|Alternate title : Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet |
Studio : Production I.G.
Length : 13 Episodes
Year : 2013
Genre : Action - Fantasy - Mecha - Science-Fiction
All his life, Led has only known to live as a soldier. In the midst of an intense intergalactic battle, Led and his humanoid robot (Chamber) are sucked into a different dimension. Led wakes up to an unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar people, speaking an unfamiliar language. He eventually learns that he has been thwarted onto Earth - the birthplace of humanity that he didn't know actually existed.
Earth is now completely submerged in water. People live through fleets of giant ships trying to collect artifacts in the seas. Led ends up befriending a girl named Amy who is a messenger on the ship Gargantia.
Added : 2013-03-10
Synopsis by : Himitsu
Last update : 2013-05-02
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Score : 7.5
Number of reviews : 2
Official #1 : Official Gargantia Website (Japanese)
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Posted by : GaileOxstain
Posted on : 2014-09-03
Anime is like a train. It takes us on wonderful journeys into fascinating and exciting new worlds allowing us to leave the real world behind us. Suisei no Gargantia is one such world I'm delighted that the train stopped by.
In the distant future, humanity has claimed space as its own under the flag of the Galactic Alliance. Humans now live 100% efficient, their lives entirely dedicated to the glory of mankind and the leadership of the Galactic Alliance. But humanity has not claimed complete dominion over the universe. Standing against them are the Hideauze, a squid-like alien race which has been at war with humanity for ages. Among the ranks of humanity is Ledo, an unemotional and disciplined ensign in the Galactic Alliance's military who knows only, and wants only, to kill the Hideauze. However, during a crucial battle against their enemy Ledo and his AI mecha end up accidentally getting thrown across space and time and crash land on a planet long thought to be lost to humanity...Earth!
To Ledo's surprise there are still humans living on Earth, albeit more primitive what with their use of wrenches instead of laser guns. Although he initially comes into conflict with his less sophisticated counterparts, he is eventually given sanctuary. In the process he learns that the nation that took him in is actually a fleet of ocean ships collectively known as Gargantia and that the Earth is now entirely flooded with water, prompting the existence of such fleets. The laid back and self-supporting community of Gargantia is foreign to Ledo given his strict upbringing, but until he can make contact with the Galactic Alliance, he must learn to coexist with "primitive" humanity.
While the whole setup sounds like something out of Outlander, the story of Suisei no Gargantia is one that is very grounded in reality and tells a captivating an enthralling tale about one man's realization of humanity by seeing it firsthand himself. The first half of the story is spent on Ledo trying to learn and adapt to Gargantia's style of living even though it stands in harsh contrast to what he is used to. Gargantia is freedom and heart, the Galactic Alliance is order and efficiency. Gargantia is cooperation and family, the Galactic Alliance is loyalty and blind patriotism. Words like family and co-existance are quite literally not words in Ledo's dictionary, so seeing kids run around and play or seeing the community take care of their sick and elderly rather than purging them since they have no use in humanity's elevation is quite the culture shock for Ledo.
He is stubborn in his ways and definitions of happiness and moral, but as he gradually immerses himself in the culture of Gargantia he begins to truly realize what it means to live, love, and go through life as more than just a soldier and tool for humanity's "advancement". However, these gradual changes are shattered when the ghosts from his former life reappear and Ledo falls back on his military training and mindset. But it's his growth from the first half that really helps shape his character as the story's conflict rolls in over the horizon.
What's more though, the themes of Suisei no Gargantia are actually rather accurate allegories to conflicts that arise from a difference in platitudes. When you get down to it, none of the opposing parties that form up through the second half of the story are truly evil given that they all in some form or way are looking out for the betterment of humanity, though many may interpret their methods as counterproductive if not outright wrong based on what others perceive as right.
The story ends on an optimistic high note, but I can't help but feel that the story could have been stretched out a little more, and even continued. All the same, the story was still engaging and keeps you hooked to the very last episode.
Several of the cast members of Suisei no Gargantia undergo a significant degree of character growth over the course of the series, but then again, the other half didn't really get a whole lot of development.
Ledo needless to say undergoes the greatest transformation from an unemotional conditioned soldier who acts more like a machine than a human being, to an actual human being that feels, loves, and lives. It is through Ledo's eyes that we see that humanity does not have to subjugate itself with conditioning or suppressing individuality just to achieve a common goal. By series end, Ledo is fighting for humanity, and not just an empty ideal.
Another one of the more interesting characters is Chamber, Ledo's artificially intelligent combat mecha. Though only a machine, he serves as Ledo's only companion when he first awakes on Gargantia and operates under the same cold and objective logic the Galactic Alliance has been drilling into Ledo since he was born. He serves as the physical embodiment and voice of the Alliance even as Ledo is cast away. Even so, he still seems to possess an individual personality that grows and learns alongside Ledo and serves as an important bridge between him and the people of Gargantia. In the process, he too slowly finds his own brand of individuality.
