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As he tries to master the art and skill of REFfing, Renton has nothing more than his dreams and his hopes, which his grandfather mechanic dismisses as something useless. But one day, Renton's life changes, when a REFfing LFO mecha crashes into his house, out of which emerges the most beautiful girl pilot he's ever seen. Now, Renton finds himself in the middle of a war in which he absolutely has no desire to be involved in, having the ride of his life with his newfound love, his number one idol, and his hero father.
After the Nirvash accidentally crashed into Renton's room next to Axel's garage, Renton met Eureka and fell in love with her at first sight. Renton's unusual link with Nirvash and responsibility over his father's Amita drive motivated him to join Gekkostate. He came to Gekkostate to follow Holland, his idol, and to be with Eureka, with whom he fell in love and swore to protect. His time with Gekkostate had been a difficult transition as he was subject to many pranks from crew members (especially Eureka's adopted children). He eventually comes to learn of the origin of Gekkostate and the atrocities that Holland and Eureka and others are atoning for. Renton stayed with Gekkostate to train and in time his skill as an LFO pilot developed on par or above Eureka. That development affected a rift with Eureka as he desires her to return his love for her. His love for Eureka is not secret; everyone on board Gekko interferes in his love life. The crew members constantly want to know his progress and cheer him on. His relationship with both Nirvash and Eureka develops into a deep emotional and mental link that is noticed by Mischa.
Renton has a special link with the Nirvash along with Eureka. Usually, both he and Eureka are necessary to activate the Amita drive, awakening Nirvash and allowing access to the power responsible for the Seven Swell phenomenon. Specifically, when Renton and Eureka achieve emotional agreement and wish for something, Nirvash reciprocates with the power of the Amita drive. If their feelings are in disconnect, the Amita drive cannot activate. However, there are some occasions where Eureka is present yet unconscious, and Renton alone convinces Nirvash to awaken. Renton summons the powers of Amita drive several times throughout the series. His very first time was triggered by an overwhelming need to protect Eureka during his delivery of the Amita drive to Nirvash and the Gekkostate, resulting in the second Seven Swell phenomenon ever (the first being Adroc's disastrous experiment with Eureka).
EurekaVoiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Eureka (エウレカ, Eureka?) listen (help?info) is a pale young girl with turquoise hair and lavender eyes and is a pilot of the Nirvash typeZERO. She treats Nirvash not like a mere machine, but as a living being, with consciousness and feelings. However, she can seem distant and awkward to other people - she has trouble communicating with other humans and understanding their feelings. She tends to appear randomly next to people, startling them at times. Initially in the anime, she suffers from frequent headaches; these stop later on, seemingly due to the presence of Renton Thurston. She is the adoptive mother of Maurice, Maeter, and Linck, but is often unsure of her role as a mother, and often asks Renton how she should scold them, and if she is a good mother.
It is later revealed that she is actually a Coralian in human form, sent by the sentient Scub Coral to understand and communicate with humans. The Scub Coral, who had become the largest living mass on Earth, longed to connect with humanity, and created two human form Coralians to reach this goal. Sakuya came first, and she foretold of Eureka's arrival. Eureka was meant to be a blank slate, so that she would be shaped by her experiences with humanity, and bring these experiences to the Coralians. She herself is not aware of her past nor does she have any knowledge of the Coralians even though she's one herself. She is the adoptive mother of Maurice, Maeter and Linck, whose families she killed while in the SOF. Her lack of understanding of her own feelings and the methods by which humans demonstrate and share feelings creates many complications at times whenever Renton tries to bond with her. After she entered the Coralian with Renton, she began to suffer at a subconscious level as a side effect of her proximity to the old dig site FAC51, and the large amount of Scub within. She becomes constantly fatigued and seems to be in either despair or depression. Her negative feelings are further increased as she becomes convinced that the Nirvash no longer wants her as its pilot in favor of Renton. She tries to make things up with Renton, but is rebuffed.
As an attempt to deny the emotional changes in herself and her relationship with the Nirvash, she tries to return things to the way they were when she met Renton, and removes Renton's Compac drive from the Nirvash. She falls asleep and the Nirvash, operating on its own, drives her deep into the mine to the face of the Scub. She is seemingly compelled to walk into the rockface, where the Scub reaches out and engulfs her. Renton becomes worried and rushes out to find her. From her point of view, she feels that she is melting away and wishes to be rescued. Just as she is about to melt, Renton is perceived to catch her in his hand. He pulls her out of the rockface and causes another trapar event in the process of using the Nirvash to return her to the Gekko.
