Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet – 05


Red is learning how to swim with Amy! SHIP!

spring13-jrowIndeed, it is a calm day on Gargantia and thus a calm podcast with Fosh & Highway joining me to discuss the episode. I mentioned Shenmue on the last podcast… didn’t realize we’d have Red job-hunting just like Ryo Hazuki. Over-discussed Dreamcast game aside, enjoy the podcast.
spring13-foshWooooo time for more Gargantia on Metanorn and we have Jrow and Highway joining in for the fun mini talk!

Extra Gargantia fun 


Plenty of service shots for guys and girls this week~


Amy ftw


Amy flies the friendly skies

Gargantia 05 - Bottle

Heavens to the Gargantians = Columbia?



Hisasi provides a great parting fanservice shot~

Bonus Swimwear

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72 Responses to “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet – 05”

  1. Bonk says:

    Dat motor glider. I want dat motor glider…

    • Yvoon says:

      Make that two.

      • BlackBriar says:

        I wonder if the shop that sells them does so in special packages because apparently there is going to be a mob that’s after the same thing and I’m part of it!

        • skylion says:

          You know, I would just settle for being Amy or Melty’s passenger. Climb, girls, climb.

          • BlackBriar says:

            Being next to a cute girl in a hot swimsuit? Move over, bub!!

            • skylion says:

              …only room enough for two…

  2. Yvoon says:

    I wanna live on Gargantia now :3 It would just be so AWESOME! >___<

    Ever since the moment they met, I've been shipping Ledo and Amy like crazy. THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST THING EVER! <3

    I REALLY want them to end up together, but whether this series plans to include any romantic ties seems uncertain. Maybe he will finally be able to live a normal life after all that he's been through and have a family. I'm really looking forward to the moment when his space friends invade and he has to decide what he's wants to do with his life. DAMN, so hooked! Clearly the best series for me this season!! XD

    Oh god, I can just picture them together right now. SO BEAUTIFUL *nosebleed* *w*

    • skylion says:

      Amy x Ledo, all the feels…

      • BlackBriar says:

        ‘Cause I feel!!

        • skylion says:

          Wow. I do so miss Thursdays from last season.

          • Gecko says:

            Indeed, I am in the same boat.

            • skylion says:

              There haven’t been any surprise shows for me this season.
              I didn’t expect to like Love Live, and then I didn’t expect to champ at the bit for the next episode. I thought GJ-bu would be a good way to pass the time, not knowing that it would such a subversively cool show. All my Mao-chans!
              And there hasn’t been any tail ends of the 2 cour shows. I do have hopes for Summer, as Monogatari S2 is just going to blow this crib up!

            • Highway says:

              The closest to a surprise for me has been Zettai Bouei Leviathan, probably followed by Dansai Bunri. But nothing’s grabbed my imagination or heart like either Love Live!, GJ-Bu, or especially Girls und Panzer.

    • Gecko says:

      It feels like Amy and Red are a good couple, but I wonder sometimes if it will really happen.

      • BlackBriar says:

        With the way she comforts and guides him through Gargantia’s ways of life especially when she’s so motivated by it, it’s a good chance they’ll end up together.

  3. Yvoon says:

    Btw, such a hot body. (both guys and girls…..but mainly still Ledo :3)

    • skylion says:

      …indeed, give the young man his due…

    • BlackBriar says:

      Well, he has been training for combat. They should let him showboat in another outlet.

  4. shiizumi says:

    Ledo’s facial expressions are PRICELESS.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Those are the expressions of a green horn. It’s no wonder they’re priceless. You don’t see that from someone who’s experienced.

      • skylion says:

        I got the experience, but with Amy, I might just go for greenhorn……

        …some kinda horn…

  5. skylion says:

    This one was right in my wheelhouse. A perfect SoL style episode from start to finish, with all the added mizugi service one could need. Well, we could use more.

    As Yvoon says, Gargantia would be a great place to live. They have a reason for everything they do, and it’s all in the name of survival, but they do know how to play hard as well. And how to make hot swimsuits.

    Yes, Red is learning how to ship. And when all else fails, Chamber makes a great BBQ; no matter if he fails to see the logic.

