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Even if "wasting precious time, doing nothing" is one of the best feats of strength I have in my Curriculum Vitae, sometimes I feel that I abuse it too much. Seriously, it seems that I have just too many hours to spare, and, instead of doing something useful and constructive, like watching Tsukuyomi Moon Phase for the seventh billion time, I lose myself in extra-curricular activities, such as giving Eureka 7: A Pocket Full of Rainbows a chance to leave me amazed, and virtually without words. I should stop that someday, it's getting extremely tiresome.



But first things first. I was never reluctant to try the Eureka movie, simply because I never expected it to impress me more than the series did. It's just another milk cow, following today's "let's make more money as soon as possible, with minimal effort" trend. I, for one, have absolutely no problem with this, for all that I care they could have made little creamy pieces of crap walking around the universe, pretending to fight Image while alt-tabbing to their porn websites, because, in the end, the loss is not mine, it's theirs. The worst thing that can happen when a production like this fails is me (or any watcher out there) losing two incredible boring hours in front of the screen, falling asleep now and then between the (quite few) interesting scenes. All in all, while the series was indeed something admirable, with a strong all-around script, some memorable characters (both in a good and a bad way) and enough bullshit to keep you entertained for the whole 52 episodes, the movie seems to me either rushed, or developed in a momentary lapse of creativity.



So, what exactly is the problem with A Pocket Full of Rainbows? Oh boy, where to start. First of all, we have Renton, the stereotype of male character that you begin to hate the moment you set eyes upon him. Personally, I have developed over the years an extremely sincere hatred towards such individuals in real life - the indecisive male, who can't make a stand on his own because he is a deplorable sissy. And when he finally makes a groundbreaking decision, it happens either when it is too late, either because someone was there to give him a kick in the ass and to push him forward. These are the guys that have their lunch stolen on a daily basis in elementary school, that get beaten to a pulp by younger kids in front of the classroom, and whose sexual experiences consist in 3-4 gigabytes of *.jpg. The producers managed to somehow make Renton bearable in the series by making us, the viewers, feel sorry for his poor soul. But in the movie, the desire to spill his guts all over Eureka's naked body grows exponentially with every damn minute.



Second, we have a problem with the story. Following in the footsteps of Final Fantasy: Advent Children, A Pocket Full of Rainbows is something you must NOT watch if you haven't seen the series before (in Advent Children's case, if you haven't played the game before). Why? Because, bluntly put, you will not understand a single thing. Nothing. Nada. Well, maybe except a very thin plot line, where a young male spends his early years alongside a young (and hot) female, then she gets kidnapped by bad guys, then he gets mad and enters the military, then he fights against a mysterious invading alien force, and then you press Alt+F4 because all is getting blurry and completely pointless. But the bad part is yet to come. While these things mentioned here apply strongly to people new to the Eureka universe, those of us who managed to watch the series before are in for even more surprises. Bad ones, I might add - it's like starting all over again. Everything is so dense, the flashbacks are so numerous and the story is way too huge to fit in a 2 hour movie. They start telling us something, stop in the middle of the explanation, then joyfully move on to a different thing. It's like a woman giving you a blow job and stopping right before the big bang. Except Eureka 7 is more puzzling than that.



The characters themselves act weird enough for us to rise a suspicious eyebrow. The relationship between Eureka and Renton hardly develops, they are practically in love since before they were born, all that's missing are some wild sex scenes, a marriage and a divorce. And a couple of semi-robot kids. Holland seems like a bad guy but he actually ain't, though his stubborn personality manages to sometimes piss people off. In a way, he's just like Renton - a narrow minded asshole who does not care for anything but himself. The difference between him and Gayton is that Holland actually takes action. Eureka 7 would not be Eureka 7 if Anemone wouldn't show up. But trust me, when I saw a grandma Anemone with wrinkles, I almost had a heart attack. I mean, it is a blasphemy for any respectable anime to create an OLD pink haired chick. Pink hair is reserved for lolis. Period. But even when she turns young again, Anemone loses her charm - she's just a smart pacifist little brat with no regards to violence - I surely missed the crazy, psycho Anemone from the series, and the times she went Shion-mode, burning everything that lived in her path. Overall, every single character acts differently from the series, as if they all were stoned by the perverted power of marijuana.



