Title: Eureka Seven AO
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: Ao, the son of Eureka, lives on Okinawa. He comes into contact with Mark 1, which turns out to be Nirvash, his mother’s mecha, which no one has been able to make it work since his mother used it. Ao ends up joining an organization called Generation Blue with Nirvash and helps fights G-Monsters/Secrets.
Review: This anime had me at the edge of my seat, slumped in my chair, and falling asleep with my head resting on my desk. It was such a big rollercoaster of excitement and boredom that it was difficult for me to rate it. In the end I feel like I made the right choice after weighing everything together in terms of characters, story, artwork, and soundtrack.
I have to say that the thing that got me into the anime was the nostalgic feeling I got when seeing the artwork. It reminded me of one of my first long series anime Eureka Seven. I was happy that they didn’t decide to change things up and throw us in a different universe. The beginning started with a lot of great shots of Osaka and its people. Each character had a unique identifier which brought out a breath of fresh air. Things started with a bang as Secrets started spawning left and right laying waste to the land. I watched in fear and awe as giant dust clouds sprouted form the ground creating giant mushrooms all over the world. The air battles were pretty top notch with great animation and choreography. I couldn’t catch any outstanding animation faults and I felt keeping the original style of the series was a good idea. They did of course make a few improvements in the CGI, but that’s a given after how many years it has been since the original.
The soundtrack for Eureka Seven AO was pretty top-notch and gave me a nostalgic feeling. The first opening “Escape” by Hemenway was probably my favorite. It was matched rather well with the high action opening and majestic mecha maneuvers. I have to say though that I expected a superb soundtrack because of songs like Niji and Himitsu Kichi from Eureka Seven. I’m glad that they met my expectations with songs like IFO-RA272 ‘Nirvash’ SPEC-M2 and Slipping Away W/U. If you are into electronic/dance then I would suggest giving the whole soundtrack a listen.
Final statements: I thought that the series was going to be a lot better than it turned out. It was doing a great job with character development, story, and overall entertainment; however, it wasn’t too long before things starts to take a turn for the worst. I wasn’t sure what to think anymore and got completely lost. I would blame it on my lack of watching Eureka Seven right before release, but it seems to me that it wouldn’t have helped. Due to its poor story and character development I have to say that this is an avoid watch.