With seven episodes into each show, it might be a little late in the season to call them previews, so let’s do some impressions. Writer Laevatein has already offered his thoughts on Gargantia but considering how many episodes have come out since his thoughts my opinion should be a bit more comprehensive. The other show I’ll be covering today is Yuyushiki, a cute little slice-of life comedy show premiering this season. With Gargantia also being a slice-of-life title, it’s somewhat surprising that these two titles have anything in common considering their vastly different first episodes, but looks can be deceiving, of course. So, without further ado, let’s dive in~
Starting off with Yuyushiki, it’s about as generic as you can get. Everything about the cute girls doing cute things genre is represented here, and there isn’t even a gimmick to separate this one (in space, in a music club, etc.). That being said, there’s nothing all that wrong about that. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll probably enjoy Yuyushiki as well. The show is primarily about three girls in the school’s data processing club. While this may seem nerdy, there isn’t much “data processing” going on in this club. Just some girls talking about a lot of random topics, generally for comedic effect. One mildly interesting point is that there are only 3 main girls in this show. Generally this genre thrives on 4 or more cute girls doing cute things, as you’ll find in many titles.
The three main characters of this show are Ichii Yui, Nonohara Yuzuko, and Hinata Yukari. As with most of these comedies, you have your wacky and funny character (in this case Yuzuko) and your straight man (Yui). Yukari generally follows along with whatever Yuzuko is doing, so she has been somewhat of a boring character in comparison. There are some problems you run in with just 3 main characters, though. If the characters themselves are not strong enough, or if their gimmick wears off too quickly, you’re quickly left with a very stale show. Yuyushiki toes this line, but so far has not crossed it. Up through episode six the show has been fairly enjoyable and the pace seems good to continue to the end.
A last minor point, I think the faces in this show look kind of weird. It’s hard to pinpoint, but it feels like there’s too much blank space on the faces, it looks kind of unsettling. Of course I quickly got used to it and it’s hardly a reason to knock the show (just a stylized thing), but it was a little jarring when I first picked up the show.
And now into Gargantia, one of my favorite shows this season. Suisei no Gargantia is somehow nothing I was expecting, but everything I wanted. The first episode paints this picture of war, and a soldier lost in time in a new and foreign land. Truly, from the get-go it seemed like it would be a more action-packed show than what it turned into. However, what it became is nothing short of stunning. As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m a massive fan of the Aria series, and Gargantia is giving me all the perfect Aria vibes.
Gargantia is a pretty simple show. Ledo, a soldier that lives in space battling aliens in a never ending war, has somehow found himself transported to a very peaceful Earth. This Earth is of course a little bit different from our own, since it’s entirely covered in water. The people of this Earth live on massive floating barges, that live simply on whatever currents are in the water. Ledo and his Machine Caliber (his mech, of course!) Chamber find themselves in this strange land free from war and strife (mostly) and must adapt to this new, calmer lifestyle. It’s really something to watch at first, but the two of them begin to adapt quite well.
One of the best parts of this show is the art and set pieces. Everything looks gorgeous and beautiful, from the barge they call a city to the endless ocean around them. And of course the character designs are done by Hanaharu Naruko, someone whose designs I really enjoyed in titles such as Kamichu. All the blues and greens are easy on the eyes and just serve as another point of comparison to draw between this show and Aria, as both heavily focus on the water surroundings. Gargantia is a nice, calming show that looks like it has the potential to end up one of the season’s best. Things can change in a heartbeat though so stay tuned!
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