What wonderful timing! I finally get around to checking out EUREKA SEVEN for myself… and it turns out it was just in time for the sequel series.
As they did with the first series, Bones is pretty shrewd about the number and the size of the bread crumbs they lay out for the audience. I’ve done my best to avoid any plot descriptions or assorted spoilers to keep my experience here pure - - but the price of that is being faced with 22 minutes that tease me ever so tantalizingly. Judging what’s in the episode, by itself, it’s hard to say how this connects to the 50 episodes that have come before - - and I’m pretty sure the crew’s just relishing in throwing as many red herring at me as they can fit.
There’s the reddest potential herring, of course - - this sharp young lad, Ao. The promo image reveals that he’ll eventually be getting blue hair to match his pink eyes. Seeing as how he’s got brown hair and he’s also an orphan, it ain't far out the question to assume he’s Renton and Eureka’s kid. Though, his grandpa very much seems to be a grayer Renton - - and then one of the dudes in the intro looks and sounds a lot like Renton’s grandpa, too - - so it’s probably not as clean and neat as that.
Going with the obvious theory for the moment, Ao’s already well ahead of where his pops was at his age. Not only has he already got a girlfriend he’s pretty confident with, he also doesn’t put up with anybody’s bullshit - - not even dangerous mecha mercs'. That’s something Renton wasn’t able to do, even after 50 episodes of character building. His characterization’s markedly different, and I’m so pleased that Bones clearly did that intentionally.
Aside from that, well… your guess is really as good as mind. I never totally understood how the Scubs worked on the Coraline (or whatever that planet was,) nor what the relationship was with Earth. I can see that there we’re in Okinawa, for sure - - a very real place, obviously - - but I’m out theories for why.
Maybe I should stick around for episode two to, you know, maybe get a few more clues?
Watch this episode, "deep blue” here and decide for yourself.