[Can be considered to contain spoilers the same way a movie trailer can contain spoilers].
I think there’s a specifict moment when I discover a show to be special, a moment when I acknowledge the possibility that it just might become one of my favorites, or that it already is only that I don’t know it yet. I can’t begin to describe a typology for that moment, as it feels every bit as subjective as it sounds. I just know it when I know it. In Macross I knew it when the plane suddenly turned into a plane… with arms and legs! Hikaru losing the Gerwalk’s arm that held Minmei and his frantic efforts to get her in his cockpit. In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann it was when Kamina called out the most ridiculous attack: the ‘WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM? PAAANCH!’ In Cowboy Bebop it was when Spike flew out to fight Vicious for all the marbles, and ‘See You Space Cowboy’ started playing to score the moment.
I think I may have found mine for Eureka SeveN.
This is not to say that this is my favorite moment. A moment like this can arrive well after I’m convinced that I like a show, and can come so soon as to precede so many awesome moments that can eventually become my favorites. But the significance is that it is a first, and that the consequence is far-reaching. It may not even be that re-watchable, but it is so memorable that it is akin to falling in love as much as one can for a show.
By episode 10, I’m already a Eureka SeveN fan, but something happens in the first half that I find so charming in its totality that the show can turn to utter shit and still I would cherish this moment and the episode that gave it to me. All it is, is a promise anyway. Promises as uttered can be beautiful in the moment they are given. They can be appreciated independently from their fulfillment.
The slideshow depicts events in the first half of the episode.
The promise of the biggest of waves a hemisphere away teases me. I loved the idea that they had a way to catch up with it, to shoot for the upper reaches of the atmosphere, to go ‘higher than the sun.’ The episode had so much in it that charmed me and appealed to what I love about shows I watch and stuff I read. Tell me though, among the shows you love, while watching them, what was your first moment — how was your first time?
The role of re-watchability in the choice of favorites, or even the enjoyment of anime as a whole. (mechafetish 2009/02/20)
A personal note on re-discovering Eureka SeveN. [->]
Acknowledgments: To mechafetish who introduced me to the show; to otou-san who cheered me on to try it again; to 21stcenturydigitalboy, lelangir, OGT, and Lbrevis who acted as great character references for the show. I’m glad I listened to all of you eventually.