[Spoilers for episode 12]
I found my interest for Eureka Seven AO to be decreasing lately. I dislike Truth as a villain (as I dislike villains with inscrutable, godlike powers), and was mildly annoyed at the Elena Peoples intrigue in the previous week.
Then I watched episode 12.
AO, as a sequel, has been good at hiding the whereabouts of its previous characters, but they let up today as they show us not one, not two, but three old friends.
I recognized the Gekko-Go right off the bat. How did it got there? What did Naru and Truth do? Oh, it’s gonna be used for something exciting.
And then the original Nirvash decides to show up, as humanlike as its initial appearance in the first episode of the original Eureka Seven. “I’ll teach you how it goes,” it seems to say.
Then, Eureka. “Mom!” (Now, I suspect this Eureka to be different from the Eureka that Ao knows, because she looks younger and innocent, but let’s leave that one hanging.)
The direction of this show has become unclearer than ever. It still has yet to capture the magic of its predecessor. It may never do so, and spectacularly fail in the process. But I don’t care about that, not right now. Because this moment, this scene of two Nirvashes using the Gekko-Go as a ballute/surfboard for atmospheric reentry?
Right now, I’m just perfectly happy. And this moment will stay with me forever.