Anime Review: Suisei no Gargantia – 8-9

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Ledo shoulders a responsibility to uphold the existence of mankind.  But can he carry that all on his own?

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RECAP:  Episode 8:  With the loss of Fleet Commander Fairlock, Gargantia grieves and the unconfident Ridget is directly appointed as Fleet Commander.  Meanwhile, Pinion selfishly talks Ledo into assisting him with salvaging a Whalesquid nest.  Ledo, who now knows he has no way of returning home, is forced to make do with the options in front of him.

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The running theme right now seems to be “Depending on Others.”  With Fairlock gone, Ridget is not confident in her abilities to lead the people of Gargantia.  She has always relied on Fairlock as her mentor.  Even though he raised her to become the next Fleet Commander, her insecurity of leading the citizens without him causes great conflict within her.  Thankfully, after a nice sit-down with Bellows, she begins to understand what exactly her responsibilities are and the worth of the people around her.

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Meanwhile, Ledo is also in the same boat.  His “mission” to destroy all Hideauze has become the burden of responsibility that only he can carry because he has the power to combat them.  He wants to protect the people of Gargantia that have treated him well.  He also especially wants to protect Amy from the danger the Hideauze pose against humanity.  With no idea on how to return to the Alliance, he feels he has no choice but to protect the future of Earth… his new home.

Rating:  3/5

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Are guys all these girls think about?  It’s weird to see a series that actually makes the females the lecherous ones.

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– Episode 9:  Following along with Pinion’s scavenging plan, Ledo spearheads as the only attack force against the Whalesquids/Hideauze.  In this expedition, Pinion hopes to avenge his older brother that died the last time they explored the Sea of the Mists.  Although Ledo executes the many Hideauze with ease, what he doesn’t expect is the truth hidden in the ruins of a lost research facility.

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Fortunately, Chamber’s combat capabilities are exponentially more powerful than that of Earth-born Hideauze.  These larvae look almost human, which is later explained.  I had some suspicions at first in regards to the origins of the Hideauze.  Considering various anime usually pose an unknown alien being as the primary enemy, I cast aside those ideas.  This was mostly in part to the fact that I was honestly starting to get bored of how slow-paced the earlier episodes were getting.

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Anyways, the data recovered in this ancient research facility is definitely no fabrication.  To put it in a quick and simple explanation, ancient mankind looked toward the stars and hoped to forcefully evolve humans to be able to survive in the deep, cold pressure of space.  To do that, they took the DNA of deep sea creatures (I think) and spliced them into humans.  However, like our current status of humanity, playing god by using science isn’t exactly humane; this explains why many were against the research, despite the state of Earth’s worsening environment.  Well, I thought the Hideauze were evolved sea creatures, so I suppose I was half-right. 😀

TL;DR:  Hideauze are Human.

Although I am glad the story with the Hideauze and everything is picking up, I kind of wish they didn’t push it all into one episode.  Foreshadowing, people, FORESHADOWING!

Now that Ledo knows that the Hideauze are human, he can’t see them any other way.  This is probably why this information had been sealed as Classified Information by the Galactic Alliance.  The Pilot’s hesitation to kill other humans would be a great hindrance in the galactic war.

Rating:  4/5

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Who knew a Hideauze could look so cute?

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