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.