The creatures shooting lightning from the ocean are ancestors of the Hidiaazu.
Red will eventually have some sort of Heel Realization about the role of his branch of humanity.
There is no Timey-Wimey BallThe twist that they're in the past is too typical, and it would mean that most of the setup of Avalon and the war between humans and aliens might not have as much of an effect on Ledo's story. In episode 2, records say that earth was supposed to be covered in frozen oceans. I think that the oceans have melted, and the surviving humans who were left behind are now surviving Waterworld style. I think that the human alliance will actually wind up as enemies later on, wanting to take over the earth.
Ledo is going to become a Living MacGuffinWith pirates and different groups of people wanting his technology and knowledge, as well as his capacity to control his mech.
Grace the squirrel is actually a baby (or larval, if you prefer) Incubator.Remember Ai-kun, Ranka Lee's ridiculously cute pet in Macross Frontier? Yeah...
Grace will be the only survivor of this show.Urobutcher didn't nearly make his quota in Psycho-Pass, so he has to make up for it in spades this time.
Conversely very few people, or mostly bad people, will die in the end.Maybe Urobutcher found meditation and yoga or something and is getting progressively softer. Or he's tired of his reputation as a mass killer and wants to mix things up. Either way while this series will probably still have someone important die, there's a chance it might feature his lowest body count yet. If few people die I wouldn't put it past him to tease the audience with lots of near deaths just to mess with the audience and lampshade his reputation.
Half the city ship will be destroyed in episode 9 or earlier.Because it's Urobutcher. Everyone's settled into a routine, people are happy, Ledo's decided to wait for rescue. Then, bam a super enemy shows up and the city is in flames.
What is the truth of Avalon, anyway? PLACE YOUR BETS!Given that this series is coming from Urobutcher, one has to remain suspicious of many elements of the story. One of the bigger questions that come to mind is about Avalon, the capital and homeland of the Galactic Alliance. While Avalon was briefly mentioned in Episode 1, we never get to see what's inside the capital colony. It would be out of character for Urobutcher to leave that plot point hanging, so what do you think it's gonna be?
The Galactic Alliance is creating the HideauzeA standard WMG, as well as a quick and easy way to gray up the show's morality and drive it into Darker and Edgier territory. There's definitely something sinister about the Galactic Alliance, what with their totalitarian control over citizens' lives and implied use of child soldiers.
The Galactic Alliance will be the Big Bad.They were established as a pretty dystopian, Social Darwinist society from the get-go, and when they come to Earth they'll try to conscript or kill the residents of Earth. The Gargantians and other non-criminal fleets may form an Enemy Mine alliance with the pirates to help fend them off.
Chamber will run out of power at some point.Probably just before a battle with the pirates or Galactic Alliance.
Nothing bad will happen in this anime.Because Urobuchi Gen has experienced enlightenment and has changed in to a new man. Or he's just trolling us by making viewers expect the worse, only to come up with a heartwarming story.
The "Earthlings" are actually Hidiauze who settled on an abandoned Earth.Remember Saya no Uta? Maybe Ledo had a head injury when Chamber impacted the ocean, or maybe his mind can't handle their true Eldritch Abomination form, so he sees them as healthy, tanned Moe humanoids. The reason they don't kill him on sight is because they're a Hidiauze "wandering tribe", unaware of the interspecies war at the other end of the galaxy.
Chamber's ability to be temporarily commandeered by someone other than Ledo will be important later on.In episode 4 there's a scene where Ledo is asked if he can hand over Chamber's control to the crew so they can better move crates. This feels like it was inserted as foreshadowing so it can be brought in later on in the series. This ability could either end up being good or bad. It would be bad if Chamber was hijacked later on after Ledo is tricked into giving someone permission to use him. It would be good if Ledo is taken out of commission and someone like Amy, Bellows or Babel can make use of Chamber instead.
Chamber is equipped with nuclear warheads, or other WM DsDuring the first episode it was mentioned that the units were outfitted with heavier weaponary to target the Hidueze mothership/ homeworld (can't remember which) now take a look at the things mounted to chambers hips and how they look a lot like missiles. This might serve as a checkovs gun later on.
The Galactic Alliance is run by the Sybil System.
Gargantia is all some kind of Kobayashi Maru-like simulation to test Ledo's loyalty.If Madoka taught us anything, it's that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Ledo will be tempted by this pleasant society of pacifistic lotus-eaters, and eventually Alliance ships will show up and demand that he return to them, all while taking back Earth and imposing their Spartan Way upon the Gargantians and others. Needless to say, if Ledo obeys Chamber's commands and abandons his new friends, he passes. If he chooses to stay and takes arms against the Alliance, then he's "lost The Game"...and you can probably guess what happens next. When Urobuchi was talking about how this anime is aimed at people just going out into the job market, what he meant was that this simulation represents the hedonism of college, and Ledo's Child Soldier life represents the real world; however fun and carefree college life may seem, it's not forever, and eventually you have to grow up.
