Suisei no Gargantia 06

Suisei no Gargantia

This episode was certainly uh… distracting.

Yes, very… distracting.

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Amazing dancing animation though…

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Amy is the best.

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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….

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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…

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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….

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End card this week by 津路参汰

25 Comments

  1. yunamon Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    This so screams Sousuke http://kurogane.animeblogger.net/image/spring2013/gargantia_06_07.jpg

  2. Guthrie Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Kinda weirded out by the random dancing scene – so Amy and her teenage pals like to belly dance and get leered at by a bunch of drunk dudes every now and again. Always thought Amy was (my opinion) sort of empty as a character but this seems a bit sinister! I’m probably overestimating how much thought went into that, though.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    They don’t do this on a regular basis. It’s a festival, at least the in-series explanation is.

  4. Algester Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    and we all know love grows on the battlefield

  5. Rei Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Dat 5.7MB gif…

  6. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Wait… isn’t this the Urobochi show? We didn’t get Saber fanservice in Fate/Zero! Or even Irisviel fanservice!

  7. Dude Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    I’m getting a bad feeling about this…

  8. Jeroz Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    Plenty of growth from Ledo in this episode

    pun intended.

  9. Benigmatica Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    @Dude

    It might be a shocker that the Earth he is residing is the birthplace of the Hideauze!

  10. omo Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    Her milkshake brings all the squids to the yard
    And they’re like, it’s better than Morg’s

  11. Athos Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    @Di Gi Kazune

    I think you should take a look at the Fate/Zero specials…

  12. Dude Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    @Benigmatica

    No. That “dance of appreciation” just raised death flag alarms!

  13. Himajin Breaker Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    That final scene in the private dance, where she ends it on a rather seductive pose and looks at Ledo and smiles a bit… Every part of my body that could go KYUN did so right there.

  14. Zeroch Said,

    May 13, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    Did the production staff tied up Urobochi an trowed him into the janitor’c closet or why is more fanservice than butchering in Gargantia?
    Excluding the poor fishes and pirates lol

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 12:28 am

    Urobuchi is basically in charge of series composition, but not the individual episodes, which seems to have been given to different writers each week. He’s only writing the first and last episode of the series.

    So he’s basically planning the plot points and letting others fill up the blanks, I guess?

  16. remm Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    I’m pretty sure that the great reveal is going to be that the Hideauze were created directly or indirectly by humans

  17. joko Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    My four main senarios:

    1) Hideauze are created by earth species that fused with the nano-things and by taking solar energy they led to the global ice age thus forcing humans to migrate from their own planet.

    2) Hideauze are Gallactic Alliance’s creation and they have people fighting them because they got out of control but alliance kept hiding their true identity.

    3)Under the influence of lifetime propaganda people of avalon fight the Hideauze thinking them as the attackers when instead, alliance’s real goal is to take advantage of hideauzes planet’s rare resourses by force or even the planet itself if it is habitable.

    4) (the super crazy science fiction scenario) where the series producers are mind…ng us by concluding to something like that marine life created life on earth (as modern paleodology-biology evoutionary theories claim that water-life was the first -giant squids thought really ancient etc) even leading to the existance of human beeings, but marine life(well a bit alienly buffed up though) will also end it. the main hero gets into earth through the wormhole but also travelling back in time (!) making the hideauze with chambers energy beams and all reacting to the earth marine life which will finally lead to the creation of the monsters and earth evacuation of humans ( which explains why the avalon people have “just myths” about earth although their knowledge and technological advance couldnt locate it- because earth existed no more at their time-same reason earth time chamber cannot locate the alliance) and thus creating a timeseries and logical paradox. or something like that… or even that the grey haired race (ledo’s race) through such an accident created humanity long ago, and by their own fault they also will cease humanity’s existance. (thats even crazier)…

    “or 5th bonus will lead to some hippy lovey-dubby theory about peaceful coexistance with a hippy flower boy ledo completely changed from the macho cold-ass warrior type, trying to hug a hideauze, which instead devours him with a single bite”…nah just trolling with that last one…

  18. Shu Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    We’re getting a big hint here for the bigger picture.
    Those strange lightning-nanomachine-warpgate thingies are definitely a big piece in the puzzle. That Hideauze probably didnt come purely by accident; either it’s by the lightning phenomenon or by reaction to Chamber’s “elements”.
    And when I say “elements”, I have a feeling the Mech probably contains things from the Hideauze-as its energy source.
    I’m sure everybody’s been wondering what kind of fuel the mech runs on that keeps it functioning for so long.
    Btw, time traveling is still possible here.

    I’m almost 100% sure these nano-current will lead the story to a more serious plot pretty soon.
    If this anime is a 12-eps one, then we’re getting into that zone.

    I enjoy the peaceful times Red’s having here.
    Quite afraid bad stuff are going to happen and seeing people dying on you.

    The serious stuff arent bad, but I dont really want any death, at least not in this anime.

  19. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    @Athos

    Seen the Einzbern Consultation specials. Including them in the main storyline is stretching it. :P

    Although it would be nice if Lancer did really come over for tea.

  20. Organics Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    At least they made the dancing fanservice justified in-universe. And yes, the private dance was squee-inducing.

    Honestly, the only service that annoyed me was the camera ogling Amy’s butt when she showed up at the start. Hey, Gargantia, real-talk for a second? Okay. Listen. I like Amy’s ass too. Seriously. Big fan. But here’s the thing: I don’t need you to keep showing it to me all of the time. I’m okay looking at the face, you know; the part with the eyes, and the talky-hole. Do you doubt my grasp on the concept of object permanence? Do you think I’m going to panic if Amy shows up, but I can’t see her rump, and start going “OH NO, WHERE IS HER ASS? DID SHE DROP IT SOMEWHERE??” Because it’s cool, I’ll take your word that it’s still there even if I can’t see it.

  21. Perdan Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    All i could think of was.. how old is Amy supposed to be?

  22. Andrew Said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    @Perdan: She’s 15, according to the site. Ledo is 16. Are they both in a Logan’s Run society or something? Even Ridget is only 22!

    Anyway, the private dance was sexy and yet very sweet as well. Heh, someone noted Ledo blushed for the first time, and Amy’s perma-blush got a bit larger when he asked her to dance.

    And as for the end…well, the relaxing scenes in the first half were nice, but we all know who’s supervising this project and writing the ending, so fasten your seatbelts. This mama be goin’ from 35 to 80 (MPH) in three seconds.

  23. ZeroUm Said,

    May 15, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    “why does it fit the “signatures” of the Hideauze?”

    Squids are 99% Hideauze just like Chimpanzees are 96% Human.

  24. Terashi88 Said,

    May 16, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    still waiting for one of these cute girls to get savagely murdered. It’s a gen urobuchi show after all.

  25. HeyWay Said,

    May 17, 2013 @ 3:43 am

    @Terashi

    If pirate queen racksha ever show up again, then her and her slaves are candidates for dying by tentacle rape from giant space squids.

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