24 CommentsFirst Impressions, Galilei Donna / By Inushinde /

Galilei Donna Episode 1: Boku no Picco Rosso


I can’t think of a better way to kick off a new show than with a dumb pun crossing a goldfish name and shota porn. Thank you for taking one for the team, unfortunately-named goldfish.

Galilei Donna is a show that lives and dies by how interesting it makes its main characters, the counterintuitively named Ferrari sisters. The episode does a good job at cluing us in on the qualities of each sister, without crushing the audience under exposition: Youngest likes to work with machinery, middle child likes to be boring, oldest likes to binge drink around noon on a regular basis. It’s not breaking new ground, but the traits that are given attention are broad enough that they can go in any number of directions—especially the drinking part. 

I do like that the series is hinting at an attempt to tie their personalities back to Galileo. Having each girl represent a facet of his genius, or even just snippets of his personality, is a novel way of providing insight into his accomplishments and struggles. Galilei Donna has the potential to close the distance between our modern understanding and one of the most important historical figures of the 16th Century, and it’d be great if it aimed for a higher purpose by living up to this promise. I’m not sure how substantive the connection would be, but it is on the right track toward acknowledging it as more than a gimmick, provided it doesn’t drunkenly fall asleep halfway through.


There are hints that this is what the series is trying to do, since apparently Galileo’s descendents have each inherited an aspect of his greatness. The most visible is Hozuki’s skill with machinery, which closely resembles Galileo’s own inventory prowess, albeit with much more of a goldfish theme. The only one that I can’t really place is the middle sister, Kazuki; my guess would be music, since Galileo was also something of an accomplished musician, but that’s only because she’s shown with earphones for all of twenty seconds. For all I know, she could have been listening to the yandere boyfriend spoken track from Watamote. What I’m saying is I don’t think Kazuki will be anything but shit.

I hope that this allusion is the ultimate goal, because otherwise I can’t quite make heads or tails of Galilei Donna yet. It’s certainly entertaining, but I don’t know what that entertainment is in aid of yet. Maybe it thinks that having goldfish-themed airships is all the reason it needs to look and sound great, and who am I to argue with that?

Galidon105Still, it’s not like this is a show that has something to prove. The action flows wonderfully from scene to scene, and it does a great job at building the characters organically. It could be nothing more than a competently-woven fugitive story, with three estranged sisters having to overcome the boundaries between their personalities in order to survive, and I would enjoy it just as much as I would if it made a concerted effort to follow through with the Galileo allusions. This is a damn fine beginning to what I hope is a damn fine show.

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  1. Pusswookie
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Maybe while Galileo was under house arrest he started using those telescopes of his to spy on people – and later we’ll find out the middle girl is a total creeper.

  2. AG
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    The youngest has his scientific ability, the second has (potentially) his musical ability while the oldest has his alcoholism.

    I don’t know about you but if i was the oldest I’d be pretty pissed that that’s all I got from Grandpa Galileo’s genetics.

    Also Ferrari? World cup? Really? Next you’re gonna tell me their new house will be in a pizza place and they tend to talk with their fingers stuck together

  3. Scamp
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Just want to say that, since both you and I are of European descent, that we are probably both related to Galileo. Simple maths and probability. Maybe less-so Shinmaru because he’s Mexican, but let’s just assume that he probably is too.

    Basically what I’m saying is Galilei Donna genderswapped would just be a history of The Cart Driver.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      So if you’re the alcoholic one, then which are the others?

  4. Wodes
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    As a college student I can 100% relate to the alcoholic girl; the struggle is real(especially as it pertains to law school). I could care less about Galileo and if the whole show was about how college is fucking tough then I’d eat it all up.
    That said, it’s nice to have some interesting family dynamics as well. A lot more realistic than the usual family set up in anime. The only thing that really irks me about the show is how quickly it seems to be turning into Code Geass. That and the ridiculous stereotyping of italian people

    • Nagisa33
      Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      As a college student, with a strong family relationship, who would like an exploration of college being tough, and wouldn’t mind another Code Geass this show just may tickle my fancy! Also, I’m Italian and I like to make pizza and pasta as well as talk with my hands. I’d like to see the exploration of more Italian aspects. Maybe someone will go “Mama Mia” just like Caesar did in JoJo. That would make my day.