As an indirect result of this incident and Holland's apparent lack of urgency about helping her, Renton runs away from the Gekko. She is still very weak, and the crew conspires to prevent her from discovering that he is gone, especially as she seems to be becoming interested in him. After she discovers this, she confronts Holland who basically states that Eureka is more important than Renton, which she denies. She dresses in the clothes given to him for the Ramen prank, and begins to do the jobs that had been assigned to him, "because he is not here". As she begins to confront Renton's importance to her, Mischa informs Holland that the Nirvash needs Eureka and Renton to function properly.
Eureka attempts several times to operate the Nirvash to go find Renton, and fails badly. The Nirvash doesn't seem to agree even when she asks the Nirvash if she misses Renton too, and doesn't she want to go find him. Confronted with the depth of her apparent feelings for Renton, and with her total ineffectiveness with the Nirvash, Holland promises to bring Renton back to her, and leaves to find him, only to return empty-handed after discovering a trap aimed at the Gekko.
Her faith in the perfect sore of Holland's word (to her, at least) shattered, and realizing how much Renton has come to mean to her, she borrows a board and leaves to find him, ironically just as he is returning to protect her by warning of the threat to the Gekko. Eventually the situation is resolved, and Renton rescues her again. After this, they effectively become a couple, although neither one really knows how to interact with the other.
She discovers a desire to make Renton happy with her, which leads to a disastrous experiment with makeup, and a deeper trust in Renton, as well as a label for the emotion she feels.
Partially prompted by Renton's reaction to the deaths of Charles and Ray, Eureka's feelings start to allow her to understand guilt and regret as her emotions connect with her memories of the massacre at Ciudades del Cielo. She knows that her past actions led to the deaths of many people, and because she is beginning to understand the human impact of killing and loss, she loses confidence in herself and no longer desires to fight with Nirvash. Renton also believes taking lives is wrong so they both begin fighting to only disable enemy units. Renton constantly consoles her as she's trying to deal with her past actions and facing responsibility for the Vodarac people.
After she is revealed as a Coralian, Renton does not reject her as she feared but rather accepts her for who she is, not what she is, which results in a further expansion of her understanding of human emotions.
Sakuya and Eureka are very similar to each other and Sakuya helped restore most of Eureka's superficial damage, but Eureka wishes to keep her scars to remind her of her struggles. She and Renton enter the Coralian realm hoping to change humanity's fate.
After Eureka, Renton, and the children reached Earth, they crash landed on a coastline. Being frustrated for a while unable to figure out their purpose, they resided near the coastline for a while eating the local vegetation. Eureka's scars were a reaction towards the Command Center and Coralian physical attributes began showing throughout her body. She became more and more ashamed of her form as she worried that Renton wouldn't approve or even reject her form. At one point, Renton chased Eureka into the woods, attempting to cover the green on her arm, and even going as far as to take a rock and damage his own arm with it. Maurice also followed, carrying a gun, who he threatened to shoot Renton with but Eureka stopped him. Afterwards, Renton fell into a high fever, and the kids and Eureka had to take care of him. During Renton's worst moment, she grew wing-like structures upon her back (the structures are referred to simply as wings) and her arm became green and pink of Coralian design. After Renton recovered, Eureka was happy to know Renton liked her wings. After wandering the coast Renton spotted his big sister and ran after her. Eureka and the kids went after Renton and were lost in the great library created by the Scub. Adroc Thurston appeared before Eureka and looked after the children and Eureka before Renton returned. After Renton spoke to Diane about the coming attack on the Command Cluster, Anemone appeared.
When Anemone attacked the Scub Command, Eureka and Renton engage TheEND to protect the Scub. After hearing the sadness and pain of Anemone's words, they decided to save her. After Anemone was saved by Dominic's appearance, all was well until Dewey fired his satellite cannon. The Command Center was blown away, TheEND was destroyed when it moved of its own accord to shield Dominic and Anemone from the blast, and the Nirvash barely managed to escape. Immediately afterwards, the Gekko and Dewey's flagship arrived at the remains of the Control Cluster and Holland boarded Dewey's ship in order to finally put an end to his brother's madness. However, in a surprising move Dewey killed himself, activating the collar-like devices that Eureka and Anemone had always worn. Eureka felt a sudden change in her body and, realizing her time with Renton was over, she apologized for a failed dream together and transformed into a Coralian event.
