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Galilei Donna Episode 2: Kingyo? More like Kawaiingyo


Goldfish-themed machinery just keeps on coming, and I love that the show is going all out in letting Hozuki’s love for the things flourish. The goldfish-themed power suit is my new favorite; you wouldn’t expect a walking suit to be designed after something that can only flop around ineffectually on land, but Hozuki’s love for goldfish transcends the need for practicality. It’s enough to melt all but the steeliest of hearts, though it makes me wonder how far this rabbit hole of themed machinery will go. I’m half expecting that by the end, we’ll have the Ferrari sisters hitch a ride into space on a goldfish-shaped rocket, with goldfish-shaped space suits. Or maybe Hozuki will take her love to the next level and find a way to splice her genes with those of Picco. Only time will tell.

One thing in the episode really bugged me, and I’m glad that I’m not the only person who picked up on it. When Hozuki saves Picco Rosso from certain death after his bowl breaks, she doesn’t take it somewhere else onscreen; she runs into Anna and lets the poor thing suffocate in her hand while having a conversation. I’m sure she found a new bowl off-screen, but not showing any kind of concern after running into Anna feels like a lazy oversight, given that Hozuki’s love for goldfish is her most notable personality trait.

Things outside of Hozuki’s goldfish obsession are certainly picking up, happily enough.  The jailbreak sequence with the goldfish power suit is equal parts tense and amusing, with the inherent silliness of a little girl piloting a smiling goldfish through a heavily-defended police station lightening the mood, right up until the shot of the mother with a bullet through her skull.


Having the parents supposedly offed in only the second episode creates a fair amount of tension, thanks to them actually getting a degree of screen time. Giving characters just a few moments onscreen makes all the difference when they’re finally done in, and Galilei Donna manages to tread the line between creating attachment and just making them sympathetic enough to have an impact. Despite the detachment present throughout this family, they do feel like a family, rather than several plot-convenient characters forced together.

Of course it certainly helps that the villains come across as ruthless and corrupt, without becoming overly-ghoulish. The threat they present is very real, and you get a sense that they’ll kill anybody in the family if it means that they get one step closer to their goal. The fact that they’re so unflinching about hurting the parents shows how resolute they are about obtaining Galileo’s inheritance, walking goldfish power suits be damned.

Holy hell I said ‘goldfish’ a lot in this post.

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  1. Nagisa
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    How does this series fair with all the stellar titles out there already? Is there filling substance or rich enjoyment baked under its sweet moe exterior?

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

      It’s just goofy fun so far, with a loose understanding of genetics and how guns work.

  2. Cobrah
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Can’t say I was expecting the Goldfish Mecha. And I can’t say that it wasn’t the best part of the episode. I am all for more Goldfish themed machinery.

  3. Posted October 20, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    I’m actually not totally convinced mom and dad are dead – dad isn’t shown at all explicitly harmed, and mom could easily just have been bashed in the back of the head – we don’t see a bullet hole or anything like that. Just a bit too ambiguous for both for me to not be skeptical… and, well, honestly, the show just doesn’t feel like the sort of show that’s killing off the parents at this juncture. For all that we see guns waved around and buildings collapsing, this has been a pretty tame show in that regard – note how Hozuki specifically shoots at the feet of the cops when she first shows up in the mech in the station.

  4. Wodes
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    The Da Vinci Code w/ moe
    Not sure how this is going to turn out

    • Silverbeard
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Already better than the actual Da Vinci Code.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      I thought more National Treasure, except with moe instead of Nic Cage. I’m honestly not sure if we came out on top with this one.

  5. shytende
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Well, I would have expected a Galilei’s decendant to be fascinated by lime, instead of goldfish.
    Because of this inaccuiracy, I can’t totally take this show seriously.

  6. Fifteenth
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think even Galileo can make a polished high end goldfish mecha that can fly, complete with artillery that can hold up a pirate sky ship with 3D light projection of AI goldfish navigator under three years alone while going to school every weekdays, dressed nicely, and taking care of a goldfish pet, even with some secret magical sketch.

  7. Johnny Joestar
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    What happened to the goldfish anyway? Did they leave it to die?

    RIP the best character ;_;

  8. Shinmaru
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink


  9. Someone Else
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Such a fun show. Indiana Jones, anime version

  10. Meghan
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Honestly, the only reason I want to see this show is because I’m interested in how the oldest sister’s storyline is going to progress. It’s a small detail, but the “alcoholism” of her character is something I haven’t really seen much of in an anime and I’m really interested in it! Especially since it’s a woman. I’m not sure how elemental it will be to the plot though and might not get much development. Although, kudos for you and the blog for making me aware of this show!

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      I figure they’re going to make her more of a wastrel with a love for wine, what with those being the two easiest Italian stereotypes to do anything with. Though, if they did go for her drinking early and often in order to cope with the stresses of law school, it’d be pretty interesting. Fingers crossed that they aren’t just being lazy.

  11. R1CK_D0M
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    actually I didn’t see an exit wound on the mother’s head. Maybe he just cracked her upside the dome and knocked her out?

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