Butch Gen & Hanaharu’s Gargantia The Next Big Thing?


Newly unveiled anime project Gargantia: On The Verdurous Planet has been attracting plenty of attention, boasting as it does the writing talents of Nitroplus writer and Madoka creator Butch Gen, the sexy designs of celebrated ero-mangaka Naruko Hanaharu, and the obscure directorial talents of Kazuya Murata (whose admittedly rather less impressive portfolio includes directing an FMA movie).

Its official site just opened, helpfully showcasing its sexy character designs, and comments from Gen himself indicate it “was planned even before Psycho-Pass” and that it should see the light of day in the spring:


The action takes place on “Gargantia” – city ships:


Opinions online are divided as to whether it looks capable of turning into a latter day Gurren Lagann, or merely another generic mecha anime – or worse yet, another Fractale…

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    Comment by KingFisher
    20:01 11/12/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Trust me. It's script writter Gen Urobochi. HE did fate/zero and he did madoka. You know the plot is going to end up exceedingly dark and awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 11/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Fate Zero, Madoka, Psycho-Pass

    Don't forget Saya no Uta!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Saya no Uta is some serious shit most people would avoid; although, despite the gorey story/setting it has a strange feeling of moe :D

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    Comment by คภєк๏
    22:48 11/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Off topic, but starting with "trust me" just makes people suspicious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 11/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Remember Madoka Magica ?

    Don't be fooled by the outside appearence. If Gen Urobuchi handle the story, that means it will blow your mind with his dark story-telling style.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Madoka is not necessarily a good example. A lot of people find it to be shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I forgot for a second that it was cool to hate on decent shows that are popular. My mistake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah right..... A lot of people (including you) find it to be shit, but much more than a lot of people like you find it this is good and revolutionary mahou shoujou style anime. (look at all anime rating website / forum)

    Maybe you are some kids who expect Madoka become typical fluffy and cute loli mahou shoujou anime, but you disappointed when Mami is beheaded.


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Opinions are like assholes"-- and that opinion happens to have a lot of turd caught up in it. ;)

    Really, though, most of the people that would bother to voice that 'opinion' only bother to because it's popular *and* quite well received by the vast majority of critics for its artistic and storytelling merits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    a lot of people like Justin Biever too
    and it's not the series itself that gets the hammer, it's (as usual) the fandom

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Haters are simply a vocal minority.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know what you call "a lot" but a few dozen people certainly isn't any of the sort compared to the hundreds thousands if not millions who loved it.

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    Comment by Anonymous

    that doesn't really mean anything, there's plenty of big breasted and loli character to ruin it with fanservice if studio publishing it desires to increase sales

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    Comment by Naoe
    22:48 11/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You know what, The art of the characters doesn't mean SHIT to Urobuchi Gen. He will still give his signature story telling.
    Naruko Hanaharu won't have anything to do with the story itself.

    It's the director that we have to keep an eye out, although he has done plenty of "non fan-service" mechas, like Eureka, Code Geass, and Gundam Unicorn.

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    02:26 12/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    All I hear is:
    "Omg poeple spend money for something I don't like, don't the hundreds of games and anime I pirated mean anything? They should produce things I want to steal and not something people actually spend their hard earned cash for!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 11/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    fap fap motherfucker

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 11/12/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Madoka wasn't that good. Still typical magical girl. try again, please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 11/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    stop embarrassing yourself lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 11/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >typical magical girl
    >character gets her head bit the fuck off in episode 3
    >We find out the cold hearted bitch has seen her only/dearest friends die potentially hundreds of times but keeps fighting to save them.
    >Alien creatures trying to save the universe with the mantra that no sacrifice is too great turn out to be as horrible as that methodology implies.

    Yeah, sure. Typically magical girl animes show brutal death, people being tainted by emotional suffering so much they become magically infused berserkers that their former friends have to put down like a rabid animal. Then finish off by having the main character game the system of becoming a magical girl so hard she rewrites the laws of reality.

    sounds typical to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do not watch only the first two episodes, watch 'till the end. And you'll see the high difference than typical magical girl anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meduka RAYBOO

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 11/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I liked Fractale god dammit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I enjoyed it was well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous

    Gotta admit, I too liked Fractale.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Me too, Well.. another mans trash is another mans treasure.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I thought I liked it, and I think I still do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 11/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'M FUCKING TIRED OF TEEN GIRLY BOYS. God damn Japan just make at least ONE masculine man.

    Fucking faggots Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they only remove the guy it would be perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bitch wit the glasses ftw- but on a more serious note. Kinda looks interesting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fml, i was just writing a story about city ships and the main dudes costume looks too much like my character in the story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That suit the guy is wearing just screams dark and depressing deaths all over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also guess the freaking female characters be totally useless as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    God damn it! Are those mechs or are they human sized battle suits? if it's the latter this show may be hella awesome.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    08:34 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude looks like a douche, especially in that lame suit

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So when is this gonna air?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Plllllz let this be a hand-drawn mecha anime like gurren and not some 3D model BS.

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    Comment by Octopi
    10:10 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well it already has Yoko on it. guess copyright means nothing in today world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought so too. I knew that chick looked familiar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    even the pose looks plagiarized, there is a Yoko figure with a pose that from the upper torso is almost the same. i think there is a review of the Yoko figure here in Sankaku,

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh,Its just......
    A Japanese Bioshock Rip-off
    with Giant Mechs.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    interesting? maybe
    but sexy? definitely not

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main mech kinda reminds me of the Arbalest, with some KMF elements. Hoepfully it would lean more to the Real Robot genre.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate mecha. It looked interesting up until that point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those characters look like the ones from each and every other anime.
    But it seem to work.

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    Comment by Octopi
    10:19 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    in this anime they didn't even tried to create characters, i bet they scanned a bunch of mags and changed the pics in photoshop. because all the characters and things in this anime look like a knock off from another anime! what the hell is Yoko doing in such a third rate production?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gen Urobuchi is growing overrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're opinion is growing overrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 05/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Herp durp hurrr that's all I see in your comment.

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    Comment by Gitami
    10:21 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please let there be hulking brutes kidnapping the girls. And is there a twin city ship called Columbus?

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