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#Eureka7 ep19: the most powerful phrase in anime, “mamoru”. #anime

You really want to tell Holland to back the hell off right here.  Eureka and Holland were almost broken in this episode, not to mention left for dead (though they don’t know that). And here Holland is threatening Renton with god-knows-what after his seeing something VERY strange.  It’s beyond obvious that he has some growing to do, and demons to vanquish. But he’s just seems to be wallowing in his inadequacies.  Good thing he has a great girlfriend to help keep him in line.

Aside from my bitching about Holland for probably the fifth episode in a row, I really enjoyed this episode. You don’t really know what Eureka’s trying to do, but when she does it it kicks the episode into another gear.  All of a sudden Renton’s running off and the military shows up in ridiculous numbers. And now Holland’s faced with an almost impossible choice.

And I hardly ever comment on acting in this medium, but it really shined in this episode. Especially for Renton’s voice actor (keep in my I’m watching the dub, go ahead and boo me now). I always knew this show was capable of excellent episodes, this is an excellent example.

Seeing as this is a rewatch, I’m prone to rediscover some things, but there is something obvious that I didn’t notice previously.  Looks like those trapars gave Renton a slight glimpse into his future.  It’s like they were speaking to him. This episode really took some time to speak to its characters. Poor Eureka got her Rei Ayanami moment when she opened that wordless book. It was a beautiful scene that I guess served as a primer for more trippy, and revealin scenes later in the show.  The show’s not gonna let up though.  If I remember right, if Eureka got her Rei moment, then Renton’s Shinji-esque moment is coming up next.
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Eureka7 ep13: loud and squirelly. That’s Renton alright.

I decided to pick up from here simply because I’ve watched the first cour of this show several times from the begining and there’s really no point of going over it again.  I’m determined to properly knock this show out in 2012, so I’m not f*cking around.  That said, this really was a good place to pick back up again. Right after the Seven Swell Event.

It was interesting to see the contrast between the two couples.  Both at this point having a very long way to go.  Dominic seems to be a somewhat impatient guy, but he’s incredibly patient and understanding of Anemone.  He may be trying to disguise it as duty.  But he’s going above and beyond for other reasons, or else he wouldn’t be coddling her; he’d be using his command voice.

And Renton… well all these years since watching the show and he’s exactly as I remember him.  Loud.  And squirrelly.  And for someone who is incredibly ignorant about the world, he learns quickly how to get around it.  I shudder to think how lost Dominic would be without Renton during that trip.

The last few minutes of the episode are quite beautiful and there’s a lot of staring going on.  Renton’s natural skill and blessing of being accepted by the Type Zero have firmly set him in Dominic’s eyes as his key rivals.  I’m not sure what Renton really thinks of Dominic in turn, as he seems like just a screwy uptight guy.  But he won’t ever forget Anemone.  And Holland… yeah, I can tell what kind of mood Holland is in within a 3 second span.  There’s something a bit painfully dark about him during this part of the show.  A gifted pilot and leader like him should make him immediately likable, but he really is missing something.  Or maybe it’s a matter of him not having “it”, but rather having lost “it”.
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