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duckroll
2012-12-07, 02:38
http://i.imgur.com/gzuIk.png

http://www.gargantia.jp/

Concept: Kazuya Murata, Gen Urobuchi
Director: Kazuya Murata
Series Composition/Script: Gen Urobuchi
Original Character Design: Hanaharu Naruko
Mecha Designer: Makoto Ishiwata
Music: Taro Iwashiro
Animation Production: Production I.G.

The anime starts on April 2013. They're also doing a manga in Newtype Ace.

English trailer: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-30/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-1st-full-promo-subtitled-in-english

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings. During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Red (played by Kaito Ishikawa) and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space.

Waking from his artificially induced hybernation, Red realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the long forgotten planet. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas' depths in order to survive.

Red arrives on one of the city fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet's history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy (Hisako Kanemoto), a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Red, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him.

With this project, manga artist Hanaharu Naruko (Shōjo Material, Kamichu!) is creating his first original character designs for an anime. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) of Nitroplus is supervising and writing the scripts. Taro Iwashiro (Red Cliff, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, live-action SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade and The Prince of Tennis) is scoring the music, and Kazuya Murata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) is directing. (Murata and Urobuchi collaborated on the original concept of the anime.)

The television series will premiere in Japan next April.

Artwork:
http://i.imgur.com/4nBOZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fIQV5.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WvgCZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KNex6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/CaoGT.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/r3LeO.jpg



Character Designs:
http://i.imgur.com/FIby2.png
http://i.imgur.com/JBDNu.png
http://i.imgur.com/DzRPA.png
http://i.imgur.com/uu3iW.png
http://i.imgur.com/bNmLV.png
http://i.imgur.com/MucWE.png
http://i.imgur.com/tJQRI.png
http://i.imgur.com/E9iHW.png

MisaoFan
2012-12-07, 03:54
I'm very excited to see this new Gen Urobuchi show ! This really mades my day ! Given the illustrations, it might be a dark comedy with supernatural elements. I can't wait for it !

NorthernFallout
2012-12-07, 04:10
Looking very much forward to this. Not only because of the Butcher, but also because the design looks really nice.

Tyabann
2012-12-07, 04:41
Now that's a weird combination.
I mean, no more than Ume and Gen were with Madoka, I guess, but still.

MisaoFan
2012-12-07, 05:15
So I just rechecked the pic, and is it just me, or is the story be similar to Lucky Luke and Desert Punk (with a hint of Django) but with Urobutcher's writing ?
Anyways, the western cowboy setting is very rare in animes like this, so of course it might become another crowning jewel of the spring season for me.

MisaoFan
2012-12-08, 05:15
More staff details revealed :
Mecha designer : Makoto Ishiwata
Music : Taro Iwashiro
Animation Production : Production I.G

Plot summary is here (I tried to translate it on Google Translate, but there's some errors left and right) :
人類銀河連盟と異形の怪生命体「ヒディアーズ」の戦いが繰り広げられる遠い未来。
戦うことしかしらない少年兵レドが、ワープ事故によりたどり着いたのは、
海上都市のように連結された船団で人々が暮らす未知の惑星だった。

duckroll
2012-12-08, 06:56
Thanks for posting the updated staff info. The plot of the anime is set in a future where the human alliance is at war with a mysterious alien race called Hideous. The story is about a child soldier named Red who is caught in some sort of warp accident and finds himself on an unknown water-based planet where the people there live together in large ship convoys and travel in across the sea.

Here's a new scan:
http://i.imgur.com/EWRjB.jpg

MeoTwister5
2012-12-08, 07:23
So I take it this is Urobutcher's take on post-apocalyptic mecha anime?

sky black swordman
2012-12-08, 08:30
I see, 4 possible romantic interest for the MC. :heh:

NoemiChan
2012-12-08, 09:14
Three words...

Sexy, hot, girls..... Just add it to my list...

Nachtwandler
2012-12-08, 11:40
I see, 4 possible romantic interest for the MC.

My bet on the girl with green bag. But it's more possible that all four would suffer and die before series ends.

klare
2012-12-08, 11:49
it is likely one of them is an alien, one is a time traveller, another will lose her head and the last one will turn into a monster^^

the art does look nice

Kanon
2012-12-08, 12:11
Urobuchi x Hanaharu... interesting combination.

LightningZERO
2012-12-09, 00:54
Urobuchi in a mecha anime?

Count me in!

xizro345
2012-12-09, 02:50
Production IG's latest efforts have been quite questionable IMO, so I'm keeping the wait and see approach.

sky black swordman
2012-12-09, 03:21
My bet on the girl with green bag. But it's more possible that all four would suffer and die before series ends.

You see this going down the bad end. :heh:

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-09, 06:51
Urobuchi + mecha = awesomeness (?)

Anyway, I’m hyped for this.

My wet dream is for the Butcher to make his own Gundam series. The franchise suits him like a glove. Plus, Sunrise needs it after a commercial (and quality) wrong-turn that is Gundam AGE.

Btw, anybody else thinks “Yoko-clone” after seeing the bottom-right girl (from the pic duckroll posted)?

Westlo
2012-12-09, 07:14
Urobuchi + mecha = awesomeness (?)

Urobuchi + mecha = Blassreiter....

Vladrave
2012-12-09, 07:22
By urobucher? Insta-watch.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-09, 07:29
Urobuchi + mecha = Blassreiter....That means good or bad? Coz I personally enjoy Blassreiter ;).

bahamut zero
2012-12-09, 07:43
Blassreiter was bad, like, reeeeaaaally bad.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-09, 08:00
Blassreiter was bad, like, reeeeaaaally bad.Well, to each their own I guess.

Still, why would people assume that Urobuchi-mecha will resulted in another Blassreiter in the first place?

Btw, this title is already tagged as harem eh :heh:.

MisaoFan
2012-12-09, 08:07
Well, to each their own I guess.

Still, why would people assume that Urobuchi-mecha will resulted in another Blassreiter in the first place?

Btw, this title is already tagged as harem eh :heh:.

I don't know if it's going to be a harem despite having many females, but I could tell Red (the main character) will be romantically interested with Amy (the girl with green bag).

Meanwhile, I'm going to post the name of the showcased characters besides Red and Amy :
- Melty : I'm expecting her to be a genki character played for jokes
- Rigid : a glasses-wearing kuudere
- Saya : a shy female with large breasts
- Belos : the Yoko clone and probably the mechanist
- Chamber : Red's mecha

totoum
2012-12-09, 08:12
Urobuchi + mecha = Blassreiter....

Urobuchi on Blassreiter:

(at the time of) Brassreiter I was just like a secretary summing up what (director) Itano-san spurted out and talked about.

So not sure if I'd really count it.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-10, 00:45
Urobuchi doing a original mecha anime? Count me in for the fun!

Warm Mist
2012-12-10, 05:57
I really dig the designs, and the setting too. This being an original only makes it better. When they release a PV and hopefully expand on how the battles will unfold, I may become very hyped.

Which IG studio is doing this?

Articalys
2012-12-10, 07:01
There's an article for the series up on Famitsu, with more story, character, and setting details, plus some clean character art and design sketches:

http://www.famitsu.com/news/201212/10025662.html

http://i.imgur.com/IO5kA.jpg

Unfortunately I have zero translation skills to make sense of any of it, but hopefully someone will come along who does :)

MisaoFan
2012-12-10, 07:09
There's an article for the series up on Famitsu, with more story, character, and setting details, plus some clean character art and design sketches:

http://www.famitsu.com/news/201212/10025662.html

http://i.imgur.com/IO5kA.jpg

Unfortunately I have zero translation skills to make sense of any of it, but hopefully someone will come along who does :)

Everything were magnificient from what I saw. Looks like the story will take place in a ship that builds like a city, which reminds me of Horizon. What's left however is to see the characters in animation as well the cast that voice them.

Articalys
2012-12-10, 07:13
Actually, it looks like the official site is live now too, with probably all the same info:

http://gargantia.jp

http://i.imgur.com/4nBOZ.jpg

Warm Mist
2012-12-10, 07:35
The design for the ship is amazing. It gives some steampunk vibes, and anything to do with steampunk is always welcome.

Still no info on which IG studio will animate this? I also see no name of the producer. Although, a tweet says "PV is coming soon", so I guess they will reveal more info on the upcoming days.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-10, 09:02
So the MC is a souske sagura with white hair who landed on neo Venice?

fertygo
2012-12-10, 09:07
Somehow those illustration reminded me to this.

http://i.imgur.com/uNXM1l.jpg

Iby
2012-12-10, 13:40
http://www.famitsu.com/images/000/012/615/l_4f7c08b66bdce.jpg
http://www.famitsu.com/images/000/025/662/l_50c23c17c2ad9.jpg
Yeah, mechanical designer is definitely the same man :heh:

Kanon
2012-12-10, 16:30
^I was immediately struck by the resemblance with Gunvarrel. I have to say I quite like Makoto Ishiwata's designs. They look very humanoid while still remaining robotic enough.

wandering-dreamer
2012-12-10, 17:21
Crunchyroll (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/12/10/meet-the-characters-and-mecha-from-upcoming-sci-fi-anime-suisei-no-galgantia) has translated the character descriptions, I like all the designs released so far so I'm excited for this. Although, am I the only one getting Nadia vibes from the designs? Never seen the show but the designs remind me a little of the art I've seen for it.

EDIT: ANN (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-12-10/i.g-reveals-gargantia-in-the-verdurous-planet-anime-story-characters) has some more information on it and @Ikari_Gendo on twitter put all the images from the site into one image (http://imgbox.com/g/DWmbfC2IYP) (since apparently the site is hard to navigate right now) which has some more new shots.

leokiko
2012-12-10, 21:10
The designs looks great and the premise is extremely interesting with lots of potential. Looking really foward to this.

