Galilei Donna – 11 (END)
「ガリレオジャッジ」 (Garireo Jajji)
Well that was somehow expected.
I can’t really say I’m disappointed because it’s been some time since Galilei Donna stopped making me hope for more. I’m not even surprised to see the series end the way it did; it’s nothing particularly memorable or interesting in my own opinion, and everything wrapped up rather conveniently. But that’s what I’ve grown to expect over these last eleven episodes, sad as that may be. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the truth, so all that’s left to do is enjoy it (or vice-versa) for what it is.
As to what actually happened this episode, I can at least say that I wasn’t expecting a trial, and it’s a token on how weak the characterization was with anyone other than Hozuki that I completely forgot the relevance to Hazuki and her law school training. That being the case, I found the whole thing rather ridiculous and forced; it was so unfair to a fault that I felt I was watching a poorly written Pheonix Wright trial in animation (except that’s a hell of a lot more fun to play/watch, and of much better quality), and I didn’t particularly find it satisfying to see it resolve so cleanly. Sylvia and Geshio’s involvement (not to mention Cichinho) definitely played up the family angle, though it was definitely dues ex machina if I’ve ever seen it. In fact, what struck me the most wasn’t any of that, but rather Kazuki and her long-hinted but never explicitly talked about crush. He never spoke a word or otherwise really showed what drew her to him, but his presence at the trial and rejection seems to have been written to act as symbolism for her growth over the journey. That she now realizes he’s not important to her compared to her family is obvious, but it did seem strange that the series felt it had to make that point now after we’ve already seen Kazuki grow up somewhat. She and Hazuki have been sidelined recently with Hazuki and Galileo’s prominence, and it almost feels like this episode tried to make up for that in a rushed manner.
No matter though; in the long run, the episode was more of what we’ve come to expect from the show. Everyone good (or weirdly in between, like Cichino), got a good ending, excepting Anna who apparently gets sent to jail, and Roberto and his adoptive father get their comeuppance to one extent or another. The family ends up together and happy, and it’s implied that Hozuki will use the Tesoro to eventually help the world with its energy problems (though I couldn’t say how). All in all, it’s a fitting end for what Galilei Donna is, and whether that works for you or not is up to you.
When I first started this series, I was incredibly hopeful and excited. When things as cool as astronomy, history, and mecha mix, it’s hard not to imagine good things are in store. The first episodes were vague enough to hint at some good action and adventure too, but it was once Hozuki and her sisters were on their way together that it became clear that this was not quite the kind of story A-1 planned to tell. In fact, at first I was even more intrigued; character driven stories are among my favorites, especially when mixed with a good world-building vibe, and I was hoping for something well developed to at least make up for the lack of adventurous treasure hunting. Unfortunately, this ended up not being the case. There were a lot of bad writing decisions made, especially when it came to developing characters. Some of that can probably be attributed to the short run, but one-cour series are hardly always disasters. The more I watched, the less interested I became, and the more annoyed with the ways in which things developed. Between Anna’s horrible turn around and Galileo and Hazuki’s rather creepy relationship, I was done trying to like it. I’m sure there are some good things in here, I for one liked the scenery in the Galileo episodes and the fact that the man got some recognition at all (even if the historical inaccuracies were downright painful to watch), and I like that it at least tried to go with family bonding despite it failing pretty spectacularly. That being said, it’s not the worst show of 2013 (I’m looking at you, Cage Animu) or even the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure it worked for some. But in my case, at least, I’m disappointed in the way things worked out, and it’s certainly a shame. Astronomy, history, and mecha deserve better treatment.