Suisei no Gargantia 13

Suisei no Gargantia

*groans*.. you know this is totally an Urobuchi finale when it has the bad guy proclaiming “I am God.”

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Haha, that burn again by Sugita-bro Chamber!

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Owned!

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*sniff*… awww Chamber. This brought a smile to my face.

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Ledo… T_T

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No Sugita-bro Chamber, what are you doing?!

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CHAAAAMMMMMMMBBBBBEEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Goddamnit, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! CHAMMMBBBBEERRRRR!!!!!!!

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No amount of manly tears will be enough for the bro-ness that was Sugita-bro Chamber

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)!

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Wonder if those reproductive rights got exercised yet… *ahem*

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R.I.P. Chamber, the best pilot development interface ;_;7

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Rackage confirmed for most badass human character of the show

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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!

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Final end card by 石恵 (oh dear)

27 Comments

  1. Benigmatica Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    “You’re gonna carry that weight, Chamber!”

  2. Critical Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Dat delicious end card. Oh dear indeed.

  3. Kryptik Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    “(Oh Dear”)

    Not an unknown artist to you, eh?

  4. Giovanni Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    Ishikei =w= You are a god amongst mortals.

    That said, great show. Urobutcher scores another one, though Madoka and F/Z still remain my favorites of his works.

  5. omo Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    I agree w/ the 2-cour show in 1-cour length comment. It could have had more adventures to get us closer to the protagonists, and not have the arc where Ledo &co left Gargantia feel like a huge bulk of the series.

    As for this episode, I’m actually disappointed. the tl;dr-ness of both Chamber’s AI-style of talking and the fact that this is Butch’s writing at possibly its clumsiest diluted the “FUCK YAER” moment with Chamber. Well, it works to some extent still I guess.

  6. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    A nice show in the end but a lot of potential wasted. The setting and background was good but didn’t get expanded on. Chamber would have named the show “The further emotional and mental development of Second Lieutenant Ledo who is stranded on a-not-so-unknown-planet”. This is probably what the producers aimed for rather than fleshing out the rest of the Gargantia universe.
    *** or ***1/2 out of **** depending on whether show was supposed to be more or just about Ledo.

    Fate/Zero gets the full ****. Only because the Nasuverse is a very interesting place with a detailed functional magic system. And because the Catholic Church is BADASS. Harry Potter & friends plus Tom Marvolo Riddle & friends do not stand a chance with their piddly magic.

    And the real conversation Ledo and Chamber had at the end when he was asked whether he wanted to live:
    Ledo: “I want to sexx0r Amy and exercise my reproductive rights before I die!”
    Chamber: “Your current mental state makes you unfit to be a soldier”
    *eject cockpit*
    Chamber: “Go and sexx0r your female companion!”

    :P

  7. Giorno Giovanna Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    If you’re writing this show down for being predictable, what about Valvrave? Does that get bonus points as a result?

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 1, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    Haha, Valvrave.

    Sunrise’s craziness is on a whole different level.

  9. Athos Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    Gotta hand it to Urobuchi for predicting exactly who I would get the most attached with throughout the show.

    There are a lot of ways they could’ve ended this, but dedicating an entire episode to Chamber being a bro worked wonders to make me forget about any small issues the show might have had. Best Ending of the season, in my opinion.

  10. kiryuu Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 1:18 am

    Bit of delicious irony that Chamber has Whale squid larva (for lack of better term) all over him at the end there.

  11. ScaleW Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    Chamber Lives! (Body wise anyway)
    But whatever he is still an awsome AI.

  12. S_1 Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    *sigh*

    I’ll have a look then…

  13. Dakkar Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    It was an enjoyable episode on its own, but as far as the series build-up goes, it felt like Urobutcher’s cop-out. I guess that guy really can’t write a consistent story with a (relatively) happy ending.
    It’s the first we’ve learned that AI’s can malfunction, and in various ways to boot. Criteria aren’t defined, limits aren’t defined, so we have a legitimate explanation for any kind of action Striker or Chamber could have taken. Well, considering where everything was going if we assume they were functioning up to specs, no wonder Urobutcher hit the eject button.

    This show has left many unresolved matters and contradictions, but for a one-cour healing anime it was fairly good, I guess. I was hoping for a true ending, but the good one is alright too, largely thanks to the execution of the MC going out in a blaze of glory.

  14. Kris Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 3:20 am

    Seems that Gen-san has finally come into the light and found it’s not as bad as he thought.

  15. ReddyRedWolf Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Stand and be judged!

    Been reading the Bolo books lately. From the pilot machine interface to the self sacrifice to the vague ending with Chamber’s remains I can’t help but think Chamber as a Bolo.

    Chamber’s sacrifice is right up there with Bolos, Tachikomas and the Iron Giant.
    With his remains fairly intact I can imagine several centuries later he can be recovered as Bevel is laying the foundation for archeology in their world.

  16. sadakups Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    A moment of silence for a great mecha BRO. Manly tears were shed.

  17. Anon Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    http://puu.sh/3t8ui.gif

    Well, at least we have Amy…

  18. Anon Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    NSFW btw…

  19. Skribulous Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    R.I.P. Cham-Bro.

    Also,DAT AHEGAO end card.

    Well played, Urobochi. Well, played.

  20. kyon22 Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    sacrifice itself for the benefits of its owner – good AI chamber

  21. Benigmatica Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Um, what about the Urobuchi Bingo?

  22. Dakkar Said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    @Benigmatica
    It malfunctioned.

  23. manga Said,

    July 3, 2013 @ 5:04 am

    For a Urobochi storyline it feels as if it´s to happy. Comparing this with Madoka is like night and day in the amount of happiness received.

    It did turn out predictable considering how the show has gone on.

    But all in all, a much welcome end to this show.

  24. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    July 3, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    As an interesting aside: In the future, humanity still recongises Pluto as a proper Planet. As Chamber would say, “Consume excrement IAU.”

    Kero-chan is now a moon of the Planet Pluto too. ^_^

  25. pedobearmatt Said,

    July 4, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    There would be a second season…….Chamber will be piloted by the child of the two main characters.

  26. Yozora Said,

    July 12, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    You dont think firing thise rocket missiles no one knew they had wasnt deus ex machina? Also pocahauntus was utterly useless the entire series.

  27. Jason Said,

    August 7, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    Are they really making a second season?

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