Man, I knew things were going to get real soon since Urobuchi is partially responsible for this work and the fact that the first part of the first episode is so… different from a lot of the series, but this is quite an episode. Before we go on praising this episode, let’s take a look.
Suisei no Gargantia Episode 9 Impressions
I could go on about how the mist can symbolize different things, but what’s important here is the narrow-minded nature of Ledo’s desire to kill the Hideauze. Who could blame him? They’re just lifeforms that killed a lot of his friends and even made his life more grim with the departure of his supposed sibling. Yeah, there’s a flashback about Pinion’s past, but who really cares? Everyone just knows that something is going to be revealed when Ledo gets down in that facility or whatever.
Man, it’s so hard for me to write about the first half of the episode as the second half is I would say the most fascinating part of this whole anime. But I guess if you’ve been wanting some mecha action, this is where you’d get some decent moments of explosions. I have to admit that Ledo going up to what seems to be the mother of the Hideauze¬†is just frightening. It’s so far from being human that one would never assume that they would be… I mean, they’re just experiments that have gone horribly wrong right. Hah… yeah…
When Ledo is firing his fancy laser down at the children of the Hideauze one cannot help but see the larva as babies. Hell, they even resemble human babies. At this point, I think the hinting has gone far enough that we’ve come to the realization that they may be not what we have thought before. And what could be better than seeing Ledo take authority to find out the truth?
Let’s just take this one step at a time because even if it’s not shocking to some people, it’s still an interesting watch. Basically, there are two groups, the Evolvers and the Continental Alliance. Obviously, going by their names, the Evolvers are trying to adapt to space environments by somehow manipulating the human body. On the other hand, the Continental Alliance, later to be known as the Galactic Alliance, are staying as themselves but are instead developing technologies to support the human body. With two opposing viewpoints, it’s clear that such co-existing relationship does not work in a time of great distress for all of humanity.
Holy. Fucking. Shit. I have to say that the way they portrayed the human’s head in the Hideauze is just fucking messed up. The look on Ledo’s face as he realizes every single time he’s been fighting that he’s been fighting with humans is just… Some may have guessed that it was time travel or that it was experimentation, and I would say that they were all great guesses that had some viability, but I have to say that this revelation is quite nice as well. A lot of people have guessed that it was experimentation, but not as many guessed that they were humans beforehand. Moreover, it’s not just any experimentation, it’s for the struggle of survival. Yes, it’s not that original or mind-blowingly awesome, but the revelation is still well done.
Wow. That scream. Now he knows that what he’s doing is not so clear anymore. This brings up some interesting points. It seems that negotiations are off between the two races and it would appear that the Hideauze have advanced to the state that they no longer communicate like humans. Moreover, what about the wormhole? Who prevailed in travelling through it? I’m assuming that the Hideauze did because they can’t travel that far in a reasonable amount of time whereas the Continental Alliance could build a new one. Either way, they’re both fighting each other now and many of you were right about not trusting the Galactic Alliance.
But it’s not like the Hideauze are all that great either.¬†I wouldn’t be surprised if they manipulated the evolved humans into mindless creatures to fight the Galactic Alliance as well. Not to mention, their way of communication with humans is long gone. Both sides want to exterminate the other, and who knows if those Evolvers are even “human” anymore? At what point do they stop being human and are just another lifeform? Now what? What does Ledo believe he has to do? I think that with his development on Earth and the support that he’ll get from there is whats going to clear his mind and shape his perspective on how to deal with this situation.
I was worried about how they were going to tie everything together with Earth and the events in space being so different, but I shouldn’t have expected any less. Now the anime could go in many, many directions as Ledo faces the dilemma of not being able to go back home, and what he’s going to do with the knowledge he has obtained? Will he try to communicate? Will he try to let the humans and the¬†Hideauze¬†co-exist in peace? Is such an idea even possible in the first place? Since he can’t return to space, what can he do to make a difference about the situation at hand? From hereon out, this will be where the real character development and story progression comes into play.
Suisei no Gargantia Episode 9 Review
Finally. Finally Suisei no Gargantia is giving me the same excitement and wonder that it gave in the first episode. Personally, I enjoy information bombs as looking into a past with how everything works have always enthralled me. I have to commend the writers for making the backstory reasonable, believable, and most of all, interesting to watch. Even though I knew what was going to be put on the screen, when I saw the Hideauze with the head of a human I just… Man… The pacing and how everything is presented especially in the video is great. There’s not a single moment where I thought that things didn’t make sense or that the feel of the episode was off. I’m very glad that the anime transitions into this new phase so well. My interest has not only been renewed, but amplified. I’d say it’s the best episode in Suisei no Gargantia so far, and it may just be surpassed by the end.