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.