Eureka seveN Astral Ocean Name References

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Eureka seveN Astral Ocean References

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In the original Eureka series, names were important. The names had significance, even if it was only to the staff. Eureka is starting of that way again. Eureka AO derives its names from a number of sources. Each tier or group of names derive from the same reference source. For example, all the ships are named after the heralds to Greek gods and heroes. I think as we go forward, we will begin to see these names reach some the same sort of significance as they did in Eureka seveN. This post will be updated as information becomes available.

The Ships of Generation Bleu

Ship appear to be named after heralds, messengers, to Greek gods and heroes.

Eureak Seven AO Triton
Triton: Mythological Greek god, the messenger of the big sea. Triton had two daughters.5

Eureka Seven AO Medon
Medon: The faithful herald of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey.6

Generation Bleu Teams

Team names seem to derive from children’s fairy tales, specifically ones with lessons.

Eureak Seven AO Team Pied PiperPied Piper:  A story from Germany, which has turned into a lesson in paying someone who is due.7
Eureka Seven AO Team Goldilocks

Goldilocks: Probably in reference to the story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Goldilocks is also now a reference to finding something in that perfect spot or zone.8,9

IFOs:

IFO names all come from liturgical elements in the Catholic Church and songs from it’s Mass.

Eureka Seven AO Alleluia

Alleluia: The word “Alleluia” or “Hallelujah” (from Hebrew) which literally means “Praise ye Yah”, or “Praise Yahweh”. In the spelling “Alleluia”, the term is used also to refer to a liturgical chant in which that word is combined with verses of Scripture, usually from the Psalms. This chant is commonly used before the proclamation of the Gospel.1
Eureka Seven AO Kyrie

Kyrie: A Greek word, shortened from Kýrie, eléison, which means “Lord, have mercy”. The Kyrie is the first movement of a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass. The Kyrie eleison is a song by which the faithful praise the Lord and implore his mercy.2
Eureka Seven AO Gloria

Gloria: The second movement of a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass. The Gloria is a celebratory passage praising God and Christ. Or from “Gloria in excelsis Deo which is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”.2
Eureka Seven AO Credo

Credo: The third movement of a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass, setting of the Nicene Creed, which is the longest text of a sung Mass.2
Eureka Seven AO Requiem

Requiem: Or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead (Latin: Missa pro defunctis) or Mass of the dead (Latin: Missa defunctorum), is a Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral.3


Definitions:

Liturgy (leitourgia): A Greek composite word meaning originally a public duty, a service to the state undertaken by a citizen. As a religious phenomenon, liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance.


References and Footnotes:

Barking Lobsters – Notes on E7 AO EP 5 1. Alleluia – Wikipedia
2. Mass Music – Wikipedia 3. Requiem – Wikipedia
4. Liturgy – New Advent 5. Triton (mythology) – Wikipedia
6. Medon – Wikipedia 7. Pied Piper of Hamelin – Wikipedia
8. Story of the Three Bears – Wikipedia 9. Goldilocks (disambiguation) – Wikipedia

Updates:

5/19/2012 – Initial Post

5/20/2012 – Added footnotes and cleaned up references

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13 Responses to Eureka seveN Astral Ocean Name References

  1. Kuro says:

    I really like how Eureka Seven AO names its IFOs on church songs and the its teams on fairy tales with moral lessons. Good post!

  2. foshizzel says:

    Hohohohoh this is awesome Joe! I will have to link back to this post in my next Eureka Seven Ao post, but yeah I recognized the teams are more fairy tail themes I wonder if there is a big bad wolf team of all boys?! The possibilities are endless for future team names if there are anymore to use…we really have no idea if they have any extra pilots laying around.

    The new character Truth has me thinking up all kinds of new puns…yes…lots and lots of crazy puns ahahah

  3. sadakups says:

    Call me an idiot for not knowing some things after watching six episodes, but what do IFO and FP stand for?

  4. TWWK says:

    I was about to comment, “Someone already did this post!” Here’s the link:

    http://frozenmyst.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/references-and-names-in-eureka-seven-astral-ocean/

    Luckily, your post and Myst’s both give a lot of terrific information. They kind of work hand in hand.

    • JoeAnimated says:

      I went over and read it. He has a little more on some items I’ve skipped over. Maybe I’ll send him a note and see if he’ll let me borrow and reference back for this post. My goal is to keep updating this as the series progresses. Hopefully it will make a good reference as things pick up. I’m still waiting to see how the “Secrets” and “Truth” fit into this. Might have to do some more research into Catholic canon and liturgy.

      • TWWK says:

        I’m glad to hear you’re going to update this post. Names aside, the original Eureka 7 was often confusing to me (helped no less by missing episodes here and there as it aired on television) and I was worried that the same might happen for this new series. So far, so good, but it’s certainly helpful to know some of this context that I otherwise wouldn’t seek out on my own.

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