[Spoiler Alert! Eureka SeveN episode 26, Xam’d ep 19, the Macross ones are negligible]
I’ve been warned, and people can say they told me so. Well yeah, you told me so. Eureka SeveN is awesome. Every so often it will blow me away with a big moment. Episode 20 gave me a big one, but it’s this particular moment in the 26th that I had to pause the show to fight the tears.
I say this fully and without irony: This young love, is beautiful. My 14-year old self could only dream of a story like this. And maybe that’s why it’s so powerful. A fantasy where a young boy gets to act out and fail as much as humanly possible while fighting his way back to get to a point where he can be redeemed by love.
At 14 I was learning to play the guitar and finding the right power ballad that I can sing to my crush who had zero interest in rock music. I was too stupid to care. Rock conquers all (it didn’t). Renton gets to do awesome things. I don’t get angry at him when he fucks up the same way I got pissed at say, Ikari Shinji or Amuro Ray. I’m too busy getting pissed at Holland, who at the halfway point of this 50-episode anime is such a huge failure in being a man about things. It’s quite brilliant, really.
So what about this moment? Renton finds his way back to the Gekko-Go just moments after Eureka realizes how she can’t depend on Holland who is a failure even at lying, and leaves the ship only to run into the trap set by the Federation to catch the Gekko State. Renton flies out on the Nirvash Type Zero to rescue her. And HE DOES. The moment itself I can describe via comparison to similar scenes in other awesome shows.
This moment is like… (in terms of visual spectacle)
Plus the emotional power of…
Only that put together, they are still <
This could very well end up being one of my favorite moments of anything. Nothing against Macross or Xam’d. These are great moments in themselves. In the Macross examples, these are exhibitions for the animators calling attention to how cool and exciting things get in the show. In the case of Xam’d, it’s quite special how the female lead does the rescuing, and the execution of the drama is so good that I wholeheartedly forgive the smoky cheesiness of the whole thing. But the whole of Eureka SeveN episode 26 is near perfect, and the moments leading up to this image and the moments immediately after give this even more power.