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Man Rushes back into Major Apartment Fire after Forgetting Body Pillow

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(The following is satire).

On Sunday, A major apartment fire occurred near downtown, causing everyone within roughly 10 blocks to evacuate. However, according to multiple eyewitness reports, one man decided to rush back into the flames after being evacuated. Luckily, he managed to make it back out. According to the man in question, James Alton, he rushed back inside to get what he described as “valuable cargo.” “I couldn’t just let my Asuna Zero-Two body pillow get burned to ashes, I paid almost 200 dollars for my favorite waifu.” Alton later added that he managed to retrieve other items, such as a Rei Ayanami figure and an Eureka Seven wall scroll. Alton also managed to escape with only 3rd Degree burns. “It was worth it, those are my babies.”

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 11: My Favorite Mecha Anime

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Today I’ll be talking about my favorite Mecha Anime for the 11th day of the thirty-day anime challenge.

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If I had done this challenge at the beginning of my blog, I probably would have answered Eureka Seven, because of its compelling characters and uniquely appealing narrative that sends a message about loving one another despite differences. Now, however, the story is a little bit different. My current favorite Mecha anime is…Eureka Seven, duh.

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Yeah, I have not really watched a ton of Mecha anime since I started this blog, but I would be surprised if any of them lived up to my first time seeing Eureka seven. It was one of the first show’s I reviewed on this blog, as well as one of my first experiences getting back into Mecha anime.

One of my favorite parts of the series is Renton. Generally speaking, his character during the early stages of the show is unlikeable. He spends most of the first episodes with no confidence and sometimes comes off as ungrateful. However, as the show goes on, he realizes not only his own importance but the importance of his relationship with Eureka, and how that relationship affects the two of them.

It’s definitely still one of the best Mecha anime out there, as well.


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Opening of the Week: Shonen Heart by Home Made Kazoku(Eureka Seven OP 2)

Arguably one of the best shows to come out of the mid-2000’s, Eureka Seven provided a story that managed to strike an effective balance between its several romantic plotlines and its Mecha action. Not only that, the show also gave me what is probably one of my favorite rap songs in anime aside from the first opening of Naruto Shippuden.

Actually, I should talk about that opening on one of these posts.

Anyway, check it out:

The song, “Shonen Heart” by Home Made Kazoku, is a deliciously infectious rap song who’s greatest strength lies in its production. The song opens with a wonderfully surprising Saxophone, playing for about the first 15 seconds before we hear the vocalist Kazoku. Kazoku’s flow, on top of this saxophone driven beat, fits perfectly, and really makes me want to sing along to words that I definitely don’t know.

The lyrics overall seem to match the feel of the song and of the part of the show that they are referencing. After getting to know each other, Renton and Eureka both realize that they want to move forward. Renton wants to find out more about his father, while Eureka wants to find out more about herself. The two, looking for answers, are reflected in the lyrics, as Kazoku talks about “just getting started” and “wanting to make that dream come true.”

In terms of visuals, there’s not a lot to really mention. The best thing I can say is that they do reflect the overall feel of the show, but aside from that they are nothing too special.

Overall, the opening comes together nicely and works well to create a feeling of excitement before every episode.


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Opinion: Does Eureka Seven have a Feminist Streak?

Thinking back a few months to when I watched Eureka Seven, a pattern started to emerge. Often times people complain about the lack of strong female characters in entertainment, and anime is no exception. While many of those criticisms are valid, the idea that anime is lacking in strong female characters is one that I take with a grain of salt, and Eureka Seven is one of the reasons why.

From the outside looking in, it might seem like a show dominated by its male leads, but often times this is not the case at all. Even though Renton is the main character most of the time, the majority of the focus of the show is on Eureka and the struggle she faces as a member of the Gekkostate. Renton most of the time is portrayed as young, dumb fourteen-year-old who more often than not both admires and looks up to Eureka for guidance about the Nirvash and his role on the Gekkostate. Tolho is another strong female character who helps support Holland in much the same way. She is there for Holland when he needs her, but is also a pilot of the Gekko. Both of these relationships in the show are treated as equal partnerships rather than the males constantly supporting the females.

