Note: This post contains spoilers on Eureka Seven AO and Eureka Seven. If you have not seen both of them, avoid this post.
It is okay if a sequel wants to be different from the original series.
It can have a different story, different characters or different themes.
But it should not go against everything the original series stood for, completely disregarding its message, unless there is a good reason for it.
This was the final straw for Eureka Seven AO.
In every other post I have pointed out what Eureka Seven AO did wrong on its own.
Now let me tell how you it completely ruined the ending Eureka Seven.
Why Eureka Seven AO is Bad #01 – When Shallow Characters Dominate
Why Eureka Seven AO is Bad #02 – A Story That Never Really Matters, Identity Crisis and Other Things
Why Eureka Seven AO is Bad #03 (End) – It Goes Against Everything Eureka Seven Stood For
“Don’t just say “bye-bye” like that! Eureka, don’t try to go by yourself!”
“You came… You really came!”
“I promised you, right? That I’d protect you, no matter what. That’s we’d always be together.”
“But I can’t go back now.”
“If you’re going to choose to no longer be a Coralian in order to save this planet, then I choose to no longer be a human. I cherish this planet where I was able to find you, and everyone who lives on this planet is dear to me. But I don’t want to lose you for their sake.”
“From here on, with you in this universe and us in a separate one, we shall seek a way for scub coral and humans to coexist. There’s no reason that there cannot be more than one path of evolution.”
“Thank you. Your emotions have all been engraved into my Compac. At last, I will be able to attain enlightenment.
Now, live. On this planet. Live together, and show the way to all who live on this planet. With the light called “hope”.
Not all beings can remain in this land. Half of them will depart with us. But, Renton… Eureka… If this world evolves for the better and two are able to become one, we will show ourselves before you once more. I will believe that such a day will someday come.”
Eureka Seven was a love story that told the tale of the young human Renton who fell in love with a Humanoid Coralian named Eureka, whose goal was to observe and communicate with mankind in hope of creating peace between the two life forms.
After 50 episodes of struggles, hardships and tears, we finally saw them come together. We saw the Scub Coral finally being able to settle down and be understood. But his did not last long because half of them had to leave due to endangering the whole universe.
Exactly where they went is unclear. Eureka Seven AO takes their leave literally, as if they travelled to a parallel universe. My, slightly magical, take on this is that they went to another plane of existence. They stopped being, if we put it easily, physical beings as you and I.
It was a happy ending, telling us that co-existence is possible even if you are different and that love conquers all. Not only is this a beautiful message in itself, but it is also something our world needs more of.
Instead Eureka Seven AO decides to continue this, by suddenly making the Scub Coral merciless enemies, making Renton and Eureka suffer the loss of their children and making everything the characters fought for in Eureka Seven a lie.
You cannot co-exist. Love does not conquer all.
Only conflict is possible.
This is where it all goes wrong, by completely going against the message of Eureka Seven. The worst part is that it is not even executed well.
I can only speculate what went through the minds of Bones when they decided to do this, killing their own franchise.
But right now, I do not want to.
I just wish to spread the message of Eureka Seven to you all.
Co-existence is possible and love does indeed conquer all.
Such a message is what our world needs right now.
“Don’t beg for things, do it yourself or else you won’t get anything.”