YMMV / Eureka Seven AO

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even some of Naru's detractors feel that she did not deserve the ending she was left with by the time the series was over. This is mended in ONE MORE TIME, which leaves Naru on a happier note in the new reality.
  • Ass Pull: Where DID Kanon come from, anyway?
  • Author's Saving Throw: AO has a near universally disliked ending. BONES then took it upon themselves to revise the ending... almost a decade later with Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean Final Episode: ONE MORE TIME , in an attempt to override the original ending. Consensus it that a lot of the changes this version makes are for the better.
  • Awesome Music: Similar to the first series, AO has amazing background music.
  • Broken Base:
    • Many fans were disappointed at how the finale turned out to essentially be a No Ending. Others weren't surprised given Bones' track record for sequels with disappointing endings.
    • The way it contradicted several themes from the first series irked many.
  • Contested Sequel: Opinions are divided; for many it has full-blown Sequelitis. The ending has caused cries of Fanon Discontinuity.
    • Ponder this: The Super Robot Wars series is known for taking some of the most contested sequels and fixing them to be more enjoyable. The first Super Robot Wars Z game included the original series. The sequel, Super Robot Wars Z2, contained Eureka Seven's not-quite-a-Compilation Movie. It seems only natural that AO would be included in Super Robot Wars Z3, right? Well it's not.
  • Counterpart Comparison: With Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ao has been compared to Shinji, Fleur to Asuka, Elena to Rei (with the personality of Mari Illustrious Makinami), Generation Bleu to NERV, etc. etc. etc. It's somewhat hilarious that the third Rebuild of Evangelion movie premiered two days before Eureka Seven AO's finale.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Noah, the cute Team Pet, is seen as a bro to most of the community, especially due to his never changing expression and his actions, like freeing Ao from capture in Episode 3. Most fans have compared him to Gulliver from the first series.
    • The random Okinawan man who takes Ao around in Episode 4 is also seen as a true bro.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: As Fleur got more Character Development, and Naru became The Scrappy, fans started migrating more toward a Fleur x Ao pairing.
  • Fanon: Many fans have come up with epilogues (such as the "delusions" threads in /a/ of 4chan) that diverge from the main plot at various points, including one where Ao arrives in a future where everybody still remembers him, Everybody Lives (including Ao's sister), and Ao hooks up with Fleur This became Hilarious in Hindsight when ONE MORE TIME was made.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The revelation that Eureka can bear human children was considered by many to be one of the more heartwarming moments of the original series and a confirmation that humans can co-exist with Coralians. And then the final episode aired, which revealed that the high amount of trapar in the original series' universe is fatal to Human-Coralian hybrids. This made the scene showing Renton and Eureka burying their infant daughter unbelievably worse.
  • Genius Bonus: The lightning-generating Secret in Episode 8 was last spotted in Philadelphia in 1752, the same year Franklin conducted his famous "catch lightning with a kite" test.
  • Growing the Beard: Episode 12 seemed to be this while the series was airing; it looked like the show was taking a bold new direction that would bring it closer to the original series. The mixed reaction to many of the episodes that followed it indicate that whatever beard it had was quickly shaved off.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Micah Solusod, who many people have noted sounds like Johnny Yong Bosch (the voice of Renton), getting cast as Ao, Renton's son.
  • Ho Yay: Fleur and Elena, in spades.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dewey was right.source 
    • A picture of Eureka and Renton crying next to an Easter Island head (due to hatred of how Ao's sister died) has also proven popular.
  • Narm: Happens more frequently as the series progressed. Few people agree just how much of it there was, but many agree that not only is Truth the biggest contributor to it, but he IS the Narm.
  • Paranoia Fuel: As was shown with Team Goldilocks, the Quartz Gun has the power to change history, but nobody other than Ao would ever be aware of the effects, meaning one of your closest friends may suddenly stop existing and you would never notice or vice versa.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Now that Naru seems to have been taken out of the picture, there are quite number of subtle hints at an AoxFleur pairing.
    • Episode 22 has turned it into a Love Triangle.
    • The final episode sunk both of them. However, the expanded ending One More Time has Ao reunited with Fleur, meaning at least one ship continues.
  • The Scrappy: Truth is almost universally disliked among fans, mainly due to being introduced completely out of the blue, having overpowered abilities including energy projection, flight, and shapeshifting in a series that has thus far avoided having such characters, messing with Ao's head, taking and manipulating Naru, and randomly slaughtering people.
    • Naru fell into this category especially after her Face–Heel Turn when she joins Truth and becomes one of his collaborators. The Reveal in episode 22 that she was only trying to help Ao borders on Author's Saving Throw in this regard, but this is turned on it's head the very next episode when she still ends up choosing Truth's side over Ao.
    • Take That, Scrappy!: Episode 23 seems solely dedicated to this. Naru gets her comeuppance for all the crap she's pulled. Truth, meanwhile, erases himself from existence. Fortunately for them and unfortunately for their detractors, they both get better. Yes, even the guy who erased himself from existence.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • The common fan reaction to the Red Herrings of TheEND and Elena. Especially the latter, due to all the build up, and hints that she was Ao's sister. It smacks of Writer Cop Out.
    • The ending, prior to the Author's Saving Throw mentioned above.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The series proved that Dewey Novak, for all of his unjustified actions and beliefs, was at least right about humans and Scub Coral being incapable of coexisting, seeing as how it was the Scub Corals' fault humanity was getting screwed over.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many potentially good plot points such as whether Elena was from the original E7 universe or not, the presence of theEND, the identity and fate of Ao's sister, and many more were either ignored or turned out to be Red Herrings. In fact, you could say that they Wasted a Perfectly Good Sequel.
    • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Archetype Truth is a better character than his pre-Retcon counterpart. He appears in exactly one episode.
      • And in vehicular form with the Gekko, which appears in episode 13, and sunk in episode 14.
      • Naru. Not only is she not as prominent a character as you'd think she'd be (as she was positioned as the main heroine alongside Ao at the start), but everything about her design suggests that, just as Ao is the son of Renton Thurston and Eureka, Naru must be the daughter of Dominic Sorel and Anemone. She isn't - her parents are random characters with no pre-established connection to the series and other characters. Her becoming an antagonist would have been a lot more fitting if she had been Dominic and Anemone's offspring, as her and Ao coming into conflict with each other would mirror the conflict that their parents had when they were young.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Fleur gets a major case of this in her backstory. She resents her father over the fact that he, when facing a Sadistic Choice, opted to let Fleur's mother die so that her organs could be used to save Fleur's life, so Fleur blames her father for the fact that her mother isn't alive today...even though this also means that he's the reason Fleur is alive today to even gripe about this at all. Being given the gift of a second chance at life and using it to act out on resentment to the person who provided it to her in the first place reeks of Ungrateful Bitch on Fleur's part.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Funimation subs say that Noah is a girl.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Casting Holland as Renton is getting this reaction.
  • Win the Crowd: It started off with two episodes that gleefully lampshaded and subverted many of the tropes of the original series, as well as having the main character one-shot a giant monster with his own mech's severed arm.
    • Episode 12 won the approval of a lot of fans who were becoming tired of the sequel's direction.
    • Episode 19 is considered one of the best episodes.
    • Episode 22 was rather well-received, mostly because Renton finally shows up.
    • As indicated by the tropes on this page, none of these examples lasted; the series as a whole is considered a Contested Sequel at best.
  • Writer Cop Out: See Shocking Swerve.


Alternative Title(s): Eureka Seven Astral Ocean

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