Valentine’s day is nice and all, but I swear if someone gives me another box of assorted chocolates (75% of which I absolutely hate) I’m going to lose my mind. I don’t want to play Russian Roulette with my chocolate!
Anyway…since love is in the air, I thought it’d only be right to share one of my favorite romantic anime series with you. It’s not your normal love story … in fact it’s the first time I’d ever seen romance pushed so heavily in a giant robot anime. The anime is called Eureka Seven (交響詩篇エウレカセブン Literally: Symphonic Psalms Eureka Seven) and it’s a unique series to say the least.
Renton is a 14 year old boy who lives with his grandfather Axel; a well known mechanic in their city. Axel becomes annoyed with Renton because of his obsession with lifting, and with professional lifter, Holland Novak. Lifting is an activity very similar to surfing that uses a force that flows through the air known as trapar. With trapar, people in their world can actually ‘surf’ through the air – many of them using liftboards. Renton is also sour because of his late father’s reputation. He was a respected military researcher regarded as a hero by many, and Renton would cringe at mere mention of him.
One evening, while Axel and Renton argued with one another, a giant LFO (Light Finding Operation – the name for the giant mechs in the series) plummets from the sky and crashes into their home. A blue haired maiden in distress emerges from the LFO, and our sweet Renton falls in love at first sight. The young lady claims that her name is Eureka, and she’s affiliated with a group called Gekko State; the leader of which is Renton’s idol, Holland. This series has a pretty interesting mix of developments: Renton’s journey to understand himself as he grows through puberty and emotions, while struggling to not forsake himself while being emotionally pummeled by the adults around him who also have issues of their own. The story isn’t all mushy kissy feely. There’s plenty of action and suspense as well.
I won’t go into too much detail about the story, but it is heavily based around the development of Renton and Eureka’s relationship. It’s a beautiful story with great character design, character development, and plot. It’s 50 episodes long, so it’s not a massive anime, but it’ll keep you busy for a few weeks. I give it an 8.5/10. It was released in 2005, so it’s nothing new, but it still looks great even by today’s standards.
So grab your boo and some snacks tonight… and prepare to Eureka 7 and chill… 😉