    • HannoX says:

      I want a Chamber BBQ grill! You wouldn’t have to worry about ants or pirates crashing your picnic.

      • skylion says:

        Now taking orders, certain restrictions apply. Offer not valid in Hizamure controlled space.

        • BlackBriar says:

          You guys do burgers, right? I’d like mine well done, onions, peppers, ketchup, mustard, relish, hold the mayo and make sure it’s done with an Alliance certified Chamber grill. I expect nothing less than that!!

          • skylion says:

            Yes, we ship to BlackBriars for the low low fee of a single Shinobu Oshino and just one Leticia Draculair…

            • BlackBriar says:

              A price that is too high! That is Highway robbery! (Highway pun definitely intended!) 🙂

            • skylion says:

              Oh, we have Amy deliver it right to your door. Price too high now?

            • BlackBriar says:

              Wow, you sure know how to play dirty and it’s effective. Now I’m facing a dilemma.

            • skylion says:

              Oh, we cannot have that. So, we have the Chamber All-Star Grill and Advanced Tactical Weapon, shipped to your door by a cute air messenger. And as a bonus, we can give you a free membership to the gym that both Bellows and Ridget work out it….

  6. HannoX says:

    A very enjoyable episode. However, due to the title all through it I couldn’t help but think of the saying, “The calm before the storm.” It is Urobuchi, after all.

    That swimsuit of Amy’s! Her ass was practically falling out of it when she was on her flyer. She’s giving Akane on her scooter a real run for the money for the winning loli butt shot.

    • skylion says:

      Her ass was practically falling out of it when she was on her flyer

      Yes. This is a feature…

    • BlackBriar says:

      A very enjoyable episode. However, due to the title all through it I couldn’t help but think of the saying, “The calm before the storm.” It is Urobuchi, after all.

      I understand what you mean. If the Urobutcher hasn’t done his usual thing till now, he’s probably got something big in store. It’s too early to lower the guard with him behind the script.

      • skylion says:

        I’m of two minds in this. Either we suspect the Butcher, or he’s trolling us hard. As a writer myself, I would be a bit peeved if I was asked to do “that thing you do” over and over again, and would be rather pleased if given the option to “not do that thing”, rather to do something else.

        At this point, I’m going towards, “something else” But I don’t blame anyone for “that thing” cause he has a mountain of evidence in that.

  7. BlackBriar says:

    I think I died and went to fanservice heaven due to a slice of life type episode! And here I thought that last episode of Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride had some awesome swimwear. In the teenage department, Amy wins by the skin of her teeth against her friends while in the adult department, Ridget wins by a landslide. This is out of nowhere but Ridget’s strict and straight laced personality along with that swimsuit makes for a very lewd appearance.

    Bevel walking around caught me by surprise. With the previous episodes mostly having him bed ridden and him appearing sickly, I thought he was handicapped.

    If the chemistry continues to be this lively, especially with Ledo and Amy coming together in a way that would make you want to cheer every time you see them, there’s no real problem if there isn’t much action. I’m willing to change my opinion of the series just for that. A nice calm episode but the title for it felt ominous. I can’t help thinking something drastic is on its way after all that social bonding. It sets the stage for a potent tragedy to take place.

    Pinion, you underhanded fox. How dare you use Chamber as a grill?! But that’s payback of the cruelest kind for burning the the meat. Hahaha, well, better him than me.

    The baffling thing was those trannies chasing Ledo. They are still around after nature redressed the balance of the world?! They must have been hibernating while the planet was frozen.

    • skylion says:

      Ah, yes, Fanservice Heaven is a place on Verdurous Earth.

      Amy does indeed win by a landslide, but do not count out the kawaii bonanza that is Melty. The girls got rhythm.

      As for Ridget’s gear? Not a fan really. Yes, she’s got great build, but the rig is overdone. Let the Lady speak her natural volume, no need for the fancy.

      As for Bevel, I’m guessing he might have some sort of fatigue or unspecified weakness. A wheelchair helps, but you can’t blame the kid for wanting to get around on his own two pegs.

      Tranny, Twinkies, and America’s Funnies Home Video Groin Hits. All of these things will survive the end.