      • Wides
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 5:55 am | Permalink

        2/10 for effort

      • Nagisa
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 5:57 am | Permalink

        At least it’s a true story. :)

  5. ANON
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    1. I still think they were thinking of Leonardo da Vinci when they were making the plot of this thing but accidentally put Galileo Galilei’s name instead and went through with it.

    2. Obviously inushinde will be the second one and shinmaru will be the genius loli.

    3. I’m a senior law student and you don’t see me drunk in the middle of the day, but you do see me constantly refreshing this blog every hour so I don’t know which one is worse.

    4. I wouldn’t mind seeing a yandere boys spinoff from watamote.

    5. I expect to see this in subsequent episodes:

    • Banarok
      Posted October 12, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

      Blog addiction can be fatal, be careful with the dosage!

      • Pusswookie
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 4:00 am | Permalink

        Pffft, there’s nothing to back that up.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 12, 2013 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      So I’m the boring one? I don’t know how to take that.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink


      • ANON
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        would you rather be the loli? :D

      • Shinmaru
        Posted October 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        The loli gets a goldfish mecha, so I’d say I got a good deal!

  6. Someone Else
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    I kind of forgot about Galileo’s background since he’s barely a topic in my history class so this is a nice read. Still that goldfish is pretty neat. I hope the mecha in this are mostly airships rather than huge humanoid robots similar to last exile. It’s more sci-fi than steam punkish though so I won’t cross my fingers that this won’t have a giant humanoid robot. Also lol Galilei Donna so Donna is now how DNA is called

    Still the show fails to tell why:
    1. They are Japanese
    2. In a western setting
    3. They are girls which is I bet purely for fanservice
    And I hope they answer that

    Still that team rocket like villain is kind of interesting. I was hoping it got covered in this post

    • Lin
      Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      1. Why is the Last Samurai an American? What the hell is Tom Sawyer doing in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?

      It’s a marketing thing. The audience relate better to their own people.

      2. Why not? It’s cool to make movies or shows in any sort of setting.

      3. If they were all guys, would you call it fanservice too?

      Personally, I see no problem with them being all girls. It makes for an interesting dynamic, considering they don’t get along all that well.

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        Haven’t seen Tom Sawyer, but the last samurai was acceptable because it was eventually explained. Iirc, Full metal alchemist had proper western characters set properly in a western setting but still became a huge hit. If this is a marketing thing then I guess that means the show doesn’t have much to offer. Question two was meant to be combined with one, sorry. Well if they were all guys I guess it’s a fanservice too. I just hope they’re more than just fanservice as you say

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

        I mean if it’s just a marketing thing

    • Posted October 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      There is no answer in the world that can possibly satisfy those questions without ruining the anime from what I see, considering that they don’t have any relevance (so far) to what’s going on.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      It’s kind of expected for a show called “Galilei Donna” to take place in Italy, don’t you think? It’s entirely possible, and even likely, that his descendants would be elsewhere, but it’d just feel off if it took place in France, or Ecuador.

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

        Well that’s true, but the Japanese names kind of made a disconnect. K Project had a background and history all made somewhere in the west (probably germany) and then all we get are Japanese high schoolers doing a street fight. I just hope they explain why they had to move there other than just because they can. Also from the wikis it says the mother is Sylvia and the father is Geshio. So where the hell is Hazuki, Kazuki, Hozuki names came from… Which I hope they explain really

      • ANON
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

        I have the feeling that the methane hydrate raid happened on one of jupiter’s moons (the so called Galilean satellites) and they’ll use that goldfish to travel to space after destroying their home, so that setting in italy might only be for episode 1 only.

        Of course they will do it to look for galileo’s treasure or whatever that villain was looking for. That’s also why they’re considered as fugitives, since they ran and they kept saying they’ll pay for the damages because of the goldfish someday.

  7. R1CK_D0M
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    youngest does machines, oldest drinks, middle is boring. am I the only one who thought ah my goddess?

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