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Watch & Learn: EUREKA SEVEN #1

Somebody's been reading their Joseph Campbell...

Somehow, I doubt anybody involved knew what "Blue Monday" is actually a reference to.
Somehow, I doubt anybody involved knew what "Blue Monday" is actually a reference to.

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.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

zaldaron Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.

@Mesoian said:

Oh Eureka 7, almost 48 episodes of exponentially rising levels of awesome and 2 episodes consisting of a blithering childish let down of an ending. A great show, but the high points are damn high, and the low points are DAAAAAMN stupid. Yet another example of what happens when you run out of source material and are forced to make up an ending.

Though that ending was still better than pocket full of rainbows, I found that movie to be genuinely upsetting.

@PewPewLazers: No. In fact, in the long run the mechs have a very small part in the show. Save for the NIRVASH and the "THEEND", all the mechs are fairly inconsequential. But of course...there's a very good reason for that.

This part quoted for truth. The ending made the whole show not work for me. I am a liberal but I am not much into new wave/age politics, religion or philosophy (actually being a capitalist and all). So this show, especially by the end, strays waaay to far into that territory. Good up until about the last few episodes but those episodes are bad enough to make the rest pointless. You thought C had a bad ending...let me tell you it was LIGHT YEARS better than this.

ninjadude853on Oct. 11, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.

I've been meaning to watch Eureka Seven forever. Is this link to the subbed or dubbed version?

AgentJon Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.

Yay, Eureka 7! I really hope you get all the way through this one.

And, as many others have said, the movie is worthless. You'll do yourself and everyone else a favor by skipping it.

Lurkeroon Oct. 11, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.

I'd follow a Eureka 7 W&L. The show is kind of interesting even though the main character gets whiny a lot in the first half.

EganTheVile1on Oct. 11, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.

This was a good series, one thing I actually liked about it was that the characters had some genuine flaws that humanized them more, I mean Holland was an abusive alcoholic who beat Renton and seems to have pedophile tendencies toward Eureka and he's one of the f'n good guys! BTW anyone know why Eureka's name is pronounced with an L sound (like Elreka) in the dubs? that always bugged the hell out of me

Om1kronon Oct. 11, 2011 at 9:37 p.m.

I think this was one of my favorites anime series.

CrackedOnyxon Oct. 11, 2011 at 10 p.m.

This is one of my favorite anime series. I actually didn't have any problems with the ending. To be honest, the beginning is what took me some time to slog through. "This sucks," indeed, Renton. The show eventually picks up speed, however, and I loved it without reservation the rest of the way through, even to the end.

@Dunchad: I really can't blame you for that. He spends the first few episodes being...well, a moron. Just, ugh. He eventually shapes up a lot, however, and his persistent flaws make sense, since he is a teenager. He can't be perfect.

sotyfan16on Oct. 11, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.

This is another series that I stopped after a few episodes. It's an interesting show but I have a lot of anime higher on my priority list.

ComicMan24on Oct. 12, 2011 at 12:18 a.m.

It was a very nice show, wouldn't call it a favourite but is certainly up there.

teekomeekoon Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:58 a.m.

Well, I now finally have my excuse to watch this series again :)

Also, I now constantly pronounce "eureka" as "Eureka" in my head. It makes me giggle on the inside.

WarlordPayneon Oct. 12, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.

I am very surprised that so many people like this series so much. I absolutely hated it, more than just about any anime I've ever watched. Everyone in the cast is either annoying, an asshole, or both. Throughout the whole series the "good guys" torment and abuse the kid, beat the shit out of him when he asks what's going on, then beat the shit out of him later because he doesn't know what's going on. And the kid was so god damned annoying that I kind of enjoyed watching him get his unwarranted ass kickings.

zerodualityon Oct. 12, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.

This is actually my favorite anime. I started watching it back when it started airing on [as]. I myself was 14 at the time and was also going through some tough things and watching Renton go through some similar situations made me feel a little better.

I think my favorite aspect of the show is the fact that they actually took time to develop most of the characters which actually made you love,hate,sympathize or even just be annoyed by them. To me for the most part they were all real, somewhat relate-able people, not just characters on a screen. Plus this is probably the only show that had a soundtrack really stood out and stuck with me and made the show that much more emotional.

EganTheVile1on Oct. 12, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.