Haohmaru
2012-12-10, 21:33
Knowing production I.G. I'm sure they'll use what they believe is amazing CG.. The rest sounds pretty interesting though.

desrtsku
2012-12-11, 00:14
Hmm ... This kind of setting is interesting enough for me to jump blindly at anything, even though I'm not that much interested just yet- ... that's what I wanted to say but I loled hard the instant I noticed that a girl was named Saya. :heh: That damn Urobuchi, I want to know how he's gonna handle this, so I'm riding the boat.

Xion Valkyrie
2012-12-11, 00:57
These characters look way too happy. Little do they know they're in a Urobutcher series.

Anyways, delicious delicious art by a renowned H-artist. Wonder if there's going to be any 'official' doujins heh...

U<3Anime
2012-12-11, 04:41
Urobutcher Gen?

Aite, thanks for the heads up. I think I'm prepared for all these young and energetic girls to suffer and die in the worst ways possible.

duckroll
2012-12-11, 09:13
I've updated the first post with most of the relevant information posted in the thread so far. Hope we get a trailer soon! :)

Helius
2012-12-11, 10:08
The art and designs look really promising, and the premise is good. I think this is gonna be my no.1 show to look forward to.

Hidiaasu = Hideous.....right?

duckroll
2012-12-11, 10:20
The art and designs look really promising, and the premise is good. I think this is gonna be my no.1 show to look forward to.

Hidiaasu = Hideous.....right?

Yes. And Redo should be Red.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-12, 17:43
Urobutcher Gen?

Aite, thanks for the heads up. I think I'm prepared for all these young and energetic girls to suffer and die in the worst ways possible.

It can't be worse than any gundam or mecha anime when tomino was involved in when he was depressed or at his worst.

andyjay729
2012-12-12, 23:26
Welp, Butcher's already deconstructed magical girls, the quintessential female genre, so it'd make sense to next take a baseball bat to mecha, the quintessential male genre. (And I don't think I need to point out that both genres have plenty fans in the opposite gender.)

Of course, almost halfway through Psycho-Pass, no main cast member has died (yet). Someone probably will (I haven't read any spoilers, but I've heard rumblings), but the guy is a bit subtler than some think.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-13, 10:42
Welp, Butcher's already deconstructed magical girls, the quintessential female genre, so it'd make sense to next take a baseball bat to mecha, the quintessential male genre. (And I don't think I need to point out that both genres have plenty fans in the opposite gender.)

Of course, almost halfway through Psycho-Pass, no main cast member has died (yet). Someone probably will (I haven't read any spoilers, but I've heard rumblings), but the guy is a bit subtler than some think.

the mecha was already deconstructed at least a dozen times over the last 40 years, I don't know how it could be deconstructed more.

tsunade666
2012-12-13, 10:49
When I first look at the illustrations only. I won't believe it has gen's touch on it. When I read his name on it. I was surprised. At first look it doesn't resemble his past works.

desrtsku
2012-12-13, 12:23
the mecha was already deconstructed at least a dozen times over the last 40 years, I don't know how it could be deconstructed more.
If he can make a more powerful mecha deconstruction than Eva, then he has it in the pocket. But I don't think something that crazy is possible yet for the human mind.

Tyabann
2012-12-13, 12:49
Please stop using the word "deconstruction", guys. It isn't a word that applies to genres of fiction.

desrtsku
2012-12-13, 12:56
Then, what word are we supposed to use?

Tyabann
2012-12-13, 14:44
Not that one, certainly, and even if you were to use it to mean "the application of real-world causality to an idea" neither Madoka nor anything Urobuchi has ever written falls under such a definition.
Don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy most of his work, but I wish people would stop pretending that it has any sort of deep literary value.
No, Suisei no Galgantia is not going to 'deconstruct' mecha. It might end up having cute characters butchered in increasingly horrible ways as that is something the scriptwriter loves doing, but that has nothing to do with any meaning of the word 'deconstruction', valid or otherwise.

Warm Mist
2012-12-13, 15:43
Actually, deconstruction thinking can be applied to analysing fiction, and you can alter common tropes and narratives based on this type of mindset. Derrida never states that deconstruction should be strictly used to analyse philosophy.

As for the show, I'm actually thinking if it will have enough mecha. The whole alien race fighting seems like it will be the major factor of the show, and the element the plot would revolve around. But it could also be just backstory, and we could have this be an adventure anime with touches of iyashikei.

Yes, I know it's Urobuchi, and Murata doesn't seem like the type of guy who would do that anyway, but there's a chance. They may never go back to this "space-time warp" and see the aliens again, the whole show could be set on the water planet with any potential threat being an insider.

I don't hope for that, I want fight scenes and hideous aliens. But one can never be sure on this industry...

andyjay729
2012-12-14, 01:38
the mecha was already deconstructed at least a dozen times over the last 40 years, I don't know how it could be deconstructed more.

Arguably not even Evangelion was the first mecha deconstruction (depending on whether you want to use "that word" to describe fiction). Madoka certainly wasn't the first magical girl decon; people say Utena comes closer to being a true MG decon. But just because mecha's gotten that treatment before wouldn't mean Butcher wouldn't want to take a stab at it (heh).

totoum
2012-12-14, 01:41
I'm still waiting for gen to actually surprise people and have something not full of despair for once.

Westlo
2012-12-14, 02:14
I'm still waiting for gen to actually surprise people and have something not full of despair for once.

Even if he did the Butcher fanboys will still be saying "just wait until the final episode, shit gonna get real!". And after that airs, I bet it will have a movie continuation where the butcher is gonna shine! *insert jack nic nodding gif*

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-14, 02:53
I like Gen due to his solid story. Iím not a gore-hound or killíem-all enthusiast, but I donít really mind them.

Debeki
2012-12-14, 06:10
vGZokL-tAbM

duckroll
2012-12-14, 06:14
Character animation reminds me a lot of FMA Milos. It looks like it could be a pretty fun scifi adventure anime. I wonder who the animation director and animation character designer is...

Kakkou
2012-12-14, 06:24
Trying to figure out who's voicing Red. Sounds like Nobunaga Shimazaki, though a part of me thinks it could be Ryota Ohsaka doing a slightly deeper voice.

MisaoFan
2012-12-14, 06:38
Just watched the PV : it was excellent and has great music, not to mention the visuals are still enticing. I hope Gen will deliver a fun and lighthearted sci-fi story, even if it end up being consumed by darkness just like Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass.

Warm Mist
2012-12-14, 07:31
That PV was awesome.

This show is slowly becoming my most anticipated TV anime for Spring, it seems like it will have everything I wanted from it. Now, we only need the confirmation that it will be 2 cours and the IG studio that will animate it, and we're set!

desrtsku
2012-12-14, 08:04
Character animation reminds me a lot of FMA Milos. It looks like it could be a pretty fun scifi adventure anime. I wonder who the animation director and animation character designer is...

Interesting, I pretty much had the same feel.

It's just a 40 second PV, probably just composed of footages taken from the first ep so I don't know if I should proceed this way, but well, here I come. Overall, I have more or less good vibes about it, nothing groundbreaking yet but nothing negative either ... well, I'll stay neutral about the CGI quality until we see more about it, and it still looks like it will have at least a decent budget so I don't have any complaints there.
But I'm really interested in what kind of thing Urobuchi is going to throw at us with this setting. Somehow, It doesn't sound like anything action heavy nor mecha focused can be possible in the long run (not to my displeasure though) ... so I'm really curious.

Off topic : Come on, IG guys! why won't you make my anime adaptation Saya no Uta!!?

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-14, 09:43
Hmm... we get a galactic warrior who is forced to live in a completely new and peaceful environment accompanied by a local girl? So, it's Full Metal Panic! meets (James Cameron's) Avatar then?

The PV is decent even though it's most likely just from the 1st ep like others mentioned. I have no problem with the CG, just hope that it has something special going for it storywise. I guess we'll see.

Btw, shouldn't a mod change the title of this thread into Gargantia for consistency with the official title?

Kanon
2012-12-14, 11:50
The PV was pretty gorgeous. The character animation in particular is very good.

I'm still waiting for gen to actually surprise people and have something not full of despair for once.

Me too. I'd like to see something different from him. All I want is a solid story. It doesn't have to be dark to be good.

MisaoFan
2012-12-14, 11:56
The PV was pretty gorgeous. The character animation in particular is very good.



Me too. I'd like to see something different from him. All I want is a solid story. It doesn't have to be dark to be good.

It's a bit annoying when most people always associate Gen Urobuchi's stories with darkness (I didn't even realized until I started to explore Gen's stories outside of Madoka Magica of course ;)). The new story may be serious, but it doesn't always delivers its sad moments all the time :D and after I watched many episodes of Psycho-Pass, I can say Gen could finally delivers a semi-lighthearted mecha story.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-14, 12:24
At least with Gen on-board, I don’t have to worry too much about this becoming another Eureka 7 AO, Aquarion EVOL, Guilty Crown or Gundam AGE (storywise). And the mechas won’t be as retarded as in Code Geass’ (giant robots that can slide fast and climb using only side-wheels on their feet :rolleyes:).

I think this Gargantia and Unicorn will be my last hope for decent mecha animes. Robotics;Notes does not count since it's not really from mecha genre.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-14, 12:42
At least with Gen on-board, I donít have to worry too much about this becoming another Eureka 7 AO, Aquarion EVOL, Guilty Crown or Gundam AGE (storywise). And the mechas wonít be as retarded as in Code Geassí (giant robots that can slide fast and climb using only side-wheels on their feet :rolleyes:).

I think this Gargantia and Unicorn will be my last hope for decent mecha animes. Robotics;Notes does not count since it's not really from mecha genre.

From what I saw in the PV it will be Full Metal Panic, mixed with Eureka 7, mixed with TTGL or something like that. Is the chamber a SUPER ROBOT? It looks super.

Helius
2012-12-14, 12:55
At least with Gen on-board, I donít have to worry too much about this becoming another Eureka 7 AO, Aquarion EVOL, Guilty Crown or Gundam AGE (storywise). And the mechas wonít be as retarded as in Code Geassí (giant robots that can slide fast and climb using only side-wheels on their feet :rolleyes:).

