Eureka Seven is a textbook case of Better Than It Sounds
. Yes, the comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangelion
are present and numerous, but I don't care. As far as I'm concerned, this was just BONES reconstructing
it before Gainax themselves did
So you've got your downtrodden boy who can't seem to catch a break, your emotionless girl that doesn't quite understand humanity, your Jerkass
father figure who hasn't quite grown up himself, and giant robots that really aren't. Original? No. Engaging? You bet.
Eureka Seven takes itself slowly. I've oft heard it said that you don't start to understand until episode 20, but I got the gist of it sooner. The direction it ends up doesn't become apparent until around episode 30 however. In the meantime, there's always some character development, World Building
, and overall atmosphere for you to enjoy along with the action, and the execution of all of them is superb. The ending left me with a few questions, but it's probably the most emotionally satisfying end I've ever seen to an anime.
That said, here's what might put you off: First and foremost, Renton's
attitude goes into Wangst
territory now and then. Then, there's those annoying kids and their Aesop Amnesia
. More importantly, Eureka's
proficiency with the Nirvash and Action Girl
status seem to diminish throughout the series. Not a fan. Lastly, my biggest issue is that my favorite characters (Dom and Anenome) didn't get near as much screentime as I'd have hoped, and the latter suffered from the Worf Effect
Other than that, the animation quality is sublime. There's more Scenery Porn
here than in any other animated production I can think of, and the fight scenes are freakin' awesome
. Voice acting is nothing special. Soundtrack, on the other hand, is absolutely perfect. Best I've ever heard.
On the other adaptations: The manga version is fairly similar, but much shorter and a good deal sadder. Still a good read, but don't go into it with the expectations of the anime. The OVA is similar in tone with the manga, but in different ways. It reuses a lot of footage from the anime, though all character personalities are inverted other than Dewey's. There are also a few pointless name changes. It's okay.
Bottom line: Watch it. You won't regret it.