Gargantia #09 — Soylent Squid

June 2nd, 2013


They’re made of peeeeeoooopppplllleeeee!


Well, this episode sure gave Valvrave a run for its money in the jerky and inane developments department. Which means I can be lazy and sarcastically summarize. Sooo. We begin with now the whalesquid are apparently absolutely evil and everybody is happy to hunt them and wage all out war on them. Not only that, but we have a flashback to them explicitly hunting down and killing ANIKIIIIIIIIIIIII. So Red goes around slaughtering them for… well… basically 14 straight minutes, which I’d be more enthusiastic about if it was better animated. At this point, he gets sucked into a news cast explaining world history and that the aliens/whalesquid are actually modified humans, whereupon Chamber pops the first non-hostile/still semi-human one for giggles. Which makes Amy’s psychic senses tingling and she cries for lost humanity while Red screams in anguish.

So yeah. It’s at least an episode with talking points, I guess, which is more than I can say for a lot of them. How most of the faffing about episodes were leading to this, or why Red is so horrified by killing meta-humans that are trying to kill him after needing it explained to him that slaughtering a ship full of pirates is a bad thing are questions I’m sure the writers would rather nobody asked, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks. It’s butkus as far as anything involving characterization goes, but hey. It’s something new for characters to anguish over. They almost made it a whole episode without doing that. I think I honestly miss the robster jetski lesbian surf harem and/or belly dancing.

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12 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Rakshasa says:

    He killed those pirates as a part of his deal with Amy, and if you looked at his eyes when he made the deal it wasn’t something he considered as the same as taking out the trash.

    Ledo comes from a society where unproductive members are removed, and that is how he viewed the pirates at the time. The whole point of the last few episodes is his transformation into a person who appreciates sentient life as intrinsically valuable.

    Humans are no longer equivalent to the chicken he was offered to eat by Bellows, both are in his view now something more.

    Character development, you can’t ignore it if you want to understand the story and characters.

  • Anon says:

    Gargantia is about to lose its Magic

    Left over of a Space War. I was so near…

  • Anon says:

    Well, how knows how much Human they now poses. But their Original Creation was for Humans use… But without human DNS to Symbiont, what will we her get? But then, they can live a lot longer then normal humans…

  • Ronin8317 says:

    The bigger question should be : how do they taste!!

  • algorithm says:

    “I’d be more enthusiastic about if it was better animated”


  • The Phantom says:

    He is now screaming, after killing a bunch of brutal and aggressive giant squids? How did he kill the pirates so coldly then? it makes NO SENSE, what are the writers thinking? could this be any more incoherent?

  • Benigmatica says:

    All I can say this… “What a revelation you got there on the episode, Urobuchi!”

  • jingoi says:

    New episode of Venture Bros has a “soylent green” thing happening as well.

  • Baphomet says:


    Only this time without all the silence.

  • Catz says:

    I am GOD!