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Yawara and the Sporting Ideal

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Last time I wrote about Yawara, I was only a small way into the series; even now, around a fifth of the way through its 124 episodes, there is still some distance to the main “event,” the Olympic Games which every episode counts towards. If anything, the series’ pace is slow and all the stronger for it; 25 episodes is the same length as some entire animé which tell a full story, and yet Yawara is just beginning its journey. Enough time has passed to settle nicely into the characters’ roles in this story, but enough time remains (over eight hundred days – over two years of these characters’ lives to follow) to leave things incredibly open for a change in focus and plot.

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The End of the Idyll – Depictions of Collapsing Friendship in Rahxephon 16

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After the “invisible” fifteenth episode of Rahxephon, the story returns to its main narrative after some time has passed; Elvy and the Vermilion are conspicuously absent, and the focus is still on the Bahbem children, now adults. Episode 16 is a dense episode, focusing on the delicately collapsing relationships of the main cast and culminating in a series of examinations of how the characters react to arguments and efforts to finally set the past lies aside. There is a constant tension between the expectations of maturity and openness that the younger cast have, and the ease with which adults – being positioned as authority figures – can lie, and need to lie. At its core, the episode’s actual progression of the story is minimal; it does not clarify anything about the conflict with Elvy, and its actual forward motion occurs entirely in the final scene. However, as a more self-contained episode, it shows in great detail the tiny events which all motivate the characters to move the plot on.

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“He’s Gone” – Hard Truths in Episode 24 of Eureka Seven

Note: This article is also available at Super Fanicom HERE

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The defining image of this episode, established right at the start, is Eureka trying to fill in for Renton; wearing the clothes he wore in the memorable episode where he underwent his initiation on the Gekko, doing the duties around the ship that he was forced to do. This seems to support the conversations back in episode 22 about how he was seen as a “useful” figure; that the crew are finding it inconvenient to have to cover his duties yet still not used to seeing someone else doing them once again firmly places the Gekko as a warship with a crew, not a community or family.

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“Women, Like Autumn Winds, Change Often” – The Almost Invisible Subtlety of Eureka Seven

Note: This article is also available at Super Fanicom HERE

At its heart, Eureka Seven falls within the mecha subgenre of anime; science-fiction stories where military hardware and the weapons of the future are front and centre. It is even centred around an ostensibly military plot; the protagonists are an armed private military in command of battleships and attack craft, prepared to fight and met with open hostility wherever they go. It is therefore interesting how dehumanised the setting’s action is, and the way in which the characters acknowledge – or refuse to acknowledge – the consequences of their actions.

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