Shinmaru late with Flowers of Evil post, Inushinde missing an Attack on Titan post, and now me being late on Gargantia posts again. The Cart Driver is going downhill. I was going to make lots of clever jokes about how the Hideauze moe girl murdering scene would have been way more emotionally traumatising if they had replaced her with Squid Girl, but now everybody has made that joke so I would just look silly. You know, for a property touting its Butcher Gen heritage, so far the characters to die are a psychotic lesbian pirate villain, an old dude who was dying anyway, and Squid Girl.
I really loved how the reveal for the Hideauze was handled. Not necessarily the big info dump, I’ll get to that later. What I really liked was how they set your mind on that path with the floating Hideauze foetus a few moments before. You didn’t need Ledo going “that sure looked like a human baby don’t you think Chamber”. They just let it float by our screen and let us take that detail in for ourselves. The earlier battle between Chamber and the Hideauze made it look like a massacre rather than a battle, moving onto full blown genocide when Chamber started lazily blasting his laser into the vats and eggs.
As for the reveal itself, it was like a cross between the walking donkey library infodump episode of From the New World crossed with the music video reveal from Pale Cocoon. The infodump tactic can horribly backfire and be a massive pile of boring stodge in the laziest example of attempting storytelling ever. See the first episode of Fate/Zero with that infamous walking around in circles scene. To give context for why that sucked versus Gargantia and From the New World, firstly having it right at the beginning of the first episode is a terrible move. Both Gargantia and From the New World had already been hinting at the things the infodump revealed, so we were invested in finding out why the world was this way. Fate/Zero dropped all this info on us without giving us a reason to care beforehand. No investment means sitting through an extended monologue about the world is lost on us. Gargantia and From the New World up-ended our view of the story. Fate/Zero had nothing to upend so it left no emotional impact.
Secondly, the presentation of Fate/Zero’s monologue is shit. Gargantia used the lost archives idea, as did Pale Cocoon, while From the New World cut to shots of what they were explaining. It used the pictures to help tell the narrative, so while what we are getting is an infodump, it’s not an infodump entirely through monologue. Fate/Zero meanwhile showed us two men walking in a circle. Riveting material clearly. I genuinely don’t even remember what that monologue was actually about, that’s how boring it was. Also third and final problem with the Fate/Zero walking in circles scene: No Rider and Waver. Therefore automatically in the ‘shit’ category of Fate/Zero scenes.
What’s that? I was supposed to be talking about Gargantia and not bitch about Fate/Zero?