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Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Episode #13 Anime Review

After several episodes of dramatic buildup, we’ve now come to the finale, revealing the one true enemy to be Chamber’s cousin of sorts, fellow mecha Striker. The stage is set for a big flying robot battle, complete with life-draining pilot merging, and of course lots of moral debating all the while. The supporting cast members do their job of supporting, proving that camaraderie will always prevail over rule by fear and power. Yep, we’ve got ourselves a full-on finale here. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/30/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-13-anime-review/

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Episode #12 Anime Review

We spent most of the last episode watching Kugel begin to successfully take over the Earth in a heartless fashion, setting his sights on Gargantia and ready to kill anyone who doesn’t comply or isn’t worth having around according to the Galactic Empire’s view on these matters. It also seemed pretty likely that the “Kugel” we saw putting all this into action may not have been quite what he appeared to the other characters, and not even the audience ever sees his face. This episode continues on this, showing us that he’s clearly the sole villain of the series, as well as eventually revealing the somewhat expected truth behind him. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/24/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-12-anime-review/

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Episode #11 Anime Review

In this episode, it doesn’t appear that anything terrible really happens. There’s certainly no death, and basically no fighting, other than the comical return fire from the new faces in town to put Pinion firmly in his place. However, things get about as bad as possible throughout the episode, all done in apparent peace, thanks to the overwhelming power of fear. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/17/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-11-anime-review/

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Episode #10 Anime Review

The big reveal is out of the way, and Ledo is completely broken. Where do we go from here? This episode doesn’t push forward all that much on the main issues, but sorting out a person’s mind that’s in such a terrible state is not something that should be rushed. The more they take things slow, the more it does seem like there’s going to have to be some rushing pretty soon (and we already got some of that in the way they revealed the twist, making the presentation slightly unrealistic), but we don’t see the consequences of it just yet. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/10/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-10-anime-review/

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Episode #09 Anime Review

This is a rather difficult episode to say anything about to anyone who hasn’t already seen it. I’d say similar things of certain other twists Gen Urobuchi has come out with before, but in short, it’s very much the kind of thing those familiar with said twists have come to know. And yet, like always, it still wasn’t something that seems very easy to see coming, at least beyond the suspicion that Urobuchi would probably have some twist. I think the fact that so much time was spent in such uncharacteristic tranquility was definitely a major factor in keeping something like this so far from our minds, and for that, I again applaud Urobuchi for managing to pull another fast one on us. Will he ever run of ways to do this? Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/03/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-09-anime-review/

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode #08 Anime Review

The last episode was clearly the one to steer this series in the new direction that it now can’t help but head in for presumably its remainder, and it was capped off with the sudden possibility of near-immediate death for the Gargantia Fleet Commander, Fairlock. It seemed a bit too contrived to happen at exactly that moment, but there’s no secret to what happened revealed in this episode; it seems it was simply due to the shock an old man faced with many of his people suddenly choosing to do something extremely dangerous and leave the fleet if his blessing wasn’t provided, which is plenty reasonable. At any rate, it was no red herring merely for the sake of a cliffhanger, and Gargantia suffers the losses of both its leader and, partly because of the decision of his successor, many of its people. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/28/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-08-anime-review/

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode #07 Anime Review

Halfway through the series, things are finally starting to clearly kick up a few notches from the increasingly more peaceful slices of life we had settled into as Ledo attempted to adjust to a wonderful new home, now seeing the arrival of what Ledo believes to be a Hideauze. Although the people of Earth all believe these creatures to be peaceful and even sacred, it turns out that Ledo and Chamber are absolutely correct, and after the destruction of one due to Bellows being unable to stop the determined and unwavering Ledo and the indestructible Chamber, the entire species seems bent on war against humanity, swarming up to approach the fleet in unbelievable numbers. Things don’t go fully to hell just yet, but it seems that Ledo’s attack may have been the trigger to awakening these creatures to the destructive instincts characterizing those he’s used to in space, and while the fleet on the whole remains very against the idea of provoking these creatures further, a couple of them are ready to use Ledo’s power to get past them in ways not previously possible, clearly just the extra trigger needed to recreate humanity’s space war on its peaceful original home, and the one person who can stop them seems to suddenly meet his end. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/20/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-07-anime-review/

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode #06 Anime Review

I’m finally done with being surprised by this series. This episode is called “Festival”, and while the festival doesn’t take up quite as much of the episode as I thought it might, it was still largely as expected. Ledo gets to experience another of Gargantia’s customs, this one of course a festival, while continuing to learn what it means to enjoy oneself (and be attracted to another) rather than simply doing what is necessary to survive and sustain the existence of the human race. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/13/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-06-anime-review/

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode #05 Anime Review

I guess it’s safe to say that every episode of Gargantia has seemed less like it was written by Gen Urobuchi than the last. The first started out with a mecha space battle but soon settled into being one of the most lighthearted episodes he’s ever written. The second was pretty calm and low-key, despite the protagonist being held at (relatively casual) gunpoint, until he did the only killing of other humans we’ve experienced so far. The third focused on a battle, but it was so silly that it ended up being more comical than anything else in the series by that point. The fourth had some internal conflict and flashes of trauma, but was basically a calm, peaceful look at how beautiful the world and characters of this series are. And yet I’m still blown away by how much this episode continues to follow that pattern, because I truly believed it could never end up like this. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/06/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-05-anime-review/

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Episode #04 Anime Review

Although this series is moving along smoothly and naturally, it’s keeping me guessing, and not in the way previous Urobuchi writings have. While I’ve grown used to what I think I should expect from him, this series is turning his own inventive subversions on their head, and thus we get this episode. There’s no action, nothing really happens, and it’s almost all happy or, at the very least, heartwarming, and incredibly human all the while. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/04/29/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-episode-04-anime-review/