Suisei no Gargantia Ep 4: What is Life?
“You must’ve remember something very sad.”
Awww this episode gave me a whole bunch of feels *TEARS*. This episode heavily focused on Ledo adapting and learning more about the culture and the lifestyle on Gargantia. Throughout the episode he felt very confused about why the children were running about, questioning why they weren’t doing any military training along and why they kept the weak (since in his culture those who were ill or were too weak, would be disposed of). After having met and talked to both the Doctor and Bevel, it really opened up Ledo’s mind.
I absolutely adore Bevel, I really do. I hope this kid survives till the very end because he is extremely precious and very wise for his age. The Doctor was right about Bevel being the right one to educate Ledo and his share knowledge by explaining in a very simple and efficiently how life is. He was able to explain to Ledo by using the terminology that Ledo is familiar with such as “Standby” (which was used to explain that this is their ‘free’ life-style. It would be what Ledo would be doing once they were to defeat the Hideauze) to help him connect his experience of life to theirs.
I wasn’t expecting that last bit at the end when Ledo had a memory flash of a little boy who looked awfully alike him who would play the Hideauze’s tooth as a flute. I think he could possibly be his brother, who perhaps was one of the poor innocent people who were ‘weeded’ out for being too weak. It is just so heartbreaking because Ledo doesn’t understand the concept of family, and he doesn’t have an answer to Bevel’s question of is there anyone who needed him (aside from the military effort). It was just so heartwrenching, and I knew that Ledo was going to cry at some point- and I was caught off guard just how soon it was, but it was precious moment. He remembered something he had long forgotten when Bevel had played the Hideauze’s tooth’s (which by the way I always figured could be treated as an instrument). Unfortunately I have my doubts that we will see this boy again, but I would love to learn more about his relationship with Ledo (especially if he does turn out to be his brother) since he looked very happy to have interacted with him and felt sad when he suddenly disappeared before him.
Chamber this episode was exceptionally adorable (the way he handled the children climbing all over him I can’t!!!!!). I cannot stress enough how much I adore the fact he has a personality. For Ledo, despite the fact that Chamber is only a piece of technology, whether he realizes it or not, they are a family because regardless of the fact it may be part of their duty, they have always been together and supported each other. A great example of Ledo helping Chamber out is when he had gotten tangled in the ropes while trying to move multiple containers at once.
Another thing that I have been really enjoying is how much depth they have been exploring this culture. It of course makes sense that they explain it because that’s all part of the story since Ledo has never experienced any of this. I LOVED that they showed us how they would collect Fresh Water- rain is ESSENTIAL. I am sure if they were to experience a drought, finding fresh water would be extremely difficult and there would probably be an unrest amongst the different ships.
One of the most interesting facts that the Doctor pointed out is that the technology Ledo has it something that they once had but have been lost. The only records they have found only goes so far into history (I think their most up-to-date records of the past was about just our general satellite that we still use today). One of the things I really want to know (but is probably going to be left in the dust for us to theorize and speculate on our own) is how did Earth end up the way it is. Looking at our present scientific speculations we have today, this could be the result of Global Warming causing sea level to rise (something that is a high possibility of having happened in this story since the cities and once lands are all underwater- hence everyone is living on these giant ass ships that could almost be considered as Noah’s Arc itself) to perhaps an Ice Age (all that ice gotta melt and go somewhere folks), Natural Disasters (Mega Volcanic Eruptions) to even something striking Earth from Outer Space. But ultimately, my biggest curiosity is still whether the Hideauze have ever invaded or even possibly originated from Earth itself.
While I am on the subject on technology, we learned a few more things about Chamber’s technology. The first one that Chamber can be given orders by other people when permitted, and the second one is that Ledo wears a transmitter- which is something that was used in the first episode but was given a full explanation about it just in case anyone who was confused on how Ledo has been able to understand them on his own and without his suit on properly. I imagine that some people may have even thought it was the suit itself since up till now, he has worn it like it’s supposed to.
Overall great episode, lots of feels- I cried when Ledo cried (how could I not? He’s my baby!) He has been doing so well learning the language- while it’s certainly not perfect I applaud him for even giving it a shot.