First Impressions: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

WARNING: I was watching Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet with my boyfriend.  As some of you may not know or have the pleasure of knowing, watching anime with a friend or significant other can influence your decisions.

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What is a First Impressions?

If you read my BlazBlue Alter Memory First Impressions so long ago, then you know what this means.  Normally, I watch an anime either all the way through or close to the end.  Sometimes, there are anime out there that seem promising when reading the description on Netflix.  After watching a few episodes of the anime, I start getting a bad feeling.

Interesting

We were invested in this anime at this point

The Summary?

In the far off future, mankind has taken to living in space.  In space, humans are in war with the Hideauze, an alien race bent on destroying mankind.  During a failed attempt by the humans to destroy an enemy super weapon Ledo (our young protagonist) manages to find himself on Earth.  He has crashed with his mech he calls “Chamber”.

He and Chamber are found by a group of scavengers.  The anime followers Ledo as he tries to understand, communicate, and live with these scavengers while trying to find a way to get back home.

 

 

Somewhat interesting....

Ledo (left) and OBVIOUS LOVE INTEREST (right)

Positives +

The battles kept me watching during the beginning of the show.   When Ledo finds himself on Earth,
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet turns into a futuristic slice of life anime genre.  Chamber translates what the crew says to him as he tries to get accustomed to  life on a primitive planet.  The idea is interesting and I wanted to see how things developed before Ledo finds his way home.

Negatives –

After getting introduced to Ledo and his situation, me and my boyfriend are introduced to Amy.  Amy is a happy girl who is a messager of the excavation crew.  She is around Ledo’s age and obviously becomes the love interest of Ledo later on.  I initially paid light attention to Amy as I have seen her energetic and hopeful character type a hundred times over.

I will say that I enjoyed some of the other characters in this anime.  It was apparent that everyone is in need of money and willing to do anything to get money; hence wanting to rip Chamber apart for profit.  At first, I thought there was not going to be a clear line between the good and the bad guys…

Later in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, there is a hostage situation in which two females of the crew are captured by pirates.  These pirates have guns, one pirate rips a female’s top off and the possibility of rape is about to happen, but Amy asks Ledo to help get rid of the pirates.  Ledo, not accustomed to Earth’s way of dealing with hostage situations, uses Chamber to eradicate every pirate and their ship.  Nothing is left and the two women are safe.

According to Amy and everybody else, killing is wrong despite the fact that there was no way in Hell that they were going to get rid of the rival pirates.  Nevermind the fact that the two women in the hostage situation would never be the same if they made it out alive.  One of them being Bellows, the leader of the group.

An explanation by Bellows is given to Ledo as to why killing is wrong.  An explanation that makes a lot of sense and we were able to get past the event.

Then a pirate queen by the name of Lukkage is introduced.  I’m not going to bother putting in a description of her as you can look below at the image.

 

This is where we rage quit

We’re Done Here

This maybe one of those anime where the producers are trying so hard to make something start off really bad yet turn out really deep and interesting. There is a danger with shows that try to seem shallow at first. Our interest was in outer space, the possibilities of Ledo getting home, and any character who was not an energetic girl with a squirrel.  My boyfriend asked that we watch something else and that ended our time with Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.

Will I come back to Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet?  Two people we asked at an event, said the anime gets better later on. Thinking about going back, I am starting to get a headache.  There is a high possibility that I will not return to Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.  Oh well.

We understand that some people may have a different opinion this anime.  If you want to buy Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, then buy the series on Amazon.

 

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About AnimeandVideoGames

Due to work, life, and college, I ignored my hobbies (anime, video games, manga, writing, and drawing) for a very long time. Now with a lot of time on my hands, I feel like having fun again and trying to get back into my old hobbies.

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