Eureka Seven AO is, loosely speaking, the sequel to the original Eureka Seven. It focuses on Eureka and Renton’s son, Ao, who has travelled to a different universe similar to our own.
If you’re looking for a show exactly like Eureka Seven, this isn’t it. The romance takes a backseat (which for me was the highlight of the original, particularly Anenome and Dominique) in favor of time travel and crazy conspiracies. I love time travel and crazy conspiracies, of course, so this was right up my alley. The show poses a ton of questions that it doesn’t explicitly resolve, and it gives you space to think about them. Which is exactly what a show like this should strive for.
The new characters in Eureka Seven AO are great: I have to say I like them better than the original show’s (with the exception of Anenome and Dominique). So much shipping potential here that unfortunately goes unused… although ultimately Ao belongs to Fleur, of course.
Unfortunately this show likes to build up the excitement for when Eureka and Renton make cameos. I don’t understand why. Who cares about Eureka and Rento? I’m much more interested in Ao and Fleur than in those two. They were never all that interesting as characters, even in the first show. Now they should stay back and let the kids take charge.
Overall though, it was a great show that hooked me from the start. This is the kind of show that’s better to marathon than to watch week to week.
- Storytelling – A – Excellent story that doesn’t reveal everything, filled with twists.
- Voice – B – Loved Noah.
- Characters – A – Superb. Especially the pilots other than Ao… Ao was probably the weakest link here, unfortunately.
- Attention Grab – A – It did want me to keep watching.
- Production – B – Looking good!
- Overall – A-
Recommendations – Noein, Dennou Coil, Stein’s Gate