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Ledo
Red
Characteristics
Age 16
Gender Male
Height 173cm
Personal Status
Occupation Soldier (Formerly), Salvager
Relatives Unnamed Younger Brother (Dead)

Amy (Girlfriend)

First appearance
Anime Debut Episode 1 - Castaway
Voices
Seiyuu Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese)
Alan Lee (English)
Image Gallery

"Th... Th... Thank you" - Ledo's "first words."

Ledo is a 16 year old male, who is a Galactic Alliance Lieutenant.

PersonalityEdit

Ledo is a very wary person, as shown during the first few episodes. He is also very intelligent and knows how to examine his surroundings with great detail. This ability is augmented when teaming up with Chamber. He appears not to know anything apart from war and battle, and thus his social skills are extremely low if not zero. He also is willing to kill anything or anyone as long as it is a hostile and if it's within his orders. His coldness towards human life may be attributed the fact that he fights aliens instead of humans and that he was not informed on any kind of ethics or moral code at all. Therefore, the system on Gargantia where killing even an enemy is a bad thing confused him and Chamber at first.

As the series progresses, however, his emotions start to come out. The point where he started questioning his orders was when he had viewed as ancient record device from the ancient past. From it he learned that the Hideauze were really humans designed to adapt to outer space.

Abilities Edit

Ledo has been in military service (presumably) his whole life until his crash-landing on Earth. It is to be expected that his fighting skills, reaction speed and reflexes, quick and decisive thinking and repressed extended social skills are a part of his character already. This is also shown upon his first ride in a provided Diver Yunboro, as he mastered the control without any help immediately, although he eventually messed up due to the fact that he is not trained to swim, and thus unable to move underwater. His piloting skills are shown to be quite strong, and he is capable of taking down extremely large amounts of enemies at once (Though, with the help of Chamber). However, he also takes risks unbefitting of his capable mind. Due to the fact that he has been raised specifically for combat, he is overspecialized in that one field and is completely at a loss when not in battle. He later decides to use his skills with Chamber to become part of the Salvage Teams of Gargantia.

History Edit

Early lifeEdit

His earliest memories include obtaining a flute made out of a Hideauze tooth that originally belonged to a younger child strongly resembling him. Afterward the younger child was disposed of in accordance to the laws of the Galactic Alliance regarding humans unfit and inefficient to be soldiers. It is assumed this was his younger brother.

First visit on EarthEdit

Ledo is awakened from his REM Hypnosis Education by Chamber, an artificial intelligence unit who looks after Ledo's battle and life functions. As he comes to, unaware of his surroundings, Ledo asks about the enemy and hears a broadcast stating that Rem Hypnosis Education is over, realizing in the process it isn't time yet. After being informed of the Galactic Alliance's plan to defeat the Hideauze, Ledo is told by Chamber that he has been in military service for 145,000 hours(16.54 years) and that when the mission is over, he will be granted limited citizenship and will be allowed to visit Avalon for four weeks. Uninterested, Ledo states he did want to see it but he's no longer sure. Told of the rights he will be afforded, Ledo dismisses them as not being for him, but is told he is fit for the rights. Asking Chamber if he is happy, Ledo is told he exists for his success, for which he thanks him.[1] As the battle wages on, the Galactic Alliance begins to lose the battle and began retreating. Ledo offered to buy time, but eventually he runs out of power. As his commander (Kugel) falls back to delay the Hideauze, he was attacked just before boarding and was sent spiraling out of the Galactic Alliance's space jump.

Six months later, he finally woke up due to Chamber's intervention. As he examined his surroundings, Pinion's crew was trying to take apart his machine with absolutely no success whatsoever. He and Chamber strategized and waited for everyone else to leave. As Ledo exited, Amy entered along with Pinion. Under such circumstances, he was forced to take Amy hostage. As he ran throughout the ship, he was eventually cornered by the crew of the ship and was forced to activate Chamber. The robot crashed through the roof of the hanger and flew to land in between Ledo and the men.

Time passed as Ledo and the men stared at each other. Ledo managed to converse with the assistant to the Commander of the ship. However, his words seemed to rile them up more than calm them down. As Ridget, the Fleet Commander, and the crew try to decide what to do about Ledo, Amy starts talking to Ledo.

However, as Bellows was looking for more advanced technology around the spot Chamber fell in, pirates attacked her ship convoy. Amy asks Ledo for help in fighting off the pirates, and he agrees on the basis of earning their trust. He flies over to Bellow's convoy and vaporizes all the pirates with an extremely accurate beam. The people of Gargantia are shocked at Chamber's destructive power and Ledo's choice to kill the pirates. Amy scolds Ledo for killing the Pirates, while the leaders of Gargantia discuss the eventual retaliation they may suffer from other pirate fleets. Meanwhile, a survivor informs the pirate leader Yukkage about the attack, and she decides to attack Gargantia.