I think this Gargantia and Unicorn will be my last hope for decent mecha animes. Robotics;Notes does not count since it's not really from mecha genre.

That's pretty much my main gripe with many mecha shows (and, by and large anime in general), particularly the ones by BONES. They always start off all fresh and promising, then by the later half of the episodes they completely lose track of what the story is about in the first place while masking it with the existential and psychological hocus pocus that isn't even remotely thought-provoking.

It makes me wonder if it's really that difficult to make a solid ending, or is it simply too "generic" or "uninspiring" by Japanese standard?

Tyabann
2012-12-14, 13:01
The character animation in particular is very good.
A fair bit of that, particularly the panning around, looks, uh, 'enhanced' with CGI. Looks way better than the mech though, goddamn that thing is ugly.

It makes me wonder if it's really that difficult to make a solid ending, or is it simply too "generic" or "uninspiring" by Japanese standard?
Nothing to do with Japanese writers. Look at Lost or Battlestar Galactica for the same phenomenon.
Basically it's impossible to come up with a decent ending when you're just making up the story as you go along.

sky black swordman
2012-12-14, 19:01
Watched the PV, looks interesting!
Also that girl in the PV, looks like she likes being carried around like that. :heh:

Flower
2012-12-14, 19:12
The PV was pretty gorgeous. The character animation in particular is very good.

Me too. I'd like to see something different from him. All I want is a solid story. It doesn't have to be dark to be good.

This. Both.

Well, color me interested. I will give this a look-see when it airs....

dark998
2012-12-15, 00:42
Hanaharu designs are too good to pass up. Picked up.

Kismet-chan
2012-12-18, 02:36
This looks very neat. The PV was impressive and very solid-looking in terms of visuals and animation quality, the music was good, and it's got Urobuchi's name involved with it. I could always go for a mech anime with a (hopefully) interesting spin on it. Consider me in for the ride! :)

Also, I just can NOT get enough of the character outfits. They're like this funky mix of Southwestern and Bohemian... Love it!

duckroll
2012-12-22, 15:42
At some point the official site updated with a new key visual and some artworks. The huge farm ship at the bottom is the Gargantia.

http://i.imgur.com/Lkvko.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/W7Yhl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MCDWt.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lglq8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dsZtg.jpg

Helius
2012-12-22, 15:48
Definitely some design cues borrowed from the Musashi.

Coldlight
2012-12-22, 23:59
Caught my interest, plan to watch. Also, I like the character designs.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-23, 02:04
Those pics give me Ghibli and Aria vibe. Also, I expect a lot of buildings on top of Gargantia, but we get a lot more farms instead. Not bad, I like it so far. :)

jeroz
2012-12-23, 04:31
random speculation:

The white hair will crash landing at a laid back planet where everything is peaceful unlike the battlefield he's familiar with. There might be some initial clash of values between himself and other people. He might need to repair his vessel, and in the process learn and love the place. The series will finish up with the alien invading, killing everybody, and he escape after failing to save anyone.

though it might be too cliche

Helius
2012-12-23, 04:55
Knowing Urobutcher's work, that might just be what's gonna happen...

articuzwolf
2012-12-23, 13:49
Definitely some design cues borrowed from the Musashi.

bet it won't be able to drift or do immelman turn like Musashi did ;)

desrtsku
2012-12-23, 17:17
Knowing Urobutcher's work, that might just be what's gonna happen...

Hmm ... I have that weird feeling that it's something completely unrelated.

Haak
2012-12-24, 14:12
http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/haak1/lol-1_zps058ab431.jpg
Totally shipping these two. :D

(Please don't be mean to them, Urobuchi Gen)

MisaoFan
2012-12-24, 14:18
http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/haak1/lol-1_zps058ab431.jpg

Totally shipping these two. :D

(Please don't be mean to them, Urobuchi Gen)

This. I can't really tell if Urobuchi will be able to make a heartwarming story without much depression, but let's see if it succeeds or not.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-24, 17:50
Is Amy admiring Red's ass in that pic? :D She's looking down rather enthusiastically.

desrtsku
2012-12-24, 18:10
This. I can't really tell if Urobuchi will be able to make a heartwarming story without much depression, but let's see if it succeeds or not.
tch ... the last time I said that, my girl got her throat sliced.

Rosalena
2012-12-25, 05:55
I so very much want to be excited by the prospect of this series. Mecha + Urobuchi is a wonderfully intriguing combination, but the most recent anime original mecha series haven't managed to strike a chord with me. At this point the premise and character designs are fairly bland, but that could just be my perspective. Nothing is striking me as fresh or interesting right now.

The "harem" tag on this thread is admittedly worrisome because I'm so tired of potentially good shows taking that route. If we can just avoid three things—a harem setup, gratuitous "ecchi" scenes, and Gundam Seed-level angst—I will be one majorly happy camper. That's not expecting too much, is it?

In any case, I look forward to learning more about this project in the coming months.

jeroz
2012-12-25, 09:41
For some reason I doubt that mecha will be a focus in this story, and seriously, the harem tag seem to be put on solely because there are multiple female character concept released already (i.e. unwarranted).

In regard to his writing style, I believe that you cannot understand true happiness and hope without going through despair and broken dreams first.

desrtsku
2012-12-25, 09:58
For some reason I doubt that mecha will be a focus in this story, and seriously, the harem tag seem to be put on solely because there are multiple female character concept released already (i.e. unwarranted).
I think so too. That mecha of his surely won't do anything worth noting very often.
More importantly, for some unknown reasons, the more I read the synopsis and watch the trailer the more I feel some Planet-of-the-Apes-like vibes emanating from it.

articuzwolf
2012-12-25, 10:04
tch ... the last time I said that, my girl got her throat sliced.

...just right before the shipping was about to start :heh:

desrtsku
2012-12-25, 10:33
...just right before the shipping was about to start :heh:

Please don't pour salt on the wound. (TwT)
... but this time I'm totally immune to it since none of these girls are my type. I don't care if all of them died in a gruesome way, it's even better may it make some interesting plot twist.[/blatant lies]

Haak
2012-12-25, 16:08
Is there any news on the voice actors? The pale guy sounds very familiar but I can't quite point my finger on a name.

AdamEndless9
2012-12-28, 23:20
Four members of the voice cast announced (https://twitter.com/gar_anime/status/284865337101537281):
Kaito Ishikawa as 16 year old Human Galactic Alliance lieutenant Red
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/otaku_blog/imgs/b/a/ba458f31.jpg
Hisako Kanemoto as 15 year old Gargantia messenger Amy
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/otaku_blog/imgs/5/c/5c616df3.jpg
Ai Kayano as 15 year old messenger Saaya
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/otaku_blog/imgs/9/a/9adef313.jpg
Kana Asumi as 14 year old messenger Melty
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/otaku_blog/imgs/5/4/54308a44.jpg

desrtsku
2012-12-29, 00:55
Ai kayano, uh? I hope Saya-girl will have a Takebe Saori-like personality or anything close nano desu, I really liked everything about that girl including the voice. I mean ... no, I wish she don't.

Haak
2012-12-29, 10:26
Four members of the voice cast announced (https://twitter.com/gar_anime/status/284865337101537281):
Kaito Ishikawa as 16 year old Human Galactic Alliance lieutenant Red
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/otaku_blog/imgs/b/a/ba458f31.jpg

Lol, so much for sounding familiar. He's a total newb.

Well I have to congratulate him on his first lead role. Especially one that's bound to be a hit.

wandering-dreamer
2012-12-30, 10:38
New trailer

fDz7FX-GRus

MisaoFan
2012-12-30, 11:06
New trailer

fDz7FX-GRus

The new PV was still marvelous as hell, and since I don't expect much anything action-wise, I think it's not hard to see a lot of lighthearted moments here and there. :p

Helius
2012-12-30, 11:09
It's probably not a good idea to get so hyped lest it turns out to be a disappointment, but I gotta say this is definitely my no.1 must watch show for the next season! :)

desrtsku
2012-12-30, 11:25
For some reason the mood almost reminds me of Seirei no Moribito.

Bern-san
2012-12-30, 11:48
The PVs remind me of some other anime but still can't name which (or maybe a mix of some) but looking good so far.
I don't really know what to expect so I'm open minded and welcome any type of story

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-12-30, 14:09
It's probably not a good idea to get so hyped lest it turns out to be a disappointment, but I gotta say this is definitely my no.1 must watch show for the next season! :)Not me, at least. I actually donít know what to expect (except for well-done story) even though itís on my must-watch list. I guess the combination of Gen and Mecha is the absolute temptation to my curiosity :p.

wandering-dreamer
2012-12-30, 17:57
ANN (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-30/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-1st-full-promo-subtitled-in-english) also put up a subtitled version, it almost sounds like the production company asked them to sub and host it and I can't remember the last time that happened.

duckroll
2012-12-31, 01:57
Interesting. That pretty much guarantees a simulcast I guess.

leokiko
2012-12-31, 02:24
Shit. I guess that means no CR....?

If so, fansubs here I go again :D

wandering-dreamer
2012-12-31, 10:55
Could still be CR, especially since ANN only messed around with simulcasts once, it's too early to start speculating about whose going to pick up spring shows though. :heh:

duckroll
2012-12-31, 11:08
Yeah, I don't think ANN streaming the trailer with English subtitles indicates that they're also simulcasting the show. It's more of a sign that Japanese companies recognize that ANN is a big English anime news outlet. But it definitely does indicate that the production committee in this case is very interested in the English speaking fanbase, especially since the Japanese trailer is region-locked on Bandai Channel. So it's definitely a sign that a simulcast is on the cards.

SolarAquarion
2012-12-31, 11:19
Yeah, I don't think ANN streaming the trailer with English subtitles indicates that they're also simulcasting the show. It's more of a sign that Japanese companies recognize that ANN is a big English anime news outlet. But it definitely does indicate that the production committee in this case is very interested in the English speaking fanbase, especially since the Japanese trailer is region-locked on Bandai Channel. So it's definitely a sign that a simulcast is on the cards.

