Ao is His Father’s Son (Eureka Seven AO)

Eureka Seven is one of my favorite anime ever, Eureka is one of my favorite characters ever in a show full of incredible characters, and I consider the pacing of the show to be among the best I’ve ever seen. It’s a tough act to live up to, and so with the new Eureka Seven AO currently running in Japan, I wanted to at least give it more than one episode before I started talking about it. Not that I thought that the first episode was bad and needed a second one to “give it a chance,” but my experience with the original told me that this may very well be a show which continually ramps up and whose threads (plot, thematic, or otherwise) are only barely visible in the beginning.

To cut straight to the chase, the main character Ao is clearly implied to be Eureka and Renton’s son. As a result, I feel like Ao inevitably draws comparisons to Renton, but also that the show obviously wants you to do so. The first episode of the original Eureka Seven was all about how Renton wanted to escape his boring, do-nothing town and join the fabulous rebels of Gekkostate, whereas Ao has to deal with the constant materialization of skub coral and the destruction it causes. On top of that, both have parents whose legacies at first seem larger than them, with Renton’s father Adrock being regarded as the greatest hero who ever lived and Ao having to cope with the fact that even mentioning his mother and her turquoise hair on the island garners animosity. The difference between the overbearingly positive reputation that Renton had to deal with and the overwhelmingly negative one that Ao must live with draws an additional interesting parallel, but I feel like it does so while making Ao seem like his own character.

It also doesn’t hurt that Ao’s relationship with his friend Naru is distinctly different from Eureka and Renton’s. It seems to be built on this strong friendship which goes beyond the immediate conventions of the island where they live, and I actually have it in my mind to judge anything related to Eureka Seven based primarily on how it handles its main romance. The reason is that when Eureka Seven was originally airing, during the breaks there would be commercials for the Eureka Seven: New Wave PS2 game where the slogan for the game was “Another Boy Meets Girl.” This of course implies that Renton and Eureka were themselves a “boy meets girl” story, and the fact that their romance was so unbelievably strong supporter that concept. In that respect, and many others, I continue to look forward to Eureka Seven AO. No guarantees it won’t wipe out (see what I did there), but I feel like it’s definitely off to a strong start.

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4 thoughts on “Ao is His Father’s Son (Eureka Seven AO)

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  2. :,) that was beautiful. I especially love the way you used those big words to show how awesome the show is. I myself love the show. Eureka Seven is my all time favorite anime (the manga, however, is a different story), and Eureka is one of my favorite anime characters. the storyline is solid and suspenseful enough without being to overbearing and flows so smoothly between sequences. all around I give it a 10 out of 10.

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  3. Now that Eureka Seven AO has ended, I want to say that I feel that the show needed more episodes to fully develop the plot and characters. The fact that trapar kills human-Coralian hybrids doesn’t make much sense to me, since the hybrids would have a biological connection to the Scub Coral.

    Another point is that I thought the Scub Coral left Renton and Eureka’s universe during the Second Summer of Love. So, there shouldn’t be trapar around to kill Renton and Eureka’s biological children. Plus, what happened to Maurice, Maeter and Linck? They were also Renton and Eureka’s children, and they were important, because they showcased Renton’s maturation.

    Overall, I feel like Eureka Seven AO’s ending (and story premise) trampled on Eureka Seven’s happy ending. This left me feeling dissatisfied. Your thoughts? My expectations could be too high, since E7 is my favorite show.

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  4. Eureka 07 one of the most BEST anime ever for me!! I just wish it would still have more stories to Ao,Eureka & Renton . Plz.!?

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