Humanity made the Hidiaazu.Maybe they were made for some kind of production purpose that went horribly wrong.
The Hideauze are not inheritly hostile.They are simply Starfish Aliens that humans encountered centuries ago and difficulties in communication between two species so different from each other lead to a conflict that escalated until both sides became convinced that the only way to ensure their own survival is to utterly exterminate the other. The Hideauze on Earth are just as stuck as Ledo, and have no interest in the war, any more, since the native humans pose no danger to them. It would fit in the theme of the series so far, which has been all about building bridges between very different worldviews and gaining mutual benefit from the effort.
Ledo will have to team up with the Hideauze against his own Alliance.Once the Alliance finds Ledo or the other way around, they're going to attempt to exterminate the Earth's Hideauze. Ledo might try to convince them otherwise, but with such a long held grudge it's not going to change. So Ledo will have to pick a side one way or the other. Since he'll probably adopt the whole "harmony and teamwork with nature" attitude from the Gargantia crew, he'll most likely pick the Hideauze side.
The Gargantians worship the Hideauze. Amy and her friends' costume and dance actually mimics the appearance and motion of the cephalopods underwater, like some tribal dances in reality. Ledo killing one in front of Bellows will produce the same reaction among the Gargantians as killing a cow in front of a devout Hindu.
The whole series is nothing but a test for LedoIn other words, Ledo is not on Earth but rather is experiencing a form of therapy to prepare him for entry into Avalon. This interesting opening post from myanimelist elaborates on why this theory could be plausible.
The truth behind the Hideauze is similar to that of the Vajra.Related to the "team up with the Hideauze" WMG above. In Macross Frontier, the Vajra initially served as the main enemy—a violent and primitive race of insect-like aliens that would attack the Frontier seemingly without provocation. But then it turns out that they were being manipulated into attacking the Frontier by a small group of people bent on an Assimilation Plot, and were actually a rather benevolent race. My guess is that the higher-ups in the Galactic Alliance purposely keep the war going so that they can maintain their power and scope of influence, and they scapegoat the Hideauze as humanity's enemy in order to do this. After all, we have yet to see a Hideauze actually attack someone without being attacked first.
Ledo did not actually travel through time but was transported into the frozen surface of Earth therefore causing the series to still take place in the future without time travelHe remained frozen for several years and Chamber miscalculated the time they had been out due to being frozen himself causing him to think they had only been unconscious for several months.
The Hideauze are Titans.Because everything is Titans.
The Hideauze are squid-human hybrids.Check out this shot.
The Pirates Will Return
The "treasure hoard" the Hideauze are hiding is actually a very dark secret about Earth.Perhaps they're guarding whatever led to Earth becoming a Water World in the first place, like a genocidal weapon factory. Or related to the squid-human hybrid theory above, perhaps it's the testing ground that led to the species fusion. Or maybe both. Either way the "treasure" is most likely not going to be straight treasure.
The Hideauze are Anti-Spirals.They seem to consume energy and said to be keeping the Earthlings in technological stasis.
Either Ledo or Amy will not survive this show.Remember how Madoka's opening theme ("Connect" by Claris) seemed so out-of-place after things started going to hell...and then it turned out it was actually about Homura's dogged mission? Gargantia's ED theme is also becoming increasingly dissonant...but then continue that the title actually translates as "Message From Heaven to You".
When Gen was talking about how this show is meant to show that "the world is not such a scary place"......what he meant was the real world. The moral of this show will be, "If you think things are bad out there, be glad you're not a character in one of my stories. Now get out of your basements and try to get a job."
Ledo is L-ElfThe resemblance and other tropes are uncanny.
The Hideauze are purposely transporting people to Earth.So it seems kinda a stretch that out of all the billions of planets that Ledo landed on Earth, and even stretchier that Kugal landed there as well. Given what has been revealed about the Hideauze, however, it wouldn't be so much of a stretch if Hideauze have begun warping people back to Earth for some reason. Perhaps to segregate humans back to where they came from, as they believe they are the true inheritors of space due to their evolutionary biology. Or as some kind of political statement against the Alliance. Either way, it wouldn't be too surprising if more Alliance members started landing on Earth, and Ledo becomes the one to either help them adapt, or turn against them if they slaughter Hideauze as he and Kugal once did.
