Looking to the Future – Suisei no Gargantia Episode 13 END

Suisei no Gargantia 13 Amy Looking Into Distance

[Suisei no Gargantia Series]

For the last week, I’ve put off this post. I had no real good reason to. I only worked 3 days, and have spent the last four at home on holiday. I was simply unmotivated to write the closing piece to the lackluster series. But, it’s time to say my last piece, and put this show to rest. So, let’s get to it.

The opening fight between Styker and Led left me speechless at first. Not because it was spectacular, but because of the complete stupidity of their battle of ideals. In a scene ripped off from countless Gundam series, they swirl in combat, while arguing over whose right. It was like watching my 5 and 3-year-old girls argue over their Barbie dolls. It was a meaningless argument.

And Amy. What episode wouldn’t be complete without her. Her bravery only surpassed by her stupidity. Because flying headfirst into a fight between giant robots hell-bent on destroying each other, just so you can confess your feelings to a guy you barely know was obviously the right thing to do.  But at least the writers were consistent. Amy has been as intelligent as a sea cucumber this entire time, so they might as well continue down that path.

And Pinion. No matter how many death flags you raised, you manage to beat them all. I was convinced that you would die, and that your death would be the catalyst that would trigger the change in Ledo. But you manage, despite your best effort, to survive to annoy us all with your banter.

And in the end, they all live happily ever after. A typical ending, for a show full of cliché’s, meme’s, tropes, and whatever else you want to call it. While this show had promise in it’s beginnings, it failed to stick to what was interesting, and fall back in worn out and tired mecha storylines. Ledo’s growth from child soldier to happy citizen could have been interesting, and enjoyable. And while it was there, it took a back seat to a less important story. A beautiful anime, acting as a cover for shell of a story.

4 thoughts on “Looking to the Future – Suisei no Gargantia Episode 13 END

  1. megaroad1

    It’s a tad hard to believe that Urobuchi was involved in this project at all, isn’t it? A real shame, there was so much promise to it from the unusual colour palette to the beautiful character designs and settings.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      Involved, but only directly wrote the first and last episodes iirc. Visually, it was a beautiful show. Everything you mentioned made it a joy to watch. If the show had continued to dive into the elements it laid out in the first 4 episodes, it could have been pretty good. I feel like we had this same conversation about Eureka AO as well ;).

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  2. Artemis

    Still reeling over the fact that Pinion didn’t cark it. Maybe that’s Urobuchi’s version of crazy plot twist this time around?
    For all its faults – and I can certainly see that there are some – I actually really enjoyed this series. It probably wasn’t my favourite anime of the spring season (that distinction has to go to Hataraku Maou-sama) and I think the first half of the show was stronger than the second, but I wasn’t disappointed with the thing as a whole. There were distractions, sure, but I don’t think Ledo’s growth from child soldier to happy citizen took a backseat – at least, not from where I was sitting. And for me, that part of the narrative was where the series really shone.

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    1. JoeAnimated Post author

      I’ll admit, I’m pretty hard on this show. It does have it’s positives and negatives. It seemed like it labored to take steps in the right direction. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and if MAL is any indication, many others did as well.

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