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Galilei Donna Episode 3: The Galilei Donner Party

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Trapped in a snowy forest, with no food and no means to contact civilization that won’t land them in jail. With tensions flaring, it’s only a matter of time before Anna snaps and cracks open Kazuki’s skull,  savoring her grey matter while exclaiming “How delicious! As is to be expected from a descendent of Galileo!” Maybe Picco Rosso fell victim to this same ignoble fate off-screen, Hozuki sobbing hysterically as her sisters and Anna picked him clean. Or maybe they’ll get rescued by sky pirates, and my Galilei Donna cannibalism fic will have to wait for another, more fortuitous day where they’ve been more than just a few hours without food.

The flared tensions part of the last paragraph is true, at least where Kazuki is concerned. Out of the three sisters, she’s been the one with the least amount of screen-time, with it spent either moping or kicking the shit out of fat police chiefs. It’s here that we finally see her true colors begin to coalesce into a living, breathing personality brimming with nuance—that nuance being more moping. Granted, she does have a good reason; I’d certainly feel emasculated if my younger sibling had put together machinery capable of holding off a city’s entire police force.

The development itself is kind of forced, with Anna continuously prodding with phrases similar to “Oh my god your younger sister’s amazing. She built all this at her tender age, proving herself a genius worth of inheriting Galileo’s legacy.” It’s a clumsy way to highlight Kazuki’s envy of Hozuki, and the comparative lack of direction that she feels in her life. Kazuki isn’t badly written, but the series is trying to make her interesting in ways that don’t achieve the desired result. When your competition is a little girl who designs military-grade hardware and a law student perpetually in her cups, breaking adorable goldfish plates isn’t anywhere near as interesting. Though I guess effort is made to equate the smell of oil with her own burning envy for her sister, which is certainly an interesting way of going about conveying her insecurities. Not any less clumsy, but certainly interesting.

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But really, as long as Galilei Donna is fun, it can be as ham-handed with its character development as it wants to be. And it is still pretty damn fun, even in its calmer moments. I really like the dopey turn that the series is taking when hinting at Galileo’s inheritance. It’s a bit silly that Galileo of all people would use music to encode a clue, given that he wasn’t a terribly notable musician, but it’s a fun way of throwing tidbits of trivia at the audience, without devolving into ceaseless exposition.

Unfortunately, the connection to Galileo ensures that the sisters will be expoloited between different parties as either hostages, or living, breathing dowsing rods. They’ll eventually have to set off on their own if they want to reunite with their (still living) parents, unless the reemerged sky pirates decide to be decent human beings. I guess either way beats being captured by the one-dimensional, compulsive crane-folder.

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11 Comments

  1. Someone Else
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I like the fact that one of them is suffering inferiority complex as it shows that being a descendant is more than just thrown in for plot. Kazuki’s surprisingly my favorite of the sisters now. And Anna’s creepy for some reason since she’s surrounded by mystery herself

    As for the space pirates, I still prefer for them if they aren’t sympathetic as they can be some fun villains like how they did on the first episode. I’m not really fond of any idea of romance between the pirate guy and the sisters (probably just the eldest) and would only be tolerable if he keeps acting like a dick, while Hazuki threatens him with lawsuits.

    Also good thing you didn’t drop this on episodic blogs since you’re also blogging Kyousogiga because I like both shows :D

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      I’ll cover this to the best of my ability. Several important deadlines are fast approaching, but hot lawyer threatening pirate action needs to be blogged.

  2. Multifish
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    I’m still wondering whether or not Anna will turn out to be evil. It seems likely for the most part, as she gained their trust pretty quickly to accomplish her goals, but who knows? Maybe she was GOING to betray them, but when the time comes she’ll discover she’s become a big ol’ softy for these eccentric gals.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      That’s actually a good question! If she is though, she’s way out of her league. On one side, you have a global corporation with no qualms over killing innocents. On the other, you have a girl who designs goldfish-themed weaponry, who could turn Anna into a fine red mist. She’s more adorable as a Galileo fanatic, anyway.

  3. Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Nooo, the poor goldfish.
    That freaky bitch must have cooked it off screen.
    “Yum. It’s not everyday you get to eat a pet of Galileo descendant.” Or so she wrote on her Twitter, in hope that it would be read by her fellow Galileo maniacs.

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Lol that’s kind of awesome and creepy at the same time. I really wish Anna is that insane, that would add a lot to the show

  4. ANON
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    This is the first time I chuckled at a pun inushinde made. Good job!

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      I do my best! Evidently it’s not good enough 99% of the time, but that 1% makes it worth the effort.

  5. Ken
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the Galileo of our universe wasn’t that good a musician but we are seeing an alternate universe here, and therefore an alternate universe Galileo could be even more awesome. Maybe he created these different flying machines we see here to begin with.

    I’m a big fan of the Read or Dye OVA so the concept of creating a fiction giving past historical figures fantastic abilities is fine with me.

  6. Shinsei
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    What I’m hoping is that the sisters will get split up: Hozuki will stay with Anna, Kazuki will run away and end up with origami-guy, and Hazuki will get kidnapped or something by the sky pirates. Would make for some interesting dynamics as they would all be on different sides of the treasure hunt, competing against each other. Probably won’t happen though.

    • Posted October 31, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

      That’s some awesome pairings. They should have hired you as the writer, lol. While we are at it, let’s give the youngest sister to somebody too.

      Hazuki x Sky Pirates’ captain
      Kazuki x Origami guy
      Hozuki x Daddy

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