「時空金魚 < 後編>」 (Jikū Kingyo – Kōhen)
“Temporal Goldfish (Part 2)”
The historian and astronomer in me wants to cry a little bit.
And not out of happiness. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s had a raised eyebrow at the way Galileo and his achievements have been depicted, if only because A-1 is taking some real creative liberties as far as historical accuracy go. That’s nothing really new in fiction though, but it’s just kind of… not exactly working well here. There’s already quite a few issues as far as pacing and writing go, so it would have at least been nice to see some good things done with Galileo’s presence, preferably, in my case, with historical accuracy (I mean Galileo was under house arrest and at odds with the church at some point in his life, you can pull lots of great action/plot twists with that), but clearly that’s not what the writers are after here. Instead, they’re after some really strange and kind of weird romance angles which are definitely not working for me.
If you really wanted to, you could argue that this isn’t really romance, but rather companionship/friendship of some sort, and I can understand where you’d be coming from, but seeing as Hozuki acknowledged Galileo’s poem as a romantic one and that Galileo’s been aged down to a bishounen state, it feels kind of forced to say that’s the only possibility. It’s not a hugely romantic/incestuous relationship either, but it does seem to be lightly implied, and that’s iffy enough. Considering that they’re also distantly related, I can’t help but wonder if the writers were trying to pull off some sort of “onii-chan and imouto” like relationship here, the attraction kind. That’s personally not my thing, and it seems strange to put something like that in a series about sibling relationships, not the attraction kind. Regardless though, it feels like a bit of a waste in terms of narrative potential; wouldn’t Galileo have been equally concerned/impacted enough to help if he knew Hozuki was his distant descendant and her world was in trouble (I mean he bought that she was from the future already)? There’s lots of ways to portray that without the odd romance angle, but I guess it’s rather pointless to decry something like that in a show like Galilei Donna.
Maybe I sound harsh, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed, especially considering how there’s only one episode left. Much of this series has held plenty of potential, only to fall flat at the last minute; the best example is last week’s buildup to Anna’s poorly written betrayal, but the show in general hasn’t quite been up to scratch. I guess you could call it “playing safe” or appealing to certain audiences, but aren’t Noitamina shows usually a bit out of the way in that department? I dunno that I would say that for this series in every aspect, but it would have been nice to see a little more finesse in the writing so to speak. I’d be less inclined to complain if it did what it did well, but that doesn’t seem to happen often enough to really warrant praise in most cases. This is just my personal reaction, mind you, but with the finale on the horizon, I can’t help but wistfully think back to the hopes I had at the start of the season. My one consolation is that there was some beautiful scenery again this week.
Clouds, man. Clouds.
Author’s Note: Reminder, I’ll be in finals next week so I won’t be able to cover Galilei Donna’s finale until next weekend; my sincere apologies for any inconveniences.