Galilei Donna | Review: Ep. 1

La Storia Della Ferrari Famiglia

A original show can be tricky to get off the ground sometimes. You have no fans of a source material to build off of and you want to make sure you stand out in some way to catch the attention of viewers among all the magna, light novel and visual novel adaptations. Because of this, many original anime shows are unique and different, but different does not equal good. This was one of my fears with Galilei Donna, one of my three most anticipated shows of the season and a show I kept hearing very mixed opinions on as it released. I should not have worried for a second.

vlc 2013-10-11 14-19-04-43Galilei Donna tells the story of the three Ferrari sisters, Kazuki, Hazuki and Hozuki. They’re descendants of Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science. They find themselves attacked at the same time by mysterious people revealed to be after something called Galilei’s inheritance. That’s the basic set-up and events of the first episode, a simple but effective set-up that lets us see glimpses of each Ferrari sister’s personality, though there’s more focus on the younger sister, Hozuki, than the others for this episode in particular.

The girls are all fun characters as well. They all stand out as different enough from each other to ensure interesting developments in future episodes. I also really liked the dynamic between the Ferrari sister’s mother and father in the episode, the latter which surprised me as a really enjoyable character. The villain is great as well and possibly have the best line in the show so far, but I’m not going to spoil anything about him. He’s that good.

vlc 2013-10-11 14-22-22-40The events of the episode takes place in modern-era Italy, but mixes in science fiction and mecha to a certain degree. It’s a interesting world and I hope we actually get to stay in Italy for a while in this show as the last time a show teased me with a good Italian setting, in Campione!, they were gone by the second episode. It’s a shame that the CG work was fairly unimpressive though.

vlc 2013-10-11 14-19-58-43On the other hand, the rest of the visuals were great. The character designs in Galilei Donna are wonderful and the colorful designs of the mechas are a breath of fresh air. While the show could have easily taken a grey and dark route with the art-style, the show decided to instead just all-out with vivid insanity. All for the better. I also really liked the soundtrack in this first episode, it had a very western feel to it that worked well because of the Italian setting. Though it also reminded me somewhat of the soundtrack to Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro for some reason I can’t put my finger on.

Some great set-up, some cool visual design, some crappy CG and some fantastic music. Galilei Donna is far from perfect and does not really live up to my expectations as a show that had so much of my anticipation before the season started, but it was a really enjoyable episode and I hope that the rest of the series keep up the quality presented here, but maybe with less CG. Looking forward to more.

Episode Rating: 4/5 – Magnifico.

Series Available on Crunchyroll

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