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EUREKA SEVEN #11 -- Watch & Learn

Strawberry jam will turn you evil!

You can tell she isn't because she isn't cross-eyed.
You can tell she isn't because she isn't cross-eyed.

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!!!”

Watch this episode, "Into the Nature" 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

endaroundon Dec. 13, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.

Most of the time "filler" in the anime sense means an episode or arc that doesn't come directly from the manga. Now filler could just mean nothing happens sure, but that has to come from context.

RVonEon Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.

Man, you make me want to watch this series again.

Anyway, your remark concerning the lush animation of the mecha-surfing action and it being a gimmick kind of rubs me the wrong way. I mean, it is an animated series after all. To me that means that form should be important no matter the content. To say that it's a gimmick seems to undermine the whole point of the animated medium.

No_name_here staff on Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:25 p.m.

@RVonE said:

Man, you make me want to watch this series again.

Anyway, your remark concerning the lush animation of the mecha-surfing action and it being a gimmick kind of rubs me the wrong way. I mean, it is an animated series after all. To me that means that form should be important no matter the content. To say that it's a gimmick seems to undermine the whole point of the animated medium.

Lush animation isn't a gimmick. Mecha surfing clouds is. I don't use "gimmick" pejoratively.

metalsnakezeroon Dec. 13, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.

Tom, I don't think you really know what a "filler" really is.

Like @endaround said:

Most of the time "filler" in the anime sense means an episode or arc that doesn't come directly from the manga. Now filler could just mean nothing happens sure, but that has to come from context.

I guess we use it a lot is because we seen fillers that are completely pointless and have wested time in our enjoyment of some shows.

Bocamon Dec. 13, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
Why do you think they're twins?
Turambaron Dec. 13, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.

The guy's name is Stoner. He's actually not a ref boarder and is simply a photo journalist that took an interest in what Gekko-State was trying to accomplish, hence when he never pilots an LFO himself and is always just riding back seat with Matthieu.

zaldaron Dec. 14, 2011 at 11:41 a.m.

@RVonE: going to have to disagree with you. Anime is about more than just pretty art, yes the art should be pretty but if that is all there is you are missing 80% of what makes anime good.

I don't think she was mindcontroled by the jam really but it has been awhile for me on this one so you may be right. I liked the slower pace in some parts though and the focus on characters. See p4 for a show that is moving way to fast.

LifeByDegreeson Dec. 14, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.

I think the jam is more of a semi-humorous- almost more gruesome substitute for blood.

And/more maybe just one of those things that people put in things like these.

LordTerminalon Dec. 15, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.

Evil twin? Oh you mean Anemone. Yeah that would be the second pink-haired psycho Kari Walgren has voiced in anime to my knowledge although, without spoiling too much, she goes through a lot of development.

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