Inside the Coralian event Eureka was in an artificially created plain, seemingly not on Earth as the planet could be seen in the sky. Renton, enraged at losing Eureka after having gone through so much with her, begged the Nirvash to help him go to her. The Nirvash reacted by transforming into its apparent true form, a smoother, less angular, white and green version of itself with large, round limbs, a differently shaped head, and no seats or board; it flew by channeling trapars through its hands. Instead of piloting with controls, Renton went inside the Nirvash and stood on a large green platform; while inside the Nirvash mimicked his every movement. They broke through the hull of the Gekko and took off to where Eureka was. Smashing into the side of the sphere-shaped space, Renton's feelings for Eureka enabled him (in the Nirvash) to rip open the space and go to Eureka inside. Renton reminded her of his promise to always protect her and be at her side, and they finally kissed. Nirvash pushed open the Coralian zone and ejected Renton and Eureka, bidding them farewell. A year later, in the last episode, the Thurston family register lists her and the three kids as the wife and children of Renton Thurston. The children and Axel eagerly await their return. The couple were seen together near a lake. In the manga, she disappears with many other Coralians.
Her name is usually not pronounced like the word "eureka" in English (pronounced as eau-wreck-uh instead of you-ree-ka). During the previews at the end of each episode, Eureka is referred to as 'the girl.'
Maurice, Maeter, and Linck
Maurice: Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English) Maeter: Voiced by: Eriko Kigawa (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English) Linck: Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa
Ages: 5, 4, and 3
Maurice (モーリス, Mōrisu?), Maeter (メーテル, Mēteru?), and Linck (リンク, Rinku?) (collectively named after the author Maurice Maeterlinck) are three orphans adopted by Eureka. Three years before the series begins, shortly before Eureka left the SOF with Holland, Eureka found them under a pile of corpses during the massacre at Ciudades del Cielo. Shocked at the sight of the orphaned children, and the sudden consideration of her targets as people that she had killed, Eureka took them aboard the Nirvash and has taken care of them ever since.
Early on, the children consider Renton to be at best a target for their amusement and at worst a direct threat to their relationship with Eureka, whom they consider to be their mother. Through the series this changes slowly, and at the end of the series, the children consider Renton their father.
Maurice is the oldest child. He's also mature for his age ? he's the only one who ever suspects that adults may be misstating the truth to keep the children calm, and he's the most sensitive to Eureka's moods. Maurice knows exactly what happened to his old "mama" though he doesn't seem to harbor any ill will toward Eureka, actually embracing the change (to an extreme at some points). Throughout the series, Maurice is the one who accepts Renton the least, despite occasional acknowledgment of Renton's achievements. However, during the final segments, Maurice finally confronts and accepts the depth and permanence of Renton's feelings for Eureka, and accepts him not only for that but also as his father; this is shown in episode 50 when Maurice connects to the Nirvash and claims, "the only one who can save our mama is our papa!" (referring to Renton). In the epilogue part of episode 50, Maurice is seen wearing clothing resembling those worn by Renton when he went to save Eureka, possibly as a sign of adoration and respect.
Maeter is the middle child and only girl of the group. She is quite precocious, known for teasing and temper-tantrums. Maeter also remembers her family, but only as a vague feeling; when hugging Eureka near the end of the series, she says that Eureka is "warm and smells nice", then pushes away suddenly and cries that she remembers another person who felt the same then went away before Eureka came, presumably her original mother. She tends to take care of Linck, a trait she has exhibited ever since Eureka met them.
