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EUREKA SEVEN AO #9 -- Watch & Learn

A sloth is an appropriate mascot for this show.

With the review getting as backed up as my sinuses were while I was sick, I figured “What the hell?” and opted to check back in on this show, even though I intended to lay off of it with the last episode. Feels like that one was really the right place to stop off on, though.

Whether this show was meant to be a direct sequel to EUREKA SEVEN or some sort of spiritual successor to it, it’s impossible not to compare the two shows and deem this one the lollygagger of the duo. We’re over a quarter of the way into the series and the most significant plot progression is the arrival of this Truth character - - a villain who feels like he/she was conceived in some idle fan fiction board. Look, villainy comes in all shapes, sizes and shades, but it never comes with a little cat bell wrapped around its neck.

It’s at a point like this that my mind starts drifting to the variety of hypothetical behind-the-scenes scenarios that could account for what’s happening here. Maybe somebody on the Bones staff set out to make a proper sequel, but was then fired early on in development? Maybe he was replaced by some recently-promoted staffer who wasn’t fit for the job? All I can say is that none of these elements - - the Renton/Eureka love child, the “real world” setting, the Scubs and their tenuous connection to the first series, the gang of punks - - are fitting together in any sort of cohesive fashion.

No matter how cute the sloth is, I’m less interested now that Ao’s isn’t the charismatic smartass he was early on. Instead, my drifts to how between this, TALES OF VESPIRIA and STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN, the image of interlocking rings of borealis have been showing up in a LOT of Japanese entertainment. It seems like less likely of a coincidence than Ao being Eureka’s son.

Watch this episode, "Enemy Below" 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

sickVisionz moderator on June 28, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

Vesperia the game or anime? Also, is the sloth scene at least funny. It looks like the kid is in a flying mech with a sloth hanging on the window. Please tell me that's a scene played for laughs.

LordTerminalon June 28, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.

I'd probably recommend you take a break from this series since you're pretty caught up to it at the moment. Just to see if any more developments pop up. Plus each of these reviews is starting to read like the same thing over and over.

I'm going to stick to this series in the end because I want some damn answers but yeah, this is really testing my patience how we have all this stuff that needs explaining and yet we're left in the dark.

Waleson June 30, 2012 at 4 p.m.

As a person who hasn't seen an episode since Episode 1, am I the only one curious why there is someone in a bikini sitting on top of a mech?

No_name_here staff on July 9, 2012 at 1:46 p.m.

@sickVisionz said:

Vesperia the game or anime? Also, is the sloth scene at least funny. It looks like the kid is in a flying mech with a sloth hanging on the window. Please tell me that's a scene played for laughs.

Vesperia the anime. Review's coming later today.

And, yeah, it was played for chuckles.

yllekkramon July 9, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.

@LordTerminal: I just found out that there is a 51st episode called "Eureka Seven: New Order". Apparently it aired just before AO, and it helps to bridge the two series. It makes it clear that Eureka and Renton most certainly did not live happily ever after. It also informs the audience, in broad terms, why the two are separated.

LordTerminalon July 10, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.

@yllekkram: Sorry but I refuse to believe that has any canon bearing on the series when it basically flips the bird to the entire theme and concept behind the original story. The whole point of the original E7 was focused on Renton and Eureka falling in love. You don't retcon that with some kind of BS like that.

Not to mention the discussion going on in this forum topic: http://z7.invisionfree.com/Eureka_Seven/index.php?showtopic=272&st=0

Sorry but I'm not buying this until proven otherwise.

Turambaron July 19, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.
@LordTerminal said:

@yllekkram: Sorry but I refuse to believe that has any canon bearing on the series when it basically flips the bird to the entire theme and concept behind the original story. The whole point of the original E7 was focused on Renton and Eureka falling in love. You don't retcon that with some kind of BS like that.

Not to mention the discussion going on in this forum topic: http://z7.invisionfree.com/Eureka_Seven/index.php?showtopic=272&st=0

Sorry but I'm not buying this until proven otherwise.

Given the events of episode 13, I think its safe to say the whole "episode 51" thing was fake.

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