Eureka Seven is a truly superb anime series. It's got plenty of humor, well-written and compelling characters, an interesting plot, and several truly heartwarming love stories. It relies very heavily on The Power Of Love, and often throws in a lot of Rule Of Cool, so it can come off a bit cheesy sometimes, but in the end that's all part of its appeal. The show definitely lands more toward the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism, so those who think that True Art Is Angsty may not like it very much, but for those of us who prefer a somewhat lighter story now and then, Eureka Seven is just what the doctor ordered. Just to be clear, though: it's not all sunshine and rainbows. It has its darker moments, and ultimately is an Earn Your Happy Ending story, though the final victory is a lot less pyrrhic than other such stories. Despite the frequent comedy, it still manages to execute a serious plot more or less seamlessly. But what makes this series truly enjoyable is the characters. Over the course of the series, you really develop a sort of bond with the characters, and the writers skillfully leverage that connection to produce some of the most powerful Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming ever experienced. If you can watch through the whole series, get to know the characters, and then go through the last three episodes without once having to struggle to refrain from cheering out loud for the characters, then I'd have to say it's a pretty sure thing that you have no soul. * Also worth noting is the outstanding soundtrack; the music for this show is simply excellent. The show does have its flaws. Certain plot elements, like Desperation Disease and the Ritual of Kings, never get satisfactorily explained, and certain characters * never quite get the screen time they really deserve. It's a little slow in the beginning (it took me a good 20 episodes or so to figure out what was really going on with the plot), and it has an annoying habit of occasionally inserting completely unnecessary jokes (usually of a fairly juvenile nature) into otherwise serious scenes. Nevertheless, it's a thoroughly enjoyable show and definitely one of my personal favorites.
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