The story of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet takes place primarily on the planet Avalon. Solider Ledo from the Galactic Alliance of Humankind has crash landed onto Avalon during a battle with the Whalesquid species known as the Hideauze. Ledo is stuck on the planet for the time being and decides to wait it out with the people of Avalon for the time being until rescue arrives.
Story - 4/10
The story of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet takes place primarily on the planet Avalon. Inhabitants of Avalon live on fleets of ships. Land has been overtaken by the seas due to previous extreme weather conditions which has led to a waterworld esk environment. The story picks up quickly and well for the first 2 or 3 episodes indulging us with information about the story. Fluff generally takes up the meat and later parts of the story with the climax happening around the last 3 episodes.
Animation - 6/10
Animation was fluid throughout. The quality of the animation held throughout the whole show. The mecha's in this anime are rendered in 3d and blend in nicely with the style of the animation. Although Chamber does look much more detailed than the yonburus (normal mechs) in the anime. Characters are drawn nicely, especially them girls. They be looking real good with them rosy cheeks (plenty of fan service) and curvy milkshakers.
Sound - 5/10
The soundtrack for the anime was forgettable. Not in a bad sense by any means. The score of the anime doesn't really draw the viewer into the scene. It doesn't add any, 'umph' to the dramatic/action scenes. As a result, the majority of the soundtrack was lost in the background. The opening and ending credits also did not capture my attention.
Characters - 4/10
The stars of this anime are Ledo and Chamber. Ledo is your typical on command hardcore soldier. Chamber is your typical good guy advice giving Artificial Intelligence support system. The relationship between the two develop progressively throughout the anime. Bond between Ledo and Chamber resembles that of a student and a tutor. The student has questions and challenges the tutor as to why they're proceeding with the tasks at hand. Whilst the tutor teaches the student but also is learning as the student progresses. Unfortunately the other characters of the show do not develop as well as these two. Amy, the cheerful loving girl of the anime is the support system for helping Ledo develop and to question what he does. Pinion, the stubborn technician is the ambitious mechanic whom is always clowning around. He's that one guy who no one takes seriously, but speaks highly of himself. The rest of the cast is pretty forgettable. It's regrettable as many glimpses are made into many of the cast members which could potentially have their own spin offs. This however, is not the case.
Overall - 4.75 / 10
Another anime with loads of potential to geek out about falls short. Maybe because it was only 13 episodes long or maybe it's because of wasted scenes involving cross dressing strippers? Whatever it was, it's for you to decide. I would not recommend this anime as it falls short of what it could have and should have been.