Linck is ever curious, typical of children his age, and as the youngest, is less aware of the situations around him and more likely to cry when provoked. He was just a baby during the massacre and, as such, has no memories of his original family. Linck has a scar on his forehead left from a bullet wound Eureka gave him the day she found him.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)
Holland Novak (ホランド・ノヴァク, Horando Novaku?) is the leader of Gekkostate, captain of the Gekko (Moonlight in the manga), and pilot of the LFO Terminus typeR909. Near the end of the series, his typeR909 is destroyed by Anemone and he transfers over to the top secret and deadly (to its pilot as much as the enemy) typeB303 "Devilfish". This LFO is also destroyed, this time in a kamikaze attack to get Holland into Dewey's command ship. Until a couple of years ago he and his companions were part of SOF, an U.F. elite military unit, but deserted after meeting Norb and accepting his charge to protect Eureka until her partner made himself known; which Holland believes will be himself. The events that led to Holland's (and his squad's) desertion also led to the incarceration of his brother Dewey, and they share a deep hatred for each other, in Holland's case beginning at that time. Holland is known as one of the greatest ref boarders alive, and is an idol to many young people, including Renton.
A recurring theme in the middle portion of the series with Holland is his instinct to run away from his past and responsibility, using Eureka and lifting as a way to escape, much to Talho's chagrin.
In person, Holland is not always as cool and composed as the photos in ray=out magazine might suggest ? he frequently loses his temper when a situation turns bad, or when faced with insubordination. He has thrown Renton in the brig for using Nirvash without permission, and has beaten Renton for particularly vexing transgressions. His concern over Eureka's depression motivates him to show illogical animosity towards Renton. His relationship with Talho keeps him from getting too wild, but at times their own relationship suffers whenever he's angry. Holland truly loves Talho, but does not know how to react, especially to her fears that his absolute commitment to protecting Eureka means that he favors Eureka over Talho. Although in episode 33 Holland admits to Talho how he feels and why he is trying to protect the planet (He wants to protect the planet that he met her on). He then picks up the ring he bought for her in episode 5 that she dropped whilest trying to get a handkerchief to wipe her tears. During the end of the episode both Holland and Talho are both wearing the ring (split in half) on their left hand ring finger - indicating that the two are engaged. Holland also suffers from the memories of his bloody past actions, and in reaction to these sometimes lashes out violently.
When he's not occupied with official Gekkostate business, his private persona is quite laid-back and carefree; he might be found listening to records in the room he shares with Talho, or walking around the ship wearing nothing but a pair of swim trunks or boxers. While watching the video of the Ramen prank on Renton, he laughs and calls himself uncool. In "Pacific State", after Talho tries to get him to take time out to have fun lifting (which he fails at, due to his recent injuries), he reveals that he believes he was only good at one thing: lifting.
Despite all this, the LFO and tactical combat skills he retains from his days as an SOF squad leader are superb, and he is willing to lay down every effort to protect and defend Eureka (and later Renton) from those who wish them harm. When he isn't overreacting, he is definitely a leader worth following, and by the end of the series, everyone aboard the Gekko refuses the chance to stay behind safely while he takes the Gekko into near-suicidal combat conditions.
During the latter stages of his SOF days, Holland briefly met Sumner Sturgeon on a mission to Digder, a military mining site. He commended the latter's skills and told him to look out for himself. Later on, after Holland's mutiny, they would cross paths again, this time during Holland's attempt to steal the Nirvash typeZERO from Senan Tower. After the Nirvash was safely delivered to the Gekko, he offered Sumner a position in Gekkostate (which he declined), before going off on his way.
During the previews at the end of each episode, Holland is referred to as 'the man.'
Holland sports a tattoo on his left arm that bears a resemblance to a Germanic rune tattoo that stands for, among other things, "man."
Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)
Talho Yūki (タルホ・ユーキ, Taruho Yūki?) is the head pilot of the Gekko, but she eventually gives up the position to Moondoggie in episode 34, although she seems to still help him in becoming the pilot (she was seen making an instruction manual for Moondoggie). She met Holland and Dewey when the three of them served together in the military, but in the beginning she was very jealous toward the way he treated Eureka. She initially worked in the Information Bureau, but was demoted as an officer for unknown reasons and became a spy later on. Although Ray suggested it was because of her relationship with a superior officer, most likely Dewey Novak, due to his statement to Holland while rescuing Norb, when Dewey said "[Holland,] you even seemed to have picked up the woman I tossed aside," which, since it appears as though Holland and Talho are in some form of relationship, would imply that Talho was previously in a relationship with Dewey. She is also best friends with Hilda. One of Dewey's lines later in the series suggests that she was once in a relationship with Dewey. Her refusal even to leave the Gekko when Holland confronts Dewey toward the very end of the series seems to further suggest a past relationship between her and Dewey.
