Eureka Seven Astral Ocean has been constantly throwing the idea of Seeking the Truth at us each week. From the direct name of the arch nemesis Truth, to Gazelle’s role as an investigator, Bones makes this into a detective mystery as much as it is a science fiction. Ironically, the person who needs the benefit of more facts, is the one person being kept in the dark on a consistent basis, only being spoon fed a little at a time. We as the viewer are being drawn into the reveling of the mystery one little bit at a time, as our “detectives” begin to find the truth one piece at a time.
Recently, I read a great post by AJ at Altair and Vega. The post was a break down of the elements of a mystery and problem solving in detective fiction, as found in Hyouka. While this show is no where near the same format, we as a viewer are being drawn in the same way. Each week, we are given a few more facts, as we, along with Ao, haphazardly begin to understand what’s going on. Bones is carefully leading us down a guided path of discovery, playing with us, letting us put the pieces together. And is with any detective novel, the end should make for a big revel that will pull it all together.
Our detective, Ao, is having a difficult time putting the facts together. I wouldn’t call it a conspiracy, but it appears that the people around him are purposely not telling him things. The only ones willing to be honest, are the kids. This week, fellow pilots on Generation Bleu’s space station bluntly call him “Alien”, aware of Ao’s origins, and unafraid of what that means. This forces the adults, the ones responsible for the information, to reveal a little bit more. Ao discovers that Eureka’s origins in the Scub Coral burst, which only enforces in his mind how different he really is.
Eureka’s emergence from the Scub Coral light burst, and the appearance of the Gekko-Go from inside the Scub itself, brings a serious question: Is this the same Earth as the original series? The Scub is acting as some sort of dimensional bridge, bringing people and objects from it’s past, to this new present. We know from the original series that the Scub is a higher life form, intelligent and calculation. But what truth about this is there to revel?
In step with Ao as he discovers the truth about himself is Naru, who bonding with the Scub, only increases. The burst that left her with a lung condition, also planted a piece of Scub in her. And in the presence of a Coral Plant, her body finds a sort of harmony. Her breathing goes away, and she finds a sort of peace about things. In her own words, being with Truth “lifts a weight off her chest”. In both a literal and figurative way, both the person, and the knowledge she learns, is changing her perception about the world.
This episode brings us one big step closer to solving the mystery, and finding the truth ourselves. Hopefully, we can avoid grasping at smoke as we get closer to the end.
OH MY EFFING GOD DID YOU SEE THE FREAKING GEKKO-GO BURST OUT OF THE CORAL LIKE THAT DURING ATMOSPHERIC ENTRY AND THEN MAKE AN AQUATIC LANDING?!?! ALSO, NIIIIIIIRVAAAAAAAASHHHHHHHHH!!!
Too bad these fools can’t appreciate a good thing. Why do I bother: