[UPDATE: This is just a preview, you can find my thoughts on the finale here]
The fated time has arrived. At long last, the conclusion to Eureka Seven AO is set to air this coming week. The three weeks off for the Olympics forced a two month delay to end this series. And after leaving on a cliff hanger, we’ve had been left to wonder just what Bones has in store for us. What will the conclusion bring? Will the timeline be set right? Will Renton rescue both Eureka and Ao? But before we get to that, lets recap what we’ve seen so far.
There are no loyalties, only agendas
It amazes me how often in this show people change sides. Ao defects to the Americans, then comes back. Team Harlequin takes the side of the Americans, then comes back and says that they were just putting on a show. Elena defects to the Americans, and then confesses her feelings to Ao and comes back. No one is really loyal, they are just playing into their different agendas and objectives to get what they want. And with all of these agendas coming to head soon, it will be interesting to see how they play out.
Naru the God, Truth the Devil
When Naru first teamed up with Truth, it was an interesting twist. She realized who Truth was from her past, but what did she hope to gain from him? Watching this relationship develop from a sort of partnership to a superior-inferior on the part of Naru was not what I would have expected. Combine that with the divergent paths they took. Naru melded with the Coral, becoming linked to it. And as sentiments changed in those around the Coral, she became a sort of prophet or god-like figure. And Truth, he spiraled into a state of confusion and insanity, eventually melding with an uncontrollable IFO, and going berserk. It makes me wonder if these two will meet in a confrontation in the end.
The timeline is a complete mess
Time travel makes every story more complicated. You’re forced to remember what happened when, identify the changes when timelines are altered, and hopefully don’t get caught up in a paradox. E7 AO has put all that into the mix. And, thrown in a supergun, that when fired, has the ability to remove something from the timeline, and therefore altering history, and you’ve got a mess waiting to happen. Fortunately, Ao has been reluctant to fire the gun, only using it once. But odds are, the story’s conclusion will play out according to when it’s used next.
Eureka is lost to space and time
So, when Eureka saved the world 10 years ago, she was thrown into the ether where space and time are in flux. And as she bounces around, she is randomly seen by Ao and Elena. It’s like the Ghost of Christmas Past coming to haunt everyone. And every time she appears, she throw’s Ao, or Elena, for a loop. And one that leads us to next point.
Renton has become a bad ass adult
Finally, in the last episode, We saw a grown up Renton. And to be honest, he looked pretty bad ass. Gone was the whiny kid. In was the more mature, driven, adult. In the short span we saw him, he was in search of Eureka, apparently moving between timelines to find her. And based on the preview (shown below) of the coming finale, he makes it to Ao’s timeline in search of her. To see what I mean, check out this finale preview: