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EUREKA SEVEN #26 -- Watch & Learn

The show could end here.

Eureka takes her flight on with relish.
Eureka takes her flight on with relish.

Well, we’ve reached the point where a regular series would wrap up. Considering how minimalistic this show’s been about addressing the sort of expectations usually put on a mecha show, this would actually be a fine place to stop. Renton finally gets the confidence he’s lacked, he finds a way to defeat enemy LFOs without killing their pilots and, most importantly, he and Eureka finally reconcile. This episode ends with them flying off into the sunset, turning their back on Gekkostate just as the Beams give them a sort of reserved approval. There’s plenty to go, for sure, but that would actually be a satisfying end point for this. Something that would pull off what EVANGELION’s first ending was ostensibly trying to do with a lot more grace and finesse.

Maybe it’s a tad too convenient that Eureka happens to jettison out of Gekkostate at the exact moment that Renton returns to it, but damn if the circumstance doesn’t make both parties as “proactive” as screenwriting gurus harp about so often. Every time they go into danger, it's because they're choosing to and because they're trying to protect someone that matters to them.

The show did seem like it was twiddling its thumbs for a long stretch, but that character time is looking better in hindsight, now, and it's paying off, for sure. It puts a real bedrock of motivation under every single character in the show. You understand where everybody’s coming from and I’m even feeling a little more sympathy now for grouchy Mr. Holland now that we’ve gotten those fleeting glimpses of his callow past self. We don’t actually know how old he’s supposed to be, but I get the sense that he’s young enough that he's in over his head and trying - - and failing, at times - - to handle it.

HOUSE MATTERS: As I’ve mentioned before, I’m usually reluctant to cover a series for more than 26 episodes, lest it to too many months of headlines on the same two series. However, you lunatics were pretty adamant about me sticking with YU YU HAKUSHO through its next season and I expect you’ll have the same feelings about seeing this show through to the end. I also happen to be invested in seeing how this story spins out - - I’m “in too deep” at this point, for sure. However, I’ve got a big sack of Funimation titles I need to get through soon, so I might just take a short break from both shows review all of those. I haven’t decided yet, but that break may start next week depending on my schedule, so head's up.

Watch this episode, "Morning Glory" 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

ReyGitanoon Feb. 1, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

It's been fun seeing your thoughts on E7 as it's developed. As I said in the beginning, I'm a huge fan of the series, so I'm glad to hear that the way that the show handles the development of its characters has started to grow on you.

RVonEon Feb. 1, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.

I find that E7 is not a good anime to put down and come back to after a while.

Anyway, yeah, the strength of the show lies with its insistence on taking time to really set the stage. From here on out things will go increasingly off the rails (which is where most of the divide of opinions on this show comes from).

metalsnakezeroon Feb. 1, 2012 at 5:13 p.m.

Take a break from these two for a bit and check out the titles that Funi have given you. BTW Tom do you get any other tiltes from other companies because you only ever talk about Funi?

Lurkeroon Feb. 1, 2012 at 5:32 p.m.

Usually even though a series is longer than usual, it still has breaks in the season. For some reason lots of anime have the infamous recap episode around episode 13 which would be the halfway point for the regular season. If the series goes beyond 26 episodes then there is usually another arc conclusion or recap around that episode as well.

@metalsnakezero said:

Take a break from these two for a bit and check out the titles that Funi have given you. BTW Tom do you get any other tiltes from other companies because you only ever talk about Funi?

There aren't many companies around who make enough money to send out press copies like Funimation does.

paulungaon Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:32 a.m.

Well, yeah, most of the interpersonal stuff has been sort of taken care of, but the bigger picture story has still been only hinted at. I do agree that this first season wraps up nicely, it just knows that it's not done yet.

zaldaron Feb. 3, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.

yeah you shouldn't stop here with E7 go forward.

LordTerminalon Feb. 5, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.

Keep going man. It'll pay off in the end.

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A young boy named Renton has a mech and its pilot, the young-looking Eureka, nearly fall into his lap. He joins them and their renegade group, Gekkostate.

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