In the distant future, a majority of humans have left the Earth, and the Galactic Alliance of Humanity is founded to guide exploration and ensure the prosperity of mankind. However, a significant threat arises in the form of strange creatures called Hideauze, resulting in an interstellar war to prevent humanity’s extinction. Armed with Chamber, an autonomous robot, 16-year-old lieutenant Ledo of the Galactic Alliance joins the battle against the monsters. In an unfortunate turn of events, Ledo loses control during the battle and is cast out to the far reaches of space, crash-landing on a waterlogged Earth. On the blue planet, Gargantia—a large fleet of scavenger ships—comes across Chamber and retrieves it from the ocean, thinking they have salvaged something of value. Mistaking their actions for hostility, Ledo sneaks aboard and takes a young messenger girl named Amy hostage, only to realize that the residents of Gargantia are not as dangerous as he had believed. Faced with uncertainty, and unable to communicate with his comrades in space, Ledo attempts to get his bearings and acclimate to a new lifestyle. But his peaceful days are about to be short-lived, as there is more to this ocean-covered planet than meets the eye. – My Anime List
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While the science fiction elements and the high stakes twists are exciting in their own way it is one man’s quest to belong and find a home that makes Gargantia such compelling viewing. For a series that explores the very nature of humanity to a great extent, it is in the quieter moments that Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet says the most. A sci-fi adventure with a human heart beating beneath it, it may not be Urobuchi’s finest work but it is definitely the one with the most heart.
So if you’re looking for something that is meaningful; if it’s an anime that’s not too light, but not as dark as Gen Urobuchi’s previous works, then chances are, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is for you.
This was a very enjoyable TV show that went by way too fast in a good way. The science fiction and action are great and the philosophical questions raised are compelling. One might assume it’s another mecha anime but if you give it a chance you might actually learn something!
Attack On Gaming
Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet is a series that will always resonate with us. After watching this series past the point that we dropped it when it originally aired, it really made us feel like we missed something great the first time around. However, due to how long it takes to kick into things, we can’t recommend watching this one episode at a time, but rather, it is a series that needs to be watched in one sitting. We’re glad we got to finish this one off, as it is one of the more interesting series that we have ever seen in any medium.
Gargantia falls just shy of being a perfect series. From its false opening that fools us into believing it will be just your average mecha series – set against the dazzling stars of space as the Alliance do battle against the Hideauze – the series announces that it will look great. But then it changes direction when Ledo falls into a wormhole and lands on Earth, taking on a Waterworld sort of feel, only not as cheesy. It becomes no less reliant on its beautiful imagery (shimmering seas, massive ships, kites hovering on wafts of air), but it does begin to rely more on its characters than it does on non-stop action. This is a good thing, because the evolution of Ledo, who is a cold and distant youngster who was taught only to be a soldier in service to the Alliance, is an interesting thing to watch. His interaction with the somewhat boisterous Amy is one of the things that makes Gargantia endearing, and it’s always difficult not to root for young love anyway.
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet turned out to be an exceptional sci-fi series in the end. Space opera, lost technologies, lost histories, culture clash, giant robots and action sequences, it’s all great fun, very well put together, and rewarding to watch. The characters are wonderful and rich, while the level of thought put into the narrative is more than you get in the average sci-fi anime. While I like the concepts behind From the New World more, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet excels in the execution. It’s more fun to watch, and other than the odd clichéd misstep, the story is more coherent. Manga Entertainment really have to stop leaving out the extras, even if they did get the OVA episodes (one of which is disposable, but the second actually tells the story behind this show’s second, well telegraphed twist), but in every other respect this is an exemplary Blu-ray release. Best of all, a sequel to Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is in the pipeline.
Anime News Network
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is more an example of a series which fails to be spectacular than one which fails to be good. Despite significant stumbles and eventual reliance on some trite storytelling elements, it still tells a solid story backed by high production values.
All told, “Gargantia” is a surprisingly mature anime, especially one with mechs, in a time where the popular thing to put out is a strange romantic comedy or something that tries to be another Death Note or Soul Eater, and where Mech anime try hard to imitate the success of “Gundam SEED” (I have a review of Valvrave the Liberator I’m working on that kind of enforces that thought).
