Prefaced with a Conclusion:
I said this on MyAnimeList, right after I finished AO:
Well, I finished the show. Clearly, everyone here acknowledges Eureka Seven was special and this was…bad.I thought during the original that Bones got extremely lucky and their odd way of telling the story just happened to work out. I was right. This attempted to tell the story in the same fashion, but it didn’t work out–for the viewer.It did, however, work out to make some sort of weird sense. We never really got close to any characters like in the original: especially potential love interests like Fluer and Naru. I found myself leaning towards the former, because I said “if they make him fall in love with a girl who has been crap all series long, I’ll blow my brains out”. It looks like they wanted us to not get close to anyone specifically for the reason of this ending: that virtually none of it mattered. I do think there was a bit of ignorance, because to be entirely frank, I don’t think the Eureka of the original/the Renton of the original would just let their child, you know, wonder the various universes. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong because I misunderstood something that wasn’t adequately brought up.Overall, a big, big mess. Still conflicted.
It had potential, but the issue is that it did not take advantage of it (as I illustrate below); this was, ironically, something its parent managed to do quite eloquently. Still, despite how truly abysmal the plot was, the show had ups. They weren’t numerous, not able to be measured in leaps and bounds, but they were there–quirks of divinity, if you will! Seeing Eureka and Renton with their child, as well as seeing how AO handles preposterous situations makes my life feel better: so I have to say that, if only for my own nostalgia, I thought the show was “good”.
Summary: If Bones’ point was just be about AO’s development, as we did with Eureka and Renton, it was more or less a success. If it was to tell a story involving other characters, with complex plots and such, it was a horrendous failure.
Compared to its Parent: 1/10
As you probably know by way of that conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed Eureka Seven. (In fact, if you take a moment and look at my MyAnimeList profile, you’d notice that it is number two on my list of favorites.) I loved Renton, and I loved Eureka. I loved how Renton went from being someone who is himself stupid and immature, to being someone ripe for adulthood. I loved his own journey. (That ‘Papa’ comment by the children at the end of the series makes my heart flutter, to this day.) I was overjoyed when Eureka and Renton got together and I was ecstatic at the twist of Dewey. It was probably my favorite moment in the series when we were brought to Charles’ and Ray’s home, just to be mercilessly ripped away from them so they could die in front of our eyes.
But Eureka Seven AO did nothing like this–well, except with AO. So, although Eureka Seven set a very, very high bar, this did not even come close.
Romance and Character Development: 3/10.
Virtually no emotion/character development, except for on AO’s part.
If you watched episode one and nothing more, you would think Naru would be the love interest. Nope. If you watched a bit further, you’d think it could go to either Fluer or Naru. Nope. Maybe Fluer will find out that the story of her father choosing her life, over her sister’s, would be wrong and some magically amazing story would develop? Nope. Maybe Elena’s nut-job personality would be explained, and her story would not simply end with a smile and everyone pretending like nothing ever happened? No way.
As I said in the preface, however, some of this is understandable. They did not get close, or really improve any character other than AO, which leads to less pain in the end. But whether I’m right, wrong or it’s all somewhere in between: the consequence is the same. We never quite got anywhere in terms of character development.
Side note: I do want to give Bones some credit, however. They managed to create a few openings, which is not necessarily easy. Among the top openings: Naru loving AO (probably abdicated any chance at relevance in the series by the time she ‘hooked up’ with Truth, though); Fluer’s organs (you should know the story if you’re reading this!); Fluer’s budding love for AO (all but ignored).
Where to begin? The series in and of itself is a blob, so its hard to say where it wasn’t unclear. Nevertheless:
- (1) The many times we changed the world.
Also: Why didn’t Truth having quartz shoved into him kill him?
We witnessed the world change twice before the end of the series: when team Goldilocks was removed from Generation Blue, and when Truth became the archetype for the Nirvash II. (Various other changes, but none really mattered.)
-> Question: why was team Goldilocks eradicated? Just for the purpose of demonstrating the quartz gun? No answer.
-> Question: why was it that something the character’s did not to happen in the beginning, which was not team Goldilocks’ eradication did happen–but then what Truth wanted, to be an archetype of the Nirvash, or something, did happen? Why did he want to be the archetype? Various other things, of course, make no sense whatsoever.
- (2) We sent you to another world, to live, you see.
“The Scub Corals” went to another universe to avoid the limit of questions. But, at the end of Eureka Seven, I had thought we resolved this. Furthermore, if this series was going to be about resolving something that wasn’t actually resolved in Eureka Seven, why did we have to go through all this? Why didn’t Eureka, Renton and their child handle it that way? This seems like a roundabout of resolving a plot. Example of a better one: all three live in the ‘universe of Eureka Seven’, trying to eradicate Scub Corals. Eureka doesn’t want to do it, because it’s her own kind? You can’t have it both ways. Seems like this plot went so round-a-bout because they wanted to avoid dealing with Eureka’s inconsistencies. I could be wrong.
Anyway, if the plot had to be this way: (1) why did they not just all go to another universe, where there was no trapar, and live there forever?; (2) by the time AO was born, in his world, there was already trapar there–why didn’t he turn to stone?; (3) if the Scub Coral *absolutely* had to go to other universes, why not just let it?; (4) what was the source of this “natural reaction” called Secrets?; (5) why, if the Secrets were intelligent life, did they not just accept the Scub Coral? (6) if the Scub Corals really are bad and we should support the Secrets, why don’t we just spend the rest of the show eliminating the damn Scub Corals?
Renton is incredibly strong in the Nirvash at the end of the original, and now he can barely keep up with AO? Come on.
What happened with Naru? I was worried the series would pull a move where, although she had largely been absent the entire series and her purpose seemed only to present AO with a different worldview –a role, I suppose, that Gekkostate itself played towards the military, in Eureka Seven– she would still end up with him. I was off, thankfully, but I never imagined he’d end up with no one.
Back to Naru:
- She’s AO’s friend.
- She’s, erm…mislead, by Truth.
- She wholeheartedly accepts the Scub.
- She tries to play the puppet master towards Truth, making him understand the Scub. This doesn’t work well, because this show makes no sense in the first place.
- AO nearly kills her while she’s piloting the Nirvash that evolves in Eureka Seven (not Renton’s Nirvash, but the one that comes after they’re officially dating–still no clue how she gets her hands on this one).
- The show ends.
I have no idea what purpose she served, other than to highlight that: (a) the world changes after the second gun firing, including with her; (b) there’s a point of view from the Scub that is still largely ignored.
The Original Sound Track: 10/10
I would say it’s no surprise, seeing as Eureka Seven had such an amazing sound track, but given the series on the whole: that’d be a baffling move. It was absolutely fantastic, and most likely the best part of the series.
Tracks like “IFO-RA272 `NIRVASH` SPEC-M2″, “Tinsagu Nu Hana”, “”ALERT”*, “Ulterior Aim”, “In Flames” , “Slipping Away W/U”, “Anma Maman” and “Broken Wing” are fantastic pieces. (They can currently be found on Youtube.)