Appropriately enough, this show came up during a conversation I was having with some comics creators at a C2E2 after-party. We were talking about some of our favorite TV shows. Keeping my picks to anime, I threw the likes of EVANGELION, ESCAFLOWNE and GURREN LAGANN out there and - - wouldn’t you know it? - - one of the guys then expressed his appreciation for EUREKA SEVEN.
The jury’s still out on this show, for me. It’s got a few episodes left to potentially screw everything up, so I’m playing it cautiously optimistic. However, I don’t think it’s too early to start making a summation about what sets EUREKA SEVEN apart from other mecha shows. See, the guy at the party focused on the wind-surfing, describing the show as being like a mecha POINT BREAK. Myself, I thought it was handier to say it was like a REAL WORLD cast becoming mecha pilots for a season.
Both are handY comparators but, now that we’ve gotten into this final Acperience episode, it seems more to the point to emphasize how understated and (comparatively) down-to-Earth it is. Even when it devotes a whole episode like this to esoteric concepts, the experience doesn’t feel as mind-knotting as EVANGELION is. All the particulars about trapars and scub corals and so on are almost like background dressing for the show’s true interest - - the characters.
I’m not saying its character-based in a qualitative sense, necessarily. That’s just one quality to be satisfied out of a bunch that includes action, concepts, humor and what not. However, much like a REAL WORLD season (AHEM) that inter-personal are certainly where the focus is…
Do you lunatics concur?