Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 5


Requiem of young lovebirds

As the Galilei Donna sisters (and their fourth wheel) travel north away from Germany, Holland greets them with a deep breeze and more piracy. The local ring of pirates, on the other hand, are the friendliest lot.

As usual, Hozuki quickly worms her way into everyone's heart, like a cup of hot chocolate on a brisk winter day. Her bag of Galileo gadgetry continues to impress as now we know what kind of love poems the young romantic was reading in the past couple episodes. How will the sisters find the next piece of the puzzle? What kind of plot holes will they have to navigate around in Galilei Donna 5?

Hexagons are the future

As Anna and Kazuki try to hoof it around town for the landmark they are looking for--a church that was remodeled into a train station--Hazuki and Hozuki are busy talking to the locals. It turns out that Adni Moon isn't going to spend the big bucks to build new energy infrastructure out in rural areas, leaving many families out in the cold as the Ice Age progresses. People abandoned their rural abodes not only for cities, but also formed resistance groups that steal energy shipments and protest the public policies of the day.

As the Galilei Donna sisters (plus Anna) meet up with such a resistance group in Holland, they're able to obtain some supplies as mutual outlaws. While Hazuki doesn't quite get along with the chaotic-good aligned group, Hozuki befriends Theo, a local boy who also talks in engineering language. The kindred spirits hit it off quickly, as the boy has a thing for Galileo's inventive spirit.

Missiles galore

Theo and his childhood sweetheart Karen didn't always get along, but they adore each other. For Karen's birthday--happily coinciding with Hozuki's arrival--Theo builds her a telescope. It's an engineering marvel to do so from scratch, and Hozuki learns a thing or two about her relatively privileged life as compared to the nomadic and poor lifestyle that Theo makes do with. It's a bit of a side point in Galilei Donna, but it adds a nice, subtle nod to class differences.

Excuses aside, the episode takes a drastic turn as the leader of the local pirates decides to turn his back on the gang, and phones in the Adni Moon thugs to bomb their home base. The tragic end to the episode tapers the unrealistic positivism to the series in a way that makes everything somewhat more palatable, despite the tragic outcome. It felt as though Hazuki and company had gotten away with way too much-- that pluck or luck saved them and their friends one too many times--until now. Sure, Galilei Donna never really established the motives of the betrayal very well, but it's in line with that else the show has done before.

nice toy

As for the overarching puzzle, it turns out that Hozuki's goldfish-hourglass thing doubles as a specialized lens that refracts moonlight into some kind of magic ray. With this light, Hocchi was able to read special text inscribed in the Galileo parchments. Also, it turns out that the same hourglass charm can double as some kind of suction-vacuum mechanism that protects the wearer from explosions. It's not clear if the goldfish charm is a family heirloom from Galileo or something Hozuki built, but it sure is pretty neat and I hope the show can explain it soon.

In the bigger picture, so far Galilei Donna is still setting its pace and laying the foundation of the main story. I just hope it will show some more of its hands in terms of the mystery and the setting, instead of the more obvious inter-character relationship tricks. To episode 6!

[Galilei Donna is on Crunchyroll!]


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