I’ll make a longer post sometime this weekend, but I’ve watched the Gargantia OVA’s and the Madoka movie. The OVA’s were a bit disappointing, in that I thought they were based after Chamber’s sacrifice and Ledo’s decision to live on with the Gargantia fleet. I was wanting to see a bit more of what became of him afterwards.
Instead one was set after Ridget succeeded to command of the fleet, but before the commander’s fleet showed up. It was unimportant plotwise; just a chance to spend time with the same characters and see Ridget when she was younger (in a flashback). Amy’s friends and Pinion decide to prank Ledo and Amy, only to nearly get lasered for their effort.
The other was set before Ledo arrived, showing how his Commander ended up on Earth, taking over a pirate fleet and establishing his sick religion. Striker had a lot to do with it, but he made the final decision to set the course. Given the difference in the size and leadership of the fleet that attacked Gargantia, he may have arrived several generations before Ledo.
As for Madoka – Rebellion….I don’t know what to think. And I can’t explain why, because it gets into huge, enormous spoilers. I forgot where I read that the movie has to do with what the Kyubians decided to do after being told by Homura that they’d originally used another, more efficient method to obtain energy. And while that’s true; there’s a lot more going on than that. I might post some pictures, but I’m not going to post anything about what happens, except to say that we’re treated to a lot of weird witchiness and all five magical girls working together — along with one hell of a fight between Homura and Mami. The problem is, I don’t know how I feel about the ending, and what happens to Homura and Madoka. In some regards, it’s happily ever after. But it’s a dark happily ever after, so I don’t know whether to be elated or sad. Like the original series, they spent time dealing with the consequences.
However, I can definitely say I was right about one thing a couple of years ago… (though I can’t find the comment; it may have been on Chizumatic): Homura was not so nice to the Kyubians as Madoka. Heh.