Animation-wise, A Pocket Full of Rainbows is fair enough. After all, we're talking Bones here. Everything runs smooth, the backgrounds are pretty damn well chosen, and the human (?!) Eureka at the end of the movie deserves a high five for hawtness. But even so, the (very few) action scenes are poorly developed. It is like they were made on the run. Nothing sparkling, nothing really epic, like in the series, just a couple of fast forwarding pew-pew laser beams, and a giant robot here and there. And that is all. Things culminate way too fast in this movie, leaving us, in the end, with a strange taste of desilusion. And this is something coming from someone who merely "enjoyed" the series - I'm afraid to see a hardcore fan's reaction.



I'm not saying that A Poket Full of Rainbows is bad per se, not at all. The intentions were there, true enough, but the way the script was childishly handled is pretty disastrous, if not even more. It's actually a sad thing, I had somehow hoped, deep inside, that this movie would prove me wrong when I always say that a follow-up can never reach the potential of the original. Seems I was right again.








anonymouswrote on Jul 7, 2009 at 19:02
I actually enjoyed the movie more than I did the series. O.o
anonymouswrote on Jul 7, 2009 at 20:27
I hated the series. Mainly because Renton was a whiny little bitch and his love for Eureka was completely random.
anonymouswrote on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:01
where can i watch this ? can sum1 give me some link?
anonymouswrote on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:19
It starts with 'tokyo' and ends with 'tosho'. Google is your friend.
anonymouswrote on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:44
As a fan of the original series, I found myself trying to find the place in the series where the movie could plausibly occur. Therefore, the lackluster plot and character developments were easy to forget, when devoting full attention to the score, animation, and pondering. As a fan I liked the movie.
MuKaN7wrote on Aug 14, 2009 at 08:10
Just saying, but if you play some attention to the plot... and ESPECIALLY the dates. You'll notice something. This happens in the past. The Series happens years in the future, Now I'm not a some crackpot, but look at the dates and the series (You can check the series' wiki for the time when the series takes place.)
The date when the nirvash launches from the gekko-go in the movie says 2009. The wiki article says that series happens 10,000 years in the future. now, i'm too sleepy at the moment to connect the dots, but I truly believe the series and the movie are at least distantly connected.
Stokkywrote on Aug 14, 2009 at 15:00
Very, very distantly connected... The movie felt like nothing more than a side-story to me. And not a very well thought one.
coyowrote on Aug 25, 2009 at 20:25
As a fan of the series sucked bad. Not because I'm comparing it to the series it was just a bad movie.
coyowrote on Aug 25, 2009 at 20:26
Movie was just plain bad
lutherwrote on Sep 25, 2009 at 14:46
The movie was sweet. Huge fan of Eureka and I give it a 9/10. The only thing it lacked was songs with lyrics, and they should've had one more good fight scene.
katsuwrote on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:18
The movie takes place in an alternate reality, since you can see the effects from what happened in the series through tunnels of time that occur in the movie.
anonymouswrote on Dec 4, 2009 at 19:35
the movie was horrible it was just a way for the producers to make money i thought it would be a continuation when realy all the did was recycle more then half the move and only had about 20 minutes of new footage
Fariswrote on Dec 5, 2009 at 04:44
I don't know what Eureka movie you were watching, but the one I saw was rather full of new footage, and no recycling. Not that that's a good thing in this case. The way it turned out, they might as well have done a compilation of the TV series.
anonymouswrote on Mar 25, 2010 at 19:29
i liked the series
CommiEwrote on Apr 4, 2010 at 05:50
The movie was enjoyable ( just wanted to see more eureka 7) but did have alot scenes that looked recycled. When Holland went inside the coralian in the movie he saw the universe of eureka 7 in the series ( with the green ring shit around the planet and the love heart moon where the coralians got sent to). So basically as someone said on youtube, The movie was so crap it wanted to jump into the series.
listenwrote on Apr 24, 2010 at 01:26
the way i see it. the movie basically explained the creation of the book that holland and dewey read in the series and so its setting is much earlier. maybe im wrong
anonymouswrote on May 7, 2010 at 04:38
The movie completely warped the characters out of thier original personalities. Eureka is a whole different person or whatever the hell she is on the movie. and the movie is so immitative to the series. i loved the series and watched it through but i stopped wathcing the movie 3/4 through and thought wow that was....different than the series,
anonymouswrote on May 7, 2010 at 04:41
for the guy who said renton and eurekas love was random well it is but all love is. i think we have all been infatuated by some random girl we know nothing about. The point is that love is random.
awsomepaintswrote on Jun 20, 2010 at 05:42
the was fucking terible it did not finsh the holes that were left in the serise and dashed my dreams aginst the rock of crap i mean WTF man the least they could of done was show rention and eureka get home to there kids and grand pa cheep basterd retards
anonymouswrote on Jul 24, 2010 at 10:06
I didn't really understand the ending but over all I really liked this movie.
anonymouswrote on Mar 13, 2011 at 03:13
So my thing is that it could of been quite easy to make this film a continuation.

