking and killing Bellow’s crew.
    * Second half of Episode 3: Pirates attacking and killing Gargantias crew.
    * Also second half of E03: Assault ships attacking the pirates, effectively killing off people again.

    Conclusion: It’s okay if the pirates kill us because they do not go with above meantioned credo, we’re not gonna do anything.
    But if YOU with the uber technologized Mecha go into the brawl and kill people, we’re gonna tell you off!

    Are they tryin to mimic some Jesus thing or is it just me thinking this is just wrong? Did I misinterpret something or why does Ledo getting told off for vaporizing the pirates but the others who actually kill pirates/non-pirates don’t?

  4. Ngai Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    @ faehkerlohl
    I believe they tried to make them some sort of warning shots to scare away the pirates. Their intention certainly wasn’t to obliterate, but I’m sure they were prepared for casualties.

    As for Ledo. I dunno, what would we do 80 years ago when (me in England) finds Ledo and my young daughter say “help us!” at which point he proceeds to wipe Germany off the map before we can even get round to specifying what “help” was meant to be. I guess WWII wouldn’t happen but that would hardly be the issue.

  5. aDubiousNotion Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    I think the difference is in how Bellows is viewing Ledo. The pirates are bad guys. Killing is wrong, but bad guys do bad things. She doesn’t see Ledo as a bad guy, so she explains to him why he shouldn’t do bad things.

    Essentially the pirates solve all their problems through violence. She thinks Ledo is a good guy and should be above that.

    A lot of times morality speeches annoy me, but this one didn’t because Bellows acknowledged that they cannot perfectly hold to their ideal. They don’t want to kill, but if push comes to shove they would kill the pirates before letting the pirates kill them. Her point is that killing should be a last resort, not the first method tried.

  6. deBurg Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    hear hear what aDubiousNotion said, since Bellows is appreciative and brought Ledo food in thanks.

    If you listened to the comments from the fleet council it’s more a matter of the pirates outnumber Gargantia (later we see 2:1 in the local AREA) and active pirate hunting will only escalate the situation. Driving Pirates off is one thing, slaughtering them is another. It’s a tribal culture here, and probly the pirates will band to make an EXAMPLE of Gargantia.

  7. Andrew Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I wouldn’t be TOO surprised if Gen really does want to go lighter and softer this time, but I’m not gonna let my guard down. Given anime physics, the pirate queen probably survived. And then there’s the human-snail war; they’re probably gonna come back to that sooner or later.

    There probably won’t be Madoka- or Fate-grade suffering here, but there probably will be some later on. But for now let the guy settle down and get used to his new surroundings.

  8. Himajin Breaker Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    @ phatmlrd: Glad I wasn’t the only one who had a good laugh when I heard her name and looked at her immediately afterwards.

  9. lola Said,

    April 23, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    i love this anime i been trying to look for and i could never find it till i can here thank you lot you have saved my life>_<

  10. Saa Said,

    April 24, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I thought it was a bit weird that they needed to defend against the pirates with their own fleet when they had a super powerful mecha that could have easily disabled the enemy single handedly. The the gargantians wouldn’t have taken any losses (if they did). Maybe they didn’t know chamber’s capabilities but that reason seems a bit weak. Thoughts?

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 24, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    I don’t know what you were watching, but I supposed you missed the entire “we don’t want to take lives meaninglessly” speech at the first half of the show.

    In any case, you have to remember they are still treading carefully on the subject of Chamber and Ledo, they are literally dealing with someone who fell from the skies and possess mass destruction capabilities.

    Besides, they need to show their pride as self-sustaining fleet I guess!

  12. Saa Said,

    April 24, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    By disabled I meant are out the guns and stuff without killing people. But yeah they would want to be careful Chamber and Ledo.

  13. Avisch Said,

    April 25, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    “Edo no baka!” at the beginning was my favorite part, it conveyed how much Amy cares for Leto.

    Kurogane: I just had a two hour discussion about the episode. I didn’t see the storm on /a/ when it happened, but it seems it’s dividing people pretty hard.

    The gist I get is that some people don’t think it’s possible for a “no-kill” culture like Gargantia to form in an environment with pirates, and to those people this makes for bad writing in how Gargantia deals with Leto.

    But I agree with you.
    Suspension of disbelief or not (on the cultural aspect), the episode made sense to me.

  14. Zeroch Said,

    April 25, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Yeah i did like this episode, without haxing the crap out of Chamber and doing an actual figth that wasn’t “Kick all the butts ask no questions”.
    Captain sidekicks, truly ドM Lol.

    Ah, and yeah, you should tryout Yuyushiki, for all the lolz, the HNNGH’s… and Yui, pretty much owning comedy wise this season for me (haven’t seen Muromi-san yet).

    Hope your anime charge for this season isn´t to high.


  15. The Moondoggie Said,

    April 27, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    Lobster lady got nice rack and nice mech, LOL.


    April 28, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Best MC OFTHEYEAR. A logical, suiting MC for his role as a space soldier, non of this blushing ooh lala Amy lets do the deed crap. Urobushi does not dissapoint yet again. Doesn’t need any fanservice to bring in the fans cause he tells story like a good author.

  17. susu Said,

    April 30, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Tell you what, I watch a lot of ecchi and/or romance anime, but for a reason.
    Very very few anime have good enough stories, mech models, or animation to amaze me.
    A simple love story could entertain me, but for something non-romantic or has no fan service, it has to have really good plot.
    And this, is one of those few. I enjoyed every single bit of the episode.

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