Throwing people overboard who are not considered useful enough to society aside, I think this regime is perfectly fine. Oh sure, you might think this act of mass sacrifice to appease their robot god and to keep population numbers down is barbaric, but this is only because in this timeline, birth control hasn’t been perfected yet so everyone is making way too many babies. If they didn’t do this, the place would be so over-crowded that people would be falling off the sides of the ships anyway.
Colour me unimpressed by this latest episode again. The regime is pretty obviously as evil as you can get. I’m surprised that, instead of throwing the useless people overboard, they didn’t just cook them and feed them to the actually useful people on the ship. We could, I dunno, introduce mandatory education to maximise their usefulness too. The whole thing is very stupid, which sucks as far as villains go. A good antagonist in these sorts of scenarios is one that actually talks some sense so you don’t realise how dangerous they are. It would perhaps help if Gargantia didn’t keep trying to present this as a difficult moral dilemma. Ledo and Pinion having to struggle with their conscience before making a decision rather than realising right from the off what an arse-backwards system this is.
On a related note, I see why the director wanted to present this evil fleet in the fog rather than the happy sunny time on the Gargantia fleet. Pathetic fallacy and all that. But setting the grand final fight in this dreary lifeless atmosphere isn’t giving it the swashbuckling finale feeling that it seems to be going for. We’ve got a lobster mecha hurling enemy robots around like a child jumping into a flock of pigeons, but the foggy background makes it as adrenaline pumping as an old folks home on a humid summer’s day. It’s the kind of atmosphere that should accompany a grim fight to the death. Where the death march of enemy fighting machines strikes fear and dread into the hearts of our protagonists, not tossing them around like barbie dolls.
Meanwhile, what happened to that big revelation from episode 9 that I was so impressed by originally? You know, the one where it was revealed the space snails all originated from humans? The alliance system is a broken one that doesn’t respect the rights of the individuals and treats them like disposable puppets that feeds the war machine. That is a Bad Thing, right? We’re in agreement there Gargantia, right? Now isn’t that a bad thing whether the space snails were human or not? By revealing the space snails were humans, you’ve managed to water down your own message. So turning your civilisation into a war machine is a bad thing, but only because the people you’ve been fighting are just like us? But what, would it be OK if they were actual proper aliens? Why even bring that up in the first place then?