After much debate of what I felt like reviewing and catching up on the new season backlog, I decided to add some big robots into the picture. Here’s the first impression of Suisei no Gargantia.
RECAP: In the very distant future mankind lives in space as the Galactic Alliance f Humankind, fighting an alien menace called “Hideauze.” Ledo is a pilot that has been caught into a wormhole after a failed assault on a Hideauze super-weapon. Through this wormhole, he is transported to another part of the galaxy, out of reach from his Alliance home. After 6 months of cryo-sleep, he finds himself to be on Earth, centuries after man left it to live in space. The big surprise to him now is that people still live on this planet.
With a very interesting start/half to the episode, we get a full-scale space battle that ends in failure. What really interests me is the way the Alliance technology works. All we see are a bunch of fancy lights and lasers everywhere, but no technological science to back it up. We’re just expected to understand that they just are what they are. While this will probably be later explained in the series, I wish there was a bit more time to learn how much more advance the tech has progressed. Anyways, JUST when Ledo finally reaches enough service time to warrant retiring, he gets sucked into the wormhole during retreat. Sucks, doesn’t it? Well, he’s in for one hell of a vacation.
When Ledo awakes from his 6-month slumber, a bunch of people are trying to break into his mech. Not that they can do so anyways. The Machine Caliber is years beyond the technology the ship-dwellers have. While his reconnaissance methods may seem to be reckless, there really is no choice in how his presence is received.
I love sci-fi stories that bring tomorrow and today together. In this instance, Ledo, a man pretty much from the “future” is now brought “down to Earth” where he must figure out a way to return home… if he can ever return home. A simple and cliché plot setup, but the adventure itself is what makes the story interesting. And considering this is an anime written by Urobuchi Gen (Psycho-Pass, Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), I’m sure we’re in for one hell of a ride.
Amy must be really light if a skinny guy like Ledo can carry her and run like that.
Continue to watch? – Yes.
Continue to Review? – Yes.