Anime Sunday: Suisei no Gargantia/Gargantia on the Verduous Planet

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This week I’m covering Suisei no Gargantia, one of the better 2013 series I watched.

Plot Synopsis:  In the distant future, mankind has taken to the stars and formed the Galactic Alliance of Humankind (人類銀河同盟 Jinrui Ginga Dōmei?). The Alliance is engaged in a perpetual war with a tentacled alien species known as the Hideauze (ヒディアーズ Hidiāzu?). 16-year-old Ensign Ledo is a soldier in the Galactic Alliance, piloting a Machine Caliber (マシンキャリバー Mashin Kyaribā?), an AI-automated, humanoid-shaped battle suit, which he refers to as ‘Chamber’. After a failed attempt by the Alliance forces to destroy an enemy super-weapon, Ledo is knocked into a wormhole and loses consciousness. When he awakens, he learns from Chamber that he has been in cryo-stasis for 6 months while his wounds were healing. Ledo learns that he and Chamber have been ‘found’ by a rag-tag band of ‘primitive’ human scavengers. Ledo quickly discovers that he is on board a massive fleet of ships on an ocean-covered planet. Chamber tells him that local star charts reveal the planet is Earth, the birthplace of humanity, a place that members of the Alliance were only familiar with from stories and believed was a myth.

Plot: The plot for this show is excellent and off the top of my head I remember being quite satisfied with the way it ended even with it only being a 1-cours series, 1-cours means it ran for ~3 months.

Characters: The characters are all actually believable and have excellent backgrounds that makes for a great plotline. I particularly like how Ledo has to use Chamber to communicate with the Earthlings he is found by.

Art: The artwork is amazing and was easily one of the better ones of 2013.

Music: The music is good as well, not amazing however.

Overall: If you like a good series about Humanity and the worth of one person’s life you’ll enjoy this series.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Mechas, Great Plots.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all of that?

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