*groans*.. you know this is totally an Urobuchi finale when it has the bad guy proclaiming “I am God.”
Haha, that burn again by
*sniff*… awww Chamber. This brought a smile to my face.
Sugita-bro Chamber, what are you doing?!
Goddamnit, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! CHAMMMBBBBEERRRRR!!!!!!!
No amount of manly tears will be enough for the bro-ness that was
Ahhh… I already expected this from Gargantia, but the execution definitely went over my expectations. Yes, this episode was pretty goddamn talky and that’s something that will probably be an Urobuchi trademark, but in this case, Chamber’s rejection of Striker and his self-sacrifice for Ledo’s life really won the episode. And that’s not even adding the Sugita-bro factor, but I’ll admit that only Sugita-bro delivering those lines had me reaching for the tissues. I guess we got the best ending for Gargantia after all. And hey, isn’t this the first time an Urobuchi MC actually had a happy ending (unless you consider Chamber as the main character)!
Wonder if those reproductive rights got exercised yet… *ahem*
R.I.P. Chamber, the best pilot development interface ;_;7
Rackage confirmed for most badass human character of the show
So Pinion harem OVA when?
Suisei no Gargantia has been the most consistently strong show of the season, even if the second half had all the trappings of Urobuchi’s most loved plot devices. Now that isn’t so bad by itself… just only if it wasn’t telegraphed so obviously at times that one already knew what was going to happen roughly 5 minutes beforehand. On the bright side, thanks to the decision by Urobuchi to only be fully in charge of the first and last episodes, we had some pretty diverse writing for the show throughout.
The first half of Gargantia is definitely its strongest half, with the major focus on Ledo’s character development culminating in the amazing sixth episode, which I felt was one of the best single episodes of an anime I’ve watched. By the end of that half, Ledo was a character I actually liked and cared about.
Things don’t remain so idyllic long as this is an Urobuchi show after all and the second half shifted gears back to Suffering™. It’s not entirely terrible per se… but the uneven production quality at times and the lack of any decent tension kinda screwed it up for me until Kugel’s reappearance…. which turned into a socio-political commentary. Thankfully the last two episodes salvaged things a bit, and we even got ourselves a bona fide happy ending for Ledo and co!
The biggest issue that Gargantia probably has is how it feels like it’s a 2-cour show stuck in 1-cour. In fact, I actually had thought the show was going to be 2-cours before I found out otherwise! It really felt there was quite a lot more to explore in Gargantia, both on Earth and with the space setting, but on the other hand, the tight focus on Ledo’s journey also worked out quite well in my opinion. There will be additional OVA’s that will focus on some of the other characters in the show, so I’m looking forward to see those when they are out.
In the end, Gargantia, while carrying the Urobuchi label, doesn’t exactly escape from those trappings, but execution matters a lot in this case and the first half of Gargantia remains quite the strongest of the shows airing in Spring 2013. Well, as long as you’re ready and it’s your cup of tea, Gargantia will definitely be worth the time. Not going to wish for a second season however, as I felt the story has already ended on a good note here. Kudos to Urobuchi for finally breaking your curse on your main characters!