I haven’t experienced this feeling for a while, no I’m not talking about love even though that’s what the title says. What I’m trying to say is I’ve never become hooked so quickly on a story before. Normally it takes time for me to become attached to a cast and a setting but it took just twenty minutes for me to be convinced that Suisei no Gargantia is my favorite anime this season and that’s saying something since both Devil Survivor 2 and Shingeki no Kyojin are great as well.
The opening five minutes were so cliche mecha anime it almost makes me sick but in hindsight they were perfect as the contrast between those scenes and what comes after is vast. Not a single moment of calm was experienced the entire time Ledo was in space but essentially everything after that is the complete opposite of that which works in a very interesting way. When on earth the viewer craves action scenes as there is always calm but when in space we want to see calm which seems strange. Both these things are given they are some of the best scenes.
Guessing what will happen next is also big for me in this anime as it’s very open at the moment and the plot isn’t fully revealed yet. Obviously there is the grand goal of Ledo getting back to where he came from but I imagine that after spending time on earth he will slowly change into a different person with a different view on life. There is also the question of how this is going to happen and so far (as of episode 4) there have been a few hints as to what could happen.
My first guess is that Amy and her brother are separated and the family conversation that they had will be a driving force for Ledo to help them and in the process change his ideals. Another reason Ledo could stay is that the pirate threat escalates because of him and he fears the Gargantia’s destruction would be inevitable if he leaves. This could keep him on the Gargantia long enough for him to form lasting bonds as I’m certain that’s what the plot will mostly be about.
But all that aside what really hits me about this anime is the atmosphere it creates. The space scenes were gorgeous and the Gargantia looks stunning with all the green plant life mixed in with the rusted but colorful metalwork on the sparkling blue ocean. But even that pales in comparison to how well the multi-language segments are treated even though they speak Japanese for the viewer Ledo and Amy both speak fictional languages which sound so natural even though it jumps between that and Japanese so often. What I’d find most interesting is that I add another language to the mix by reading English subtitles. It’s a multi-leveled linguistic nightmare but that’s what makes it so amazing.
If you haven’t checked it out I strongly suggest you do and if you are watching it you’d be a fool not to be excited for episode 5 as that’s most likely when the true plot will kick in.