Eureka Seven – Rewatch, Study, and Discussion

Hello! I’ve decided that my first project for this blog will be a full rewatch and discussion of my favorite anime Eureka Seven. Eureka Seven is a coming-of-age story that follows Renton Thurston as he lears to navigate the real world, love, family, tolerance, and the reality of war, politics, and conflict. The show falls under the adventure, romance, mecha, and war genre.

Renton Thurston is the fourteen-year-old son of a famous military researcher who sacrificed his life saving the world. He lives a self-proclaimed “boring” life with his grandafther, enjoys lifting, a sport similar to surfing (but in the air but because of trapar, a substance in the atmosphere), and dreams of joining the renegade group Gekktostate, led by legendary lifter Holland Novak. When a large mech called the Nirvash TypeZERO and Eureka, its pilot and member of Gekkostate, crash into his home,  Renton is given the opportunity of a lifetime to join Gekkostate, but he soon learns the world is hardly as glarmorous as his idols have made it out to be. But one thing makes it all worth it: Eureka. Thus begins Renton, Eureka, and Gekkotstate’s journey that will shape their future, and the world’s.

Directed by Tomoki Kyoda, written by Dai Saito, with music by Naoki Sato, and animated by Bones Studio, it aired from April 17, 2005 – April 2, 2006, spanning 50 episodes. It spawned a (heavily panned) sequel, multiple manga adaptations, a few video games, and a feature-length film (that redid the mythos of the universe and changed some elements). Recently, Bones just announced a 3 part movie series that will retell the entire original series, adding more detail to previously unseen events.

Thematically, Eureka Seven deals with racial and religious tolerance, real world conflicts and war, allegories to political climates at the time (2003-2005 Japan), and various subcultures and related musical movements (this spanning many generations), and environmental movements. It also deals with more interpersonal themes such as parenting, family, first loves, identity formation, and lastly, growing up and change for every character (ranging from children to elders).

I am going to go through each episode one by one, discussing the individual themes, storylines, and character arcs, while also going over my personal feelings about the show. I never had any friends to share this show with as a teen, but I’ve found other passionate individuals in my adulthood, and I want to share my thoughts with all of you!

It will be my first full rewatch since its release a little over a decade ago! I hope you enjoy the ride with me as I go down this road again.

 

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