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Excellent show, guaranteed 100% daily dose of CMOH
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.
I do agree one of the few you can watch over and over and find things you first missed.. soundtrack also worth mentioning about as a great one. All to all a great show.. cant wait to see the movie. Check out: Eden of the East and Shangri-la .. not quite as good but in the right direction. Saludos Otakus!
comment #1317 187.153.154.183 16th Nov 09
I couldn't really get into most of the characters, especially Eureka and Renton. I really only watched for Dominic and Anemone. Their lack of deserved screentime kinda hampered my overall view on the series overall, but it was still well-done for the most part. The storyline, animation, music, and the Big Bad were excellent.
comment #7521 ManwiththePlan 4th May 11 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
You couldn't get into the main characters? For what reasons? Not being critical here, I'm just honestly surprised.

Every character in this series is great on their own, especially Dominic and Anenemone and the crew of the Gekko, but not liking the Renton and Eureka is strange, at least to me.
comment #7707 ronasokily 17th May 11
Their relationship, character arc, and all that wasn't the problem, I just couldn't get into their characters. Renton was kind of an irritating brat and Eureka was the "Emotionless Girl who becomes more emotional as the series goes on" that's been done alot before, though Eureka was one of the few who lost her stoicism completely and got VERY emotional, so I guess that's something.

So yeah, I liked some of the Gekko crew and military officers like Juergan, loved Dominic and Anemone, and loved to hate Dewey but Renton and Eureka just fell pray to Designated Protagonist Syndrome for me.
comment #7768 ManwiththePlan 24th May 11 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
I guess I can see where you're coming from. Renton bothered me at first too, I'll admit that. Eureka, like you said, did go from emotionless to very emotional, and I liked that. I have a soft spot for all of the characters, but hey, opinions.
comment #7871 ronasokily 2nd Jun 11
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