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Eureka Seven Ep. 10: Higher Than the Sun

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Summary

Holland dreams of himself in Ciudades Del Cielo as part of the military forces firing upon the armed populace. Holland screams for it to stop, then sees himself, in military uniform, who fires upon him. Holland wakes up in his room and takes a look at the glowing bottle of liquid Tiptory gave him. He looks at Talho, who lies in his bed, talking to Renton in her sleep. Holland turns on the radio and hears about a tectonic shift having occurred. This wakes up Talho, but Holland has already left. He rushes to the bridge, waking up Happ, exhilarated, saying “It’s here.” Meanwhile, Renton irons some clothes in his room thinking about what Eureka told him about her and the Gekkostate’s past in Del Cielo. He wonders if there’s anything he can do for Eureka and questions how much he knows about this world. Renton thinks to himself and stops paying attention to the iron, burning a jacket. Renton rushes to the store onboard the Gekko, trying to hide the jacket remains in the cash register. Gidget and Moondoggie show up with her asking him for some wax. Moondoggie asks Renton if he’s got his board ready as there’s a big wave coming. Members of the crew map out where the waves are heading. Holland decides on some alternative plans for them to make it there in time, exciting the crew aside from Talho. Later, Talho drinks a can of soda in the store complaining about them and finding Renton missing. She opens the cash register and finds the burned jacket. She is very upset at first but calms down, realizing she didn’t know she still had it. Meanwhile Renton is cleaning the Nirvash while Eureka and the kids sit in the cockpits. Renton is disappointed, thinking they won’t make it to the wave in time. An announcement that they are going for a trajectory flight appears and Eureka tells Renton to get in the cockpit as they are going to fly over the atmosphere. Onboard the bridge, the crew is excited. Across the ship the crew prepares for it, pointing the Gekko upwards. The Gekko ascends at great speed. The Gekko makes it high enough in the atmosphere that there is no gravity and much of the crew starts floating. Eureka, Renton and the kids look out in amazement at the Earth below them as does those of the crew that are on the bridge. Renton wonders about a sorrowful look on Eureka’s face as they look out. Meanwhile on Earth, Dominic reports to Dewey about the recent events in Ciudades Del Cielo, believing someone other than the Vodarac intervened. Dewey asks Dominic who he thinks this other force was and he believes it was the Gekkostate. Dewey says there are no squadrons capable of fighting against them right now and asks Dominic how an “other thing” is going. Dominic calls for the “black one” to be brought out.

The Gekko has landed on the ground at Manaaki, an abandoned air force base. Gidget and Moondoggie sit down having a pizza while Stoner, Matthieu and Hilda talk nearby. On the bridge, Holland looks out disappointedly and Happ asks if she’s lost her touch. Renton happily looks at his reflection in the Nirvash. Eureka asks if he is going with the others, saying she is going to stay here. Upon hearing that she’s going to stay here Renton decides he’ll stick around too. Eureka needs Renton’s help in turning some levers on the Nirvash and says her voice isn’t reaching it. Looking over the nearby landscape, Matthieu, Stoner and Hilda don’t think the wave is coming. Holland walks over to the destroyed remnants of a nearby city and flashes back to him and Talho, in their military uniforms hugging each other. Talho asks Holland to take her away with him. Back in the present, she walks up next to him and tells him he’s changed. Renton tells Eureka she should have nothing to worry about, trying to come up with other things with the Nirvash that could be wrong. but she still looks at it with worry on her face. All Renton can do is stare at her lips and leans in to kiss her, but chickens out as some crewmembers walk by causing him to bump his head. Renton finds himself unable to tell Eureka his feelings. Holland starts walking away and gets mad when Talho tells him he’s running away. He says he wants to run away and forget, but it keeps chasing him. As Talho walks by Holland grabs and hugs her, asking if she can let him forget it. As the sun sets, the crew looks towards it and talk about how the wave never came. Holland asks Talho if she brought them here on purpose. She says there’s no way they’d ever be able to forget it, and it wouldn’t be right to. She thinks that’s why Holland brought Renton on board. Renton thinks to himself about how there’s some things he still doesn’t understand. A bird lands on his head, causing Eureka to laugh. She and the kids look to the sky where there are a lot of skyfish heading past. Renton wonders what it is he’s living for. Elsewhere, in a large room, Dominic walks up to an empty bed, with a white badger laying in it. Across the room a pink haired girl lays on the floor under her bed sheet. He tells her to stop playing hide and seek and that the Lt. Colonel is here to see her. The girl punches him and complains about how it keeps spilling out as blood comes out of her nose. Dewey walks up, calling her Anemone. Anemone hugs him and upon being asked shows him her face.

Commentary

While things have picked up in the show in the last few episodes they slow down again here in an episode where very little happens beyond the introduction of Anemone at the end. Much of the episode is dedicated to the Gekko traveling into space to make it across the planet to some waves (which end up never materializing). While it is nice to look at and we get a lengthy playing of my favorite song in the show, “Storywriter,” it’s stuff we’ve already had before and I’d prefer to see more plot movement. It is quite clear by this point, even though we’re still relatively early on in the show that the show runners didn’t need 50 episodes to tell this show’s story. The episode does feature some development for Holland, showing how bothered he is with his past. We also see Renton trying to outwardly express his feelings towards Eureka but chickening out and failing to do so. Its decent character stuff, which keeps this episode for me above a 1 rating, but it could have been included in an episode with some actual plot movement.

Overall Rating
2.5/5
Eureka Seven Info


Director:
Tomoki Kyoda

Writer(s):
Dai Sato
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Chiaki J. Konaka
Ichiro Okouchi
Yuuichi Nomura
Shotaro Suga
Megumi Shimizu

Mechanical Designer:
Shoji Kawamori

Character Designer:
Kenichi Yoshida

Musical Composer:
Naoki Sato

Airdates:
Japan 04.17.2005 – 04.02.2006
U.S. 04.16.2006 – 04.29.2007

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