First Impressions – Suisei no Gargantia

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Synopsis:

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Redo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Redo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Redo arrives on one of the fleets called 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. To Redo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him. (Source: ANN)

Comment:

Okay. I’m not really into mecha stuffs so I’m not as inclined with this show as the others. However, the first episode is really impressive. The quality of its visuals is marvellous and the character designs are beautiful and appealing. Red’s fitted outfit really has distinguishing features among the earthlings. The humanoid mobile looks awesome and plausible. The animation, especially during the fighting scenes, was very fluid and stunning. It’s such a feast to the eyes and I can’t ask for more regarding its visuals – the best so far this season.

Now regarding what happened in the first episode. Hmmmm. My head hurts during the first half of the show. As I’ve said, I’m not that good with robot fights then add those expositions that I find so hard to catch up. Not that it needs to be understood that much but I want to at least comprehend it easily. So what I did, I just watched the action disregarding the dialogues. You can easily understand it, I can tell you. The second half showed Red waking up in an unknown land and the story will start from there. There’re still a lot of “unknown” in this episode and we’ll get to know some of it, hopefully, next episode.

As for the characters, the first episode is not enough to be invested with them. The sound effects are good and Red’s VA suits the character so far.

All in all, a good episode.

Verdict:

If I’m looking for a visual treat, this one will do.  I’ll put it on hold for my future marathon-ing. Who knows? Maybe this show will change my taste.

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