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Eureka Seven Ep. 17: Sky Rock Gate

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Summary

Holland checks in with Ken-Goh on how repairs to the Gekko are going. Things are proceeding slowly, with Ken-Goh estimating it will take a year to finish. He thinks they should check with a film artisan and says that he knows one who can stay quiet. The two of them present this idea to Happ. With the Gekko being unable to fly they are in a bind; they can’t perform any jobs to raise more funds to repair it. Holland presents the scenario as venture capital. Happ says they can’t buy anymore cosmetics, upsetting the female members of the crew. Later, Happ sneakily brings some money past the Nirvash, which is being repaired by Matthieu. Renton calls out to Eureka, who tells Holland her head hurts and she wants to rest. This leaves Renton as the sole Nirvash pilot for today and he takes off, as does Matthieu on his TypeR606. On the Nirvash, Happ asks Renton what is wrong with Eureka and says they had made a cute young couple. Renton says he has no idea what’s going on. Renton says things started changing when they approached the Coralian. Happ and Matthieu taunt Renton upon realizing he hasn’t even kissed Eureka yet, freaking him out. The guys try to give Renton some advice. Meanwhile, Eureka lays in a bed with her children watching, rather scared. She thinks to Renton saying how he wanted to understand her more. Eureka sits up and tells the kids she’s alright. They tell her Hilda needs help with the laundry. Eureka heads outside to help put clothes on a clothesline and fold some others. Hilda asks Eureka what’s wrong. She claims the Nirvash is in a bad mood and without Renton on board she’s not good enough for it. Hilda says things make sense if she thinks of the Nirvash like a girl friend of hers. She makes an allusion to Eureka being jealous as if Renton is the Nirvash’s new boyfriend. Elsewhere in the cavern Talho asks Holland how much longer they are going to be here. It’s as if Holland is currently running away and she asks where he’s going to run to once the Gekko is fixed. Noises emanate from elsewhere in the caves. Holland says it’s a digger and that someone may think there’s a mine worth digging here. Ken-Goh and the others arrive at his friend Edmond’s home finding it full of dust. They think he may have left, but a man, Neil, reveals himself, under a blanket, with a bottle of alcohol in his hands. Neil claims Edmond died last year. Neil asks if they are debt collectors and Ken Goh pulls him over to the sink to try and shake off his stupor. Ken-Goh says he’s here to buy reflection films. Neil claims it was too much of a hassle to make them and Ken-Goh slaps him asking if this is something Edmond’s son would say. Edmond had put all his passion into making films, and Neil says it only resulted in a life of poverty and death from desperation disease. Renton thinks back to the kids he saw at the hospital with the disease. Ken-Goh passes over the money and says they’ll help given the craftsmen who could make it aren’t here. Neil claims he still has his skills and Ken-Goh says it’s a deal. Renton wonders if they can rely on a drunk.

Later, the Nirvash and TypeR606 drive across the landscape until they reach the valley of Aura de Punta. Renton initially says there is nothing here, but they sense trapar waves. Neil has a scythe-like device that he sets in the ground saying it will attract the skyfish. Stoner complains about them not having music and his excitement upon realizing Neil has a boom box is short lived when he hears the music coming out of it. Happ questions if they will get sick from the music or the alcohol. Moondoggie starts acting wild after drinking oolong tea. Meanwhile Renton sits in the Nirvash cockpit. He sees a single skyfish fly by, and more soon follow. Moondoggie’s antics fail to entertain the others that much and Neil waits for more skyfish to arrive. Eureka sits sadly next to a tree. Gidget walks by and comments on her recent attitude. Gidget tells her the kids are worried about her and says they haven’t been spending as much time with her since she hasn’t been that fun. The guys continue to drink while Renton thinks of Eureka. Suddenly a giant skyfish appears over them. Most of the guys are too drunk to do anything but Renton says that he’ll handle it and takes off on the Nirvash, being told by Neil to hold the skyfish still. Renton gets distracted by the eye of the giant skyfish and several more strike at the Nirvash. Eureka can sense Renton being in trouble as the Nirvash falls down a chasm. Renton hears her and it spurns him to jump back on his surfboard and head back up. We cut to later with the skyfish having been captured. Neil tells Matthieu he’ll take care of things on his own from here on out. Renton thinks of how Neil is an artisan like his grandfather. Elsewhere, Dominic and several other officers report to Dewey. Dominic tells them how they will soon be transferred to Dewey’s squadron. Looking at a report, Dewey comments on how pathetic it is. He claims the society they live in has limits and that he’ll reveal the truth of the world and restore humanity as its master. He says it will be the second Summer of Love. Meanwhile, the last of the reflection films are loaded into a truck. Neil feels that his father would kick his ass if he was still around but he’s proud of the job he did. He says he’s going to close up shop. He loves doing this but with the military no longer doing business with him he doesn’t have any orders to fill. The reflection films are brought back. Eureka says they are pretty, although Renton does feel a little sad that they come from skyfish. Eureka keeps a smile on her face and Renton feels as if the distance between them has shrunk.

Commentary

This was a pretty average episode for me; not one that is particularly great, but not one that is awful either. The episode primarily surrounds our crew obtaining some reflection film to help repair the Gekko. We don’t get any mecha battle this time, but rather a short sequence of Renton trying to capture skyfish using the Nirvash. Several of the Gekko‘s crew simply relaxing and getting drunk while waiting for the skyfish to arrive offers little to the episode. Eureka’s state of depression continues, although it looks like she may finally be turning a corner here through some advice from Hilda and Gidget. Let’s hope it continues with the next episode.

Overall Rating
3/5
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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