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?
Still, 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.