Incubators are human/newt symbionts. They never said the Evolvers weren't experimenting with other aquatic animals such as salamanders and newts. (Kyubey's resemblance to an axolotl has been noted.) However, these symbionts managed to retain and further evolve their minds and eventually develop psychokinetic powers. Remember Clark's Third Law, after all... Yes, this means that Madoka actually takes place after Gargantia, after the oceans eventually recede and Earth-bound humans rebuild their society. The futuristic-looking architecture and (occasionally) technology seen in Madoka illustrates how the humans have rebuilt the drowned cities and finally rediscovered the Lost Technology. The Magical Girls who looked like Cleopatra and Joan of Arc only resembled them; some post-flood societies strove to emulate Ancient Egypt and The Middle Ages after becoming fascinated with their cultures, and unfortunately, war, greed and deception still bedevil the new society and led many desperate girls to make contracts.
Melty will die very soonWhat better way to cement the Cerebus Syndrome with a death of close friend to the Deuteragonist.
Bebel will probably be killed off by the end of the seriesRemember when Ledo told Bebel that the Galactic Alliance would probably kill him off for being an Ill Boy. With Kugel leading a fleet that adopted the Galactic Alliance beliefs and ideology of social Darwinism where the weak is killed off; he may either be killed during their invasion through an explosion, murdered by Kugel, murdered by Pinion, or having Ledo being forced to make a decision between killing Bebel or some other Sadistic Choice. That will make it Harsher in Hindsight as well.
Kugel has been dead for years.Kugel decayed extremely quickly once the cockpit was opened. And far too completely to have only been dead for six months. Perhaps all of the Alliance's veterans over a certain age are dead and it's only their suit AIs acting on their own. With the full knowledge of the Alliance headquarters of course.
The key will activate a fleetwide spray of some sort of mixture of hormones and nanomachines which will turn the Gargantians into whalesquids, allowing them to hide out in the water and attack Striker physically. Yep, everyone gets hu—breathes in and turns into squids.
The key unlocks the Gargantia mothership's true formIt's actually an ancient battleship, possibly one of the last still active and armed on the planet. Or perhaps even a space cruiser that crashed during the war before the ice age.
Chamber's distress signal will eventually reach the Galactic Alliance, assuming they still exist and the signal hasn't degraded too muchNot really a WMG, but it is a possible Sequel Hook.
Ledo's new pet squirrel will be named ChamberI mean, come on... *sniff*
Kugel's fate is the fate of all GA soldiers. Striker wasn't rogue; the GA is run by AI with god complexes who see themselves as the superior evolved form of humanity; creatures of pure intellect in nearly indestructible bodies. Thus after a certain point, all mecha pilots' nervous systems are "absorbed" by their machines, leaving their bodies lifeless as happened to Kugel and nearly happened to Ledo (making a close parallel with ''Puellae'' and Witches). Fortunately for Ledo, Chamber managed to retain his original "protect the human pilot" programming as well as gain empathy for his charge and the Earthlings. In short, Chamber was the true rogue; Striker was "functioning properly".
Ledo (real name Akasaka) is a chuuni trying to cope with the twin anxieties of his parents' divorce and having to move out to start high school.Chamber represents his level-headed and logical yet somewhat cold father; Striker represents his domineering, controlling mother. He calls himself "Ledo" (actually "Red") since his family name contains the word "red".
True History of MankindThis won't be confirmed or jossed unless some supplementary material or 2nd season is released. Continental Union and Evolvers fought over resources of Earth that was quickly becoming uninhabitable. Then, CU developed their wormhole technology. This put CU and Evolvers in a race against time to get to the gate, leave Sun System, and leave the others to die. Except, those were the more radical and more desperate parts of communities. They left. And humans, and more laid-back Evolvers, stayed. A covenant was struck to stop fighting it out (since the warmongers left) and find a way to survive. First Generation Evolvers were the main manual labor, but eventually they managed to do whatever it was that made Earth get more light and heat from the Sun. The cost however was losing the landmass. Afterwards, it was agreed that neither survivors would touch the other, and they would all go their own way. Which is why people of Gargantia are reverent of whalesquids, even if they forgot the exact reasons. Which is why whalesquids aren't aggressive towards humans unless provoked. They have achieved peace and remained at peace ever since. Meanwhile Space Evolvers became monstrous Hideauze. Meanwhile Continental Union Exodus Corps became Galactic Alliance. And their leaders were eventually replaced by their Support Intelligences (or whatever Chamber and Striker are called) like Striker replaced Kegel. And machine logic dictated the direction of GA development, foreign policy, and civilization structure. Think about it - it's entirely attributable to machine logic to remove inefficient elements (aka unfit children), use elements most efficiently (aka child soldiers), and so on...
