O.K., Alamun gets a very rare +5000 Honorary XP for suggesting all these fantastic series in that one talkback post. If I’ve been on a hot streak of good material for these past few episodes, than he's most certainly been the grease to lubricate the wheels.
I have to say that EUREKA SEVEN’s felt more like the first 20 minutes of your quintessential summer blockbuster than anything I’ve ever watched for this column. Whoever wrote this must have seriously boned up on their Syd Field, their Robert McKee and their Joseph Campbell. You’ve got your plucky young orphan with restless dreams bigger than the confines of his small town and the vision of his guardian. He’s got a few ghosts in his past he’s running from and, just when his options seem to have run dry, a mysterious young girl literally crashes down into his life and beckons him rather directly into a grand adventure. Meet the hero's 1001st face, right?
Most times, the invocation of Campbell’s “mono-myth” triggers my gag reflex. There are archetypal characters and plots, sure, but it has never really sat right with me to hear anybody describing how their creative process adhered to clichés (the meaner term for archetypes, perhaps) like it’s some badge of accomplishment. Yet, archetypes become traditions because they’ve worked many times before and, for as many stories as you'll run into that perform recitation of the hero’s journey that's so rote it'll dampen your spirit, the rare show that makes those forms work in a way that feels fresh and real really makes up for everything you've had to suffer through.
No question, this was one of the tightest anime pilots I’ve seen so far. There wasn't a wasted moment and I’m seriously jonesing to see what happens next like a kid who wants to take a big gulp of cherry soda after getting his first, fizzy sip. I’ve come to recognize Bones’ animation style and their work here was even more impressive than in BROTHERHOOD -- I want to get wowed again, immediately.
And I feel a fundamental compulsion to see what exactly sky-surfing mecha will entail.
Watch these episodes “Blue Monday” here and decide for yourself.