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.
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.
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.