Another place where Eureka Seven’s feminist streak shines through is in the dynamics of its romantic relationships. In the beginning, when Renton joins Gekkostate and falls in love with Eureka, he treats her more so like an object to be desired rather than valuing her as a person. As time goes on, he realizes that this way of loving Eureka only serves to dehumanize her. Not to mention that this way of thinking often gets him in trouble with both Eureka and the other members of the gekkostate, who are protective of her.

Renton eventually realizes that in order to really love eureka in a meaningful way that he has to get to know her as a person. Throughout their journey on the Gekkostate and as the pilots of the Nirvash, Renton and Eureka come to love and respect each other. Their relationship is not one built on a desire for one another, but rather, as the show beautifully puts it, as a family. They do not operate independently of each other. They rely on each other caring and understanding in order to succeed.

For these reasons, if you are looking for entertainment for strong female characters and respect for women, then Eureka Seven is a show not to be missed.

Review- Eureka Seven: Still One of the Best Anime to Date

It really only took a few episodes before I realized, but Eureka Seven is by far and away one of the best anime to date. The 2006 Bones production enjoys some of the stellar storytelling along with a cast of characters that feel much more relatable than a lot of other shows.
Eureka Seven is set in a future in which the discovery of ancient creatures has lead to the to the creation Human shaped robotic fighting suits known as LFOs. These suits have largely been taken over by the military, which has used them to expand throughout the entire world. Enter the Gekkostate, a rouge group of anti-military resistance made up of former special forces units who also happen to have their own magazine publication. It is through this publication that our protagonist Renton Thurston, son of the man considered humanity’s hero Adrock Thurston, comes to admire the group and dreams about one day joining them. It is through a fateful encounter with Gekkostate’s best pilot Eureka Renton is able to join the group, leaving behind his grandfather with the promise to return and become a mechanic.
After the first few introduction episodes it begins to show the life of the Gekkostate, and the wild and captivating personalities on board. All of these characters, in one way or another, feel compelling, from Tolho’s transformation over the course of the show from a rowdy, confused 20 something to a mature, loving motherly figure, and Holland’s evolving feelings about Eureka, to Renton’s maturing as an individual, which leads to the main attraction of the show, the love story of Eureka and Renton.
As Renton is very much a young teenager, the show is set up as a coming of age story, in which he not only learns more about his past and has to come to terms with both his sister and dad being gone as more and more of the ghosts of their pasts show up, he also falls deeper and deeper in love with Eureka, and it is here where the show shines. At first, having not had a women in his life other than his sister before she past away when he was young, Renton did not have a way to properly express his feelings, often coming off as overly aggressive even when trying to show compassion and kindness. However, over the course of the show’s 50 episodes, he learns more and more about Eureka, including the fact that she is a highly intelligent being known as a Karalian, Renton can only find more things to love about her. Intially, Eureka is confused about her feelings, even to the point of being scared of Renton, because she does not know how to process mutual feelings for him. But even while fighting a war to save the planet from the destructive tendencies of Duey, Renton and Eureka’s Romance still shines through as one of the most endearing in anime.
Apart from having great characters, Eureka Seven also knows how to world build. As prominent Anime YouTuber Digibro said in a recent video, “the show is steeped in…anything that is counter culture.” From the surfing of Trapar waves to the releasing of the Gekkostate’s own magazine, “Rayout”,  the show not only portrays the Gekkostate as being resistant to power, but it also paints the entire world from that point of view. It shows you life of Gekkostate and how it may not be glamorous, but it can be fun. Among this exploration of counter culture the show also explores many themes about environmentalism, diversity and acceptance that also serve to build on both the world and the romance between Renton and Eureka.
Eureka Seven is a show that, while only having discovered it recently, will likely remain with me for a long time. To say that its narrative is compelling is to undermine the show’s unique perspective and simply not give it the credit it deserves. It goes without saying that if you have not watched it, then you should.