I don’t get why there are multiple subbers for something as average as Kiba while a great show like Gargoyle takes so long to get picked up. From just watching the first episode alone, this show just shot up the rankings, powering into possibly fourth or fifth place. So what is so good about a show featuring an immobile chunk of sculpted rock and a hyperactive kid?
From what I’ve seen of it, it is a slice of life series with a lot of true emotions, lubricated by a bit of slapstick comedy. Sometimes, SoL can be rather boring but Gargoyle prevents any boredom through the clever use of energetic slapstick humour. The main thrust of the episode is still about how a little girl regains her trust in her blind dad’s guide dog. Gargoyle and gang are mere props in this aspect. I found the first episode to be very touching.
Gar-kun sits at the gates, frying all intruders with an arsenal of weapons, including lightning, lasers and flamethrowers.
But Futaba is not too pleased at the bad rep their house is getting.
This is the Mama of the house. She’s the only one who totally accepts Gar-kun at first.
The main story for episode 1 goes like this. Lieutenant Avery (LTA Avery) is Mimori’s blind dad’s guide dog. He is a good dog and Mimori is very proud of him. When burglars break into their home however, and Mimori is captured and tied up, Avery just stands and watches. Gargoyle, with his vast array of sensors, detects the danger and teleports over to save them. But Mimori, being a tiny girl, has been mentally scarred from the traumatic experience and has lost trust in Avery because he didn’t bark or protect her.
Little girls are surely mentally scarred by big black men grabbing them in the dark.
Gar-kun teleports to the rescue.
What I like about this is that the show doesn’t gloss over any residual effects of the trauma Mimori suffered. Lesser series end after Gargoyle saves the day. But this show follows through and also focuses on how Avery won back Mimori’s trust. Gargoyle has the ability to talk to animals as well so it uses that to help Avery explain his rationale for not taking action, which was a completely logical decision. Would you resist an armed robber who has taken a girl hostage, with no weapons of your own?
But the meat of the episode is the post-trauma therapy.
Avery is hated by Mimori now.
And she becomes a hikikomori.
Avery explains the rationale for his actions. In spite of how it looks, this is actually a serious discussion between two great protectors of justice.
In spite of knowing the reason, Mimori still cannot bring herself to trust Avery again. I like how the episode makes things difficult. Way too many problems are solved with little effort lately in anime, so it’s nice to see that sometimes, characters still have to try hard. This is the touching and serious part of the show, which many viewers were not prepared for, since the OP was all about robots and gargoyles battling green monsters.
Avery wins back her trust.
And injures himself trying to prevent a second robbery.
I’m sure in later episodes, there will be fighting. Which is good since I like fighting. In the first episode alone, we have seen the introduction of a mysterious antique shop girl who seems to be the creator of Gargoyle, her rival who has another Gargoyle and an army of robbers.
The comedy is pretty decent as well. There’s comedy and seriousness at the right moments. I like how the younger sister calls her older bro "Fagg!!" because he really is. You know how girly bishies are quite common and no one really points out that they look more like girls? Futaba (the kid sister) is brutally honest about her feelings towards her brother.
In spite of it being slice of lifey, the episode ends on a cliff-hanger.
The voice casting is pretty good with a couple of big names. Saitou Chiwa uses her kiddy voice for Futaba. The animals sounded manly, like the men they really are.
As for music, it’s standard seiyuu stuff. The OP and ED isn’t anything to shout about. The OP is slightly better with a nice melody.
Watch this for a dramatic touching funny and exciting slice of life show! The raws are up to 6 or 7. I hope the standard of the first episode is maintained.