So the company which is funding this anime is most likely bandai?

MisaoFan
2012-12-31, 11:55
So the company which is funding this anime is most likely bandai?

It probably is.

duckroll
2012-12-31, 14:32
New art/designs:

http://www.gargantia.jp/images/common/keyvisual3.jpg

http://www.gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic1/000.pnghttp://www.gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic1/001.png

http://www.gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic2/000.pnghttp://www.gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic2/001.png

Haak
2012-12-31, 14:40
This show reminds me of Last Exile but with a BONES flair (Eureka Seven, Xam'd, FMA etc).

AmericanFairy
2012-12-31, 15:48
Yeah, I don't think ANN streaming the trailer with English subtitles indicates that they're also simulcasting the show. It's more of a sign that Japanese companies recognize that ANN is a big English anime news outlet. But it definitely does indicate that the production committee in this case is very interested in the English speaking fanbase, especially since the Japanese trailer is region-locked on Bandai Channel. So it's definitely a sign that a simulcast is on the cards.

That would be nice if they simulcast this. Either way, I look forward to seeing this whether officially subbed or fansubbed.

Xion Valkyrie
2012-12-31, 19:38
You know, if you move Red's mouth up just a bit, he'd look like the kuudere of the series.

http://www.xionsphere.com/misc/kuudere.jpg

Quarkboy
2013-01-09, 02:46
Continue to expect a lot more direct marketing of this show to western audiences.

From the person who subbed the trailer on ANN at the moment.

duckroll
2013-01-09, 02:48
Preview screens from episode 1: http://tokyo-anime-news.jp/?p=5283

Seems awfully early for a show which only starts in Spring!

http://i.imgur.com/6eYEC.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Ovmxj.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RqkC3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RUyU5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DKHaO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/8jBs7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/e1jOO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MAfhs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3cU1Y.jpg

Quarkboy
2013-01-09, 02:50
Preview screens from episode 1: http://tokyo-anime-news.jp/?p=5283

Seems awfully early for a show which only starts in Spring!

Those screens were all published in the fanbook that was sold at Comiket 83 a few weeks ago.

duckroll
2013-01-09, 02:54
Those screens were all published in the fanbook that was sold at Comiket 83 a few weeks ago.

Ah, I see. I wonder why they're "marketing" this so early. Maybe Bandai is getting sick of their original shows not achieving the same level of success as Aniplex stuff lately, and stepping it up?

desrtsku
2013-01-09, 04:08
http://i.imgur.com/3cU1Y.jpg

That's some nice mechanical design other there.

Helius
2013-01-09, 08:37
As expected of Production IG, everything looks so detailed and polished.

wandering-dreamer
2013-01-09, 23:37
Oh man, the second to last image is giving me Gunvarrel flashbacks. D:

Erm, Robotics;Notes flashbacks that is I guess?

SolarAquarion
2013-01-10, 09:40
Continue to expect a lot more direct marketing of this show to western audiences.

From the person who subbed the trailer on ANN at the moment.

Why is Bandai caring about the western market especially when they dropped all anime distribution and what not in the United States?

Quarkboy
2013-01-10, 11:09
Why is Bandai caring about the western market especially when they dropped all anime distribution and what not in the United States?

Note my signature.

SolarAquarion
2013-01-13, 10:47
Note my signature.

What are some of the ways that Bandai will be direct marketing Suisei No Gargantia to the western audiences besides ANN or the likes? More details?

Quarkboy
2013-01-14, 05:55
What are some of the ways that Bandai will be direct marketing Suisei No Gargantia to the western audiences besides ANN or the likes? More details?
You'll just have to wait and see.

What kind of things would you be looking for?

MisaoFan
2013-01-14, 06:25
I don't really see why it could be a harem (not against this genre, just need some variety ;)) according to the tags. Just because it has many girls and one (sometimes a few) guy(s) doesn't necessarily make it harem, yet I'm pretty curious to see how Red will interact the villagers.

Patriot's Blade
2013-01-14, 09:30
so Code Geass is a harem show despite all those fanfics of the male cast trying to bang each other..... with their guns?..... :twitch::uhoh:........:heh:

Cyprene
2013-01-14, 20:50
Beyond this tag, and the fact that a bunch of female characters are on the website, has anyone seen anything indicating that this will be a harem show?

tsunade666
2013-01-15, 03:57
^Its a work where Gen is connected. I don't see it becoming a harem show though to be honest the design and the pv shows different from his previews works but still I doubt it.

MeoTwister5
2013-01-15, 04:00
Well he could just as well make it a harem and then break said harem apart in the worst ways possible.

desrtsku
2013-01-15, 04:12
Why is Urobuchi a tag? ... I know I shouldn't be asking that, but it's not like there's some Arakawa or Hideaki Anno tags on certain other works.

Nachtwandler
2013-01-15, 17:29
Why is Urobuchi a tag? ... I know I shouldn't be asking that, but it's not like there's some Arakawa or Hideaki Anno tags on certain other works.

To warn the people hoping for moe )

jeroz
2013-01-16, 02:42
the last quasi-harem show urobuchi wrote is Saya no Uta.......and yeah...

totoum
2013-01-16, 08:34
the last quasi-harem show urobuchi wrote is Saya no Uta.......and yeah...

That was more of a "love triangle" since there's only 2 girls, and one of them had no chance to begin with :heh:

I'd say Phantom of inferno is closer to a harem,there's 4 different different girls that fall for the protagonist and the endings you get depend on which girl you decide to go with.

SolarAquarion
2013-01-16, 08:53
You'll just have to wait and see.

What kind of things would you be looking for?

I would like to know which Bandai will be direct marketing Suisei No Gargantia to the western audiences especially when Bandai Entertainment is deader than dead or Will Yomiuri be the one doing the licensing and what not?

Jetzero Infinity
2013-01-16, 11:30
I would like to know which Bandai will be direct marketing Suisei No Gargantia to the western audiences especially when Bandai Entertainment is deader than dead or Will Yomiuri be the one doing the licensing and what not?

The obvious solution is that it will be sublicensed to another licensor in the US. Most likely either Viz or Sentai since they have the best relationship with Bandai Visual. My money would be on Viz though since Sentai tends to stay away from the high profile shows.

SolarAquarion
2013-01-24, 19:18
If Psycho-Pass is a world where there are no heroes, can this anime be a world where there are heroes?

Xion Valkyrie
2013-01-24, 20:30
If Psycho-Pass is a world where there are no heroes, can this anime be a world where there are heroes?

F/Z had heroes, look at what happened to them. :heh:

SolarAquarion
2013-01-24, 20:40
F/Z had heroes, look at what happened to them. :heh:

But they didn't have giant robots....

Let's hope Red isn't emotionally scarred :uhoh:

Helius
2013-01-25, 03:56
But they didn't have giant robots....

Let's hope Red isn't emotionally scarred :uhoh:

Oh he will be, before long. :p

SolarAquarion
2013-01-26, 22:31
Oh he will be, before long. :p

He is most likely already being a child soldier and all. He probably watched plenty of his comrades getting slaughtered. he is most likely also a more realistic version of Souske Sagura if anything.

The emotional scarring is a reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion because the pilots weren't really ready for it.

winhlp32
2013-01-26, 23:15
To warn the people hoping for moe )

What do you mean? Series Urobuchi worked on like Madoka Magica and Psycho Pass both had moe.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2013-01-27, 00:26
What do you mean? Series Urobuchi worked on like Madoka Magica and Psycho Pass both had moe.To warn people that the moe characters will be butchered or trolled beyond belief?

tsunade666
2013-01-27, 05:40
To warn people happy ending doesn't exist?

jeroz
2013-01-27, 06:59
To warn people happy ending doesn't exist?

well, madoka had a happy ending, so not sure what you are talking about

MisaoFan
2013-01-27, 07:02
To warn people happy ending doesn't exist?

More like to warn that since the show is made by Urobuchi, expects a lot of death and grimdark elements.

Nachtwandler
2013-01-27, 08:02
well, madoka had a happy ending, so not sure what you are talking about

It doesn't. It had "bittersweet endind"

Tyabann
2013-01-27, 14:46
Personally I'd warn you guys not to expect darkness and death. :heh:

tsunade666
2013-01-28, 05:53
well, madoka had a happy ending, so not sure what you are talking about

Happy ending? Madoka? Madoka being erase from existence and Homura with never ending struggle is what you call happy ending :heh: :heh:

jeroz
2013-01-28, 23:03
Happy ending? Madoka? Madoka being erase from existence and Homura with never ending struggle is what you call happy ending :heh: :heh:

I would call her previous cycles more never ending. If anything Homura is now free from the burden of having to save Madoka.
You have to realise that the wish from Madoka effectively removed both of them from the torture of Limbo. While there are more challenges ahead, they are free from the chains.

Nachtwandler
2013-01-29, 01:11
jeroz

But it's still not the happy ending. Don't mix the terms.

desrtsku
2013-01-29, 09:15
Personally I'd warn you guys not to expect darkness and death. :heh:

The last time I said that, my waifu got her th- ... oh well, who cares.

tsunade666
2013-01-29, 09:41
well the tag is there to generalize to expect something because butchered gen is pretty popular and has his style of work that the fans of his work should already familiarize with. So for new fans that are trying to check it. its a warning and to the fans of his past work. its just a sign that it will be fantastic again :D

duckroll
2013-02-01, 08:00
The official site has updated with some stuff.

Music tracks:
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound0.mp3
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound1.mp3
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound2.mp3


Artwork/Designs:
http://gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic3/000.png
http://gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic3/001.png
http://gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic3/002.png
http://gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic4/000.png
http://gargantia.jp/images/mechanic/mechanic4/001.png
http://gargantia.jp/images/world/image/019.jpg

Helius
2013-02-01, 08:45
How a ship like that can remain stable is anyone's guess... :heh:

desrtsku
2013-02-01, 16:09
I'm more concerned about how powerful the engines that move it are ...

