Gargantia #04 — Space Ocarinas

April 28th, 2013


I blame Zelda for Japan’s obsession with those annoying things.


I’m just going to go on record and say that my interest in pretty much directly proportional to the number of pirates in an episode. Lesbian surfer pirates count for extra.

This episode had zero pirates.

What it had was faffing about and about 90% of it could have been a 30 second montage at the start. Most of the rest was rain, just hey, Japan’s allergy to having anything happen trumps all. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. What is so terrifying about the episodic structure, Japan? It doesn’t keep you from an overarching plot at all if that’s what you’re scared of. I’m struggling to think of what the point was for just about anything here. If it’s just "He’s starting to work with and get along with them," that was already obvious at the end of last episode, did not need 18 minutes expressly spelling that out, and I’m sure people could have picked it up incidentally even if you skipped it entirely. Maybe a "1 space fortnight later" tagline at the start if you were feeling saucy would have more than sufficed. Oh, and because apparently the space soldier thing wasn’t enough of a past, Red also has to have traditional protagonist amnesia where carved a space ocarina for his little brother slash surrogate slash probable clone and now feels compelled to keep carving them. He’s also confused by this strange waterlike substance coming out of his eyes. Because god help us if anybody acts like an actual human.


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15 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    Why the fuck nobody is dying yet? Is Urobuchi on drugs or something?

  • algorithm says:

    I can’t wait for the day you’ll write an anime plot.

    • Stormlock says:

      Oh I can see it now. It’ll be a one episode ‘series’, and consist of one long fight scene. The characters will kill each other in grim silence because dialogue is bad. There will be no explanation as to how or why, and nobody will feel anything except rage.

      • Aroduc says:

        Everything written by a critic needs to be about an innocent lost boy lost in the desolate ruins of a ruined society as a metaphor for the loss of innocence.

        It will, of course, be entirely shoved up its own ass.

      • ZakuAbumi says:

        Implying it wouldn’t be a light-hearted, well-animated, 12 episodes long action show about guinea pigs trying to save the world from McPanty.

  • Anonymous says:

    ^^^ I would watch this

  • CTT says:

    Ocarina’s are fabulous

  • Haba says:

    Oh god, why does this have to be so shitty?

    Looking forward to the changed soldierboy saving the human race with the power of love at the end of the series.

    Though at this rate I won’t see it.

  • The Phantom says:

    Hopefully the aliens will eventually arrive and kill them all, especially airhead girl, she is getting on my nerves rather fast.

    Can we have more actions and less melodrama?

  • ark noir says:

    Can I just say I’m currently sitting in the The British Library in London and I just watched this on my laptop, but like an idiot I let out a frustrated sigh and disturbed everyone in the friends area. Why you say…..because I just watched Ledo do the best part of 20 mins of nothing and I looked at Ledo, loli gilder and big red ginger and thought…. tamaki, Konomi and takabou get back to to heart 2.

  • linx_sr says:

    if you’ve played chrono cross then surely youve spotted the similarity, the floating city is same as guldove, the costume designs same as kid’s or any other citisen from guldove