This episode was certainly uh… distracting.
Yes, very… distracting.
Amazing dancing animation though…
Amy is the best.
Wow…. the first half of this episode was really not what I had in mind when the official site said that there would be dancing this week. Heck, this week’s episode easily trumped last week’s bikini-fest quite easily, in terms of sheer fanservice. Even if it’s very noticeable that the dancing scenes were quite incomplete at parts, something hopefully fixed in the blu-rays, the completed ones definitely knocked my socks off, as the GIFs above show.
Of course, it wasn’t just over yet with that….
Yes, Ledo getting a personal performance from Amy was truly the highlight of the episode. Time to exercise those reproductive rights, Ledo!
I loved how the episode created a contrast from the “public” performance by the girls, where Ledo was also being solicited by Bellows and Pinion at the same time, which results in the focus switching in-between the stage and the table. Done from Ledo’s POV, it does a great job conveying a sense of distraction to the viewers. There’s also bit of genius here too, as it reminds the viewers that while the show may employ fanservice, it’s not the main focus of it.
After that, in the second half, we have the “private” moment between Ledo and Amy, which gives full focus on Amy’s dance this time while Ledo watches on. Coupled with the music at this part, I really got the impression we are being treated to a tender moment between our hero and heroine. You know how we say “love blossoms”? Definitely saw images of flowers blooming here…
Furthermore, what both these scenes tie-in to is the growth of Ledo as a character, from the “blank” soldier state he starts off with, to developing his own world-views after the interactions between him and the people of Gargantia. In fact, this whole episode focused on Ledo changing his thinking from what he “should be doing” to what he “wants to do”, not just as some outsider or a soldier, but as part of the community of Gargantia. Let me take a moment here to add that I felt this was amazing direction and story telling.
This is all very timely as well, given that the series has reached the half-way mark. With this episode, there’s a shift to more serious matters, as the end of this episode shows…
Sounds very abrupt, but I’m betting that the “Hideauze” that appears is probably the “whale-squid” hinted upon earlier in the episode. That raises the question though… why does it fit the “signatures” of the Hideauze? Looks like we might be in for a rude awakening next week….