Bellows explains to Ledo that weapons must only be used as a last resort, and that in this world, people must rely on each other to survive. However, Lukkage's fleet is seen approaching Gargantia. Ledo discusses with Ridget about the situation and agrees to help them in exchange for being accepted by the fleet. Ledo is then instructed to defeat the enemies with no casualties. Ledo complies with his new orders, disables the pirate ship, and returns to Gargantia to deal with Lukkage, who has attacked Gargantina in a sneak attack. Ledo confronts Lukkage and defeats her without a single scratch, sending her and her slave-girls flying, causing her fleet to retreat. The crew of Gargantia thank Ledo for this, and upon coming back to Gargantia, Ledo is greeted by Amy and replies with his first native words: "Thank you".

Despite having driven away the pirates, Ledo receives an invoice to pay for all the damage caused by him and Chamber, although Ridget claims that he shall be relieved from the living expenses and the fee of having Chamber aboard for his help. The crew then asks Chamber for help in moving items.

Adapting Earth's lifeEdit

While Chamber helps the other workers, Ledo kept sculpting the Hideauze claw he always carries with him, and when Amy asks him about it, he gives it to her, and she decides to pass it to her little brother Bevel. Ledo soon wants to know more information about his whereabouts, so Amy decides to take him to Dr. Oldham, who explains to him that most of mankind's old technology is lost, thus there is no way for the Gargantia to help him return to space. Some time later, it starts raining. Ledo is surprised by this (which implies there is no rain on Avalon) and helps to collect it in response to Bellows' request. As the rain stops, Amy takes Ledo back to her place to dry his soaked clothes and meet Bebel, who asks him about his life in space and the object he was carving. Ledo claims to not know what it really is and upon realizing that it is actually a flute, Bebel plays it, helping Ledo to recall a long forgotten memory (Presumably deleted by The Galactic Alliance of Humankind) that made him cry for the very first time. He then asks Bevel to return the flute to him, and wonders if he should learn more about their surroundings, while Chamber mentions that he must eventually leave it all behind when he returns to command.

Despite Chamber regarding the action as "unnecessary", Ledo decides to find himself a job rather than relying on Chamber to serve the crew. Acknowledging this, Amy decides to help Ledo but there aren't any vacancies on the fleet. Amy has to go back to work and Ledo continued to search by his own with no luck until he was offered a job at the stable to clean up cow's excrement. Excited at first, he quickly refused and escaped from the scene due to the heavy odor of the excrement. After getting himself some fresh air, he then commented that finding a job on the fleet is unexpectedly hard, and asked Chamber to scan for any job suitable for him, only to be advised to continue his standby since there aren't any job suitable for him and is unnecessary to find one.

He was later invited by Pinion to a barbecue party as the whole fleet stopped moving due to the wind stopped blowing and the sea calm without waves. Amy was invited too, while Melty and Saaya are already at the spot as the trio reached the "secret place" according to Pinion. The courier girls invited Ledo to swim (Though he ended up requiring Amy to teach him how to do so), but Pinion asked Ledo to retrieve something important for the meat. Considering this as a job, Ledo is determined to complete this task.

On his way of retrieving the item, he accidentally ran into three transvestite men who intended to hire him, who chased him until a dead end of the broken ladder on Gargantia's water sprinkler system. He was later rescued by Amy on her way to the top of the tower, and she fetched him to the entrance of the block, where he was chased by the same she-men trio again. Returning to the spot after another chase from the she-men trio, he finds that the boat is crowded with uninvited people having a feast while Chamber was ordered to stay still and acted as a furnace. The item Pinion requested Ledo to retrieve was revealed to be a special barbecue sauce, and Ledo was shocked by the tastiness of the grilled meat. Everyone went back to work once the wind started blowing again on the evening, and Amy told Ledo that this party was actually intended to cheer Ledo up due to his failure upon searching a job.

On the next day, Amy dropped by and informed him that the fishing season had arrived and he should go help out the fishermen. However, due to the fact that he can't swim, he failed to maneuver a given diver Yunboro and Chamber took over the task willingly. Having lost his first job, Pinion took Ledo to a restaurant where the courier girls are performing a belly dance. He then asked Ledo to join his team to salvage things. Bellows interrupted the conversation, stating that Ledo should join her team instead of Pinion's. They two argued while Ledo was fascinated by Amy's performance. The main dish was served later, which is an octopus. Ledo mistook it as a Hideauze and pointed his gun towards it but Bellows assured that it's merely a harmless cooked creature. Meanwhile, Chamber had caused a mess among the fishermen due to its Gravity Wave used to capture the fish was too powerful and minced the catch. Requesting for the pilot's assistance, Ledo arrived at the place and used a net to properly capture the fish.

