Fall Anime 2013 – Galilei Donna – Early Impressions

Galilei Donna is only three episodes in but has already cemented itself as one of the most consistently entertaining shows on my watch list this Fall.

There is so much to like about this show and I strongly urge you to check it out if you haven’t already.

The first thing you’ll notice about Galilei Donna is the stunning artwork and soundtrack. I belive the visuals are a perfect example of how to blend CGI with drawn animation. CGI gets criticized all the time in anime because it often clashes with the traditional artwork, but here it just blends in seamlessly. The airship scenes are incredibly smooth yet detailed, and the combination of visual techniques has come off without a hitch so far in my eyes. Art is subjective (unless perhaps you’re a philosophy student) so this is just the way I personally see it, but the evidence is out there so you can decide for yourself. Elitists can feel free to disagree with me here, but you’d be amiss not to give it a go even if you generally don’t appreciate CGI.

Galilei Donna - OP - Large 06

Character models and buildings (snow-capped Italy is totally majestic) look great and the cast feel very real from the start. This is boosted by solid voice acting and  thoughtful character design. The three main Heroines all have distinct personalities, but it’s not hard to see why Hozuki is everyone’s favourite. The sky-pirate captain (Cicinho) is particularly awesome – he comes off as though he walked right out of the design sketch-book  for the next Final Fantasy game and manages to be hilarious and intimidating at the same time. He’s not the show’s only villain but he’s by far the coolest and I hope we get more of him.

Another notable character is Picco Rosso, a goldfish who acts kind of like an avatar for Hozuki’s airship as well as being a reference to Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso. Porco Rosso (or The Crimson Pig) is also set in Italy and has a lot of aerial combat – so this was really neat. Hozuki herself also reminds me of a typical Studio Ghibli heroine in that she’s a young, very independent-minded female with a penchant for adventure. On top of this, the OST for Galelei Donna is already being compared to a Joe Hisaishi score, so Ghibil fans should be all over this show.


I have a good feeling about this show – my only concern is that 11 episodes might not be quite enough to properly wrap up its ambitious storyline. I think it’s a factor of how the pacing is handled for the remaining episodes, but I have more than enough faith that it will turn out fine. It’s been totally fine so far.

Galilei Donna is already one of Fall’s most exciting offerings. Eat it up.

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2 Responses to Fall Anime 2013 – Galilei Donna – Early Impressions

  1. Artemis says:

    I’m likewise really enjoying Galilei Donna – as you pointed out, the production qualities are pretty excellent all round, and it’s just a fun show with a good mix of adventure and drama – but I’m still a little worried about the characters. Hozuki’s been getting the lion’s share of the screen time thus far, and while I don’t have anything against her, it’d be nice for everyone else to get a bit more of the limelight.

    • True, Hozuki has been hogging the limelight… Her siblings are definitely intriguing as well. Lets hope they get some more development then!

      …I’m hanging out for more Cincinho, too.

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