As we’ve seen in the last few episodes, Ledo has been a fish out of water. With the limited skill set that he has, he’s had little to no success in finding a job. But just as he starts to give up, not only does he find one job, but get’s an offer for two more. So have things turned around for our melancholy hero?
Not by a long shot. Job number 1 is to take a Yunboro and go net some fish. With predictable results, he fails to control the less advanced mecha. And when Chamber goes to do it on his own, he turns the fish into mush. But, once Ledo and Chamber get their acts together, they managed to round up a net full. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Job number 2 is more Ledo’s style. With offers to be a salvager from both Pinon and Bellows, Ledo decides to join Bellows with her combined offer of educating him along the way. While things start fine, the arrival of a Whalesquid, along with it’s resemblance of being a Hideauze, undo all of the acclamation that Ledo has undergone to fit into Gargantia society.
These two episodes plod and stumble their way through the rise and fall of Ledo’s social development. As we see him make attempts to fit into Gargantia normalcy, it’s undone in a moment when his years of military training and education kick in on sight of a Whalesquid. One would think, that in the intervening months since Ledo’s arrival, that he would begin to show some semblance of consistent independent thought. But, his character appears incapable of overcoming the years of brainwash style education. And, as this show has consistently show, Ledo’s military mindset is in complete opposition to Gargantia culture. The writing even took great pains to show how much a horny teenager Ledo is as he stares at Amy and friends as they belly dance their way around the festival.
I find the writing in these last two melodramatic, and repetitive, as we find Ledo once again in conflict with Gargantia leadership. And as Episode 7 ends, we see that Ledo, along with Pinon’s salvage crew, may finally depart Gargantia for richer waters. For an Urobochi show, this all seems very dull and tame. I keep expecting things to get more serious; for the plot to begin to go deeper into what’s going on. But it seems like it keeps repeating the same things over and over. The characters seem so shallow. As we find our selves a third of the way through this, I’m beginning to have my doubts on whether this show will accomplish anything interesting.