No mincing words - - this was a really so-so episode. Clearly, it’s just an extended set-up for a new arc where Eureka’s going to butting heads with her evil twin (a notion I find rather comical.) I’ve come to understand that otaku refer to such material as “filler.” I’ll just call it an episode-length prologue, and I’ve taken many opportunities to criticize over-long prologues in this column. Yeah, there’s some truly lush animation on display here to depict the mecha cloud surfing action… but I think I’ve seen that gimmick enough times already for it not to be especially striking anymore.
In lieu of some deeper discussion for this less-than-stirring episode, I’ll just break down my observations into points…
- With her evil twin as the “control” in this experiment, it’s clear that Eureka actually was being mind-controlled when she committed her various atrocities during the war. Of all things, she was controlled through strawberry Smucker’s jelly.
- Since that that’s the case, we can go all back to loving this cute little scamp. False alarm, everybody!
- Renton’s clueless and insistent questioning about Gekkostate’s cloud-surfing jargon was a good gag. Good for a running joke, good to make some exposition go down easy, and good to show, once again, that a kid on a crew like this would most likely annoy everybody.
- I never caught his name, but I was amused by the whole bit where the guy who likes Che gets his mecha wrecked because he’s fishing for his film spool. Isn’t this the future? Wouldn’t everybody have digital by then?
- Getting back to the evil twin, it was actually a little refreshing to finally see a cackling super-villainess in this mix. After however many nondescript bureaucratic bad guys, you do just want to see somebody who’s going to shriek “DIEEEEEEEE!!!”