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Galilei Donna Episode 11: Galilei Done With This Show

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It was either get this post out in a timely fashion, or not feel terrible while writing it. I think I made the right choice, and Kyousougiga will be coming up soon. Fuck actually having to do shit for Christmas.

Normally I try to actually make an intelligible line of thought for my posts, rather than a slurry of malformed observations and puns (really, I do try!), but I just couldn’t here. I guess that a show with a train of logic that explodes toward the end deserves a similarly nebulous post. I’m actually kind of amazed that Galilei Donna got this bad in only an episode’s time—fine it is not. 

It’s so rare for everything in an episode to be a series of inane twists of somehow nonexistent relevance to every other plot point that came before. I’m actually kind of impressed that something could unironically invalidate itself this much in just one episode. I’ll admit that I don’t know how law works in Italian court, but I don’t think that this much pandemonium could result in anything but a mistrial. Honestly, that’d probably be the smartest thing that the show could do– deliberately create a mistrial situation by introducing so much previously unexamined evidence that the judge is forced to  postpone the trial, or even call it off altogether. Italy may be in kind of a bad spot, but I doubt their legal system’s anywhere near this fucked.

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I will admit, it was kind of hilarious to see Hazuki, whose entire existence in the series has evidently been leading up to this point, utterly fail to put her law expertise to good use. In general, both of the older sisters turned out to be completely useless, but Hazuki was the bigger disappointment of the two. She was actually interesting, being played up as somebody who could put enemies in their place by administering cold hard justice, but the series not only failed to deliver, but it consciously slapped down any chance of her being more than a perpetually drunk hanger-on. It’s not her fault.

Other than that, there’s no satisfaction to be gleaned from the episode. It’s a spectacle, sure, but a trial pulled out of the show’s ass is not the best way to end something that featured time travel, sky pirates, and world travel. The finale plays at having closure, but accomplishes absolutely nothing toward reaching that goal. There’s still an energy crisis, the girls are effectively homeless, and the pirates will eventually figure out that they made off with a fake treasure and probably be back to steal Galileo’s sketches.

With all that said, I was entertained. When things are as labyrinthine and unpredictable as this, it would be hard not to take some kind of amusement from the way the finale vomits up its pancreas and cries blood. The series tried to desperately close as many important subplots as possible in a 23 minute timeframe, in the process diminishing every bit of impact that it worked so hard to retain. It’s such a chaotic mess of nonsense that I can’t help but find it adorable.

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There’s a lot to dislike about Galilei Donna: A girl getting a fever after a bone-crunching four story fall, sky pirates showing up for the sake of plot convenience while somehow doing nothing helpful, Dutch orphans getting vaporized for no reason at all, Galileo falling for his great to the nth power granddaughter, Hozuki essentially starting this whole mess by macking on Galileo… and best of all, the entire thing was pointless. The Tesoro was never complete, the mother and father could have apparently worked against the villains at any time to keep their daughters from having bounties placed on their heads, and nothing was learned by any party.

It takes real effort to go from mostly competent, if a bit bad, to broken beyond repair. And by god, Galilei Donna goes the extra mile. 10/10, anime of the year.

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12 Comments

  1. Mormegil
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    According to a post on the AnimeSuki forums:

    ‘The show was originally designed to be two-cours in length, and they had already done story planning to that end. But then Aniplex requested the show be cut down to one-cour in length, so they had to do it over and it ended up having a bit of a “highlights” or “summary” feel.’

    The director apparently said this in a Noitamina radio show.

    So…yeah. Guess that explains why this was so horrible and rushed. At the same time, though, the writing was god-awful.

    • blackice85
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      You know I was actually thinking to myself that it could have been decent if only it had more time. Maybe not great, but like you said not as rushed.

  2. Posted December 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    But Kazuki at least shoot things with the Galileo’s cannon and kicked whatever the hell she pleased. It barely cancelled her obnoxious whining, though. Hazuki, on the other hand, was there just to have a handsome pirate care about her and try to help her. That part when he revealed himself after the trial got my biggest reaction from any anime this season.
    I don’t think only the last episode was this awful. The whole anime was – first episode promised us an adventure, instead we got girls sitting in a mecha and Roberto being edgy. I think this is the worst anime I watched to the end this year, Coppelion at least was entertaining with its action.

  3. Posted December 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Well, I listed it as one of my fav shows of the year. NO REGRETS.

    People kept saying they were creeped out by Galileo getting a crush on Hozuki because she was so young, so I’m glad you pointed out the fact that they’re related, which I thought was wayyyy creepier. Hozuki was of marriageable age for 15th century Italy, anyway. Pretty sure having the hots for your grand-daughter of any degree wasn’t cool there, though!

    Did you think of Symphogear at the end screen, or was that just me?

    • Inushinde
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Symphogear is forever in my waking thoughts, so you’re not alone.

    • Kiseki
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      While I get why people would be squicked with Hozuki being young, I never understood why her being his descendant added to it? I mean the whole descendant thing was bullshit in the first place; you’re barely related when you’re that far down the bloodline.

      I…personally had no issue with their age difference. I thought it was kinda cute? It’s not something I’d like to see irl, but I’m so used to seeing these kind of relationships in shoujo already? It’s almost a moment of triumph for me when the guy can’t help but fall for the charms of the heroine I adore so much. It would be a different story if he tried to do anything to her though. :Ia

      • Posted December 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        THEY HAD THE SAME EYES

      • shytende
        Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        I would have been more creeped out if she fell in love with her more recent ancestor, Lolo Ferrari.

  4. Son Gohan
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    For a rushed ending it wasn’t THAT bad. It’s implied that Galileo’s Tesoro is a new energy source and Hozuki has the brains to complete Galileo’s formula and solve the world’s energy problem.

    It’s clear that the show was planned for 2 cours. Kazuki was the most shafted. She barely did anything useful. Her love interest didn’t even speak! Hazuki at least had some cool lines, even if she wasn’t much more useful.

    Hocchi was the only reason to watch this show, really. Too bad we never saw her in the OP/ED outfit…

    • Kiseki
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      I barely watched any new anime this year, but picked this up thanks to the cute character designs… Cute girls with cute clothes…

      And the fact that it had a lot of potential that was all wasted thanks to its length being cut in half.

  5. shytende
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one eagerly waiting for Wizard Barristers ?

    I really want to see how they will be able to top this.
    I’m confident they can do it.

    • Ken
      Posted December 30, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      Your not the only one. The man behind Wizard Barristers, Yasuomi Umetsu, has done some really hard core action anime before. I’m hungry for some badass wizard law and order.

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