Eureka Seven

In a town where nothing happens, Renton Thurston dreams of taking to the skies and surfing the Trapar waves with his hero Holland and the rogue nation of Gekko State. And then one day his dream comes true, when a member of Gekko State quite literally crashes into his home, sparking off a chain of events that sees Renton join up with them and embark on an adventure that will affect the very future of the planet.

As one of several people to watch Eureka Seven recently, I went into the series fully expecting to not get the hyper and praise that surrounded it. Fortunately, although it wasn’t to hit the heights of the esteemed Gold level, I was to discover that there was a lot to like about this unconventional mecha series.

In its earliest stages, Eureka Seven can’t really be said to have much of an overriding plot, and to be honest, given the ponderous seriousness of the likes of Gundam, this is somewhat refreshing. Instead, we have various character pieces and one-off stories as Renton settles into the life of Gekko State- a laid back, counter-culture group who fly around the world in their ship, the Gekko-go, riding the Trapar waves (think of surfing through the air on a special board or even in a mecha) and taking on jobs for money. It’s cool, stylish fun, and even if the whole series had been nothing but this, I probably wouldn’t have complained.

Nonetheless, behind the fun and games, a more serious story begins to develop, one involving the nefarious plans of an evil colonel (there’s always one) and a bizarre alien race which cohabit the planet with humanity. Unfortunately, whilst this more serious tone helps the characters to grow and mature, in itself it’s a bit of a mess, with too many ideas introduced right at the end of the series, and the whole thing making sense by only the barest of margins, if that. Had the series tried to be a bit less ambitious in this regard, it would have perhaps been better all round.

Whilst the story has its flaws, however, Eureka Seven manages to be much stronger in the character department, bringing us a memorable cast who all undergo their own personal evolution. The stars of the show are of course Renton himself and young Eureka, an enigmatic mecha pilot who our hero immediately falls for. Over the course of the series, we see them both grow and mature, each learning from the other and becoming stronger for it. Equally important are the supporting cast, including Holland himself, a man who starts off as generally dislikeable but slowly becomes sympathetic; my personal favourite Talho, the Gekko-go’s pilot and Holland’s lover, a woman who faces the transition from carefree and easygoing to mature and responsible; Dominic, a young Federation officer who must balance duty and personal feelings; Anemone, an unstable mecha pilot whose spoilt and selfish nature covers her tragic status as a tool and experimental specimen, and many more. The fact that we can look back at the end of the series and see how far each of them has come is truly an achievement on the part of the series.

Even with all this, there is one more factor that gives Eureka Seven its bright sheen and general appeal, and that is the presentation. The visuals are sharp and bright, and that is exactly what gives the series its slick and stylish appeal. Even when fight scenes are just following brightly coloured lines in the sky, the series draws you into the fast paced intensity of a battle, throwing in loops, turns and missile launches with abandon. Even during the times when you know that the animators are just saving budget with distance shots and re-used footage, it all looks so good that you can’t possibly complain. Even the character designs, whilst not especially complex, have their own innate appeal- especially when it comes to the girls. And even the background music rounds out the atmosphere, mixing it up with a variety of energetic tracks including FLCL-style rock.

Final Thoughts

Although the overall story could have been better thought out, Eureka Seven still manages to impress with its character interaction and stylish presentation, ensuring a fun and memorable outing. In short, whilst it may not be the best series out there, it most certainly is the coolest.

Tier: Silver+

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4 Responses to Eureka Seven

  1. IKnight says:

    Like yourself, I remember feeling a little cynical about the buzz surrounding this show and, like yourself, I finished it unable to make any serious complaints. The fact that the characters deserve a semi-colon’d list is itself an indicator of quality.

  2. lelangir says:

    Eureka 7 was a really, really fun show to watch. The soundtrack was also godly. Besides that though, as you pointed out the confusion of the plot elements, it wasn’t super fantastic.

  3. Sasa says:

    I never knew anything about the buzz around the show until I finished watching it, so all was fine. It was only afterwards that I realized how immensely popular that show is – much to my surprise.

    Actually I have never really cared for the style of Eureka Seven (Speed Grapher is a typical style over substance show for me), but it was indeed a great show to watch, with an intriguing story and even more interesting characters (although they tend to get emo a lot).

  4. Acad Glade says:

    I disagree with you all, I love Eureka Seven, and have the utmost respect for her creators

    The plotline wasn’t hard to understand, and was a lot of fun at times, and at others some scenes made you cry either with sadness or concern for Eureka, and for those out there who can empathize you know what I mean.

    Renton is not your ordinary male, he’s honest, has no guile, But has trouble expressing himself, and where Eureka is concerned has, she has trouble with knowing what Love is, when really it means many of the different aspects of her journey to be come Renton’s loved one and to love in return.

    I loved the way in episode 26 when she finally took the inititive and left the Gekkostate to find Renton, she still had trouble with saying she love’s him, but he understands, how she now has changed, and he’s supprortive of her.

    Even when he finds out she’s not human, he says ” I don’t care about any of that “, To him , it’s not what she is, that is important, but who she is that matters. it finally becomes love when renton sees her with the wings and thinks they look good on her, she finally say she loves him, and he in return.

    And his love for her and vice versa is what saves the the world .

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