To be honest, this episode left me a little lost for words. There was so much happening, with a sense of explanation and exposition. I really didn’t know where to begin. This episode begins at the moment the last one left off, with Truth walking into Generation Bleu headquarters. As was made apparent in the last episode, his power is like nothing seen yet, and Generation Bleu can do nothing to stop him. But what is he doing there, and what his he searching for? This episode takes us down the rabbit hole further.
Truth is powerful. He is dismantling every set of guards sent to stop him. He methodically words his way through the different levels and areas. But for what reason? We know from the last episode that he recognizes the Nirvash, but he’s in no rush to find it. As he works his way through the levels he crashes into a pop band that was going to perform. He welcomes everyone to his live show, “The Ball”. Without a thought, he wipes out everyone but the lead singer, Miller. Truth spares her life, indicating she will be some sort of witness to what is going on. And Miller also has her own agenda, as she appears to have been spying on Generation Bleu, and knows something about their operation. Looks like we’re adding one more character to every growing weave of plot lines.
Eventually, Truth makes it to the docking port where the Nirvash is being prepped. And it seems like his objective has been met. And here, he encounters Ao as well. But it appears that Truth didn’t know everything. He recognizes the machine, but not the name Nirvash. He knows that Eureka was its’ pilot, but not that Ao is her son. Truth may be powerful, but his knowledge is limited in some aspects. As Ao tries to escape with the Nirvash, Truth attacks Ao, by transforming into a giant black “ghost”, and this is where things get really interesting.
The story immediately shifts to post Scub Coral burst Okinawa. here, the beginning of a new wave of prosperity is beginning. With the remnants of the Scub Coral comes a new resource to mine and sell, bringing jobs. And with this wealth, those that were for independence now find themselves with something else to do. And we also find Naru. She is finding herself continually drawn to the site. As she leaves after being shooed away, she runs into Ao. Surprised at seeing him, the continue back to the mine. During an intimate moment with “Ao”, were she finds herself breathing normally, the real Ao appears, and Truth is revealed to be the imposter. Finding some interest in her, he grabs her and flu’s away with her, leaving a confused Naru behind once he’s clear. By now the chase is on, as Ao and the Nirvash go after Truth, with Naru forcing the passer-by Gazelle to go as well.
During this the chase and combat, Truth revels his dark side again, trigger a deep memory in Naru, we see that Truth may have been present during the Scub burst on Okinawa in the past, and may have even shielded Naru from it’s effects. In an insane moment, she launcher her self out of Gazelle’s FP, free-falling to the ground. Rejecting Ao’s help, she hears a voice inside, and will’s herself to “fly” on the trapars for a brief moment. This moment, combined with the scene at the Scub mine, give’s Naru’s involvement to more than just the childhood friend, but to something of a supernatural being. Just what is going on with her? As the scene ends, Truth goes to Naru, and she runs off with him in a Scub burst like light, rejecting Ao’s attempt to bring her back. In that moment, Ao wakes from a sleep in the hospital, attended by Fleur and Elena. As they explain that he’s been asleep for three days after chasing Truth, he thinks it all a dream. But he is coldly brought back by the news that Naru is missing in the news. There is nothing but confusion and disbelief on his face.
And time to take a breath and look at what has gone on. The second half of this episode drops so many new things on us, that it’s overwhelming. Let’s speculate and throw some questions out.
The art style of this show is consistent in the second half, using grey shaded scenes to indicate some sort of memory or dream. But as we see in the disappearance of Naru, that this wasn’t a dream but reality. Truth had brought Ao with him as he investigates her. He’s displays god like abilities, without the knowledge that goes with it. Just what is he?
Naru is not a normal human anymore. Her involvement with the Scub burst has changed her, but into what? It’s almost as if she is now more like Truth in nature, than human. How this plays out should be more than interesting.
How does Truth know Eureka and the Nirvash? It seems he doesn’t know here name, but is fully aware of her. So in the same Scub burst that changed Naru, and Eureka charged into, we have Truth and his dark side doing whatever it does. And with his Scub burst light mode, does that make him sentient form of the Scub?
And lastly, what is so important at the bottom of the Generation Bleu base that makes Bleu do everything to pr0tect it, and have everyone wanting to get at it? From the last blurry picture, it looks like another IFO, maybe even a second “Nirvash”. The scene were Gen Bleu’s second in command begins to give orders, we also see an alternate chain of command that Rebekah responds to. Maybe the head of Gen Bleu wont be the evil one after all?
Well, that ends my brain dump. What do you all think? Was this as crazy for you as it was for me? What does our panel have to say this week.
In Psalm of Planets Eureka SeveN, the 12th episode featured a showdown between the twin Nirvashes: Type Zero vs. The End. Weird shit happened especially after The End’s energy/psychic attack (VAAASCUUUUUDE CRIIIIIIIIIIISIS), and Renton Thurston started having weird/psychedelic visions in a dream-like state.
This is the reference here in AO episode 7 (no coincidence that it’s the 7th episode): 2 Nirvashes; Mark 1 is to Type Zero vs. The Truth is to The End. There’s more, sick girl substance depended Naru is to sick girl psycho druggie Anemone.
This is Eureka SeveN; there’s no ESCAAAAAAAPE from remembering love.