Galilei Donna: After Thoughts

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Galilei Donna was one of the first anime I actually got a personal copy, but I wasn’t able to finish it. To be honest, I forgot that I wasn’t able to finish it. I was so consumed with the new animes released and was watching alot of heavy ones (Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Guilty Crown, Black Lagoon, High school of the dead & Jormungand), I gradually forget about this anime. RIP me.

Recently, while looking my through my completed animes on MAL, I noticed this anime. I still don’t understand why I marked it complete even though I haven’t finished it, that’s why I’m giving it a chance.

Now, hear my thoughts.

Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2013 to Dec 20, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2013
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: Three sisters, Hozuki, Kazuki, and Hazuki, are descendants of Galileo and have completely different personalities and tastes; they never meet eye-to-eye. One day, the girls are suddenly attacked by a mysterious organization. The organization was after the “Galileo Tesoro” which Galileo Galilei was said to have discovered. Still unaware of what was going on, the sisters escape on the airship they built after the sudden attack. But it won’t be so easy for these three sisters to help each other out in a pinch when they’re constantly at odds with each other. What is the Tesoro, and what is the organization after? And what about the relationship between the sisters? It’s a threesome of cute girls, action, and mystery! (MAL)

As you can read from the synopsis above, it’s a weird plot. Galileo descendants?? 3 “cute” sisters?? And it had been tagged as ‘Action, Sci-fi, Adventure’??? What the hell is this??

Around the time I first watched this one, I have no idea about it’s plot. I just watched it on a whim, and I actually find it quite interesting. The weird combination of the plot and the genres looked promising. But it fell flat after the first episode. The characters were abit flat and unmemorable, and worse, I have no idea were the story was going. I think it was this part that made me switched to other animes. This series didn’t deliver after all.

But, oh boiiiii…I didn’t expect this series would be decent.

After that boring few episodes, the story progressed. It was a bit slow and was still confusing, the story was starting to build up and go into the right direction. It tackled some serious topics about poverty, selfishness, and family. Those topics were introduced well, but its execution was, on the other hand, very…poor & lacking. It affected the overall story of the series. Still, it did try to stitch everything up and made it at least reasonable and understandable.

Infairness, the characters improved as the story went on. I thought that the characters would be too stiff and 2-dimensional, but instead, I got to see them grow all through out the series. The growth of the sisters were not really big, but you can clearly see the change of their relationship with each other.

Hazuki, the oldest, was firm and idealistic at the beginning. She then became aware of the flaws of her ideals and the horrifying reality about justice. She also makes sure to be the protector of her sisters, even though she is abit rash on some of her decisions.

Kazuki, the middle kid, she’s the annoying one. Oh I hated her in the beginning. She was too annoying for me to handle. But I soon realized that her traits greatly reflected her age, she’s just a normal teenage girl who happens to be a Galileo descendant and have a genius sister. No wonder she’s annoying. She then was able to express her great love for her sisters and be there for them when needed.

Hozuki, the genius youngest, was really shy and timid in the beginning of the series. So pure and honest. Out of all the siblings, it was only her that seemed to inherit all of the genius brain juice of Galileo Galilei. She was able to create and invent alot of stuff, and bruh, damn, she’s amazing. She was able to become more confident in herself and I think she had the biggest growth so far. I mean, she is still really young and yet she had seen alot of horrifying moments in their adventure. I can’t believe she haven’t snapped yet. LOL. I still can’t get over her ‘time-traveling’ thing, it was both unnecessary and necessary at the same time.

Anna, a random intruder who ‘helps’ the sisters, was a mystery to me. At the beginning, she was really shady and aI was really waiting for her to snap or something. There were hints of her ‘spy’ moves, but I didn’t expect she would be working under ‘that person’. I didn’t get much info about her so I can’t really say she got alot of development. At least, she redeemed herself in the ending.

The supporting characters were lacking alot of development. Other than Anna (who was with the sisters), none of the characters got a proper development. Yes, even the antagonist. I mean, he got his backstory told to us, but he’s too unrealistic for us viewers to understand his own POV. The sisters’ parents got too little screentime it was abit a shame, I so wanna see their dad being badass.

It was through the animation were this anime shines. For a 2013 anime, Galilei Donna looks fucking GOOD. The background art, the detailed mecha, and fluid animation definitely made me enjoy this series alot. It was pleasing in the eyes. The character designs were abit on the generic side. At least, some of them looked unique.

I’m not much of a fan of the OP & ED. The OP was too weird and I feel like it didn’t match the series. I skipped the ED, so no comment. I do, on the other hand, really liked the OST of the whole series. It added alot of feels at the right timing. Definitely a plus.

Overall, the series is good. I didn’t expect I would enjoy it alot. There were alot of flaws but it was still decent and not really bad. It’s an original anime, so let’s understand I guess.

I would recommend this to people who wants to watch new stuff, this one would be good for you.

Anyway, that is all for now.
Thanks for reading!!

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