Up next is Amy, the heart and soul of everything that symbolizes Gargantia. Kind, cheery, energetic, and a heart that accepts everyone. If anyone is to take credit for Ledo's transition into a caring human being, it's her. Unlike other denizens of Gargantia, she shows no fear toward the alien Ledo and is the first to extend an olive branch in one hand, and a benevolent heart in the other. Truth be told, she doesn't have much else to her personality or character development than that. All the same, she is the embodiment of everything that Ledo is not, and functions as the catalyst that opens Ledo's human heart.
Then there's Pinion, a top grade mechanic on Gargantia with a pompous attitude and pompadour hairdo. More than once he suggests that the crew should just deep six Ledo and take his mecha, but he eventually develops a respect for him, even if it's only his power that he admires. Pinion becomes a key player in the events that shape the second half of the series and really show his arrogance in the process. Even so, he still manages to push his past and pride aside when push comes to shove for the people he loves.
There's also the salvage girl Bellows and the administrative Ridget, but sadly their characters don't get the same level of attention. Ridget's history and responsibilities had a lot of promise, but little of this was properly developed into the story.
A few choice words come to mind when you think of the design and world of Suisei no Gargantia:
BRILLIANT! AMAZING! BREATH-TAKING! PARADISE!
Very few times over all my years of anime have I wanted so desperately to jump into the screen and live on the eden known as Gargantia.
The idea of a ocean fleet city/country is not only incredibly original but beautifully rendered. The mix of old fashioned steam-punk inspired industry and Nausicaa inspired natural scenery and gliders are balanced in perfect harmony to such a degree that both nature-lovers and motor-heads would feel equally at home here. What's more, the productivity and happiness of the fleet islanders is incredibly uplifting. Nearly everybody has found a way to carve out a happy living even with the simple lifestyles afforded to them, and even the government is fair and organized. Best yet, Gargantia has EVERYTHING a person could ask for in a community. A port, a farm, an open market, and plenty of space to roam. Heck they even have a fully operational bar complete with exotic dancers! Screw heaven! I want to live on Gargantia when I die!
It's this perfect harmony of work, play, and happiness that makes the second half all the more difficult to watch. As conflict and separation occur, you can't help but think you're watching the Garden of Eden fall once again. You really learn not to take everything Gargantia has for granted by the time you see another fleet that looks like hell by comparison in spite of its religious undertones.
The music for Suisei no Gargantia doesn't offer too much, but both numbers capture the series heart in some form or way. The opening is a raspy but energetic tune that truly captures the sense of wild freedom Gargantia gives, while the ending is a a slower and more emotional tune that almost captures feelings of gratitude and satisfaction associated with living in such a modest paradise where the blue ocean never ends.
I honestly could recommend Suisei no Gargantia on its artistic and world building elements alone, but the series still give more than a pretty picture with an immersive plot, strong lead characters that undergo great character development, and a subtle commentary about individuality and the choices we make for the betterment of mankind and those that we love. Suisei no Gargantia may not be perfect in every regard, but it still holds up as one of the best series I have watched in recent years. So as long as you have a heart that yearns to be free, this series will not disappoint. And so I welcome you to our fleet. I welcome you to our home. I welcome you, to Gargantia.
That's why I'm giving Suisei no Gargantia 8 ships out of 10.
Give Fresh Water to one who catches the Fish
Posted by : Himitsu
Posted on : 2014-07-14
Suisei no Gargantia was enjoyable to watch. What I loved most was definitely the setting. While the anime takes place in the future, all the happenings aren't very futuristic. What we get is a person "from the future" (Led) ending up in another more "savage" world.
It was entertaining to see Led break down the dynamics of how we live our world. Led questioned the role of family and of a community. Because the only thing Led knows is to fight the Hideazu, he doesn't see the purpose of anything else. Thus, Led has a lot of learning to do. I think Bebel asked a pretty neat question too, "what do you do when all the Hideazu are gone?"
When these questions were raised, I found myself included as an audience.
So I liked Suisei no Gargantia for the most part, but I found that the plot was overly keen sometimes. Also, my favourite aspect was definitely the setting and environment of the anime, however, I don't have a good picture of the Gargantia ship. There wasn't a true aerial view of it.
I would have been happy to have an anime about Led's exploration of this new culture, new life, new world but instead they get into these battleship-like politics, cults, and "epic" battles. It seems that Suisei no Gargantia had difficulty whether to keep this as a Slice of Life type series or a more action-packed mecha one.
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