Four years too late.

Okay, actually three years if you consider that Eureka 7 ended in 2006.

Yes, I’ve finally finished watching Eureka 7 after that long. I kinda stopped around episode 35 (please don’t go looking back at my old Eureka 7 posts, I beg you) due to various fansub faggotry(remember Nanashi?) and kinda forgot about finishing the show off. Only recently did I get a complete copy of the Eureka 7(DVD source to boot!) and I’ve just finished it.

First thing I’d like to say is… Dominic and Anemone’s subplot totally stole the show up till the third last episode. I’d always thought that Anemone was pretty much a 2D character in the sense that she’s the psychotic enemy pilot, but the revelation about her origins and her emerging love for Dominic totally won her over for me. The lines she said as she was preparing and facing off Nirvash at the Coralian command cluster was extremely touching and Dominic’s subsequent heroic entry was really awesome.

Eureka 7

Of course, it’s not like the main story between Renton and Eureka wasn’t engaging… it just kinda stretched itself a bit longer than I would’ve liked it to be. References to Gunbuster aside, I found the resolution of the main conflict between the humans and the Coralians a bit too much of a cop-out to warrant the emotional investment I had put in to the show. In short, I had wanted Renton and Eureka to sacrifice themselves to ensure the survival of the planet. That might sound cruel of me, but it was the idea that the story had been leading me on all throughout.

A caveat though, was how the ending also didn’t actually make it obvious what happened to Renton and Eureka at the end. Nirvash told them to live happily on the planet, but what truly happened to them afterwards? They just showed them becoming beacons of light… though I must say that they probably had the most ultimate expression of love on the planet after doing such a thing to the Moon…

Eureka 7

Man, that’s kinda overkill no matter what way you go about it. Ha ha.

There’s also the upcoming Eureka 7: Pocket Full of Rainbows (frankly it was the trailer that made me go back to finish off the series) movie too. I wonder how are they going to revisit the world of Eureka 7 this time?

Misc Things I wanted to say but couldn’t fit it in the article:

  • The OP’s in order of awesomeness: Taiyou no Mannaka he > Days > Sakura > Shounen Heart.
  • Best ED (Ever): Himitsu Kichi
  • Why is this even an ED?: Canvas.
  • Norbu is probably the weirdest yet coolest character of the show.

21 Comments

  1. Sacchi Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 1:09 am

    I saw the show long ago, it is really awesome. The characters are good, and the plot is really awesome.

    And it’s kind of fun to see the mech doing surf xD

  2. digitalboy Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    Glad you liked it!!! E7 is my favorite anime evar and I’m always hoping I can get more people to watch it and welcome all new fans! Taiyou no Mannake e is indeed absolutely amazing, one of my favorite songs. I sang it at Otakon karaoke and blew the whole room away lol.

  3. Cokematic Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 1:37 am

    I finished it just a few months ago too :O Was pretty awesome!

  4. yuri Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    love eureka 7 :)
    I didn’t know they were making a movie out of it tho…that’s pretty cool.
    giant heart on the moon is ultimate win.

  5. FFVIIKnight Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    Eureka gets long hair? O_o

  6. Maggeh Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:13 am

    … It took you three years to finish watching Eureka SeveN?

    … Dude, it took me a little under a week. I even skipped a day of school so I could spend a day watching it.

    It was glorious. It was marvelous… then I had to delete every single episode to make space for other shit.

    Now that I have an external HD, maybe I should download them again…

  7. digitalboy Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:45 am

    @Maggeh: it’s cuz the subs took so long to come out, like he said. As for me, I watched it the first time in about 30 hours :D

  8. Kraker2k Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 2:49 am

    >>remember Nanashi?

    ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT NANASHI!?!?! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

  9. Jarmel Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 3:13 am

    I would love if someone would use the Blu-ray rips and put the fansubs in. Despite some minor flaws, this is easily my favorite anime. The romance between Eureka and Renton was very well done and you could tell by the end how far Renton has progressed. Very much looking forward to the movie and a long haired Eureka :3

  10. Maggeh Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 4:33 am

    What’s this about Nanashi?

  11. frog212 Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 5:26 am

    You have to look closer at the last scene. They are not just beacons of light but you can see them holding their hands on Earth together.

  12. Gamen Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    To be more precise, the very last scene before “The End” is Renton and Eureka holding hands, blinking blue and red.

  13. catrophy Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    i watched this last summer and loved it. trying to watch it again but i have less time now. i dunno what it is but i love anemone more than eureka

  14. Ryan A Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    Oh dang. Anemone was such a good development.

  15. TJ Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    Eureka Seven was an awesome show. The manga adaptation was good as well. the movie is supposedly not part of the anime’s continuum, but it looks pretty exciting. Not sure when it’ll reach this side of the Pacific Ocean though.

  16. Bluestreak2 Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

    Still haven’t seen it. But it’s on my list, and I’ll get there eventually………. hopefully.

  17. biltwick Said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 1:19 am

    I actually thought Shonen Heart is the best of the OP songs

    I admit this series was slow to begin with, the plot gets better after around 35,

    I though the side characters (Dominic, Matthew) were actually more interesting, and I was expected a third set of villains in the form of human-corallian cultists who wanted to ‘cleanse’ humanity from the planet before committing suicide themselves (bit of Zerg and Halo’s Flood I know)

    Movie looks better than the series, hopefully they’ll have Renton cry less and Holland be less of a jerk

  18. Kureejii Said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 4:20 am

    I’m REALLY excited for the movie. It seems so interesting cause apparently they’re going to rehash everything and see if they can tell a different story.

    But yes, Anemone x Dominic ftw XD

  19. Lehq Said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Eureka 7 was one of those unconventional mecha, with unconventional plot.
    It took me a long time to finish watching too, partly becoz the first half of the series was kinda slow and boring but once things got into motion, I was rather hooked onto it. ;)

    @biltwick
    yeah, me too, I preferred Shounen Heart too. As for ED, I preferred Halcati’s Tip Tap Tips

  20. No Comment Said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

    This makes me want to watch this again.

  21. Taka Said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    E7 also had some of the best insert songs.

    Storywriter – Supercar
    Niji – Denki Groove
    Get it by your hands – Hiroshi Watanabe a.k.a Quadra
    Tiger Track – KAGAMI
    the list goes on.

    I loved the techno and trance tracks and how they were used in the show. Storywriter mostly hits off the start and gives the first couple episodes a FLCL feel. Get it by your hands is the greatest for Charles and Ray’s conflict. Niji finishes off the entire show with a bubbly feel.

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