IT LOOKS LIKE THE PROTAGONISTS ARE EUREKA’S/RENTON’S AND HOLLAND’S/TALHO’S KIDS TOO
I’M GOING TO DIE.
Ugh. Really? Really? Any official continuation that is the exact same thing as ever fanbrat’s ~continuation~ fanfic gets instant huge-ass skepticism from me. Just ugh. Eureka seveN doesn’t need a fucking continuation. Why do people demand continuations from series that end just fucking FINE? SERIOUSLY? THEIR KIDS? That’s so trite and lame and just ughhh. I’m elated that the movie was a re-telling and not a goddamn continuation. (Like the “Escaflowne” movie and “RAYEARTH” OVA, I love retellings because they’re not bound by the series canon and, oh hey wow, creativity can happen!)
Eureka seveN doesn’t need trite continuations to cheapen its universe. It was perfectly complete as it already is. I don’t understand why fans feel that finished stories need to be fucked with canonically.
Prince Jake and I were alone. We looked at one another. <I am still yours to command.> I offered him my hand to shake as humans do. Prince Jake gripped it. His eyes were sad. “I can’t hold you to your oath. The others are right. It’s over. Go on. Do what you have to do. And if you can, go home.” Prince Jake squeezed my hand tightly, forgetting that andalite hands are not as strong as human hands. I knew it was an expression of affection. I tried to return the pressure. Prince Jake straightened his shoulders and lifted his chin. “Good-bye,” he said. “And thank you. For everything.” He walked slowly from the barn. His silhouette disappeared into the bright glare of the morning sun. I stood alone. Remembering.
Favorite Ax and Jake moment, from #38. I know the entire scene was staged, but I think that speaks volumes about the team. Nobody wants to be a caricature of themself. And yet everyone does just that here, and I feel like this scene between Jake and Ax was genuine. I think Jake and Ax meant everything that they said. And I have never forgotten the detail of how Ax has learned so, so, so many subtleties of human culture, enough to recognize a subtle yet important expression of affection between men and how he felt the affection for Jake as well, and wasn’t quite able to return the gesture.
In Megamorphs #4 Jake says his notes are such a disaster that only Marco can read them, since he's been living off Jake's notes for five years now and sometimes has to interpret Jake's own notes for him.
Out of all the relationships in Animorphs, Jake and Marco’s is my favorite. Rachel and Tobias, Cassie and Jake, Rachel and Jake, Rachel and Cassie. The destruction of relationships is one of the harshest things this series brings to the table. And the forging of fragile and strained yet enduring ones — Jake and Ax’s relationship is easily my second favorite — is another thing the series does right.
But above all else, Jake and Marco’s deeply changed friendship affects me the most. It survives. It survives when everybody else was torn apart. It changes, of course. Oh, how it changes. Marco becomes Jake’s tactical officer and supports Jake exactly how he needs to be in a given situation — he reads Jake like a book and only gets better at it as the war goes on. When the war is over, their bond is still in tact. Altered, but strong.
The above quote got me. It’s one I’ve long forgotten, skimmed over at the beginning of the second chapter in the final Megamorphs book. But it illustrates their relationship so well. Jake is all kinds of messed up. He’s a fifteen-year-old kid who has to juggle high school (which he misses because he’s secretly saving the world), family (one of whom is possessed by a parasitic alien slug who would not hesitate to put Jake’s head on a stick) and knowing that he’s one of the most wanted people in this sector of space because he is leading a troupe of guerrilla teenagers waging a secret fucking dirty WAR to save humanity from complete enslavement. Oh, and he never sleeps. And Marco is just like, “Jake, it’s like this and you’re like this and this is what we need to do” and Jake is like, “I knew that somewhere in this mess in my head but I just couldn’t sort it out. Thanks, man.”
“The knowledge of betrayal and terror. The awareness of evil.
And then, the power.
The power made us responsible, see. Without the power, the knowledge would have just been a worm of fear eating up our insides.
Bad enough. But it was the power that turned our fear into obligation, that laid the weight on our unready shoulders….
Power enough to win? No. Power enough to fight? Ah, yes. Just enough, little Jake, here is just enough power to imprison you in a cage of duty, to make you fight.”—Jake, Megamorphs #4
I had the idea for this fic about two months ago and am only now finishing it. I love dialog in fanfic so this is all dialog. I like the challenge — obviously everyone has to be in-character or it doesn’t work. Gosh, this makes me laugh like a silly whenever I even think about it. Under the cut!