I’m not very good at coming up with puns. Inushinde is the real king of that. Sometimes I can come up with the odd movie or song title reference, but those are either cliche or too obscure to be funny. That’s why for years I never bothered with the post subtitles. But bringing on those two berks meant I had to start including post subtitles too. So instead I just go for the incredibly blunt titles because that is all I can think of.
But yes, this episode was half Pinion waving his dick over the radio and going “yoohoo aren’t you all jealous of what this suction pump I bought from an ad on jlist did for me wooh” and doing the windmill, and half Ledo falling around the ship as though Chamber has been spiking his nutrient supplements.
I can’t say I was feeling Ledo’s emotional breakdown the same way I felt Akane’s breakdown in Psycho Pass. I think it’s because I’m impatient and would just like Ledo to get on with his life. When Akane’s life force was shattered, you saw her be broken, but by the next time we saw her she was girding her loins and getting back into action. She wasn’t suffering from sea legs and pulling orz poses. I was siding with Chamber before he even began his speech.
I did really enjoy that spiel from Chamber about the fundamental differences between them and the space snails (I could just remember how to spell Hideoooze, or I could just keep calling them space snails, which is way easier). Often with sci-fi alien races, they’re basically just the equilivant of a nation of humans or a certain political leaning of humans. These aliens are the Space Imperialists, while those are the Space Capitalists. The space snails are truly alien in every way from humans, ironic considering their beginnings. It’s interesting to consider what happens we lose our desire to augment our lives to compensate for our bodies inabilities. My first thought with that was wouldn’t people still want art? Even if everything we physically want is provided, mental stimulus is subjective. However if you consider for a second what art is, it’s a person’s vision transcribed via a medium. If all communication is instant and perfect, there is theoretically no need for art.
As for Gargantia as a whole, I’m not sure if you guys are feeling the same way, but I’m just not as jazzed about it as I was at the start. The terrible middle portion of the show really soured my opinion on the themes it was building up, and these latest episodes haven’t been able to get me hyped up again. The characters are just really uninteresting. If they were supposed to be building up Pinion as being some kind of antagonist, then they’ve done a crap job because I feel only mild dislike towards him and his dick-waving. The female characters are complete jokes, in particular Amy who is just that goddamn genki girl archetype. I’m not invested in events anymore, and all that’s really keeping my attention is the sci-fi folklore stuff that’s basically just Chamber reading the Mass Effect codex out loud. And on some level I’m kinda cool with that, because I love me some high sci-fi, but an engaging story it does not make.