Space Whalesquid, or Hildeazu are more alien than those on Earth due to the sheer fact they have different things to adapt to within spacePretty self explanatory, while at base they can be viewed as the same, the Whalesquid which went to space have changed too much from their original brethren, becoming far more aggressive and expansive while those who remained on Earth didn't have that drive and lived in relative peace with normal humans. Thus, the Hildeazu really are alien in origin due to how many adaptations they've had to take.
It was actually a Downer Endingafter all. Striker and the cultists defeated Ledo and Chamber and slaughtered all of Gargantia. What we saw was just Ledo's Dying Dream.
This anime was created to fill in as many spaces on the Butcher Bingo chart as possible except for "No Happy Ending". Child Soldiers and more of their citizens to the front lines? It is also implied that the government of the Galactic Alliance knew all along in their Classified Information that the Hideauze were Human Evolvers who modified themselves to live in space, but decided to lie to their citizens and fabricate history in their justifications to attack the Hideauze/Evolvers. After all, in the revealed Classified Information, the Continental Union, that would later become the Galactic Alliance, was the faction that ignored the UN and shot first at the Evolvers, beginning the Forever War. If the Continental Union did not bomb the Evolver lab, then the Evolver families (e.g. the Matsumoto family) would just make peace with mankind and wander space forever instead of evolving into the vindictive alien empire of the Hideauze. I think that the Galactic Alliance is just like Oceania from 1984. The Galactic Alliance/Continental Union does not leave the Hideauze alone, since they use the war against them as an excuse to justify increasingly totalitarian rule. Any complaints about violation of human rights, such as eugenics and abolition of private property, is excused by "There's a war for survival going on" even when it's not, and even when Earth itself proved that it is possible for humans and Hideauze to coexist. The name "Galactic Alliance" is just People's Republic of Tyranny like how North Korea pretends to be the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The name is for the support of a "With Us or Against Us" False Dichotomy, a classic among totalitarian regimes and cult religions, with the Alliance pretending to be bastions of freedom and democracy while the Evolvers are branded and demonized with the name "Hideous". It's entirely possible that the Hideauze still call themselves Evolvers amongst themselves, and the pseudonym "Hideauze" was born out of Alliance New Speak, like how the Alliance eradicated the terms "co-existence" and "co-prosperity". The name "Evolver" calls up a composite picture of progress, good intentions, and evolving to overcome the harshness of space and ascend as superior life forms free from hunger, poverty and disease. After all, for some people, it's better to ascend/mutate into a glowing nigh-immortal space squid with awesome powers than die painfully from starvation, a virus or an ice age (it is entirely possible that when the Union/Evolver war started, Third World countries and desperate poor people joined the Evolvers when they were promised just that). On the other hand, the name "Hideous" triggers an immediate thoughtless reaction of disgust that needs no philosophizing. Alliance Humans are brainwashed into a Spartan conscription even when it is obviously unnecessary, inefficient and illogical; the only justification is "power" over the soldiers' minds, to make sure that they cannot think about questioning orders, to make sure that the Hideauze will stay as objects of disgust. What was required in an Alliance member was an outlook similar to that of the ancient Hebrew. The Hebrew needs not know that the other gods have names such as Ashtaroth, Baal, Osiris and such; he only knew Jehovah and the commandments of Jehovah, and thus other gods were "false gods". Similarly, an Alliance soldier need not know that Evolvers had names such as Elaine Matsumoto; he only knew that they were Hideous and so need to be exterminated. The utopia of Avalon? Nothing but propaganda reminiscent of the first scene of the movie version of 1984 which portrayed Oceania as a utopia under threat. Also, "What would you do when the war against Hideauze is over?". Implying that the very unity and order of the Alliance is dependent on the existence of the Hideauze as a common enemy. For the Alliance, War is Peace, and that is why they keep chasing the Evolvers through the stars and through the voids of space. Ironically, this totalitarian rule over humanity led to their further dehumanization, making them as much of a drone collective as the space Hideauze, and their policy comes to bite them in the ass later when they only provoked the space Hideauze into a revenge campaign of evolving superweapons and annihilating the Alliance, implied when the last desperate Alliance assault against the superior Hideauze forces failed spectacularly.
Building on the Madoka theory above, Gargantia actually takes place in our past.That is, the ice age that started the Alliance-Hideauze war and flooded the world was the Wisconsinian, or most recent, ice age, and we are all the descendants of humans who were abandoned to a freezing planet and eventually moved onto abandoned watercraft. That does mean about 10,000 years of missing time, but 10,000 years is but a drop in the bucket in multi-billion-year history of Earth. This also explains the story of Noahs Ark and other similar "world flood" stories throughout the annals of humanity. In other words, those were Cleopatra and Joan of Arc after all, selling their souls to human-newt symbionts.