YU YU HAKUSHO #6 + EUREKA SEVEN #6 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 1, 2011. Last post by AgentJ 2 years, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Maybe I should be a little more intimidated that he's pointing at me, now.
Maybe I should be a little more intimidated that he's pointing at me, now.

This’ll probably be the last double whammy for a while. I promise. As I’ve said, I don’t know if anything’s especially illuminated is being revealed to me by juxtaposing my commentary for these shows together except to say that YU YU HAKUSHO’s holding my interest much more solidly than EUREKA SEVEN at this point. It feels like whatever burst of fleetness that so impressed me in EUREKA’s first episode has been running out like a shot of octane that’ll probably have to wait a few more episodes to re-fill.

Each episode’s had plenty of mecha air-surfing action, but it doesn’t matter how dazzling the animation is, nor how speedy the action is, if I don’t who exactly Gekkostate has been opposing this whole time - - and nobody’s really taken the time to do that, yet. It might work if these stuffy old dudes in their gray uniforms were more broadly evil archetypes that we could recognize and hate immediately. However, the show’s insisted on making them more nuanced antagonists who’re surely defined by all sorts of subtleties without actually taking the time to explicate such subtleties.

So… I’m feeling tempted to take up one of the runner-up series in place of this. The pile of shows I became interested in during the sampling period was a lot higher than just two shows. We’ll see. Renton, Eureka and their various compadres are certainly charming, but I’m going to really need to see some actual inciting action - - another dose of octane into the engine - - to get me hooked again.

On a lighter note, Renton should be grateful that Eureka’s children aren’t teenagers. You just know that they’d have been drawing penises on his face and his mech instead of simple, cute shapes if that was the case.

YU YU HAKUSHO looks like it’s falling more in line with the battlin’ shonen promised in the intro (featuring the other two characters in that thing goes a long way to this end.) Now that Yusuke’s “spirit gun” or whatever that laser beam he shoots from his pistol finger is called, I can rather easily envision the XP he’ll have to accumulate to level that attack up on his ability tree. You just know that he’ll be able to fire it off twice a day with the next unlock. These other two dudes (and I say that almost hesitantly because I was pretty sure the red-haired guy was a girl up until the point he started talking) even round out a proper venture party for the RPG.

Speaking of video games and the various allusion to them here, I find it terribly amusing that this show’s theme song sounds like it’s by the same vaguely-jazz, vaguely-funk band that did the elevator music for MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2’s character select screen. Compare and contrast, why not? If these aren’t the same performers, then it’s got to be the same producer supervising the mix.

Speaking about EUREKA’s intro music , I suppose I’ve reached some new level of awareness (with all its accompanying XP) because I was able to recognize that the song was by Colors (the same dudes who did CODE GEASS’ intro) before I double-checked with the credits. I’ve been amused by how often Otaku will cheer for the Japanese pop cultural equivalent of things they’d revile at home, so I suppose it’d be a little hypocritical of me to dig Colors when they’re probably the far East's N’Sync or some such. I guess the shoe’s on my foot, now!

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

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

Post by Lurkero (398 posts) See mini bio Level 7

Don't feel weird, Tom. I noticed that the Code Geass and Eureka Seven intros were done by the same group as well.

Also, sounds like you are enjoying Yu Yu much more than I thought you would. Maybe you would be interested in picking up more pure shonen action shows for W&L.

Post by Top8cat (71 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Well, one thing you have to realize is that Yu YU Hakasho (mainly its character archetype and plot) was doing this before it had become a major anime trope. If you take it with that light, you can see the massive amounts of animes that have taken notes from(and in some cases blatantly ripped off) YYH.

Post by Vortextk (13 posts) See mini bio Level 4
Watched all of eureka seven with a friend awhile ago. I thought it started amazing, and I don't remember nor really care what happened following that. Yeah, anime villain evil government/agency old guys in suits are about the least fun thing to watch. I wouldn't say it goes Eva, but when it does go "weird" I was a lot more interested for awhile.
 
All this YYH talk makes me want to watch it, for like the fourth time.
Post by smoothjammin (8 posts) See mini bio Level 4

OK thats it. I'm rewatching YHH, beginning to end.. or atleast until Chapter Black saga.

Post by yllekkram (33 posts) See mini bio Level 10

As much as I like Eureka Seven, I wouldn't recommend it to someone for the "good guys vs bad guys" plot. This show is about the crew of the Gekkostate and their internal struggles. The stuffy old dudes in gray uniforms only serve to advance the character development, and only when ideas for "real life" situations are running low. That said, some exposition does start to occur after the next episode.

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@smoothjammin said:

OK thats it. I'm rewatching YHH, beginning to end.. or atleast until Chapter Black saga.

UNTIL Chapter Black? But that was like the best part?!?!

Post by TopographicOcean (15 posts) See mini bio Level 8

Eureka Seven sounds like it gets too personal so I'll give it a miss. I'd take stuffy dudes talking about world domination over 'drama' any day I suppose.

And YYH just doesn't sound like my thing.

Post by zeroduality (19 posts) See mini bio Level 3

The thing about Eureka Seven is that you have to sort of go into it with adolescent mind-set instead of your typical over analysed college level thinking. Keep in mind that this show aired on Sunday mornings, a slot aimed towards elementry school children not unlike our Saturday morning cartoons.

Post by yllekkram (33 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@zeroduality: For a Saturday morning cartoon, Eureka Seven had a few, though admittedly isolated, scenes of non-cartoony violence and physical abuse.

Post by smoothjammin (8 posts) See mini bio Level 4

@AgentJ said:

@smoothjammin said:

OK thats it. I'm rewatching YHH, beginning to end.. or atleast until Chapter Black saga.

UNTIL Chapter Black? But that was like the best part?!?!

I didn't hate it, it just didn't do anything for me. It was cool how everyone had their moments. This really was a landmark series. It helped lay alot of foundation for future anime. Sensui was such a badass villain, you can't tell me Pain from Naruto didn't stem from this guy lol. I take it back, Chapter Black wasn't half bad after all.. :P

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@smoothjammin said:

@AgentJ said:

@smoothjammin said:

OK thats it. I'm rewatching YHH, beginning to end.. or atleast until Chapter Black saga.

UNTIL Chapter Black? But that was like the best part?!?!

I didn't hate it, it just didn't do anything for me. It was cool how everyone had their moments. This really was a landmark series. It helped lay alot of foundation for future anime. Sensui was such a badass villain, you can't tell me Pain from Naruto didn't stem from this guy lol. I take it back, Chapter Black wasn't half bad after all.. :P

Atta boy! I'll never forget that whole mini arc with the Doctor, and Yusuke's fight with him.

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