Now that Ledo has killed a “sacred” Whalesquid, all of Gargantia is wary of the danger he presents to the fleet.
RECAP: In Bellows’ and Ledo’s salvaging expedition, they encounter a “Whalesquid,” which also triggered Chamber’s Hideauze bio-reading scanner. Ledo quickly takes action to annihilate it, however, Earthlings have a different way of how they “deal” with the Hideauze. After returning to Gargantia, Ledo is scrutinized for “attacking a Whalesquid for no reason.” While the fleet lives in fear of their awesome power, Ledo reverts to his old self, aiming to protect the people of the fleet by destroying every last Hideauze on Earth.
Great, some action is starting to pick up! Although, most of it lies in a conflict of culture at this point. What is really irking me with how Ridget and the rest of our Gargantia cast is that they expect Ledo to understand and conform to their way of life, but they make little to no effort trying to understand him. They said in this episode that he “attacked for no reason.” Nobody becomes aggressive for no reason. Even after Ridget questions his motives, she seemingly doesn’t try to understand them. Things may be different on Earth, in regards to how humans handle the Hideauze, but Ledo is ultimately right: sooner or later the Hideauze will see the Earthlings as a threat, just as they did in space.
Pinion selfishly wants to exact revenge on the Whalesquids for what may be hinted as a salvaging accident that resulted in the death of his brother. Bellows also points out that he is aiming too high above the bar for treasure that is in too dangerous an area. Is it really worth putting the entire fleet in danger for some petty revenge and lost technology that may not even be there? And who is to say that said lost tech will trigger the Whalesquid/Hideauze awareness of the human race? If that happens, Ledo’s prediction will happen far sooner than he’d want.
I think, with the assistance of her feelings towards Ledo, Amy has come to understand him more. She wants to understand him, unlike everyone else. She doesn’t want him to fight for the safety of the fleet, but for his own safety itself. It is not that Ledo may not understand this sentiment, but he finally has something he wants to protect: Gargantia. He doesn’t want to see the same harm that has plagued the Alliance befall the kind people of the fleet. The only problem here on is his drive to do so conflicting with the primitive thought that the Whalesquid/Hideauze are a “sacred being.”
I’m not entirely sure that Ledo could take on an entire nest by himself.