The simplest way would of been at the end of the movie to have Renton and Eureka travel to “Neverland” which happens to be the world that is the same world in the series. At first I thought that was going to happen when I saw grandpa with the kids.

Renton and Eureka at the end of the series “went back” to show the world that humans and Coralians could co-exist together. It would of made complete sense that they could of started out and child like state and then raised together. Hence the beginning of the movie. Some government officials could of found out where she was and took her away to do experiments.

It meshes nice with the movie and then also gives the open opportunity for a second series.

Just my thoughts….

On another note I would of liked to see the real Gekko, not the random kids that look like them. It would of also be cool to see all of them older and Holland and Talho’s kid all grown up.
Grimmjow101wrote on Mar 13, 2011 at 23:58
I enjoyed this movie. Eureka 7 is one of my fave series
anonymouswrote on Jul 30, 2011 at 00:43
It was a good movie. The movie wasn't suppose to "finsh the holes that were left in the series" the movie was just it's own project with certain similar elements from the series. Alot of anime ends the way Eureka seven did with an ambiguous ending, allowing the viewer to create their own interpretation. Eureka seven ends on a note that leaves the viewer feeling happy for eureka and renton while letting them determine for themself what happened next. If the movie was a continuation it would completely get rid of that sense of wonder as to what happened. That's just not how plots generally work. I personally enjoyed the movie because it let me enjoy more of the wondrous Eureka seven universe -and you have to admit the world is very well done- without spoiling the ending to one of my favourite shows.
ShoujinBoywrote on Jul 30, 2011 at 19:34
I dislike how the anime of Eureka Seven changed the ending. I think the manga ending was better, but maybe thats cause i just see it as more realistic.
anonymouswrote on Oct 10, 2011 at 23:05
From what i can tell, it takes time in an alternite universe of sorts, correct.
anonymouswrote on Oct 11, 2011 at 12:00
pretty much yep, or you can just think of it as a different story in the same universe
anonymouswrote on Oct 10, 2012 at 05:00
Ok first of all you are all idiots. At the end of this series, the old man says "we will live in another universe while you live in this one until the differences can be sorted out". Then he turned into dust. The movie or the 5th season to say is what went on in the other universe. they grew up together because they were together from the other universe, they happened to fall in love in this universe because they have to, they are the only ones who can travel across to other universes.
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