Helius
2013-02-02, 16:28
Music tracks:
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound0.mp3
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound1.mp3
http://gargantia.jp/mp3/sound2.mp3


Loving the celtic vibe. Someone must be a fan of Riverdance. :D

Lenneth4
2013-02-02, 19:39
awesome songs duckroll

Utsuro no Hako
2013-02-03, 02:52
I'm more concerned about how powerful the engines that move it are ...

I'd say about 10% as powerful as the super-carriers from Girls und Panzers.

Tworble
2013-02-06, 09:42
There are three new character designs here (http://www.gargantia.jp/#character)
Male this time. I like the white haired guy in the black suit, he isn't handsome but he looks interesting.

duckroll
2013-02-09, 02:35
New key visual from the web novel section:

http://www.gargantia.jp/images/common/keyvisual4.jpg

Fevvers
2013-02-09, 04:59
PV reminds me of Xam'd somehow (which I loved despite its flaws). Not a fan of Urobuchi, but will give this a shot.

duckroll
2013-02-09, 09:37
Tomokazu Sugita is voicing the main mecha: Chamber.

Voice sample: http://www.gargantia.jp/#mechanic_0

Ayumi Fujimura is voicing Striker, the other mech.

They announced a bunch of other voice cast for the show today too after the screening of ep1-2. There's a new PV on the site which is region blocked (#$^%#$), and they announced the OP/ED themes too.

OP: この世界は僕らを待っていた (This world was waiting for me) by Minori Chihara
ED: 空とキミのメッセージ (Message from you and the sky) by Choucho

MisaoFan
2013-02-09, 09:57
Tomokazu Sugita is voicing the main mecha: Chamber.

Voice sample: http://www.gargantia.jp/#mechanic_0

Ayumi Fujimura is voicing Striker, the other mech.

They announced a bunch of other voice cast for the show today too after the screening of ep1-2. There's a new PV on the site which is region blocked (#$^%#$), and they announced the OP/ED themes too.

OP: この世界は僕らを待っていた (This world was waiting for me) by Minori Chihara
ED: 空とキミのメッセージ (Message from you and the sky) by Choucho

Looking through the updates, it makes me even more excited than before ! The inclusion of the seiyuus that voices the characters from my favorite shows (such as Ayumi Fujimura, Kana Asumi and Shizuka Itou) as well the opening theme by Minori Chihara drives me crazy in a good way ! I have so much hope to look forward to it. Hope it will be at least lighter than Gen's previous works even though its "darkness" signature will probably remains.

MeoTwister5
2013-02-09, 10:17
Looks like we can all agree that the mech AI voice is going to be suave and smooth like silk.

Tyabann
2013-02-09, 10:34
Again, this seems really lighthearted. Which is good, because then maybe people will shut up about THE BUTCHER and how he's THE DARKEST MAN ALIVE or whatever. :heh:

duckroll
2013-02-09, 10:59
New Gargantia trailer download: http://www.mediafire.com/?6c953kj7t967k9w

Jetzero Infinity
2013-02-09, 11:12
Pretty lengthy trailer. The more I see of the show the harder it is to believe Gen's the one writing it. Of course even if it ends up being lighter than the other stuff he's done, I'll be very surprised if even half the characters from that trailer are alive at the end

Kanon
2013-02-09, 11:17
Again, this seems really lighthearted. Which is good, because then maybe people will shut up about THE BUTCHER and how he's THE DARKEST MAN ALIVE or whatever. :heh:

Well, when you look at his work and read his interviews, you can't really blame them for thinking that :heh:

I hope this work will break his image of butcher a little bit. It'd be interesting to get something different from him.

Nachtwandler
2013-02-09, 11:18
Chihara Minory singing the OP? That's made my day. If it would be as cool as Horizon's OP's I would be really happy

Kirarakim
2013-02-09, 11:47
I hope this work will break his image of butcher a little bit. It'd be interesting to get something different from him.

I realize Gen Urobuchi is known for his dark and unrelenting story telling but if you think about it we have actually gotten many different things from him. While certain themes & philosophies tend to show up in all his works, the number of genres he has worked in has been very impressive.

The preview looks great and it looks like we are in for an adventure. But what got me most impressed was the range of characters. Oh and I approve of Sugita Tomokazu. I will be looking forward to this.

While Gen hasn't written a favorite anime of mine yet, I find all his series enjoyable and hey with consistency like that one cannot complain.

seiftis
2013-02-09, 12:04
From the looks of it, this series has potential. Just hoping Gen stayed true to no moe & harem -- these are two elements I totally avoid from, especially the latter -_-

ChocoBar9
2013-02-09, 12:17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj4erIFPmFU

MisaoFan
2013-02-09, 12:31
Just watched the trailer, and it hooks me even more. I heard the pre-screening behind the first two episodes were good, and the animation was pretty excellent. There's also a nice pantyshot for Amy, and I'm hoping to see Gen Urobuchi breaking its standards on this one !

Shimapan
2013-02-10, 22:21
How a ship like that can remain stable is anyone's guess... :heh:

It must have some very powerful anti-grav-engines, so it doesn't instantly sink to the bottom of the sea XD

Same goes for the purple mech, where they forgot to give it feet! XD
It shouldn't be able to stand, much less walk. Yet another impossibility.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj4erIFPmFU

"This video has been removed by the user."

SolarAquarion
2013-02-11, 10:17
It must have some very powerful anti-grav-engines, so it doesn't instantly sink to the bottom of the sea XD

Same goes for the purple mech, where they forgot to give it feet! XD
It shouldn't be able to stand, much less walk. Yet another impossibility.



"This video has been removed by the user."

you can find the trailer on youtube via looking for susei no gargantia 3.

Chamber has most of the traditional attributes of a super robot seemingly, which also includes having the power to be summoned by the pilot.

Helius
2013-02-11, 12:34
Here's a working link:

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I'm really liking the premise, which shares a no. of similarities with Lagrange - humans expanded throughout the galaxy, Earth had long been forgotten while those who were left behind rebuilt their own civilisation.

Though I'm sure "homecoming" in this case won't be as light-hearted. I can see one possbile route Urobuchi may take is to have the first few eps of slice of life and then the aliens find out about Earth and Red can't get help from his own people due to Earth being "off the grid".

ars89
2013-02-11, 16:57
thanks for the link ^

that really makes me more excited for this now.

SRanger
2013-02-13, 07:56
There better be some butchering in this series, I don't know why you guys don't want some more quality GEN

Tyabann
2013-02-13, 12:20
There better be some butchering in this series, I don't know why you guys don't want some more quality GEN
Because dark stuff only works a few times. It's far better when it's not predictable.
Case in point, Psycho-Pass, which is laughably dull.

SRanger
2013-02-14, 08:37
Because dark stuff only works a few times. It's far better when it's not predictable.
Case in point, Psycho-Pass, which is laughably dull.

aw heeelll no..P-P is definitely the best show of Fall 2012. It's quite entertaining.

desrtsku
2013-02-14, 14:04
Because dark stuff only works a few times. It's far better when it's not predictable.
Even if that unpredictability is an asspull? :eyebrow: *out of context*

Tyabann
2013-02-14, 15:15
Even if that unpredictability is an asspull? :eyebrow: *out of context*
Wrong kind of unpredictable, but in any case of course it also has to make sense given the narrative up to that point.
My argument is that Urobuchi having a bunch of people die yet again wouldn't be interesting to watch, as it's just par for the course at this point.

totoum
2013-02-14, 15:23
Because dark stuff only works a few times. It's far better when it's not predictable.
Case in point, Psycho-Pass, which is laughably dull.

Things can be predictable and still quite entertaining.
Case in point, Psycho-Pass where the latest episode confirms something people have speculated for weeks and still the episode was over before I knew it.

SolarAquarion
2013-03-03, 08:01
is gargantia one of the anime which is going to premiere on daisuki?

Ridwan
2013-03-03, 08:37
Guess I'll give this one a try.

Kismet-chan
2013-03-03, 13:08
Because dark stuff only works a few times. It's far better when it's not predictable.

Most anime series in general lack unpredictability, imo. (I know that no story is unpredictable all of the time, that's pure nonsense. But unpredictable plot developments are seen too infrequently.) Anime is too formulaic, and it will probably continue to be for some time, as it's very rare that we get series which are gems that vastly break the mold. However, that static formula itself is what keeps people coming back for more in the first place. It's a frustrating cycle... But I guess what I'm saying is that no matter what author they use, or no matter how Urobuchi may try to evolve and/or change his style, those of us who recognize the patterns (which will be most of us) are going to have a hard time being overly impressed or surprised -- if at all.

My argument is that Urobuchi having a bunch of people die yet again wouldn't be interesting to watch, as it's just par for the course at this point.

Contrary to what one would expect, only one significant character has died so far in Psycho-Pass. More may likely die by the end, of course, but we're 19 episodes in. I think he's behaving himself, lol. Also (depending on the opinion of who you're asking), it's honestly not as dark as other things he's worked on. So while the show is definitely predictable in certain ways, it's not as predictable in terms of what is usually expected from his plots.
Things can be predictable and still quite entertaining.

Quoted for truth. It all depends on the execution.

MisaoFan
2013-03-04, 08:42
Here's what I gathered on the official website (http://gargantia.jp/#introduce_comment_1)

This anime is written for late teenagers to those who just started their early 20s. Basically, we're aiming to tackle the issues and the sense of wandering many people have when they graduated and started living in the society.

With that in mind, I made this story a little bit differently compared to my previous works. I hope that the story of the people's tough life to find their place in society can be told well.

I'm a late teenager who pursuits curiosity and human issues, so I think it will fit the show very well, and I hope it's more of a coming-of-age sci-fi drama with some action. Seeing on how it gets a bit different from other works makes me curious to see how dark it will goes on as the story progresses.

sky black swordman
2013-03-04, 20:50
^ Thank you for the info @MisaoFan, it is greatly appreciated. :)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch this anime or not, but now I'm on board.

desrtsku
2013-03-05, 10:20
Cool, I'll have my first stage when the anime ends, how fitting.

duckroll
2013-03-07, 04:13
Gargantia will premiere on 4/7 at 22:00 on Tokyo MX. Taking over the Lovelive! slot.

