Thought Train: Eureka Seven AO – Episode 20 and 21

I like where this is going.

Wow. These last two episodes were just great. First, we have yet more focus on Elena. Turns out she did experience a little bit of time/world traveling, but ended up back where she started, only in a different time. Basically, she’s actually in the world she belongs to. I was a little worried when she started acting more psychotic than usual, but it looks like Maggie managed to pull her back from the brink at the very last moment. All this is understandable, in any case. Anyone would go through a bit of shock after learning that what they’ve been searching for all their life is just an illusion, and that they’ve been home all along.

And speaking of Maggie, the show pulls the cliche “familiar memories” act. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I had an inkling that she’d eventually “remember” her time in Team Goldilocks. The only question is, what happens then? Surely she won’t abandon the Allied Forces for what’s left of Generation Bleu (basically just the Team Pied Piper). We’ve had enough team-switching from these past episodes, as it is. Although I’m convinced that Hannah’s “betrayal” is just an act. I seriously hope Team Pied Piper won’t have to square off against Team Harlequin one day. In any case, I wonder if we’ll ever see Team Goldilocks together again. We last saw the McCaffrey sisters in their little bakery, so unfortunately it doesn’t look very likely. Even so, we can always hope.

As for the plot developments, it’s fairly evident by now what the show is setting up for. That is, the Secret and Scub Coral will have a showdown using mankind as their intermediaries. The divisions between “Secret supporters” and “Scub supporters” have been slowly in the making, and I’d say it’s a safe bet that both sides will inevitably clash at some point. The only question is, how long will it take for Ao (or any of the main gang) to realize what’s going on and to initiate the expected reconciliation. Heck, these developments are pretty much taken straight from the original Eureka Seven, only the “hostilities” are now between the Scub Coral and a different party.

The concept of two powerful, mysterious forces manipulating mankind to fight their wars isn’t exactly new. Take Babylon 5, for example. Or, closer to home for anime, Kampfer. That’s not to say that this is a bad thing and that E7AO is being horribly unoriginal, though. How the conflict is handled remains to be seen. And on this note, the wildcards so far are the newly christened “Coral Carriers”. Apparently these are people who have Scub Coral inside of them, thus granting them the power to pilot LFOs permanently. Naru is supposedly the archetype, but I don’t see any of them suffering from the same health side-effects. Then again, it’s not like Naru is suffering from them anymore either. I just hope they aren’t all as crazed as that one pilot during the Generation Bleu assault. At least, Maggie appears to be fairly normal and even more level-headed than Elena.

With only three episodes left I’m not really sure what’s in store for us in the future. Depending on how long the “conflict” between the Secret and Scub Coral is dragged out, a proper “rescue and reunion” with Eureka could be brushed aside. But if the show does remain true to the roots of Ao’s journey, we may in fact see this issue finally resolved. I would personally love to see him reunited with his family, so that he can give Renton a good punch for putting Eureka in danger again.

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