Ledo begins to question what use he can be in a civilization completely parallel to his own.
RECAP: Things have calmed down on Gargantia, allowing Ledo some time to settle in. While he lets the dock workers make use of Chamber, Amy takes Ledo to meet Dr. Oldham and Bebel to obtain information. As he explores Gargantia, he observes the inefficiency of the living system the people have. In turn, that brings him to question his own personal purpose for living.
This episode takes the time to really focus on what exactly Ledo has available to him for options. We already know he’s as good as stuck on Earth for a good long while. After talking with Dr. Oldham, he realizes that he is very limited, if not the odds are impossible, on ways to return home. One of the first things you got to do when you believe you’re stranded is to gather information on the area. With his militaristic thought-process, he’s just following what he was trained to do.
After speaking with both Dr. Oldham and Bebel, Ledo’s inquiries in regards to the overall effectiveness of the fleet cause him to waver in where to find his place. He is used to always standing by and awaiting orders, but in a society that doesn’t work on the same social system, what else does he have?
Gargantia’s social system relies on humanitarian efficiency, like working together and caring for others. Having the sense of important persons in one’s life is a part of that. Predictably, Ledo has one such person in the deepest reaches of his memories. For Ledo, based on the flashback, it seems that person is his mother figure. While I’m glad that we’re starting to gain some perspective and background on Ledo, I am certainly disappointed with how less exciting the series seems compared to its initial episodes. A part of me is expecting some really good story, considering Urobuchi Gen is the writer. Maybe I am expecting too much and should just take it as is. I hope the next episode picks up some more.
Ledo unknowingly starting that harem!