I’m starting to feel like this show’s gradually building up to a conclusion where an older, stronger Renton reaps nasty revenge on Holland for all this steady abuse. This episode opens with him retreating to a hiding spot to fret about the punch sessions he’s been getting and it ends with him essentially receiving a “blank check” threat from this guy. He’s already proved himself to be the best Nirvash pilot - - all he really needs now is a growth spurt to even the rest of the odds out.
Speaking of Renton’s mecha skills, I’ll say that Eureka’s current bout of depression actually does make more sense now that it’s framed within some professional jealousy pertaining to Renton’s mad Nirvash skills. Reminds me a bit of the panics Asuka went through in EVA once Shinji started eclipsing her as top pilot. Actually, the comparison’s weirdly cumulative since (stupidly) I didn’t realize that Eureka’s been reminding me of Rei a whole lot throughout this.
Think about it….
- Unnaturally blue hair and discolored eyes
- The hint of genetic engineering
- Identity issues represented in surreal dream sequences
And let’s not forget the obvious of her being the object of our lead’s affections. At first, this series’ cheery tone and sky surfing antics belied a lot of comparisons, but now that we’re in this patch of ennui, the similarities are growing far more pronounced.
And I suppose that gets me to look at the oft-repeated promise of “It’ll get darker” a little differently, since EVA notably had that steady downward curve to edgier content, too. It’s almost like these shows are structured with the intention of baiting viewers with a sunny opening and then steadily reeling them in for the meaner stories the crew really wants to do.