I’d really like to recommend Eureka Seven AO to people. It’s pretty, it’s breathtaking, and the unfolding story is great so far. But I find myself steeling against the inevitable question: “Do I need to watch [the original] Eureka Seven before watching this?”
There’s your problem. Our problem, as mecha fans.
Reviving an anime more than a couple of years old is tough work. One will inevitably expect viewers to turn to familiar ground–the original series, which may or may not explain mysterious elements. What is the Scub Coral? What is Trapar? Why did Ao’s hair turn blue? And since there’s an predecessor setting expectations, the new show has a lot to prove. We can’t even tell if AO is a direct sequel to Eureka Seven, or some warped alternate-universe thing like the disastrous A Pocket Full of Rainbows movie. The latest episode offers more questions than answers.
While I’m glad at this new trend (Aquarion EVOL is good, and while not purely mecha, Last Exile Fam ended up grossly mediocre) of original anime revivals, I hope that anime studios would still take the time to create brand-new works. AO and EVOL are shoo-ins for a future Super Robot Wars game, but what about new material? As a mecha fan, my hunger for the season is covered, but I’m hoping for something novel to come.
And nothing like Rinne no Lagrange or Guilty Crown, please.