    • Jrow says:

      I liked the fanservice in this episode more than Bride’s competition since Naruko’s characters are much more pleasant to look at, and also Bride just flat out underwhelmed me with that ep. I also agree about Amy and Ridget.

      Yeah, it was nice to see Bevel actually up and about. He may not be very strong because of his condition, but at least he can walk under his own power.

      • Highway says:

        It just struck me how nice it was that Amy even asked how he was doing, but didn’t fawn over him, or pester him. Just “Doing ok?” “Yep” and move on. I’d imagine that’s how anyone in that kind of situation wants to be treated, and showing that kind of normal interaction is how it becomes part of the mindshare.

  8. Gecko says:

    I enjoyed this episode although I didn’t need the fanservice (any of it. I mean, okay, Ridget looked good. But that was really it for me)
    I have to say, Gargantia isn’t really what I was expecting, but I do like it. It reminds me a bit of Aria but mostly in the SoL categorization, the heavy worldbuilding, and the “normal” stuff that happens- maintenance, relaxing, looking for work (although Aria has little work really.) I came for the Urobuchi, sticking around for the world. Not a terrible trade-off since great fantasy-sci-fi worlds are wonderful.
    The transvestites were hilarious. Red could have made enough money to get his own little house on Gargantia after a bit of work with them… I’m not surprised that job survived the end, just like how there are prostitutes out there somewhere on Gargantia. Monkeys learned to start prostitution when taught to let coins have value, obviously someone’s gonna remember it…

    Good to see you joining the talking, Highway! Not that Jrow and Fosh get boring, but I feel like the podcast got better with the three voices.

    • skylion says:

      Makes me wish I could make the time for the podcasts. Soon…

      Fanservice is never really needed…One doesn’t really need sour cream, or butter, or cheese or bacon to enjoy the wonder that is a baked potato (just ask Sasha Blouse!). But you appreciate the toppings. And the cleavage. And the….oh, goodness, Amy, you know how to pick a swimsuit…none of that timid drams stuff here…

      As I said in a comment above, I think P.I.G is letting the Butcher do something that is cool and sci-fi and slice of life. In that, I think the theme of this is, “Life, no matter where you find it, has absolute value” which is quite different from all the drama killings Gen has been up to as of late.

      • Jrow says:

        Make time for the podcasts? It’s only 15 minutes, and you comment on here plenty enough to leave a tab open with it playing, what the hell Skylion?

        • skylion says:

          Jrow just called me out…..I got no excuses now.

          • BlackBriar says:

            On your knees! He wants you to beg for forgiveness!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Good to see you joining the talking, Highway! Not that Jrow and Fosh get boring, but I feel like the podcast got better with the three voices.

      Actually, they sometimes had multiple bloggers join the podcasts. For Robotics;Notes, there were some podcasts that had Overcooled, Kyokai and llvln participating.

      • Gecko says:

        Yeah, I had trouble with Robotics. I’m not sure why. So I never really listened as I was never sure if I would marathon it to catch up, and then the spoilers wouldn’t be good if I did, but it’s still waiting to be finished now…

    • Jrow says:

      Thanks for listening Gecko. Fosh and I would agree that more = merrier, and we’re hoping Sumairii and Xcom will be joining us next week going forward. Maybe OC and lvlln want in. 😐

      I haven’t seen Aria, but knowing what little of it I do, I can kinda see the comparison. I enquired about the action because I know it’s what people expected after what went on in eps. 1 and 3, but I’m liking the direction of the series and continuing to expect great things.

      • Gecko says:

        I’m getting the feeling the action is very much an only when necessary.

        Ooh, a 7 person talk about Gargantia! That would be pretty crazy.

        (Aria is pretty wonderful, although there’s no plot. None. Not even the other kind of plot that Fosh often speaks of.)

        • Jrow says:

          I would agree about the action. We weren’t exactly super excited by the CGI fight scene in ep. 3, so these past couple of episodes have proved that it has elements stronger than its action.

          Nah, I wouldn’t have that many on a podcast at once. MetaVerse once had 10 people on to what was a disastrous and disorganized mess of a recording. After that, I’ve been strict about how many people are on the podcast.

