Here we are, probably my most anticipated show this season (tied with Hyouka for first if we’re being technical). I wouldn’t label myself as a rabid fan of Eureka Seven, but it did more good than bad in my opinion. It also contains one of my favorite couples in anime (Anemone and Dominic). So, will AO be able to rise above it’s predecessor? Well, it’s still too early to tell but I’m excited.
First off, I love the two main characters, Naru and Ao. They’ve got spunk but not too much of it where it becomes annoying and obnoxious (something which hindered Renton). They sound and act like real friends too, and that makes them a blast to watch. I’ll certainly miss seeing Anemone kick the snot out of poor Dominic, but if the relationship between these two new young kids is anywhere near as awesome as they were, then I’ve got nothing to worry about.
On a darker note, this first episode wasn’t all roses and dandies. I felt at some points it was moving just a bit too fast. I heard many compare it to the first episode of Xam’d (an episode that will always be among my favorites) and while I can see the similarities, Eureka Seven’s pacing felt fast and uneven, like it wanted to get too much done in the time allotted. It didn’t make the episode not enjoyable or anything, it just didn’t create a nice flow between the scenes. Anyway, I’m quite sure this won’t be a reoccuring problem. Hopefully now that the ball is rolling, they’ll slow it down to a more manageable pace.
And finally, on a somewhat unrelated note:
Pretend that the sloth is a penguin in a costume and the resemblance is uncanny. Well, at least Naru didn’t have to suffer through mental trauma as a child (or did she? . . . dun dun dunnn). All she’s has to deal with is quite the nasty sickness and that rather large forehead of hers.