Galilei Donna Should Have Been a Movie

Galilei Donna is an anime which knew very well how it wanted to begin and end, but it’s clear there was not much forethought put into the middle. There are elements in the first episode which pay off satisfyingly in the end, such as the condition of the Ferrari sisters’ mother, but the length of time in which they went largely unmentioned compromises the impact. The amount of meandering that happens in the show (and I’m not against meandering per se, it’s just that it often seemed to contradict itself), certainly did not help, and it made the whole thing feel like it should have been 5 episodes shorter.

Given this, I really feel like Galilei Donna would have benefited from being either a film, or an OVA, or something along those lines. I think one of the key issues is that the beginning and end feel too far off from each other (even though it’s only 11 episodes), and the fact that the way they go about finding the Galileo sketches seems abrupt and without much conflict around the actual objects. This is the kind of thing that would be more forgiving in a movie or maybe 1-3 episode anime where the act of searching for the sketches could be done in montage and would not lead the series to feeling like the sketches had no true narrative weight to them. Also, when the conclusion is only 90 minutes away, it would not feel like the middle was largely wasted.

5 thoughts on “Galilei Donna Should Have Been a Movie

  1. Outside of the the opening episodes and the last episode, nothing much of consequence really happened. Oh and that last episode was the dumbest thing I saw that season (and I sat through all of Coppelion, so I don’t mean that lightly)


  2. Judging from the differing quality of various episodes, and elements, this show MUST have had some crazy studio politics behind it, I’d be fascinated to learn them but I doubt we ever will know the entire story.

    But a movie, that probably would have worked…it might have even given us consistent characterization. Maybe they will try that one day. Just, for the love of god, cut out the sky pirates or do something with them….ugnh…


  3. I agree on having this story into a movie or OVA format where the the act of finding the sketches can be skimmed or explained briefly while more explanation or characters grooming can be focus more.

    The audience would totally enjoy the continuous flow of progress of the sudden development instead of such abrupt and halted in betweens. I would have enjoy the entire premises if they stress more to the character.


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