          • Gecko says:

            That’s good to set a limit on people. I seem to remember that particular episode, I couldn’t keep track of anything because so many people would start talking or laughing at the same time.

            • Highway says:

              It’s hard enough to find a space to talk in with just 3 people, tbh. I can’t imagine what even 5 would be like.

  9. skylion says:

    As Jrow called me out, I will do a live response to the podcast.

    Work defines us. Red is a soldier by profession. Being in “standby” does not cut it on Gargantia. Soldier by identity. What is his identity now.

    Do not argue Amy’s posterity. It makes it’s own Superior argument.

    I think the tranny’s wanted Red to be part of their trade. They did say he could turn coin by joining them.

    Chamber killing the meat. Ouch.

    Amy and crew on the powered gliders is just so cool. That really does show how much these girls work it.

    Scan the stars, map in 3D the environment, translate. You get the gold stars, Chamber. But you will never understand girls.

    JoJo and Chamber are the duality of all cool.

    Yeah, Bevel and the Doc and the LOLi helper were just sooooo Skylion. And yeah, they did trade off that fan.

    That is Melty, Jrow. The only girl that can even rival Amy. Oh, wait. It isn’t. I really do have Melty on the brain…..

    No Action! That climb to the top of the water tower was all kinds of action, Jrow.

    HWY is Boss. Yes, it is about Red finding a new life. Chamber as well. And yeah, Amy in a swimsuit…is life.

    Gen Urobachi is a good writer, period. I don’t think he needs the kill:ratio to keep his cred. Madoka didn’t have a mizugi episode, nor did Fate/Zero.

    Yeah, Gargantia stopping for the lack of kaze. It shows that this culture has a deep culture, and a need for all the things they do.

    Yeah, HWY, he does have some rather gratuitous twists, I’m thinking of Kyoko from Madoka. That sacrifice was just for the sake of pilling it on. And yuri bait.

    Thanks for name checking me, Fosh. I do liek the LOLi’s

    I hope Spammy doesn’t swallow this comment.

    • skylion says:

      EDIT: Do not argue Amy’s posterity posterior. And really, in that muzugi, you’re argument fails.

      • skylion says:

        your. Never respond to a podcast with two glasses of Moscato in the belly…

    • Gecko says:

      Psycho-Pass sure didn’t have a mizugi episode either.

      As for gratuitous twists, Madoka has a lot of them. Like, everywhere. They just pop up like weeds, and not all of them can be seen coming. Psycho-Pass was better at making them less gratuitous. Urobuchi is probably trying to make the twists better and less gratuitous, although I think it’s his style to use twists that feel cheap. Of course, that argument might fall apart if Gargantia gets a sudden, random twist.

      And hey, Kyoko x Sayaka is good. I think if one was to look at Kyoko and Sayaka’s relationship through the episodes, the sacrifice made a bit more sense, although yeah, Urobuchi does like to kill everyone.

    • Jrow says:

      We get it, you like Amy. Jeez…

    • Foshizzel says:

      Thanks for listening Skylion! You are awesome xD

  10. Irenesharda says:

    This episode bored me so much that it was literally torture for me to get through it.

    I’m starting to believe that Gargantia just isn’t for me. You guys mention its like Eureka 7, and that isn’t good news for me since I dropped that show early on as it also couldn’t hold my interest. I was so excited for this series in the very beginning, that it was my number one mecha series and really, of any series this season. However, as episode 3 came out, and then 4 and now 5, this show has slipped further and further down in my acclaim. It’s is now ranked my third best mecha series this spring (Yes…even Majestic Prince is beginning to interest me more) and I’m beginning to dread the next episodes rather than anticipate them.

    Slice-of-Life has never really been my thing (and blatant fanservice episodes were never my thing), and when the summary of this show was first given, I turned away from Garagantia because that’s what it sounded like. I decided to try it out, and the show amazed me with the very novel ideas they had presented. However, now it seems to be devolving into just what I had feared in the first place. As of this point, I’m only still watching to see if it eventually picks up into something interesting so there will at least be something salvageable of this series in my eyes.

    I really, really hope that Urobuchi will do something with the other half of this show cause I can’t take much more of this SoL stuff.

