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.