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Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet- The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet- The Complete Series Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

“Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet” is a well written anime series.

In this 13 episode anime series set during a war between the Galactic Alliance of Humankind and the alien Hideauze, the story revolves around an Alliance soldier (Ledo) and his mech (Chamber) who become left behind after a major battle. Months later, Ledo and Chamber are picked up by a sea salvage ship (Gargantia) on the planet Earth. While stranded on Earth, Ledo is very much a stranger in a strange land until he can get back to his place or space. That is, of course, unless his time on Earth changes his mind.

Aside from the core story, other key subplots in this series involve the Gargantia crew (Ridget, Amy, Bellows, Bebel, Pinion among others), pirates (led by Lukkage), Ledo looking for work on Earth, Ledo developing a connection with Amy, Ledo having trouble getting past his war mode, Ledo hunting sea creatures that he believes are like Hideauze, Lebo learning major secrets about the Hideauze, Pinion seeking tech for his own fleet, Commander Kugel, the Alliance recruiting Earth people, a rebellion, and Kugel’s mech Striker.

It’s no secret that mech stories are a dime a dozen in the anime world, but thankfully, “Gargantia” is a cut above the norm. Unlike many shows, “Gargantia” refreshingly doesn’t go where you think it will as it is filled with smart plot twists (see the revelations about the Hideauze) and a fascinating evolution of the lead character (Ledo). More than that, however, the show feels complete and is not padded with unnecessary fluff which is an issue that many anime series tend to suffer from.

As good as the writing is the animation by Production I.G. is just as good if not better. Watching “Gargantia” is like watching a laser light shows at times with all of the eye popping visuals in space (ships, a wormhole, weapons) and in the sea (the hulking Gargantia ship and the sea creatures).

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The striking colors and the already exquisite animation looks even more impressive in hi-def.

Audio Track: Unspecified English and Japanese Stereo Tracks. How do they sound? The English track is one of the better dubs I’ve heard of late and the Japanese track is predictably stellar.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Bleach,” “Naruto,”
* A glossy “The Art of Gargantia” which contains still frames, episode descriptions, character and mech profiles, cover art, behind-the-scenes studio photos, and credits.
* Two OVA episodes titled “Abandoned Fleet” and “Altar of the Visitor from Afar.” ‘Fleet’ is the weakest of the two despite offering up some quality Ridget characterization. ‘Altar’ is one of those rare OVAs that actually tells an important backstory. In the case of this OVA, we learn about Kugel and Striker’s time on Earth.
* 3 clean openings and 3 clean endings.
* 1 minute worth of commercials.
* 6 minutes worth of promo videos.

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January 27, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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