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Eureka Seven Ep. 6: Childhood

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Summary

The Gekko heads across the sky. Renton suddenly wakes up in terror and runs down the halls, disrupting Stoner as he takes a photo of Talho. He flies past several other crew members as well and runs into a room where Eureka’s three kids are drawing over some crates. Renton yells at them and we see his face, finding out that they drew on his face with markers while he was asleep. They laugh about other things they did things to him and they taunt him further, saying he’s still a kid too. Renton lunges towards them but Eureka walks by and he stops. Renton proposes the two of them eat together but the kids claim Holland has been asking for him. Renton thinks to himself of how the attacks have escalated the last week but he can’t fight back or make peace with them. Renton goes to the bridge. Holland and Happ tell him to tear off the labels from the packages they are carrying as their client just went bankrupt. They’re planning on selling off the cargo in an area called Burdeth. While they’ll be passing past a military base, they aren’t that concerned due to the compac drive interference equipment they have that will prevent them from showing up on radar. At that moment, the local military base is planning to go after the Gekko. Various members of the crew taunt Renton about Eureka’s kids. After Gidget tells him Eureka likes older guys Renton asks how old she is and they speculate her to be 15-16 before getting back into taunting each other. Renton thinks of how he is in a vicious cycle with the kids. They show up while he’s on a ladder cleaning some equipment and cause him to fall to the ground. Renton talks to himself while trying to put on a bandage and Eureka shows up and puts it on for him. She asks if the kids did this to him and he lies about it. Eureka asks if she’s doing a good job as a mother and he says she’s doing fine. Eureka asks Renton how he was disciplined and he says with his parents dead, his older sister generally took that role. Renton looks back kindly on his time with his older sister. Holland is shocked to see some footage on the TV showing Dewey.

Eureka’s kids set up another trap for Renton, a bucket filled with water held up over his tent with a rope. In the bathroom Renton talks to Matthieu, saying they’re no big deal before realizing they’ve screwed with him again and he runs out. The kids work on moving around some cables, thinking they can use them as rope and mistakenly unplug the equipment keeping the Gekko off radar. They initially talk about telling Holland about it but are afraid of being kicked off the ship. Linck starts crying, also fearing their mother will choose Renton over them. Renton, watching from out in the hall understands how they feel. He flashes back to when he stole his sister’s shoes before she was about to go out on a date. On the bridge, they realize the compac drive interference equipment has shut down. Renton sees the kids watching via the bridge and lets them know to stay quiet. In the hall, Eureka asks Matthieu about the kids and he tells her he saw them with Renton in the hangar. We see that Renton has headed out on the Nirvash with Maeter in the cockpit with him and Linck and Maurice in the other cockpit. The military base detects his approach, wondering if it’s a decoy. Renton realizes the kids used markers over the Nirvash as well. Renton says he’ll show them how to pull off a bigger prank and heads out over the military base, spraying lift wax over the base to help take out their radar. The Nirvash pulls up and we see that Renton had drawn a giant face sticking its tongue out. Renton and the kids burst out laughing until they detect the air force is after them. Three Mon-Soonos surround the Nirvash, but three LFOs from the Gekko, the typeR606, typeR808 and typeR909 show up to help drive them away. Renton realizes Eureka is inside Matthieu’s type606 and she jumps down into the cockpit of the Nirvash. Eureka asks Renton to lean back so she can take control. Eureka tells Renton to hold her tight, which he does, getting embarrassed. The military base continues their attack but Eureka does a cutback drop turn to defeat the remaining Mon-Soono. Later, Happ, Matthieu and Talho question Holland for him locking up Renton, which Holland says is for taking out the Nirvash unauthorized. Holland says they have to scold Renton as he never had any adults around, even if he was covering up for Eureka’s kids. Eureka checks in on Renton, asking him why he didn’t tell them that the kids actually unplugged the device. The kids head inside with Eureka, apologize and give him a photo of Eureka. Eureka sits in there with them as well, saying she’s their mother. Eureka says its cold, but Renton disagrees.

Commentary

The plot continues to spin its wheels and not go anywhere, giving us another character focused episode. This one focuses in particular on Eureka’s three children, Maeter, Linck and Maurice. These three kids are clearly inspired by the orphans from Mobile Suit Gundam, but while the kids in that show were very fun, lovable characters, Eureka’s children come off as annoying pests who want to do anything they can to embarrass Renton and keep him and Eureka from having a relationship. Granted, these are kids, so one should expect them to behave like that. While the kids mess up big time in unplugging some important equipment on the ship, Renton takes this as an opportunity to better his relationship with them and cover for them. As a result, by the end of the episode, any rift between him and the kids appears resolved. Those paying close attention will notice that the book Holland is briefly reading in this episode is the same one that Dewey read a couple of episodes back and also appears on screen in the opening sequence.

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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