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Gargantia ended up soaring so high above my already space ship launched expectations that I was truly blown out of my seat. And as corny, sappy, and over written as it may sound, given the choice between visiting anywhere on this planet for as long as I want, or getting to spent a single day in Gargantia with Ledo, Amy, and all its other precious people, it’s no betting matter which I’d choose. And although science hasn’t quite come far enough for dimensional travel yet, I’d like to invite all who read this to at least consider taking a trip, even if only by spirit, to the beautiful world of Gargantia. It’s sure to whisk you away to a place far more peaceful than even the nicest beach … and think of all the money you’ll save on airfare!!
But in the end, it’s just a slightly above average adventure that may not even be worth taking.
It’s a solidly produced series, and the creators managed to make this show stand out with tis visuals that manage to remain expressive. Gargantia is a show with issues, but I personally think that the pros weigh over the cons and it’s worth a watch. Just don’t go out of your way to watch it though, because there just are better series.
Knock a star off if you don’t like sci fi, think this doesn’t have enough mecha battles, or don’t think you’ll be able to handle the background information being a bit scant. Otherwise, this gets a very solid recommendation from me.
My Shiny Toy Robots
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is a show that could have certainly done with more episodes. Doubling its episode would have done wonders for the simplified story and lack of character development all-around. But not only that – an extended running time would also have satisfied the need for more. Even with its flaws, Gargantia is a beautiful series that really makes the most of its setting – building a memorable world that just begs for more stories. It certainly isn’t the most cerebral of Gen Urobuchi’s works, but it’s certainly one of the least bleak and, more importantly, the most captivating.
A strong and utterly gorgeous tale of a fish both in and out of water. Well worth your time and a fine example of how good an anime can look, especially on Blu Ray.
The Otaku Judge
It’s a nice science fiction tale brought to life via high production values courtesy of Production I.G. Anyone checking out the series should however temper their expectations, as the opening episode gives the impression that the show is an epic space opera packed with interstellar battles. The story being told however is not that grandiose. For the most part the plot revolves around Ledo finding a new purpose in life, as he transitions from a society were humans are nothing more than disposable weapons to a community were the bonds of family reign supreme.
With some amazing animation and artwork and an enjoyable premise populated by a likable cast, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is a fun series that starts out strong and begins to sputter near the end as it tells a tale that shifts tone and loses parts of itself three quarters of the way through. This doesn’t make the series a bad one by any means, but merely one that could easily have been that much better if handled differently or given more room to develop.
I really enjoyed this anime. It had a strong beginning and keeps you interested till the end. The ending was very sad for me. Though i don’t hate sad ending. I like the fact that the Mecha had its own personality it’s something that I haven’t seen in Mecha anime before. I also liked the fact that through out the anime you actually see how the main character adapts with the new environment he’s in. There was some awesome action going on there. Not to mention, I loved the character design as well as the animation. The story was amazing, with a sad ending.
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Suisei no Gargantia is an anime with an identity crisis. Is it a dramatic story about the dark secrets of humanity, or is it simply a lighthearted tale about a young man finding his place in life? Who really knows. I don’t think it does either.
I really appreciated that they creators of this kept the plot focused on what it means to be human. They didn’t try and go after 15 major plot lines, but rather stayed on one main story line to the very end.
The Nihon Review
I truly believe that the ultimate goal of Gargantia was to create a kind of shock effect by introducing a world so full of joy and having it run headlong into some deep, dark suffering. Countless other anime have made their mark by giving its viewers some hard emotional whiplash. However, this anime hasn’t quite worked out the appropriate formula to sell what it was trying to do.
This Mecha anime starts off with an Epic battle, all forms of Mecha versus a jellyfish like Enemy who is more then formidable against there great numbers. From the start Gargantia had me excited from the start, I love when there is a mix of cel and cg animation to bring out the depth of the characters and action in the story. I was slowly getting to love the main character and his mech, they were totally out of place on this earth and slowly adapting to their current situation as circumstances changed. The story kept heading for an insane climax but at the end of all of it, it just didn’t hit what I was really expecting, I expected something Epic but instead I was left wanting more. I enjoyed this Mecha anime but wanted more.