EUREKA SEVEN #19 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Jan. 18, 2012. Last post by zaldar 2 years, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Renton, Renton, Renton... don't you know not to fall in love with a syrup girl?
Renton, Renton, Renton... don't you know not to fall in love with a syrup girl?

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….

  1. Unnaturally blue hair and discolored eyes
  2. The hint of genetic engineering
  3. 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.

Watch this episode, "Acperience 2" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by Wales (133 posts) See mini bio Level 21

You know, I'm glad I'm not the only one that called Eureka Seven a spiritual successor to EVA. However, you'll see in the next episode how much of a bad ass Renton is than Shinji.

Post by zaldar (1,235 posts) See mini bio Level 15

nope not leading to an act of revenge...that would have been better actually.

Post by yllekkram (33 posts) See mini bio Level 10

I think it's worth noting that this episode is titled Acperience 2, which is similar to Acperience 1, which was the episode about the crazy dreams Renton had inside 'the zone'. There are two more Acperience episodes after this one, and they have similar topics, but they only really make sense in hindsight once you get to Acperience 4.

Post by paulunga (18 posts) See mini bio Level 4

Eureka doesn't go anywhere near as dark as EVA. And the final episode... wow, that's something, alright.

Post by zaldar (1,235 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@paulunga said:

Eureka doesn't go anywhere near as dark as EVA. And the final episode... wow, that's something, alright.

yes...something....

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