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EUREKA SEVEN #43 -- Watch & Learn

Royal blood runs hot!

Hey-oh! The Sunshine Underground? Name dropping Chemical Brothers songs is a good way to earn some points with me.

We learn here that Holland and Dewey have royal blood in them, and that adds another layer of significance to their respective rebellions. Dewey’s seems to be motivated by revenge against the aristocracy that insulted his clan, while Holland’s seems to be an outright rejection of the whole system. Thus, the former comes out looking more selfish, while the latter comes out looking more heroic, and not for reasons that push on the obvious sympathy/antipathy buttons.

I’d comment on how this episode pushes the parallels that the Dominic/Anemone/Dewey triangle shares with the Renton/Eureka/Holland one, but that point has been well-established. Suffice it to say, it’s funny how the girl’s litterally go in opposite directions in this matter.

Instead, I’d like to bring up Jodorosky again, as I so often do, because the inclusion of fratricidal rituals and the variety of flashbacks makes me think of METABARONS. Flashbacks are as commonplace as close-ups, sure, but few shows have ever established as involved a lineage as this has. Like, we we’ve seen Renton as boy while Holland’s a teenager and now we’ve seen Holland as boy while Dewey’s a teenager, showing how every character in the cast evolves in relationship to one another. It’s a web that runs a bit more complex than sequel -prequel progression you usually see.

While we’re piling on pop cultural comparators, I’ve got to say that Renton and Eureka’s revelation about where they’ve found themselves amusingly plays like a kinder, gentler spin on the first PLANET OF THE APES movie’s ending. I’m sure there are going to be plenty of questions about this universe that’ll make much more sense if I ever get to re-watch the series, so it’s good to know that the crew always had an answer in mind for my confusions about the setting.

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

yllekkramon March 28, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.

I like how the show has a fairly realistic view of Renton and Eureka's current situation. For example, the audience may have noticed earlier that no one mentioned what the couple is supposed to do once the get past the zone; it turns out that Renton and Eureka also don't know what to do. As a result of that, the seemingly perfect couple starts to take out their frustration on each other.

On the topic of things making more sense on re-watching the series, I'd say that while some minor details may make more sense, there are more important things that are still a little fuzzy. eg. After multiple viewings of the series, I am still not clear on what exactly the Ageha plan is/was. I also have questions about the ending, but I'll just leave it at that for now.

zaldaron March 29, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.

Yeah the ending especially depending on where you saw it (aka did you see it on adult swim?) will leave questions. Never heard of the movie you mentioned going to have to look it up. And feel free to comment on the two love triangles they are thematically significant and interesting. Not sure when I noticed how completely the same they were but the show really does run on pairs of characters and pairs of pairs (and triangles of triangles) Renton and Holland also have a duo I believe...

All of this great thematic set up and great literary stuff only makes the fact that I didn't like how it ended all the more sad for me. Question have you watched any of touch?

tacosRcoolon March 30, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.

I really liked this series. I prolly should go watch it again!

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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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