“…Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda
Rumor, misinformation, lack of understanding. This can lead to a paranoia and fear. Fear can lead to anger because people who are prejudiced are typically afraid of people that they don’t understand, and it can change into anger towards their prejudice. Their anger changes into hate. That hate leads to suffering because of cruelty, violence, or disdainful attitudes toward the focus of their prejudice. And in this episode of Eureka AO, we finally see how the fear propagated by a few lead to an island full of hate.
In this episode, we gain a better understanding of the events that brought Ao’s mother to the island, and the people involved with finding her. Ao’s mother falls from the sky in clear and lands in the ocean front of Naru’s father. He pulls her from the sea, and is revived by Dr. Fukai. Soon after, she has Ao, and the island’s first scub coral burst soon follows. When Ao’s mother is taken from the island, the scub coral disappears, and the islanders assume that she was directly responsible in the beginning for the burst. This leads to rumors, which lead to misinformation, fear, and eventually a hate towards AO. But what isn’t widely spread are the details of the island selling the scub coral it to foreigners in exchange for a semi independence and autonomy, in a deal that ends poorly for the island.
This show is really playing up the prejudices and hatred of the middle aged generation of islanders. The contrast between them, and the younger generations below them, adds another layer to the social and political hierarchy in this show. You have; an older generation, that tried to leverage Ao’s mother (can I just say Eureka finally?) and the scub coral to gain independence, their kids who saw the mistakes of their parents and the hatred spread by them and are looking for a different path, and you have Ao and Naru who simply love the island for what it is and will do what it takes to save it. How all this plays out, is yet to be seen.
What this show has done a great job of doing is establishing that the military complex is a bunch of bumbling baboons. Unless someone gets in their face to explain the basic facts, they will walk right into a death trap with their swords held high. But honestly, in anime, the government and military establishments be morons is pretty much status quo. It’s always the rogue element, or the private contractor, like Generation Bleu, that saves the day. And you see it again here, as GB keeps the military our of trouble, and begins the attack against the G-Monster/Secret with superior weapons and tactics.
The fan boy in me did enjoy finally seeing a clear picture of Eureka. But what events lead her to fall from the sky? Why does she have brown hair? Curse you Bones for taking what I know of Eureka and making me wonder what is going on!
IFOs in action… the Kyrie was amazing and lovely, like a cute version of Macross’ Destroid/Konig Monster. I find it interesting how if Holland were here, he wouldn’t be able to pilot… then again his machine was an LFO… I’ll have to wait to find out what the distinctions are.
These guys make me emotional.