Later that night, Amy gets to spend some time alone with Ledo, where they gazed the sea at a garden. A sudden ocean lightning alerted Ledo and he quickly defended Amy while commanding Chamber to scan for any enemies. Amy calmed Ledo down and performed her dance once again upon Ledo's request. He gave Bebel some sweets and a toy crab after they returned, and decided that his payment should be used to benefit others.

Back to his original missionEdit

Deciding to join Bellows' salvage team, Ledo used Chamber to help out the salvage job, but they encountered a whalesquid in the process. Chamber determined that the creature belonged to the Hideauze family, and Ledo, ignoring Bellows' pleas, battled and killed the creature. This caused disturbance among the fleet, as most people on the fleet regarded the whalesquid as a sacred creature. Meanwhile, Ledo let Chamber analyze a sample of the creature, and he learned that Hideauze on Earth had devolved due to the lack of predators, and is capable of co-existing with mankind unlike those in the outer space. However, this did not stop Ledo from fulfilling his task when a horde of whalesquids swarm through the bottom of the Gargantia fleet, only to be stopped by Ridget pointing a gun at him with Amy's pleas. The fleet managed to avoid any conflict, but Ledo decided that he would hunt them down when he had the chance for the sake of Gargantia's, and more importantly, Amy's safety. Meanwhile, Pinion sees this disturbance as a chance and persuaded Flange to leave the fleet and start salvaging items at the whalesquids' nest. Ledo agreed to join Pinion, just to terminate all of the whalesquids in that area.

As the fleet advanced to the spot, Ledo and Chamber was sent to battle the whalesquid hordes, and he succeed eliminating all of the whalesquid in that area with the assistance of Pinion and his crew. As he progressed into the center of the facility he discovered leftover data and learned that Hideauze was a kind of "evolved" human created via genetics engineering to adapt outer space during the fifth ice age. The conflict between the Evolvers and the Continental Union finally lead to the never ending war between the Hideauze and the GAH. Knowing that the victims of the massacre he caused were humans too, he felt disgusting and started to doubt his given task. Chamber, on the other hand, concluded that no matter what the GAH's standards and ideas are, the Hideauze is still considered enemy due to their "evolve" had actually denied the significance of civilization which symbolized human race, and therefore should be eliminated.

Reuniting with the commanderEdit

Meanwhile, a mysterious fleet slowly approaches Flange's fleet and it turned out that it's Kugel's fleet. With a higher ranking officer in-charge, Ledo went back to his command immediately without any doubts, and Flange's fleet is forced to join Kugel's fleet when requested to do so. Ledo talked with Kugel and decided to help Kugel "educate" the people, and Ledo agreed though with doubts, and was told that the next target the "education" is Gargantia. Later on, he witnessed how the fleet executed the weak people by dumping them into the sea, which shocked him and made him worry that the same would be done to Bevel. He pleaded Kugel to stop the upcoming attack, but Kugel disagreed and emphasized once again the importance of the "education", which is the only way to truly liberate them.

Back at the hangar, he asked Chamber if it's possible and legitimate to battle Kugel. Chamber gave him a positive response, but then Ledo found Pinion overhearing their conversation. Pinion agreed to help out Ledo with the rebellion and upgraded Chamber with additional weapons, and Ledo engaged battle with Kugel's Striker prior to the attack on Gargantia to protect the fleet and the girl on board whom he had fell in love with. Ledo was overpowered but with the interruption of Pinion, he was able to pin down Striker and open the cockpit, only to be shocked by the long-dead corpse of Kugel sitting inside, and quickly decomposed due to it unable to conserve in a sterile condition anymore. It is revealed that the Striker AI was taking control of the fleet according to Kugel's plan prior to his death, and the AI regained control of the unit's movement to continue the battle. In order to stop the malfunctioned AI's plan, Ledo agreed with Chamber to shoot down Striker, but is overwhelmed until Ledo decided to activate the Neuroplus power, which gives the unit a big boost with the price of the pilot's life. Although at this state Chamber's power had slightly surpassed Striker's, Ledo still failed to shoot it down before the time limit that will kill Ledo if he decides to continue fighting. Ledo was going to sacrifice, but expressed his regret of not being able to spend the rest of his life with Amy, who is willing to do so. Chamber decided that Ledo is not in condition to battle anymore and ejected the cockpit, leaving him confused. Chamber stated that Ledo should go discover the world, and by doing so will fulfill Chamber's task. Witnessing Chamber sacrificing itself for him, Ledo sheds tears.

AftermathEdit

After the battle, Ledo returned to Gargantia and continued his job in the salvage team. Without Chamber's presence anymore, he kept Chamber's communication terminal to mourn his pal. Although this wasn't mentioned in the main series itself, in the second to last episode of Petit Gargantia, it is shown that the two have finally started to realize their feelings for each other, which is further shown in the OVA where Ledo promises to follow Amy wherever she goes in order to be with her and to protect her, symbolizing their relationship as a couple.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Suisei no Gargantia Anime: Episode 1

ReferencesEdit

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