Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet / Suisei no Gargantia
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans and Breanne Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Fish-Out-of-Water, Space Sometimes
First Aired: Spring 2013, 13 episodes
Summary: In the far reach of the galaxy in the distant future the Galactic Alliance of Humankind is in a constant fight for survival against the Hideauze, a tentacled alien race. Humankind is technologically advanced and extremely organized in this part of the galaxy, with a strict regimen for children to become soldiers as they grow up. This is due to the urgent need of soldiers to fight the opposition. During a battle against the Hideauze, 16-year-old soldier Ledo and his mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a wormhole of time and space.
Upon waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Ledo discovers he has arrived on a mysterious planet on the lost frontier of the galaxy. The planet was completely flooded by the sea and people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the sea’s depths in order to survive. Ledo arrives on the fleet Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. The planet of peace is completely unknown to Ledo, who has lived a life of nothing but fighting.
Gargantia is a unique fish-out-of-water story in that Ledo is a human that arrives at a planet but is completely clueless of the culture. The technology is a neat aspect of the series. As you may have thought, Ledo and the people of the planet he lands on do not speak the same language. The tech of Avalon, his home, allows a unique way of interpreting and translating language. The comparison of the two types of technology, as well as Ledo’s culture shock, keeps the series entertaining.
The planet and society created in Gargantia are interesting. The characters could have used some work though. While several characters are present throughout the series, few of them develop. While their appearances differ, most of the characters share similar personalities.
You might enjoy this if: You are not too familiar with the Mecha genre but are Mecha-curious. Also, this is perfect if you have ever wondered how Waterworld would be in anime form.
You might not like it if: Bright and vibrant animation annoys you.
Note to the Viewer: Gen Urobuchi was the writer for Gargantia. Urobuchi is known for his work on anime such as: Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica, Aldnoah.Zero, and Psycho-Pass.
AMV – Between Rage and Serenity by Cenit
(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers, but if you haven’t seen the anime you won’t know what’s being spoiled anyways)