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EUREKA SEVEN AO #5 -- Watch & Learn

Seriously, it's not a smart to have kids piloting your weapons.

Again and again, it’s been clear to me that mecha is anime/manga’s equivalent to superheroes in comics. Mecha’s the standard: the genre that gets deconstructed, reconstructed and taken on from every conceivable angle. And it’s also bit up a whole host of conceits that you just have to accept because they’re just institutions. For superheroes, it’s things like their shakily-maintained secret identities or the practicality of their tights or the notion of dozens upon dozens of superheroic brawls happening on the little island of Manhattan without them constantly spilling over into each other.

So what’s mecha’s most noticeable conceit? The notion that these complicated, walking WMDs would be entrusted to the piloting skills of little kids. Certainly, such circumstances pop up in almost all adventure fiction, but it’s harder not to notice in a show like this, when they make such a point about a super-serious, adult organization like Generation Bleu (or is that just one team’s name?) having to basically babysit their junior pilots. With a little more perspective, I can see how EVA was so revolutionary for grabbing this particular bull by the horns - - because it's almost morbidly amusing to wonder how the one girl goes from enjoying a gi-normous banana split to engage in high stakes aerial combat.

I know they have some explanation here about the mechs only working for people under a certain age but, c'mon, we all know that’s just an amusing rationalization.

Regarding the episode itself, this actually made up for the pacing by having some really strong and entertaining “character work.” At least, it’s more fun than what we’ve been seeing so far. However, I’m a little disappointed to see Ao reverting to some Renton’s levels of confidence now that he’s at this facility. Maybe he’s still afraid of girls, maybe his tough guy façade is breaking down or whatever… but, all the same, he’s still more fun when he’s a smartass.

Watch this episode, "Generation Bleu” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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DrifterInGreenon June 5, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.

Can anyone name a mech series that has mainly adult/mature characters?

FoxxFireArt moderator on June 5, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.

I actually never liked that Marvel had all their heroes locked into the greater New York area. It never made any sense that the world could be on fire in SPIDER-MAN, but the FANTASTIC FOUR were in the city with nothing happening. Yet, they still want to act as if these stories happen at generally the same time. That's why I liked it when they moved the X-MEN to the West coast. I think DC pulls it off better using separate cities.

I think Ao's subdued personality has more to do with leaving home and being in this new world of Generation Bleu. Then he's given he impression that he might not be able to do anything. That's kind of a lot to deal with for a kid all at once.

Oh yeah, Generation Bleu is the organization. Ao is being up into Team Piedpiper. The other team met in this episode is Team Goldilocks.

zaldaron June 5, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.

Hmm well in Eva it was rather important to the thematic nature of the show but I would say Mecha shows generally are a cut above superhero stores simply because they are more serious and except for Gundum don't go a gazillion episodes *shrug* but then I am pretty biased against American Comics except for things like watchman really.

I did think of it here as more of a smart kid going to a good college where everyone else is also smart. There will be some adjustment there which I think is handled well here.

LordTerminalon June 5, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.

I have to say this much: I consider Generation Bleu's home base far more impressive than that of the Gekko.

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