Once again two weeks have passed, and with that it’s time for my last Eureka Seven writeup on here. Well, last as in posts I have a clear release date and rough idea what to put in for, since I feel this is the kind of show that rewards having it rest in your mind for a bit and think over for a while, so who knows, I might very well have more to say about it at a later point. On top of that comes that the final arc and especially the last 3 or so episodes were just incredibly dense, in a sense, so just coming off it from yesterday night, I haven’t really gotten the chance to order my thoughts into anything coherent yet. So, uh, expect this post to be more rambly than anything else…
Alright, continuing with another arc of this show, and it’s been a rather short one this time. One which, honestly, I don’t think I’ll have a ton to say about. More than anything, it felt like a quiet before the storm, filling in gaps in world building and getting to know the big players and hard facts behind what we’ve dealt with so far. It makes sense, seeing as Renton is slowly moving past his oblivious teenage self towards becoming a more well-rounded person, aware of his actions and the goals he strives for, and the show is adapting to that. That isn’t to say there wasn’t still a bunch of interesting things going on this arc, but a lot of it is still unresolved, more setting up half thought through lines than resolving much, and I don’t trust myself to untangle all this just yet, let alone write about it in any coherent fashion.
Oh man, this arc sure was one rollercoaster of emotions, opening with a bit of the usual episodic content, getting into some kind transitional chaos of hostility and confusion, and then pulling itself together in a bunch of Renton focused growth/road trip episodes that might just put the show up there for me. Eureka Seven is a strange show sometimes, but it’s high points are genuinely great, and even the lesser episodes are still easily on par or above most other anime in the genre.
Things are starting off in a state where, uh, things aren’t looking all that rosy. Renton has at least somewhat accepted the fact that the Gekko is not the perfect idealized group of heroes he’s been idolizing all this time, and he’s finally getting somewhat closer to Eureka, his initial reason for joining, but there’s still a lot of repressed emotions bubbling underneath. Not only his either. It’s been obvious throughout the first arc that Eureka’s inability to connect with the Nirvash has taken a toll on her self worth, and how it is straining Hollands patience.
So, uh, I recently got a bit cocky and made a bet with Guy on Twitter that I could finish Eureka Seven, which we were both watching, before he did. As it turns out, getting into a marathon contest with the unequaled king of speedwatching was not a good idea. My progress through months was passed within in a mere two days, and since then he’s zoomed way out of sight and actually finished the show I’ve been sitting on for about quarter a year in a single week. Of course, my foolish pride couldn’t be left unpunished, and Guy promptly set me up do a writeup on each of the show’s four major story arcs, one every two weeks.
Now, thing is, I haven’t actually written anything coherent about a single anything in ages, at least nothing much longer than a paragraph, and I get the feeling that especially these first 13 episodes will be kind of tricky to find things to say about, so… don’t expect this to go anywhere much yet.
Tokyo Ghoul Root A was a mess. The show a huge clusterfuck of criminally underdeveloped characters, messy plotting, whole episodes that ultimate accomplished nothing, shaky production with the animation going completely going to pieces in parts… I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first season as it was, safe for some few stray highlights, but Root A was just bad. Bad to the point of being broken.
This fact makes it all the more surprising that the finale ended up being one of my single favorite episodes of the year. It’s tightly paced, almost cinematic looking, immensely powerful. A crushing display of all the sorrow and bleakness of it’s world, of living, but avoiding the pitfalls that usually get associated with it, pitfalls that pulled this very series down for large stretches of it’s run, even. Basically, It’s the angsty emo anime done right.
The silent talk between old friends in the beginning, one of the most painful conversations you could imagine, the interplay of light and shadow in the ruined cityscape, the emphasis on long stretches of silence as snow settles on the aftermath of battle. There are no winners, no good guys, or bad guys, only sorrow and pain. It’s hard for me to really describe why I find something good, but this episode was outstanding through and through. The powerful expression of a sadness to the world I might not entirely identify with, but that’s able to send chills down my spine even now, just thinking about it.
Seriously, do give the episode a watch if you haven’t yet, and it sounds like something you could appreciate. It can very well stand on its own, and it’d be shame to miss out on because it’s attached to such a mess of a show.
It’s strange to see that I only started taking screenshots regularly about a year, partly due to me starting my blog and using them to kind of supplement my notes, and also because I found out how to allow my media player to take screencaps by just pressing one single button… Throgh all of 2014 I made a total of some over 400 caps, and it’s been almost 2000 in the last three months alone…
Anyway, to celebrate this, I decided to show off some of my favorite scenery and backgronds I capped this year, because those can always do with some more love. I’ll also be includingt the backlog shows I’ve seen, because my collection of airing stuff has some larger gaps, me watching a lot of episodes from bed where I can’t be assed to take screencaps, and also being away traveling for severeal months. And with that, let’s go:
As you all probably know at this point, I’m a huge nut for Studio Ghibli. Always have been. Their movies are what first got me into anime, and I’ve gotten 50+ rewatches easily recorded on several of them, helping me get through some pretty tough times. Considering this, I guess you can imagine how sad the news of them closing down were to me. It didn’t really come as that big a surprise, or a huge “noooo” reactions, it was just one of those moments that really drove home how all things will eventually comes pass.
Well, anyways, earlier this year I finally decided to watch their last three movies, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, When Marnie was There and The Wind Rises in a span of a mere two months, and well, they were probably the best things I’ve seen all year. They reminded me why I got into the medium in the first place, what power movies can still hold for me despite feeling on the brink of an anime burnout for a while now, and that good things can still be really just good. I still tear up rewatching the final scenes of each of those and just thinking about specific moments gives me chills. I still have a good bunch of their movies to catch up on, but knowing that there won’t be any more Ghibli after that (most likely) is making me sad . I’m sure the future will bring more new, and exciting, and good movies, but I will also cherish all the good times I’ve had with this specific studio’s output for a long time to come.