MisaoFan
2013-03-07, 06:41
Gargantia will premiere on 4/7 at 22:00 on Tokyo MX. Taking over the Lovelive! slot.

This is great ! I'll definitively watch it when it airs, so I'm happy to see it taking over Love Live!, since both shows have every elements that appeals to me !

MisaoFan
2013-03-10, 08:38
No offense to Urobuchi fans, but I'm tired of people hyping Gargantia to be as depressing as Gen's other works. I mean, I liked Madoka Magica and I'm currently enjoying Psycho-Pass, but using grimdark elements in every work Gen is involved looked nice at first but gets overdone after a while. I want him to try something refreshing in Gargantia so that it'll break lines that Gen is unable to do, such as making it lighthearted. I really hope the interview he said for it doesn't end up something trollable like he did in Madoka Magica.

orion
2013-03-10, 08:58
No offense to Urobuchi fans, but I'm tired of people hyping Gargantia to be as depressing as Gen's other works. I mean, I liked Madoka Magica and I'm currently enjoying Psycho-Pass, but using grimdark elements in every work Gen is involved looked nice at first but gets overdone after a while. I want him to try something refreshing in Gargantia so that it'll break lines that Gen is unable to do, such as making it lighthearted. I really hope the interview he said for it doesn't end up sgomething trollable like he did in Madoka Magica.

It probably will be. He changed the ending of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (Game ending was more positive. Trolling was worse here.). We know what happened with Madoka and Psycho-Pass is going down the same route.

Urobuchi fans aren't tuning in for an uplifting title with a happy ending imo.

MisaoFan
2013-03-10, 09:33
It probably will be. He changed the ending of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (Game ending was more positive. Trolling was worse here.). We know what happened with Madoka and Psycho-Pass is going down the same route.

Urobuchi fans aren't tuning in for an uplifting title with a happy ending imo.

Hopefully the trolling will probably be subtle and not blatant like he did in Madoka Magica and I can't seem to find much trolling in P-P though aside from episode 16's twitter thing, since it was already darker from the start. I wouldn't be surprised if there's no troll at all, which is what I prefer in Gargantia.

Kanon
2013-03-10, 11:11
Madoka had a pretty nice and fitting ending. Not as happy as it could have been, but not really depressing either. There was hope. It was proof Urobuchi doesn't only have DESPAIR on his mind. Of course, that may all change with the third movie...

Anyway, I think it'd be interesting if Urobuchi betrayed people's expectations with this show. Obviously, it's not going to be all lighthearted and fluffy, but it doesn't have to be grimdark either. A middle ground can be found.

MisaoFan
2013-03-10, 11:40
Madoka had a pretty nice and fitting ending. Not as happy as it could have been, but not really depressing either. There was hope. It was proof Urobuchi doesn't only have DESPAIR on his mind. Of course, that may all change with the third movie...

Anyway, I think it'd be interesting if Urobuchi betrayed people's expectations with this show. Obviously, it's not going to be all lighthearted and fluffy, but it doesn't have to be grimdark either. A middle ground can be found.

Making a middle ground is fitting for Gargantia : it's true that this is not a colorful adventure show with shounen-tier plot, but I really hope Gen try to do something refreshing by not making it too grimdark either. A few important character deaths is acceptable, and I'd imagine the relationship between Gen and people's expectations to be slightly different than his previous works, so that the viewers will get a good grasp that Gen's diverse range of genres are more than just than a sea of darkness. From what I gathered in the interview, when he said "I made it a little bit different from my previous works" I really hope he wasn't joking like he said in Madoka, and I hope I'm right once shit hits the fan (= when the story gets darker) during the show's airing.

BTW, is it just me, or did the show have strange ImaBoku vibes when I foresee the show's direction ?

Dirty_Harry
2013-03-10, 14:52
It probably will be. He changed the ending of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (Game ending was more positive. Trolling was worse here.). We know what happened with Madoka and Psycho-Pass is going down the same route.

Urobuchi fans aren't tuning in for an uplifting title with a happy ending imo.

Phantom anime ending is not Urobuchi responsibility. And Ein's ending is not even canon (Phantom don't have a canon ending)

Haak
2013-03-10, 15:28
No offense to Urobuchi fans, but I'm tired of people hyping Gargantia to be as depressing as Gen's other works. I mean, I liked Madoka Magica and I'm currently enjoying Psycho-Pass, but using grimdark elements in every work Gen is involved looked nice at first but gets overdone after a while. I want him to try something refreshing in Gargantia so that it'll break lines that Gen is unable to do, such as making it lighthearted. I really hope the interview he said for it doesn't end up something trollable like he did in Madoka Magica.

Well you can't help it if people expect this to be grimdark since that's pretty much been a major aspect of all his works so far. I'm not sure how using it all the time can make it overdone since that's just the way he writes in general. I think the thing about this show is that the trailer gave off a very adventurous feel which is a genre that tends to be mostly uplifting due to it's very nature, hence why people think this will start out uplifting (and hence why people are expecting an obvious troll). But you know after watching the second trailer, I'm starting to wonder myself if it's actually going to be all that adventurous.

But hey, who knows? Urobuchi has been switching between different genres for a while now, from mob crime, to straight up monster horror, to magical girls, to urban fantasy and now more recently political sci-fi. And it's interesting to note that with the latest transition into political sci-fi, his writing style has changed from writing characters with their own individual drama/issues/demons/identities, to characters and their relationship to society as a whole. That may just be for PsychoPass rather than a permanent change but it also shows his writing style can change depending on the genre. So maybe this won't be a troll after all.

MisaoFan
2013-03-10, 15:37
Well you can't help it if people expect this to be grimdark since that's pretty much been a major aspect of all his works so far. I'm not sure how using it all the time can make it overdone since that's just the way he writes in general. I think the thing about this show is that the trailer gave off a very adventurous feel which is a genre that tends to be mostly uplifting due to it's very nature, hence why people think this will start out uplifting (and hence why people are expecting an obvious troll). But you know after watching the second trailer, I'm starting to wonder myself if it's actually going to be all that adventurous.

But hey, who knows? Urobuchi has been switching between different genres for a while now, from mob crime, to straight up monster horror, to magical girls, to urban fantasy and now more recently political sci-fi. And it's interesting to note that with the latest transition into political sci-fi, his writing style has changed from writing characters with their own individual drama/issues/demons/identities, to characters and their relationship to society as a whole. That may just be for PsychoPass rather than a permanent change but it also shows his writing style can change depending on the genre. So maybe this won't be a troll after all.

From what I gathered in /a/ (like this one (http://archive.foolz.us/a/thread/76406778/#76409351)), I'm betting that the director, Kazuya Murata (who previously worked on Fullmetal Alchemist : The Sacred Star of Milos), is the one who imagined Gargantia's concept while Urobuchi will only serve as a main scriptwritter. However, since Murata will control over Urobuchi's ideas, so maybe it wouldn't turn as overly grimdark as most people predicted.

duckroll
2013-03-10, 15:54
From what I gathered in /a/ (like this one (http://archive.foolz.us/a/thread/76406778/#76409351)), I'm betting that the director, Kazuya Murata (who previously worked on Fullmetal Alchemist : The Sacred Star of Milos), is the one who imagined Gargantia's concept while Urobuchi will only serve as a main scriptwritter. However, since Murata will control over Urobuchi's ideas, so maybe it wouldn't turn as overly grimdark as most people predicted.

I think they both worked on the original concept together, but Murata was involved in the creative process before Urobuchi was brought in, so he might be closer to it.

orion
2013-03-10, 19:34
Phantom anime ending is not Urobuchi responsibility. And Ein's ending is not even canon (Phantom don't have a canon ending)

The individual pathways have true ("good") endings and the bad endings iirc. Anime version's last few minutes did not reflect either one. It was in the true pathway and then went off a cliff. 2 main females pathways were very close and it came down to one event in the anime that determined whose pathway you were in. After that event, you were in the main pathway to the "true" ending.

He was responsible for ep. 25. ANN doesn't have who was responsible for ep. 26.

jeroz
2013-03-11, 00:37
The first half would probably be the guy learning and adjusting to the new environment anyway.

speaking of urobuchi's reputation of being "grimdark" I was so fkin pissed when Kotoura san ep1 first aired that someone said that Urobuchi was behind the project. It was the most baseless and idiotic rumour I'd heard in recent months.

Haak
2013-03-11, 08:24
I'm guessing they were just joking though.

Iby
2013-03-12, 06:01
He was responsible for ep. 25. ANN doesn't have who was responsible for ep. 26.

It was Kuroda Yousuke, according to Japanese Wikipedia and Anidb.

duckroll
2013-03-12, 21:22
Butch tweeted that he inspected the storyboards for the final episode of Gargantia and he felt a great sense of satisfaction. So either this is a 1-cour series, or somehow IG is actually being super efficient which would be pretty unusual these days!

MisaoFan
2013-03-13, 04:29
Butch tweeted that he inspected the storyboards for the final episode of Gargantia and he felt a great sense of satisfaction. So either this is a 1-cour series, or somehow IG is actually being super efficient which would be pretty unusual these days!

If it's the latter choice, do you think there will be another season of it ?

Tempester
2013-03-13, 05:00
I'm with Kaisos Erranon and MisaoFan in that I don't really expect or want this show to seep death, despair and darkness everywhere. It would be cool to see Urobutchi do something that is *primarily* lighthearted or uplifting, even if it has dark/sad elements and an intense climax.