@WarlordPayne said:

I am very surprised that so many people like this series so much. I absolutely hated it, more than just about any anime I've ever watched. Everyone in the cast is either annoying, an asshole, or both. Throughout the whole series the "good guys" torment and abuse the kid, beat the shit out of him when he asks what's going on, then beat the shit out of him later because he doesn't know what's going on. And the kid was so god damned annoying that I kind of enjoyed watching him get his unwarranted ass kickings.

@zeroduality said:

This is actually my favorite anime. I started watching it back when it started airing on [as]. I myself was 14 at the time and was also going through some tough things and watching Renton go through some similar situations made me feel a little better.

I think my favorite aspect of the show is the fact that they actually took time to develop most of the characters which actually made you love,hate,sympathize or even just be annoyed by them. To me for the most part they were all real, somewhat relate-able people, not just characters on a screen. Plus this is probably the only show that had a soundtrack really stood out and stuck with me and made the show that much more emotional.

Two people with very different reactions to the same things..

I always found it funny how love it or hate it polarizing this anime seemed to be... I loved it personally....

Like WarlordPayne said it is hard to back up characters who beat up on a little kid. Especially in the case of Holland who is a total bastard in this. Though I think his/her memories are a tad selective. Most of the adults, Holland included all eventually embraced Renton. and unlike Raki from Claymore, he never came off as an overly whiny character, he was more bitchy about his heroes turning out being such dicks. Though his estranged sister should have actually stood up for him way sooner in the series or at least acknowledged him as family.

But I am in the camp of zeroduality's line of thinking, these were calculated flaws introduced by the writer to humanize the characters. Highlighting someones negative aspects is the most humanizing way to show a character is capable of error, and remember WP, in the end the crew call Holland out on his BS treatment of Renton, who is not so much whiny, and more an idealist calling them out on their own BS

Rxanaduon Oct. 13, 2011 at 2:58 a.m.

Well, Tom, I actually hope to see you one the other side of this show. I had little to no idea what was going on during the later parts of this show. The ending, as everyone is stating, is utter garbage. To be blunt, it just kinda ... happens, and it made one of the major factions of the show practically insignificant, especially when you know where this faction stands in the story.

All I can say it this: whatever you do, DON'T WATCH XAM'D AFTER THIS!

It may look the same, but man was I disappointed by that show in particular.

WarlordPayneon Oct. 13, 2011 at 3:10 a.m.

@EganTheVile1: They eventually embrace him after treating him like trash, without reason, for the majority of the series. I didn't view that as particularly redemptive for them.

I could accept character flaws if everyone on the ship, save Eureka, didn't all have the exact same one. Namely treating some kid like shit because they have nothing better to do. If Holland treated Renton like crap that would add depth to his character, when everyone does it it just blurs them all together into one homogeneous mass of asshole. Eureka is the only character that stands out because she's the only one that doesn't needlessly abuse him. I don't know, maybe that was the point, her name is in the title.

I really wanted to like this show, Bones is my favorite anime studio, but I couldn't find anything to like about it.

Edit: Just noticed your earlier comment. Her name was pronounced Eh-oo-reka, I assume to mimic the way it was pronounced in Japanese.

AURON570on Oct. 13, 2011 at 8:45 p.m.

I have all 50 episodes in low quality dub, that maybe someday I will go back and rewatch. or maybe I'll just watch it subbed this time, and actually follow a watch and learn as it's being done for once. Damn some great stuff happened in that series, I remember wanting so much to keep seeing more of those characters after the series ended.

Edit: oh what the hell, I'll actually rewatch the first episode right now and give my impressions of it. damn listening to the opening theme brings be back.. ahh pink explosion clouds, good times <3

Edit2: damn, that was good. I guess Renton was even more relatable at the time because I was a little older than Renton when I started watching it. It feels weird adjusting to subbed voices. =\

EganTheVile1on Oct. 14, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.

@WarlordPayne: It was not without reason, Moondoggie and Gidget were the first to bond with Renton fairly early on, really the only two who steadily treated him like garbage were Holland and his own big sister, Eureka even was in the anti-Renton camp at a time when she felt the Nirvash rejected her and chose him

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A young boy named Renton has a mech and its pilot, the young-looking Eureka, nearly fall into his lap. He joins them and their renegade group, Gekkostate.

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