「スノーギフト」 (Sunō Gifuto)
There are some series that I enjoy in the opposite vein of my usual taste. I often consider myself a fan with character, atmospheric, and theme based inclinations, but Galilei Donna is a series I enjoy for vastly different reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the characters or the setting or any of that, but this to me is a show I watch for action and mystery purposes. The Ferrari sisters are endearing enough, and they have their own personalities and issues, but for me at least, that’s not enough to get me interested. They’re a tad flat for my taste, except for Kazuki who had to grow out of her old immaturity somewhat (after all, that’s what growing up is about, realizing you need to mature and change, even if it’s difficult), but even so my ties to the girls are superficial at best. I imagine part of that is probably because the series is so short at 11 episodes, but part of it also feels like it comes from the fact that they haven’t done too much in the way of characterization, other than dealing with their current situation. Of the three, I still like Hozuki best, so you can imagine the medical-high school alumni in me in horror when she fell off that roof. I’m pretty sure she would have been bleeding more, broken several bones (more like every bone in her body), suffered severe trauma and head injuries, and so forth had this not been anime. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t severely injured, and she does require surgery, but it was still a pretty horrific scene.
Of course, this provides the perfect scenario for Kazuki to redeem herself after her outburst last time, and I’m glad she realized that something had to change. As much as her situation upset her, it was too urgent for her to spend it wallowing in self pity, and her family is in too much danger for her to fight with them. When it comes down to it, Kazuki cares about her sister just as much as the other two care about her, and it’s nice to see her understand that. The convenient presence of the doctor (and the moon sketch he was holding and using as a food mat) aside, it’s good to see the sisters working at getting along. That being said, I would like a little more focus on the Tesoro and on the journey, but that’s probably just personal preference.
「星座夢幻」 (Seiza Mugen)
I want someone to make me a telescope.
I think it’s no surprise that I’m an avid lover of astronomy, and that the little love story at the heart of this sad episode was really touching despite being so short and rather inconsequential on the general narrative. I found the interactions between Hozuki, always my favorite, and Theo to be pretty sweet, though not necessarily in a romantic way. We’ve never seen Hozuki talk to another kid her age, nor have we ever seen anyone who understood her love for engineering. Seeing her and Theo strike a friendship over Galileo and astronomy of all things is nice, and I like that Hozuki doesn’t let Karen feel antagonized by her sudden intrusion in their osananajimi relationship. It’s pretty clear to her that the childhood friends have something sweet and more than friendship on their hands, and it’s nice of her to spend a little time with them both. It’s a little fresh that this doesn’t become a love triangle or anything overly dramatic of that sort, and I just like the simple depiction of three kids talking and getting along. But obviously the real punch is at the end, and though there isn’t a lot of time for the kids to get into your heart, Theo and Karen’s death, in each other’s arms with no hope of survival, is quite the heartbreaking affair nonetheless.
I wouldn’t know if this will affect Hozuki permanently in coming episodes or if this, like the doctor in the previous episode, is a one time affair, but at least as a stand alone narrative, I find it to be the most compelling character driven story yet in the series. Perhaps that says a little about the true strengths of the show, which is probably best in visual appeal, whether mecha or character design, but I do still wish that we got to see more into the action/Tesoro side of things, as that’s still most interesting to me. At least this episode made me feel something rather powerful for someone, and that’s always a good thing.
Note: Apologies, I have been recovering from a mild injury for the last week and a half, and I’m still not at 100%, so I hope you will excuse my lower standard of quality. I hope to be back in full swing by next week, apologies for the wait!