OP: 「この世界は僕らを待っていた」 (Kono Sekai wa Bokura wo Matteita) by 茅原実里 (Chihara Minori)
「始まりの惑星」 (Hajimari no Wakusei)
“The Planet of the Beginning”
Continuing on from last week, Ledo gets quite the reception—and whereas the first episode gave us a lot from his perspective, things balance out this week with a focus on the other side of the equation…
…meaning the members of the Gargantia fleet get prime time this week as a result, and I gotta say, I’m loving the dynamics between everyone. Admittedly, I didn’t quite sense the relation there last week, but after this episode—there’s definitely a fair similarity in the group dynamics here in Suisei compared to those on the Gekko-Go in Eureka Seven, as well as the Zanbani in Xam’d. And considering how well the aspect was done in the aforementioned (and how much I loved the two series), things definitely look good for future developments. There just ain’t nothing like seeing a group get along as well as these guys do, and it just looks like they’ll be a fun group of people to follow around through the duration of the series. I mean, even with something completely foreign on their doorstep, they’re more worried about the damages resulting from the end of last episode than anything. Heck, Ledo’s more of a tourist attraction than a threat, and it just emphasizes the contrast between how relatively peaceful this world is compared to the one Ledo came from. Really, it makes you wonder just how amazing things would be if everyone was as chum as these guys… though I guess in part, it required the world freezing over to get to this point.
In any case, Amy—as expected—ends up being both the figurative and literal highlight of this episode, volunteering to be the envoy that gets things rolling. Needless to say, the cultural/language barrier between Ledo and Amy end up setting the basis for some rather nice moments—HERE HAVE THIS!—and it really looked like it was going to be the start of a beautiful, heartwarming friendship/story from there. Sadly though, even this world ends up having its share of dangers…
…which brings us to the latter part of the episode, where pirates attack the Gargantia’s salvage team. At this point, it was pretty obvious that Ledo was going to end up intervening in some shape or form, but gosh darn, I never expected anything like that. The result just ends up being worlds more than I ever anticipated, as Ledo makes short work of the pirates in mere moments, to the point where they’re literally decomposed into dust. It’s the definition of shock and awe if I’ve ever seen it, and it ends up saving the salvage team… but at what’s likely to be quite the cost. Undoubtedly, the relationship between Ledo and the members of the Gargantia aren’t going to be the same anymore, which is just quite sad considering how well things were going on up until this time. It’ll be interesting to see how things work out to the say the least, but at this point, it’s going to be a given that Amy’ll play a big part (perhaps by her admitting she requested the help in the first place). I wouldn’t have it any other way though, as she’s definitely starting to win a place in my heart early on—with much help from her “oh, he’s nothing special” description of Ledo—and I… admittedly wouldn’t mind being stranded on a planet I barely know if you’d tell me I’d end up meeting someone like her.
Okay well, so maybe I would mind. But you get my drift. Ultimately, it’s just another superb episode of Suisei no Gargantia to wrap things up on the weekend. Like Shingeki no Kyojin and quite a few other series this season, words just aren’t enough to describe the enjoyment I’ve been getting from Suisei, and it’s something that’s further added to by the absolutely superb OP/ED sequences and themes we get this week. Oh yeah, did I mention how great the animation is too? Sadly though… the airing of another episode also means one thing: the need to wait another week for the next one. And what a wait it’ll be.
ED: 「空とキミのメッセージ」 (Sora to Kimi no Message) by ChouCho