Suisei no Gargantia #04.
「追憶の笛」 (Tsuioku no Fue)
The Flute of Remembrance
Compared to last week’s action-heavy episode, this week’s episode of Gargantia presents a much lighter atmosphere of day-to-day life. Now that Ledo has properly countered the advances of those enemy pirates, it looks like he finally has time for… (not) working at the docks, carving a flute (via the lazy-man’s laser gun), and taking a walk. I guess pirates are the reason why we can’t have nice things. Incidentally, while this week’s episode may light on action, it is irrevocably heavy with thoughtful discussion and revelations.
As Ledo’s diplomacy with the inhabitants continues to play out, we begin to understand the circumstances of Ledo’s upbringing more and more. As Ledo develops a latent curiosity in the social and cultural workings of Gargantia, he starts to question the purpose of the organization as whole. Such notions as having a family and fending for those born less fortunate are beyond his comprehension. After all, the infrastructure of Gargantia is a far-cry from the organization of the Galactic Alliance, which was solely established to protect humankind from alien threat. Along the way, it seems that these very soldiers have lost an essential part of humanity, this being greatly apparent when Bevel, Amy’s little brother, is able to perplex Ledo’s mindset in an honest debate about co-dependency and individual purpose. (Looking back to episode one in which Ledo’s superior officer makes a completely personal decision to save Ledo’s life, we can tell that there’s definitely a hopeful humanistic part left intact for these soldiers bred from birth.) This is of course a very crucial point in which Ledo has very much started assimilating into the community of Gargantia and developing a fondness for this new world that acquaints a new way of thinking. As such, Chamber and Ledo’s ending lines that conclude the episode are significantly indicative of the emotional development and conflict that our protagonist will soon encounter.
Looks like I have a lot more to learn about this planet.
It is not necessary. You will eventually be reunited with the army.
Yeah, I know.
Lastly, I would like to mention how much I appreciated the visuals, in this episode particularly. Whether it was the meticulous detail in the rust of metal or the beautifully vivid color palette, the graphic presentation complemented the atmosphere wonderfully well. Whilst watching, I couldn’t help but compare it to a certain anime film, Giniro no Kami no Agito (Origins: Spirits of the Past), in that it seemed like such a budgeted anime film where a lot of effort was put into the scenery and backgrounds more so than actual character models. After a re-check on MAL, I was surprised when I saw the character designs of the two character leads were quite similar as well, in terms of their white-hair and very nature-esque garments.