Oh, and having Naruko Hanaharu doing the original character design is awesome. Those are some really attractive characters and outfits.

duckroll
2013-03-15, 10:28
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=138

The site blog has a low-res version of a new key visual, along with an announcement that they'll be giving away 8,000 copies of a free blu-ray containing the first two episodes of the show at Anime Contents Expo at the end of this month. That's kinda crazy. Bandai is really pushing this hard.

desrtsku
2013-03-15, 11:20
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=138

The site blog has a low-res version of a new key visual, along with an announcement that they'll be giving away 8,000 copies of a free blu-ray containing the first two episodes of the show at Anime Contents Expo at the end of this month. That's kinda crazy. Bandai is really pushing this hard.

By giving away free blu-ray ... you don't mean giving away free blu-ray right? That's not pushing it hard, that's borderline crazy ... do they expect this to be a Gundam level success or something :twitch:

EDIT : hum ... >.> ... <.<. ... by the way, how can I get the Gargantia theme for Android?
:meh:

MisaoFan
2013-03-15, 11:49
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=138

The site blog has a low-res version of a new key visual, along with an announcement that they'll be giving away 8,000 copies of a free blu-ray containing the first two episodes of the show at Anime Contents Expo at the end of this month. That's kinda crazy. Bandai is really pushing this hard.

Sounds pretty cool, maybe I'll catch up watching the first two episodes before it airs I think. And I heard some good things about the director's blog that the show will probably be a bit different from other Gen's works as well writting-wise. Maybe I wouldn't worry about the story's progression, unless it was stated otherwise.

Haiprbim
2013-03-15, 12:53
The airing date was set on 7th of April, 2013.

Genre: Adventure, Science fiction, Mecha

Looks like something worth watching and the pictures remind me on the work of Studio Ghibli.
Hope it turns out good. :D

duckroll
2013-03-15, 13:10
By giving away free blu-ray ... you don't mean giving away free blu-ray right? That's not pushing it hard, that's borderline crazy ... do they expect this to be a Gundam level success or something :twitch:

EDIT : hum ... >.> ... <.<. ... by the way, how can I get the Gargantia theme for Android?
:meh:

You can get the theme here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.production_ig.gargantia_livewallp aper

desrtsku
2013-03-15, 14:01
You can get the theme here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.production_ig.gargantia_livewallp aper

Ah, thank you very much!

EDIT : eh ... not available in my country? ... why am I already suffering?

E_I
2013-03-20, 09:24
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=138

The site blog has a low-res version of a new key visual, along with an announcement that they'll be giving away 8,000 copies of a free blu-ray containing the first two episodes of the show at Anime Contents Expo at the end of this month. That's kinda crazy. Bandai is really pushing this hard.

I imagine this will licensed quickly. Releasing a Blu-ray before the show airs is crazy.

BTW, totoum, what anime are the characters from in your signature picture? I can't quite place them.

SolarAquarion
2013-03-20, 12:01
could someone upload the apk to a file hosting site?

ragez2010
2013-03-20, 13:05
this remind me of Mars Daybreak, maybe because of the sea thing.

Guardian Enzo
2013-03-20, 21:31
http://gargantia.jp/blog/?p=138

The site blog has a low-res version of a new key visual, along with an announcement that they'll be giving away 8,000 copies of a free blu-ray containing the first two episodes of the show at Anime Contents Expo at the end of this month. That's kinda crazy. Bandai is really pushing this hard.

Heh, hopefully I get me one of those...

duckroll
2013-03-21, 03:00
Heh, hopefully I get me one of those...

Good luck! ACE looks like it'll be fun this year...

duckroll
2013-03-30, 02:09
Gargantia is finally confirmed to be a 1-cour show at ACE. They also announced the release format at the ACE talk event. The show will be released in 3 blu-ray box sets, each set comprising of 4 episodes and a bonus OVA episode. So there will be a total of 12+3 episodes. The final OVA will feature Minori Chihara (the OP singer) playing a guest character.

Yoshimichi Kameda (FMA:B and Milos super action animator) also confirmed on his twitter account a few days ago that he worked on the OP/ED and some 2nd key animation on ep2, while the majority of his animation on the series will be in the latter half of the show starting from ep9 onwards.

Reckoner
2013-03-30, 02:11
I can't recall any 1 cour mecha show that's particularly good. Sad to hear this news.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2013-03-30, 02:23
As long as it has solid story (whether itís grim or lighthearted), I donít mind only getting 12 episodes. I hope Gen delivers.

desrtsku
2013-03-30, 03:03
There's a beginning to everything, Reckoner ... or not.
But either way, it's not like it'll be the end of the world if it really does suck. There's a bunch promising stuffs next season after all, so having particular expectations on this one won't hurt that much ... I think.

The show will be released in 3 blu-ray box sets, each set comprising of 4 episodes and a bonus OVA episode. So there will be a total of 12+3 episodes.
I don't really get it, but it looks like they want this to sell so badly.
The final OVA will feature Minori Chihara (the OP singer) playing a guest character.
What?
Yoshimichi Kameda (FMA:B and Milos super action animator) also confirmed on his twitter account a few days ago that he worked on the OP/ED and some 2nd key animation on ep2, while the majority of his animation on the series will be in the latter half of the show starting from ep9 onwards.
Color me interested.

sky black swordman
2013-03-30, 05:06
I can't recall any 1 cour mecha show that's particularly good. Sad to hear this news.Hmm, What about Infinite Stratos ?:heh:

As long as it has solid story (whether it’s grim or lighthearted), I don’t mind only getting 12 episodes. I hope Gen delivers. I'm a bit disappointed it's not going to be a 2-courses, however, I agree with you. :)

RollingPenguin
2013-03-30, 05:38
I can't recall any 1 cour mecha show that's particularly good. Sad to hear this news.
What about Flag?That anime is really great.

jeroz
2013-03-30, 06:03
I still think mecha will take a backseat and be an element instead of the focus of the story

duckroll
2013-03-30, 06:09
I still think mecha will take a backseat and be an element instead of the focus of the story

I agree with this. Everything we've seen indicates that the mecha are a background element which represents the world Red comes from, and hence contrasts with the new type of world he encounters on Earth. The characters will likely be the focus of the story, and I won't be surprised if most of the action in the series are character action and combat instead of mecha action.

Kirarakim
2013-03-30, 06:13
I can't recall any 1 cour mecha show that's particularly good. Sad to hear this news.

Gunbuster is less than one cour :p

desrtsku
2013-03-30, 06:19
and I won't be surprised if most of the action in the series are character action

Isn't it also Kameda's speciality? :)

duckroll
2013-03-30, 07:04
Can someone help get a moderator to change the title of this thread to Gargantia? The typo bothers me every time I see it. I made the thread before there was an official romanization for the name! >_<

Myssa Rei
2013-03-30, 08:29
By the way, the first two episodes of Gargantia were apparently released as special DVD-OVAs... and the RAWs have already surfaced in the usual places. On the flipside, the next episode will only come out in two or three weeks, so...

duckroll
2013-03-30, 08:32
Episode 1-2

That was pretty much what I expected from the show from the trailers, so there's nothing really surprising here. It's a fun and light-hearted (sort of) show with a heavy adventure feeling (like Grandia and Xam'd I guess).

Red starts out as a child soldier on the frontlines of a deadly space battle where humanity makes their last stand against a mysterious alien threat, but when he accidentally falls out of a wormhole during the escape process he finds himself on an unknown planet which he later learns is Earth - the birthplace of humanity, long forgotten by his people. He finds himself in a culture he doesn't understand, with people speaking a different language, and a totally different way of life than what he's familiar with.

The way it is directed is pretty nice though, since it doesn't really rely too much on the actual misunderstandings and stuff to move the story forward. The characters aren't stupid or annoying, and there's a sense of strength and resolve in each of them, along with a good amount of levelheadedness and rational thinking. While the situation is pretty generic for the opening act of this sort of stories, the execution makes it as enjoyable as it can be.

I really like the way the colors look in the show, and the music and character animation do a great job of making the show feel fun and energetic. Even though it's probably Urobuchi's most light hearted and down to Earth story so far, there are definitely signs of an underlying bleakness in the story, especially in terms of how Red perceives the world being a soldier, and his value of human life contrasting against those of people who mostly live in a peaceful era.

It's definitely going to be interesting to see how the rest of the series develops, but I think it's obvious that the arrival of Red and his robot is what unbalances the state of the world as it is, and will likely escalate tensions beyond what people are used to because of its overwhelming power. How this ties to the portion of humanity in space where Red came from, and the alien threat, will also be interesting aspects of the show.

MisaoFan
2013-03-30, 09:32
From what I perceived in the first two episodes, it's already excellent to begin with. It begins with a young man named Red who works for the Human Galactic Alliance and lives in a rather stressful life revolving nothing but war, and a perillous mission takes place. However, everything he has his mind on the world he lives gets seriously lost, driving him falling into a space-time rift. When he's trapped in a hibernation, he suddenly wakes up and takes a young woman while running. That's where he encounters a post-apocalyptic yet mysterious world called Earth. The animation and aesthetics are so good to the point I don't see as much mistakes as Psycho-Pass and is easily hypnotised by the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, Red isn't very good at communicating people who are stranger to him, that's why he is always paired with his mecha robot, Chamber, voiced by the delicious cake that is Tomokazu Sugita. More characters are introduced and the fight scene takes place later as well. This is where society is on the verge of being lost and ruined, and Red must meet many residents of the Gargantia ship to learn who he is and why he's falling into a brand new world. Since the show is planned to have 16 episodes, it is pretty unusual for an anime like this. Using a mecha as a background theme blends well with the steampunk sci-fi alongside some slice of life moments. The music was beyond impressive, so are the theme songs. I can't expect much in this one, but once we get past these two episodes, we'll see what the remaining 14 episodes will be like, since Gen Urobuchi puts enough effort into the sublime writting, but cannot expect what if the tone will be just as grim as Madoka Magica or Psycho-Pass. I really liked what the first two episodes told me well, so I'll continue watching from now on.

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2013-03-30, 12:36
He finds himself in a culture he doesn't understand, with people speaking a different language, and a totally different way of life than what he's familiar with.Wait, they speak different languages? So which one speaks Japanese, Red's people or Earth people?

