Eureka 7: Pocketful of Rainbows

Posted by Neko Kyou in Reviews on August 8th, 2009

Aww.. so cute.

I love Eureka 7.

It’s one of my favourite series of all times and is the only mecha anime I know that doesn’t really concentrate on who has the bigger, more badass mecha and instead on the journey and growth of each character. Of course Eureka 7 had some great looking and kickass mechs, like Nirvash typeZERO’s final form.

Immediately at the start of Eureka 7’s movie “Pocketful of Rainbows” you can tell that it takes place in an alternate universe. It could be good or bad depending on how it’s done.

Everything went on smoothly and rather entertaining during the first third of the movie. Renton and Eureka’s personalities were slightly altered, but I must say I liked it better that Renton wasn’t so annoying and Eureka was actually kinda moe~

And then there is Nirvash and theEND as faeries. They look so cute and cuddly XD

But that’s where things started to fall apart.

If looks could kill…

The crews of the Gekkostate were a bunch of insane and paranoid 17 year olds trapped in the bodies of middle aged men and women due to faster aging due to the “Agony of Doha” incident. Anemone is an old lady and lover of the late Dominic hiding under Vodarac and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what part does she play in the story.

That’s the biggest flaw with Pocketful of Rainbows.

A lot of things doesn’t make any or much sense at all. The most confusing part is – what exactly happened at the end?

White version of Gundam Providence?

What exactly did Eureka and Nirvash had planned to do and what actually happened when Nirvash broke the huge Image right before being hit by the Hammer of God. The movie made no effort to explain any of these.

The only thing that’s certain is that Nirvash has left (and god knows whatever happened to theEND) and Eureka now has long hair and can’t speak.

I was left wondering whether Eureka’s memory were wiped out since it seemed like her memory could somehow alter reality to save Renton but that might not have been the case – I really can’t tell at all and it’s frustrating the heck out of me since I have no idea what the ending was supposed to be after spending almost 2 hours watching the damn movie.

Maybe it was something I missed, so if you know the answer, PLEASE TELL ME!

It’s like something major happened that ended the whole story but no one seems to know or care what it is. Oh god I feel like banging my head on the wall right now.

Honestly, I somewhat wish I never laid eyes on the movie but at the same time it would have been a waste if I had missed it. It’s great on some parts with a few interesting and fresh twist in the story. There were some touching moments as well, but nowhere at the level of the series.

Peter Pan and Neverland does not, I repeat, does not fit in well here. And apparently so does most of everything else Bones threw into the pot, especially the ending. The movie would have been much more tolerable and enjoyable to some extent if they didn’t screw it up at the end!

Naked long haired Eureka <3


If you haven’t watched it yet but plan to, be prepared to enjoy the first third of the movie, be touched and confused by the remaining and be utterly lost at the end and walking away with a bad taste in your mouth, but at the same time if you skip it, you’re also missing out on all the great parts of the movie.

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Eureka 7

Posted by Neko Kyou in Reviews on July 10th, 2007

An anime produced by Bones, Eureka 7 is a mecha anime unlike any others. First thing anyone would notice is how the mechas move around – on a surf board. However, they aren’t surfing on normal waves but rather the invisible trapar waves found within the atmosphere using ref-boards.

Eureka 7

Ref Boarding – Trapar Waves

Refboarding is similar to surfing, but the main difference is that refboarding is achieved through riding the Transparent Light Particles, also known as trapar. Refboarding and trapar are fundamental to Eureka 7 as pretty much everything works around this concept.

Memorable Characters

The main character is Renton Thurston, son of the late military hero, Adrock Thurston. However, unlike his father, Renton is seen as a loser. Not just by his classmates and friends, but chances are, you will come to the same conclusion on your own. By the end of the first couple of episodes, you would probably grow to dislike Renton for his childish behavior and actions. Renton learned the hard way that nothing is perfect, and that some things are not as they seem.

There are many different characters in the cast and every single one of them is unique and at one point or another, will begin to appeal to you. Except, well maybe the kids… I still can’t stand them. Other than that, I would say the characters in Eureka 7 are part of the major reasons why I really liked this anime. From the two main characters, Renton and Eureka, to the leader of the Gekkostate, Holland, all the way down to the crews like Jobs and Woz. Even Gonzy, the old fortune teller, would leave a positive impression on you. Each and every character in the series is just too memorable.

Eureka 7 Gekko State

Captain Jurgens, Dominic and the rest of the Izumo crews starts off as the main antagonist of the Gekkostate, but you just can’t help but to cheer for them as the series progresses as well.

Eureka 7 is heavy on character growth and development, something which separates this series with other mecha anime. It appears to be the main theme for the anime, and is the reason why this anime is so great. You just can’t help but feel the emotions and pain of each of the characters as they go through their most trying times.

Mechas

While the main focus of the anime is on the character development, Bones did not abandon the mechas. With a wide variety of mecha to complement the long list of characters, you just got to love the different designs and abilities of each of these mechas.

Every single mecha and warships in Eureka 7 travels through the air by using trapar waves. While most mechas here utilizes a ref board to do just that, there are a couple of exceptions such as Charles and Ray’s Light Finding Operations (L.F.O. are what the mechas are called in Eureka 7) units.

Eureka 7

Other than the military’s standard Kraft Light Fighter (K.L.F.) there are many different types of mecha design and each of them are capable of transforming into a vehicle mode that allows the pilot to travel normally on land and in cities.

Two notable mechas here are the Nirvash typeZERO and Nirvash typeTheEND. The Nirvash typeZERO also went through some upgrades during the course of the story that made it much more powerful and versatile than before in order for the team to go through with their deadly mission.

I highly recommend this anime to anyone who loves a story with great plot and mechas. You won’t regret picking up Eureka 7 😀

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