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So in this episode of Suisei no Gargantia, Ledo gets a job. Wait. What? Nothing blows up or explodes? No one experiences a brief moment where they question their idenity? No way! This is Urobuchi Gen we’re talking about! To be completely serious though, this episode featured very nuanced character development and cute girls in bikinis, two things I really enjoy. It was a reminder that the Gargantia is a place of self discovery, and not of the angst that barred its teeth last week.
Most of the tweets this week had to do with the scantily clad females. I don’t blame them. It was a fun episode that didn’t really ask many thought provoking questions like the last few did. Instead we’re treated to stripping women and cross-dressing men, the perfect formula for scintillation and comedy. However, one tweet did catch my eye about how the narrative will be structured going forward. Let’s take a look at it:
@somekindofthing: Best #gargantia twist ending: nothing happens. It remains as peaceful as Aria from here on out.
Obviously, this tweet was using hyperbole, but it made its point. It’s an episode that was content with giving viewers a look into the world of Gargantia and how Ledo fit into the bigger picture. There was no calamity to deal with, or social issue to dissect. Instead, it focused on Ledo spending time with the friends he has made while he searched to find a job that he could do.
The premise seems innocuous enough, but it tackles one of Urobuchi Gen’s favorite themes, finding a purpose in life. Ledo, who has fought Hideauzu his entire existence, no longer needs to since he’s stranded on Earth. He’s stripped of his one goal and left to just carving flutes all day. Lost in the vast emptiness of boredom, he searches for a way to be useful. While being able to aid someone else is a nice consequence of his quest, his primary desire is to satisfy his own need to be constructive and find a place in the alien environment he is in.
While his job hunt might not be a significant plot point going forward, its important to note that this is a show written by Urobuchi. I’m surprised that a theme such as finding meaning in life is tackled in such a subtle fashion. Some sort of reality shaking catharsis seems more appropriate for his style. Maybe this is the first step for a writer whose obvious talent is gaining some maturity. Only time will tell!
That’s it for this week! How are you feeling about the fourth episode? Do you agree or disagree with the points made? Until next week!