    Good things about this episode? I still like Red and his learning of human society and Chamber is still cool.
    And we get to listen to these cool reviews as well, so that’s something.

    I will still be watching this, but not with as much enthusiasm as before.

    I will be generous and give this episode a 4.85/10.

    • Highway says:

      Ahh, see I like it because it’s not really what I’d call a ‘mecha’ series. I like that it’s “people doing people things” (I hesitate to call it ‘slice of life’ because it’s more all of life, and that term also has connotations of ‘cute girls doing cute things’), and that one of the people is a great big capable robot.

      It’s as much an exploration of humanity and morality as something like Psycho-Pass was, imo. It’s just a different side of it, in a world that is not portrayed nearly as harshly.

    • Foshizzel says:

      I don’t blame you for not liking this episode because it was kind of a goofy comedy fanservice theme instead of world building and crap like that.

    • Jrow says:

      This is the perspective I was kind of fishing for on the podcast, and I wasn’t going to do it myself because I’m not like that Skip Bayless idiot who contrarians for the sake of contrarian.

      I’m thinking we should stop mentioning E7 as a comparison (was it brought up this week?) because I’m not really seeing that much similarity between the 2 series anymore, other than of course there’s a guy that pilots a mech. Also, Red appears far from emotionally unstable as opposed to Renton & Ao.

      Salvageable… that’s a nice word to use since it fits the series in how Gargantia looks for stuff underwater. While I was generally ok with this episode, I hope the series bounces around to something that actually feels interesting other than an excuse for Naruko to work that fanservicing magic/

      • Irenesharda says:

        I think is was Fosh who brought up E7 this week…anyway, I just saw this episode as a waste of time and potential I guess. I like looking at bishies as much as the next girl, but I need them to have a point and not just be there to look pretty. That’s one of the reasons that I can never get into a series like Uta no Prince-sama whatever%, the pretty boys need to serve a purpose for me.

        But hopefully this is the last of the gratuitous fanservice episodes or the ones that have little-to-no plot. I don’t think I can take another, “Gargantia Episode 10: Red Goes to the Circus”, type episodes.

        • skylion says:

          We all have differences of opinion…that’s what makes fandom and discussion so cool. We can all lend and air our our perspectives. I like that.

          …I like the idea of Red Goes to the Circus even more….lol

          • Gecko says:

            There should be a Gargantia Circus, that would be fun.

            • BlackBriar says:

              And Chamber will be the main attraction.

      • Foshizzel says:

        Well I was using E7 as a reference to the overall “feel” of Gargantia in terms of it is a mecha series, but lately it has been 10000% about Red growing from soldier boy to everyday joe sort of how things go down with Renton? Yeah ill try to not mention it xD

    • Highway says:

      I guess it’s a case of different people looking for different things. To me, this episode did a good bit of filling in the story and the world (and made one major mistake, but it was in the name of cool). The biggest thing it told me is that the world of Gargantia is a fairly stable society population-wise and that the creation of a job is no trivial task. Essentially for Red to find ‘work’ he has to do something that noone else has wanted to do but someone has been willing to pay for, or he needs to create value in some way that is not already being covered. It was, to me, very well done in the idea of “job markets 101”.

      The other things I thought worked well from world building were the exposure of the shady side of Gargantia and the required breaks in routine. The shady side is something that could be assumed, but with all the focus on the bright world abovedecks and bubbly Amy, Melty and Saya, you can forget that there’re people who aren’t as obvious, but who do a lot of work to keep the place running (even transvestite prostitutes). And the idea of ‘the sea is calm, we need to take the opportunity to do repairs we can’t do’ is an excellent touch, one that makes it feel like a more complete world.

      The mistake? If fresh water is so precious, why would you be spraying it out all over the place in such a wasteful manner! Plus, that little weedy pump is not going to move that much water. It was pretty and cool, but that part was completely out of character.

      • skylion says:

        Weedy pumps on Gargantia are like icebergs I guess…

      • Gecko says:

        I was so mad at the water wasting!! Argh, if you’re going to clean, clean what’s dirty!! (Like the barn full of cow poop.)

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