I will admit I went into AO feeling skeptical. I love the original Eureka Seven
to death and my inner optimist hoped that the sequel would be as good, but my outer cynic had to be dragged along kicking and screaming. The first few episodes did little to convince me, seeming more like generic mecha action than anything else. I gave the series a bit of leeway, as E7 did not start with its best foot forward either, and hoped it would turn around halfway.
Alas, for it was not to be. (Spoilers may follow.)
The music is as good as one would expect, the animation is generally smooth (though the last episodes seem to go a bit Off Model
), and there are a few genuinely good scenes; Renton's first appearance and young!Eureka's entrance on the Gekko come to mind. Note, however, that both of those scenes rely on my fanboyism of the original series to appeal to me, which is perhaps not a point in the sequel's favour.
None of the characters are developed as well as they should be, and some of Eureka and Renton's actions seem hard to justify given their personalities in the original series. With the exception of Ao and Fleur's respective Daddy Issues
, nothing really changes about the characters from beginning to end, in stark contrast to the original.
A special note must be made for the primary villain of the series, Truth, has little or no comprehensible motivation, and what he has is not elaborated on. Almost every scene he is in drips with narm. Compared to the suave Magnificent Bastard
Dewey, Truth's over-the-top narcissism does not make for a compelling antagonist.
Lastly, the plot. Oh, the plot. Numerous interesting points (the appearance of theEND and Elena's memories of the original 'verse being the most egregious) are hinted at and unceremoniously dropped. The Time Travel
elements leave open more questions than they answer. The complete reversal in the nature and role of the Scub from the original series is given only the slightest justification. The last two episodes are a hasty attempt to tie it all together by pulling an inordinate amount of material from the writers' asses.
In the end, I must personally file this under Fanon Discontinuity
. The ending of the original series was excellent, and that is where it sits.