「アースエンジン火蓋を切る」 (Asu Enjin Hibuta o Kiru)
“Earth Engine Open Fire”
One of the more anticipated series of the season is finally here and Bones delivers in epic fashion with Captain Earth’s debut. Armed with Bones’ usual superb animation, a soundtrack from Kosaki Satoru that looks like it’ll be every bit as memorable as it was in Star Driver, and a story that kicks into gear almost off the bat, it’s every bit the show I envisioned it to be and then some. After all, when a series combines elements from one of your all-time favorites (Eureka Seven) with elements from another series you were vastly entertained by (Star Driver), there are few better combinations.
Indeed, if there’s one thing that surprises me, it’s just how much of Eureka Seven we saw elements of here. Our introduction to Daichi Manatsu and the circumstances surrounding his deceased astronaut father end up quite similar to Renton and his father, and it’s a vibe highlighted further by the fact that Daichi’s wearing a similar sweater, the rainbows (how about that Seven Swell?), and the whole feeling he has of being constrained by the area he lives in. His comment of
When did I begin the hate the wind that blows in this town?
ends up particularly reminiscent of Eureka Seven’s “Blue Monday” episode, and there’s a lot that can be said here in regards to how they were both searching for something more at the series’ start.
All things considered though, Daichi isn’t quite Renton when it’s all said and done, and it’s clear that he has his own story to tell. What ends up particularly interesting is how much they manage to slip in here in this introductory episode, and it’s an episode that does well in how it gives you a bit of background while leaving much of the actual content shrouded in mystery. Best of all, with Daichi’s father being introduced as a former Earth Engine Captain, the return of the “Kiltgang” AEOs for a second go around, Teppei Arashi’s obvious inhuman nature, and at least two factions locking hands on Earth (the Intercept and Ark Factions respectively), it’s clear that they creators aren’t aiming low with what they’re trying to do here. That’s just the kind of outlook I love to see, and that goes without even mentioning the space gate/ships they had, or the nostalgia of Star Driver-like insert songs.
Overall, while I admit there’s only so much you can tell from this first episode, it’s pretty clear from the catchphrase what this series is going to be about:
“When I opened the door called truth, my childhood ended. It was a summer I could never forget.”
It’s going to be an action packed adventure about Daichi searching for the truth behind his life—one that could very well involve the fate of the galaxy itself—and it’s an adventure that won’t have to worry about budget with Bones on board. Looking forward, this will definitely be a series to watch as the season goes on (it’ll also run through the summer as a two-cour), and I’m happy to announce that you’ll be able to follow this series throughout its run on RC as well. There are few series that make me feel like a kid again, and this one managed to do it—leaving me all giddy and excited at the potential it has to offer. It only reasons that I have to pick a series like this up, and I hope all if you reading this’ll put on your Captain hats and join me for what should be a wild ride. Until next week, remember Taiyou’s words:
Hope means believing that the future will be better than today and real hope can only come from the choices that you make.
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OP: 「ビリーバーズ・ハイ」 (Biribazu Hai) by flumpool