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EUREKA SEVEN AO #3 -- Watch & Learn

It's come to this - - HELLO KITTY mecha.

So the idea is that Eureka fell out of some dimensional rift and wound up in some alternate reality that resembles our Earth more closely? I was a never 100% clear on the relationship between Earth and Correline (or however it was spelled) in the last series. If this is, indeed, the idea they’re going with, it would give an oddly meta quality to how Eureka (allegedly) brought all the troubles of her world (the Scub monsters, the mecha) to the poor people of Okinawa.

This episode rather explicitly lays out the notion that Ao’s destined to venture beyond his hometown in the way that basically every hero has to. However, the flavor of this particular call to adventure is markedly different than one Renton was given at the start of the first show. There, it was a matter of him simply wanting to escape sleepy suburbia and have big adventures with big people. Here, it’s because "home" is full of hostile, close-minded boors who have been trying to drive Ao out for almost all his life.

That difference makes me think about that whole saying about how “Adversity breeds character.” Ao’s being more assertive than Renton seems very much like a product of his harder upbringing… and that goes to show how shrewd and subtle Bones is about its plotting choices here. Again, nothing's stated outright, but rather effectively implied.

This show’s still taking longer to get going than I’d like, but I take trust in the notion that Bones is intentionally not giving us what we want, right away, so as to make the moment where it does come that much more cathartic. In the meantime, the sloth has got to be the cutest, lil’ comic relief pet I’ve run into in one of these shows in a long while. She’s already giving Pen-Pen a serious run for his money.

Watch this episode, "Secret Operation” 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

LordTerminalon May 24, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.

Was it ever specified that this is an alternate dimension? I've some people tell me time travel is involved. All we know is, the Scub Coral has suddenly vanished from Earth, Eureka fell out of the sky and everyone else is MIA at the moment. This show has told us nothing regarding where we are or any other question or plot hole as far as this series is concerned.

And speaking of the pace complaint, this is supposed to be a 26-episode series? Because it's running at the same pace its predecessor was which is why I'm worried they'll drop the ball by the end.

And I don't know where you're getting this "Correline" thing from. It's been mentioned a hundred times now that the planet from the original E7 was Earth. The Scub just grew over top of it.

jj_jacksonon May 27, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.

^ Um i'm pretty sure he was talking about the planet everyone was living on in the original Eureka 7. WHICH WAS NOT EARTH...so maybe you need to re-watch. Dewey Said his ancestors were the first to come to the planet they were living on because the earth had been taking over by the scubs..They went to earth only when eureka and renton went through the portal thingy..But you are right it hasnt been specified what time frame or dimension this is. which i think they will explain later like always.

LordTerminalon May 28, 2012 at 6:21 p.m.

@jj_jackson: Oh for the love of....Sounds like you're the one that wasn't paying attention. It WAS EARTH! The Scub grew over it to the point where it didn't look like Earth anymore which lead the human race to believe it was an entirely different planet at that point. They make it absolutely clear in Episode 47. Even Dewey eventually revealed to the public that they were living on Earth altered by sentient alien coral by that same episode's end. I know what I'm talking about here.

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