Suisei no Gargantia – Episode 4

Dat Gargantia. Well, the last episode was quite interesting – I feel it was maybe the first episode that shifted the show from “this has a ton of potential” to actually revealing what kind of show it will be. And the kind of show it turned out to be was a bit less serious than I expected from Urobuchi, but still an excellent slice of entertainment with great pacing, wonderful characterization and dialogue, a beautiful visual aesthetic, and a light smattering of interesting ideas beneath the surface. I described it as “entertainment done right,” and I’m honestly looking forward to more of it – but this is Urobuchi we’re talking about. He could very well kill half the cast at any given moment and it wouldn’t really surprise me. Who knows what will happen.

So now that I’ve established I have no idea what I’m talking about or expect to happen, please enjoy the rest of my very insightful post.

Episode 4

0:45 – This vivid color scheme never fails to blow me away. Someone’s earned a raise.

I also like this system of a city based on an accumulation of distinct mini-societies and work crews with very little centralization. I guess I’m just a socialist like that

3:05 – Oh, that’s awesome. So it looks like our suspicions about Chamber’s propulsion system were right – he generates some kind of gravity hole in the direction he wants to go, and is dragged along behind it, along with anything else in the area.

8:30 – Not much to say. I love Ledo’s attempts to place this society’s customs in his own terms, but obviously that’s what everyone else is watching too. This show is just really good

9:57 – His necklace is the same color as her eyes and the sea. Meaning he’s another key in Ledo’s entrance into understanding this new world

12:35 – I don’t know why people think Urobuchi is a cynical writer. I find shows where characters maintain or discovery empathy and hope despite the presence of realistic pain and hardship far less cynical than shows which simply present untouched happy worlds that have no relationship to our own

16:20 – “What would you do in the absence of orders?” “I would stand by for further orders.” Heavy shades of Psycho-Pass and Madoka once again. Making independent choices, achieving your singular potential, breaking free of the cycles which govern our lives. I like how directly he’s addressing this here, though. I also like that he’s finally presenting a positive alternative to the problems of government and society, instead of Psycho-Pass’s 1984-esque exploration of the opposite direction

18:45 – “Given your current situation, worrying about the war effort is meaningless.” Man, when even Chamber is telling you to chill out, you know you’ve got a problem

20:30 – “My sister needs me… and I need myself.” After last episode, I didn’t expect this one to tackle Urobuchi’s philosophical obsessions so directly. Awesome

And Done

Wow. That ending was beautiful. This episode was beautiful. Definitely my favorite one yet. For once, Urobuchi isn’t raging against the way the world is – he’s creating a love letter to the way the world could be, to our better nature, to the potential for a society that rewards our human connections and the creativity of our spirit. I’m sure he’ll complicate these themes eventually, but…

Ugh. Goddamnit, Urobuchi. This one’s gonna get to me.