Nightengale
2013-03-30, 12:47
First impressions felt like a mix of Star Ocean and Grandia.

U<3Anime
2013-03-30, 12:51
It feels rather suspiciously upbeat from Butch Gen. Can't shake off the feeling that it's going to be another bait and switch from him. Is everyone going to live pass episode 3? :heh:

Tempester
2013-03-30, 13:09
Is everyone going to live pass episode 3? :heh:

People seem to see Urobuchi's name attached to an anime and assume that there will be tons of death in the first half or something. I'm honestly getting sick of this because it's an oversimplification and blatant misrepresentation of what Urobuchi's storytelling is like. Let the anime speak for itself.

romcom89
2013-03-30, 13:16
Where did you watch the first two Episodes ?

desrtsku
2013-03-30, 13:42
^ Not sure if it's alright to post that here.

duckroll
2013-03-30, 14:39
Wait, they speak different languages? So which one speaks Japanese, Red's people or Earth people?

Neither. Japanese is simply the language for presentation to the audience. When a character who is speaking is meant to be understood by the audience, it's in Japanese, while the character who is not meant to be understood speaks gibberish. It works pretty well actually. Especially with Sugita translating stuff on-the-fly. :D

Folenfant
2013-03-30, 14:41
People seem to see Urobuchi's name attached to an anime and assume that there will be tons of death in the first half or something. I'm honestly getting sick of this because it's an oversimplification and blatant misrepresentation of what Urobuchi's storytelling is like. Let the anime speak for itself.

I don't really see him as having that much more or less death in his series than your average sci-fi mecha action show writer what have you. Certainly no more than is necessary to tell whatever story he's going for. I'm wondering if its just some sort of associative dissonance going on from the late 2000s when it really like anime with heavier themes and negative outcomes for characters were on a bit of a downswing.

MisaoFan
2013-03-30, 14:49
I don't really see him as having that much more or less death in his series than your average sci-fi mecha action show writer what have you. Certainly no more than is necessary to tell whatever story he's going for. I'm wondering if its just some sort of associative dissonance going on from the late 2000s when it really like anime with heavier themes and negative outcomes for characters were on a bit of a downswing.

To be honest, when I see Gen Urobuchi's name attached to a work, the level of darkness vary between his works as well the associated genres and themes. While there is always some dark aspects in most of his works, it doesn't always mean the story will turn mostly somber be it sooner or later. I can already see Gen overcoming somewhere in Psycho-Pass, maybe it's because he's now affixed to a political sci-fi writting with some character-driven elements. Even though Gargantia is perhaps intended to be Urobuchi's most lighthearted title so far, it means it gets darker later on, but also not as dark as Madoka Magica or Psycho-Pass I guess.

Folenfant
2013-03-30, 14:53
To be honest, when I see Gen Urobuchi's name attached to a work, the level of darkness vary between his works as well the associated genres and themes. While there is always some dark aspects in most of his works, it doesn't always mean the story will turn mostly somber be it sooner or later. I can already see Gen overcoming somewhere in Psycho-Pass, maybe it's because he's now affixed to a political sci-fi writting with some character-driven elements. Even though Gargantia is perhaps intended to be Urobuchi's most lighthearted title so far, it means it gets darker later on, but also not as dark as Madoka Magica or Psycho-Pass I guess.

Maybe. Like the other guy said before me its hard to say at this point. I'm not to worried about the tone so much as where show takes us and what I take from it.

Warm Mist
2013-03-30, 15:16
There's also the involvement of the director, Kazuya Murata, to be taken into account. He has probably as much say in the creative decisions and direction of the story as Urobuchi if not more.

I have not watched the first two episodes, but I'm worried about the length of the show. With so many characters and even two "parallel" worlds with very distinct tones, it seems like a project that would benefit from being 2-cour. Are 12(15) episodes really going to be enough?

duckroll
2013-03-30, 15:22
There's also the involvement of the director, Kazuya Murata, to be taken into account. He has probably as much say in the creative decisions and direction of the story as Urobuchi if not more.

I have not watched the first two episodes, but I'm worried about the length of the show. With so many characters and even two "parallel" worlds with very distinct tones, it seems like a project that would benefit from being 2-cour. Are 12(15) episodes really going to be enough?

Murata and Butch are both credited for the original concept so I'll say they worked on it together. Murata definitely has more room to execution his vision though, since he's also the director of the series, and not just the writer. Visually the show screams Murata. His influence on FMA Milos and Gargantia is very obvious.

As for the series length, I don't really think the story will be that large and epic. It seems to be focused around Red and his experience in this strange "new" world. The elements from his world will probably come back into play at the end of the series as a means of his past following him into his present, but other than that, I don't think they intent on actually developing two entirely different settings. The main setting is Earth, and that's where the series will take place.

Lenneth4
2013-03-30, 16:33
Episode 1-2

That was pretty much what I expected from the show from the trailers, so there's nothing really surprising here. It's a fun and light-hearted (sort of) show with a heavy adventure feeling (like Grandia and Xam'd I guess).

Red starts out as a child soldier on the frontlines of a deadly space battle where humanity makes their last stand against a mysterious alien threat, but when he accidentally falls out of a wormhole during the escape process he finds himself on an unknown planet which he later learns is Earth - the birthplace of humanity, long forgotten by his people. He finds himself in a culture he doesn't understand, with people speaking a different language, and a totally different way of life than what he's familiar with.

The way it is directed is pretty nice though, since it doesn't really rely too much on the actual misunderstandings and stuff to move the story forward. The characters aren't stupid or annoying, and there's a sense of strength and resolve in each of them, along with a good amount of levelheadedness and rational thinking. While the situation is pretty generic for the opening act of this sort of stories, the execution makes it as enjoyable as it can be.

I really like the way the colors look in the show, and the music and character animation do a great job of making the show feel fun and energetic. Even though it's probably Urobuchi's most light hearted and down to Earth story so far, there are definitely signs of an underlying bleakness in the story, especially in terms of how Red perceives the world being a soldier, and his value of human life contrasting against those of people who mostly live in a peaceful era.

It's definitely going to be interesting to see how the rest of the series develops, but I think it's obvious that the arrival of Red and his robot is what unbalances the state of the world as it is, and will likely escalate tensions beyond what people are used to because of its overwhelming power. How this ties to the portion of humanity in space where Red came from, and the alien threat, will also be interesting aspects of the show.


How's the animation ?

Any stuff stood out or it's classical anime level tv series ?

I hope it's better animated than PP was.

How many episodes for this series?
Is Gen back to 12' episodes tv series ?

Hagoshod
2013-03-31, 00:38
For those of you keeping track, this means Cure Peace has been in exactly one mecha series where she isn't eaten in the second episode and exactly one mecha series where she is eaten in the second episode.

melina_putri
2013-03-31, 09:43
First impressions felt like a mix of Star Ocean and Grandia.

Suisei = Water Planet/Star, in this series it means a Planet/"Star" that is covered by "Ocean".

Gargantia = based from word "Gargantuan" which means "gigantic; enormous; colossal" and has similar meaning of the word "Grand" in Grandia.

I see what they did there. :heh:

duckroll
2013-03-31, 09:48
How's the animation ?

Any stuff stood out or it's classical anime level tv series ?

I hope it's better animated than PP was.

How many episodes for this series?
Is Gen back to 12' episodes tv series ?

Character animation is pretty good. Very charming and expressive. I'll just the first two episodes of Gargantia are certainly better than the first two episodes of PP, in probably every possible way. :P

Westlo
2013-03-31, 13:28
Yoshimichi Kameda (FMA:B and Milos super action animator) also confirmed on his twitter account a few days ago that he worked on the OP/ED and some 2nd key animation on ep2, while the majority of his animation on the series will be in the latter half of the show starting from ep9 onwards.

Holy shit based Kameda is working on this, was already going to watch this but if I wasn't that would've sealed it, Kameda is amazing...

serenade_beta
2013-03-31, 16:47
Pretty good, really. The season started off at a bad note, with an anime with annoying characters and another anime with boring settings, but finally an anime that was genuinely exciting.
The first half of the first episode was very boring, but it was just to lead up to the part where he gets sucked into another world (or the future?), so it was fairly forgivable (though 12 minutes still felt too long).

And it was interesting seeing the whole different race/language interaction thing.
The character designs aren't bad, though I guess the robots are lame.
The songs are good too.

Though episode 3 might be one of those "now everyone is scared of him" episodes, because he obliterated all of the enemy ships and disintegrated the pirates. :heh:
He fought because he thought he could use his actions to negotiate with the people, but I think he used a bit too much power. :heh:

Oh, and points that they didn't actually show the other girl's body when the pirate tore her clothes? :rolleyes:

duckroll
2013-04-01, 04:23
http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20130401_594040.html

The Gargantia Blu-ray Box sets which were announced at ACE are confirmed to contain English Subtitles, like most "big" Bandai Visual releases these days. The first set will be released on July 26 for 16,800yen, and will contain the first 4 episodes and a bonus OVA episode (full length episode).

Other goodies:
- Episode 1 will have two audio commentary tracks, one from the staff and one from the cast.

- There will be a special CD Book called Gargantia Logbook 1. It will be about 100 pages with a cover illustration by Hanaharu Naruko. It will contain an Audio Drama CD, a short comic drawn by Naruko (about 10 pages), and a short novel supervised by Urobuchi (about 40 pages), as well as Character design materials from the show and staff interviews.

- Also included is a 224 page storyboard book containing the complete storyboards for the first episode of the show by the director Kazuya Murata.

- Finally there's an Illustration Card Collection which includes 8 cards. They are illustrations which will be used as end title card for the broadcast as well as promotional stuff on the website. This is the first collection, and there will one in each of the box sets.


Box Set 2 will be out on September 25, and the final box will be released on October 25. Interestingly enough, the bonus OVA episode with the first box is labelled as "episode 14", so maybe one of the other boxes will have 5 episodes instead of 4? 13 episodes in total? We'll see.

Ghanw
2013-04-01, 12:30
Thanks for the info duckroll, time to save up money then.