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Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 3

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Memory loss and natural gas

The main takeaway for this week's Galilei Donna is that Kazuki is getting sick and tired of this half-baked adventure-slash-fugitive nonsense. Despite an interesting and colorful setting, so far the show lacks something that holds the crazy plot together. I hope that they can make it right in the next few episodes.

Hozuki, being the smart, small and cute one, and the inheritor of these advanced technical skills, is not just the the darling of the family, but she's got the attention of those viewers who are interested in both fanservice and butt-kicking; the other two sisters are left in something of a lurch. While an elaborate story might be in the works from behind the scenes, with underutilized characters, will Galileo Donna manage to pull us in at the three-episode drop point? 

For reals

The three sisters continue their journey right off last week's jailbreak. In the background, things seem to have calmed down a bit. Mom avoided the worst, but they've set her up as a convenient victim who forgot all her personal memories and will drone out for her employer/abuser. Dad is happily unharmed but on the run from both the shadowy organization pursuing him and the local cops. Galilei Donna offers the explanation that the methane hydrate mining sites we've seen are the only source of energy in this not-too-distant future, and the company Mom works for is now the biggest player. A corresponding underground organization called the Messier, acting on behalf of the Adni Moon corporation, is going after both rival power companies and now, the Ferrari sisters.

Yep, Kazuki is my favorite

Galilei Donna paints the ideal picture of a little girl and the adventurous life she wants to live, complete with separating parents and older siblings who are each walking their own paths. It does add to Hozuki's appeal, but runs the risk of running too far from the point of the story--a grand adventure with an eccentric family. And before Galilei Donna give us the opportunity to feel for the characters, it has got to do more to tell us about them first. Kazuki and even Hazuki have been pretty much ignored thus far.

Instead, Galilei Donna decides to throw in some more aerial fireworks in the form of the Black Ganymede pirates coming to the girls' rescue. And of course, we see more of mysterious historic nerd Anna's massive curls as she takes the effort to try to get to know the three sisters. I guess that's enough to keep me watching for another week, but at what expense?

I suppose it is a big deal that Galilei Donna looks much prettier than most shows this season, and that keeps a kindling of faith alive in me that over time, the show will explain the characters to us, their feelings and plights to us, in a way that is more appealing than having five sets of tableware shatter on the floor. Maybe three episodes are just not enough to judge this show.

I didn't know he studied music either

[Catch the sisters on Crunchyroll]


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