Storia di tre sorelle a caccia di un mistero (Story of three sisters on the hunt for a mystery)
With much of the premise remaining shrouded in mystery, Galilei Donna’s premiere chose to rely on its characters for the majority of its entertainment value and appeal. In this crucial first episode, the plot details were few and far between, so the three Ferrari sisters would basically have to carry the show – which they accomplished with their distinctive, compelling, and downright likeable personalities.
The youngest of the trio and the first Galileo descendant introduced, Hozuki Ferrari (Hidaka Rina), is so far my favorite of the three siblings. Sure, she’s cute like the other sisters, but after all, it’s what’s inside that matters and inside Hozuki is the mind of an engineering genius. Yet the trait that stood out the most wasn’t her intellect but how preternaturally level-headed and bold she was even in the most trying of situations. Hozuki’s actions in the early moments of the episode when she was chased by a sinister drone was a wonderful foreshadowing of her actions during the rescue of her family from Cicinho (Kamiya Hiroshi) and his Black Ganymede. Both times, she coolly turned on the jets, evaded the enemy, and then turned the tide on her pursuer. Hozuki simply acts far older than her age, which is always refreshing when so many young female characters are portrayed otherwise. With Galilei Donna’s synopsis pointing towards constant conflicts between the siblings as one of the central storylines of the series, it will be interesting to see what role Hazuki will play – my bet is she’ll be the “peacemaker”.
Little is known about the middle sister, Kazuki (Ookubo Rumi), other than that she is quiet, reserved, serious, and so crazy about a boy she can’t even be in classroom group activities with him. From the OP, she is shown practicing karate and appears to be the athletic sister of the three. Unfortunately, she was relegated to almost a secondary status in this first episode, even overshadowed by the antics of her “tiger mom/typical Asian mom” Sylvia (Kuwashima Houko). Hopefully we’ll learn more about her character in coming weeks since she would make a perfect foil for her older sister Hazuki (Shindou Kei), who’s anything but soft-spoken.
Hazuki’s loud-mouthed, combative, “I’m gonna lawyer you!” personality was a joy to watch to say the least. Anyone with the gall to lawyer the hostage taker or attacker while they themselves are being taken hostage or attacked is awesome in my book. In any case, Hazuki makes a great addition to the Ferrari sister trifecta as she brings much needed contrast and comedy to the serious proceedings. The only reservation was the hints of a potential romance between her and Cicinho as it would be a bit too predictable and clichéd of a plot twist and the story holds too much potential to be side-tracked by yet another romance.
Like the beginnings of any mystery, the first episode of Galilei Donna raised more questions than it answered. From the synopsis given by the show’s producers, we know that the Earth has plunged into another ice age. This probably led to methane clathrate becoming an important source of energy, if not the primary source, and thus, the destruction of a major mining complex would have serious global implications/consequences. Whatever Galileo’s inheritance is, it’s likely something that is related to the attack in the opening scene of the episode.
In any case, the premise of Galilei Donna should be an intriguing one even in its barebones state for most viewers. To top it off, there are even mecha in the story, and everyone knows mecha just make nearly every show better. If god forbid mecha aren’t your cup of tea and neither are the character designs by Adachi Shingo of Sword Art Online and Working! fame, there are still plenty of factions and character dynamics that can command your interest like the mysterious curly-haired woman in Hazuki’s group.
All in all, A-1 Pictures and director Umetsu Yasoumi are off to a promising start with Galilei Donna. The Galilei sisters might not be the infamous Tsuganoki Second Junior High School’s Fire Sisters, but they do have a mecha airship shaped like a goldfish, and that is definitely worth watching for.