I finished Eureka seveN five minutes ago. So pardon my lack of self-control from the high of emotion. Nothing but a lot of caps and exclaimation marks can convey the whirlpool of emotions I now have surging through my head. EUREKA SEVEN IS FUCKING GOOD!! YEAHHH!!!! This post will not be organised. Just a random mix of words explaining why e7 is Ultima-class anime. Ultima-class is Gatekeepers, Last Exile, Slam Dunk manga, 08th MS Team, Ranma 1/2 manga, Shaman King vol 19 and 20, Xenogears game, FF7 game etc. The type that you will never forget for the rest of your life, repeating the story to your grandchildren 500 years on.
The fact that I got to watch it all at once probably added to my enjoyment of it. One of the reasons why I liked Last Exile so much was probably because I waited till I got the full set before watching it. Eureka, being a 50 episode anime, had a very staggered fansub release. And since I don’t have the habit of rewatching stuff until a few months later, I keep forgetting the terminology and stuff that happened. Having read some opinions on the series, apparently the ending was set from the start and a lot of events and scenes hinted at what was to come.
The sudden soccer filler episode was really hilarious. Seemed like a spoof of Captain Tsubasa really. Captain Tsubasa was a rubbish physics defying series too. The crew needed a break along with the audience. Amazingly, before the episode started, I was a bit fatigued by the depressing and complex plot. Norbu with his clairvoyance saw the problem and solved it with a good filler. Is this the first time a filler episode rested both the characters and the audience?
Speaking of complex plot, this show is aimed at kids. Really. We have subs and discussion forums and some of us old dudes cannot even understand fully what is going on. How would kids grasp anything beyond the impossibly well done LFO duel scenes? I’m not a fan of old music so I didn’t get the references either.
Is Eureka the most uglified female lead ever? She gets facial scars, a chemotherapy haircut, skin disease, turns into a bug… Eureka in doujin art is a lot prettier. Anemone, my favourite female character, gets a great ending. Poor Theend, was it ever explained what Theend was?
Dominic and Holland could probably be lead characters in their own anime series. It feels like e7 was a massive epic, combining a few full stories together. The growth the side characters like Dominic, Talho and Holland go through was much more than many other series’ main characters. Like Naruto. There were even a few surprises in the end. Like the number of human-type coralians around lol. Anemone has the same seiyuu as Tenma and Nina.
I hate Dewey. Completely. I hate him as much as I hated the evil bitch, Dio’s sister, from Last Exile. I normally do not hate bad guys since most of them are evil cool or do have some sort of fathomable reason for doing bad things but Dewey’s retardedness is never seen before. He kills millions of people just for his own dignity? Someone please explain what his motives are. I only get the fact that he’s bad cos he wasn’t given credit for killing his dad. His original aim was the destruction of the planet because humans fled when the coralians “attacked” 10,000 years ago? And that was embarrassing? And why was he imprisoned in the first place at the start of the show? And how did he sync his vital signs to that compac and the coralians? So many questions. I should rewatch the series.
He wasn’t bad completely right? Like how he took in the war orphans. Although he did use them to murder millions. Anyway, I hate him for his abuse of Anemone.
The battle sequences in the last 3 episodes were almost movie standard. Some things didn’t make sense, like how the Gekkogo could do LFO-type manuvers all of a sudden, dodging homing lasers and missiles like the Nirvash, and the Super Izumo did NOT do anything. At least it wasn’t shown. It’s nice to see how the final fight doesn’t go to the main duo of Renton and Eureka. The main concluding battles were all heart-thumpingly exciting. Nirvash vs Theend was settled nicely and Theend even metamorphisised mid-fight into a white version. The Nirvash suffering massive damage is also cool, since it immobilised the two pilots and all they could do was hide and pray. Until Gekkogo came of course. We even get a new toy to buy, the Terminus 303 Devilfish, Holland’s new limitless LFO that can fight in space and looks devilishly cool. Gekkogo and Devilfish’s final fight with the Gingago, Dewey (Bastard)’s ship was almost of Last Exile proportions. And of course, Nirvash’s ultimate mode, the organic one, reminded me of some of Tomino’s newer creations. “I CAN FLY!!!”, and Renton becomes a man. Super chest cannon makes Guyver bury his chest in shame.
Renton was a real wuss at the start of the show. But he’s a good wuss. I’ve always liked Renton. He wasn’t gay like Kira. He wasn’t retarded like Naruto. He is a regular kid that makes realistic decisions. He doesn’t become a superman overnight, like Ikki from Airgear. He grew so gradually through the 50 episodes, and by the final ep, when he changed his clothes, it was like, wow. The seiyuu, Sanpei Yuuko, did a perfect job for his transformation. I really felt he was a true man in the end. Kira is gay btw.
Eureka too, changes completely. it’s like she’s another person by the end of the series. Her voice is Nazuka Kaori, also Elise from Canvas 2. Whiny yeah but Eureka when emotional really makes you cry.
I felt the saddest part was when the guy who was tending to his sick wife died. I suspect that’s why I hate Dewey so much. His name was William or something. Oh and Despair sickness was finally explained. People who get it actually have their consciousness sent to the Scab Command Cluster. So they are living happily, reading books in there but in the real world, they are vegetables staring at the compac drive they hold in their hands. When the CC was destroyed by Dewey, their consciousness was forced to return to the real world so their despair sickness was cured. Poor William. AARGGHHH. Who the hell says that filler episode sucked? That episode was essential, if you look back now, to illustrate the concept of despair sickness which is linked to the central idea of the Scab being a living entity and wanting to communicate with humans. E7 does not have filler eps that suck and serve to waste time. Unlike Bleach and Naruto.
Come to think of it, they explained more or less everything. So the Coralians move to the moon and the humans live on their current world as well as Earth. Renton and Eureka become tour guides and facilitate communication between the two worlds. They are free to go to both places. A new command cluster is created with Nirvash as the central core. Nirvash is a girl. Anemone is a human. Gonzy is a Coralian. The 3 kids become Axl’s great-grandkids. Hey even Maurice goes through much character development. I totally forgot to mention him. This tiny tot can lift an elephant gun… with his love for mama.
It’s funny why no one except KT is blogging this show. I’m not the best at catching subtle hints so I may miss out and not understand the ending fully. It would be nice if someone could explain the whole thing since I’m pretty sure many people are going to be hunting for an explanation soon.
I don’t get what’s the Second Summer of Love?
Finally, the music is amazing. The OPs and EDs are the best I’ve ever seen in a show and the insert songs and BGMs work perfectly too. The last ending sequence makes me cry everytime I watch it. Canvas by Coolon. Such a simple animation sequence, yet it’s powerful. The final picture of Eureka with the kid, Lint, is a poignant moment. Like those award-winning war photographs by Saiga. The OPs all have the “burning” quality and yet are good songs on their own, especially Shounen Heart and Taiyou no Mannake e. Even Sakura. When they are played as insert songs, I cry. I will be translating the lyrics for Canvas tomorrow.
I award Eureka seveN the “Best Kids’ Show Ever” title and give it 164687 out of a maximum of 0.23 for its pure greatness. Those who have yet to watch it, please do not be afraid of its transforming robots. It is a show that can be loved by males, females or neither, of all ages. To miss it is like… refusing to eat a drumstick when stuck in the middle of the Sahara desert without food.
An interview of Dai Sato, one of the creators of Eureka seveN. This gives much insight into its original creation, references, targets and even his own personal views on how the anime industry will turn out in the future.