Initially, Talho makes fun of Renton, but she gets more serious later on in the series and stops doing this, except for a few more playful instances. She constantly looks after Holland's mental state as he vents his frustration at Renton, who he blames for Eureka's mental state. She constantly reminds him of where his mind should focus and not be obsessed with. According to the episode "Inner Flight", she considers Renton, Eureka, Maurice, Maeter, and Linck to be her children.
She and Holland are romantically involved throughout the series, with context suggesting that the relationship goes back at least to Holland's military service. During the early episodes she feels insecure in Holland's commitment to her, constantly reacting jealously to Eureka, as well as to the memory of Renton's sister whom Holland had dated. Towards the middle of the series, Talho cuts her hair, wears a different, less revealing outfit, and demonstrates a newfound maturity in acceptance that Holland is actually committed to a relationship with her and she doesn't have to compete with Eureka. Shortly thereafter, she tells Holland that she is pregnant with his child. Talho's change in appearance comes after a suggestion by Mischa that she should start dressing more appropriately. The scene ends with Mischa closing the privacy drapes in an implication that this is when Talho discovers that she is pregnant. Later, Holland fixes a ring he had bought her earlier in the series (it was crushed by an LFO shortly after he bought it), and splits it in half. Holland wears one half of the ring on his left ring-finger, and Talho wears the other half - indicating that they are engaged. During much of the final segment of the series, Talho effectively serves as the captain of the Gekko while Holland pilots an LFO in combat and recovers from the damage afterward.
Voiced by: Akio Nakamura (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
Matthieu (マシュー, Mashū?) is the easygoing, afro-haired pilot of the Terminus typeR606. He has a passion for music, and seems to be constantly bored. Towards the end of the anime, Matthieu's role becomes minimal as most LFO work is done by Holland in the more effective Devilfish. Matthieu seems to be responsible for gathering information from and maintaining contacts with ref boarders and DJs. Early on, he was one of the few members of the Gekkostate who showed any sympathy for Renton, although he played his fair share of jokes on him as well. He is also regarded as a genius.
Matthieu and Hilda often act like husband and wife. Hilda orders Matthieu around as if he were her husband, and Matthieu treats Hilda as if she were his wife. He even calls her "honey" all the time. They also seem to watch each other's back fairly closely, which usually means Hilda warning Matthieu of something.
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)
Hilda (ヒルダ, Hiruda?) is the pilot of the Terminus typeR808 and Talho's best friend. She holds a managerial position similar to a quartermaster on the Gekko, keeping track of Gekkostate's stores of provisions and mechanical parts. In this capacity, she is generally in charge of the frequent trips to cities to replenish the organization's supplies. Towards the last five episodes, Hilda appears infrequently and has no lines when she does. This is in part due to the fact that all LFO usage on the Gekkostate at that point is left for Holland.
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
Stoner (ストナー, Sutonā?) is the photographer and journalist for ray=out, an underground lifter-culture periodical magazine where he denounces the military's crimes and depicts the daily life of the Gekkostate members to their fans around the world. Stoner is a pacifist and, unlike most of the crew, not a ref boarder, so he does not use an LFO. Instead, he rides with Matthieu. In episode 38, he tells Eureka that he is a "war orphan". Stoner is given to expounding on his philosophical ideas at any time and place, including those which may be least appropriate, such as from the back seat of the 606 in the middle of LFO combat. He also likes to take photos mid-flight, and often requests Matthieu fly in such a way as to make his pictures come out perfectly, in spite of the situation.
Voiced by: Tamio Ohki (Japanese); Bob Papenbrook (episodes 1-28), Kyle Hebert (episodes 29-50) (English)
Ken-Goh (ケンゴウ, Kengō?) is both the owner and the chief gunner of the Gekko. Not much was known about his history with Holland, but dialogue implies that he had something to do with the building of or security on board the Gekko. He once stated that "[he] would not have let [Holland] have the Gekko if [he was]...", cutting off his statement before actually revealing the reason. His marksmanship skills are exceptional and his aim is legendary among the other crew members. Holland refers to him as "Maestro" from time to time. He also enjoys painting and his works are often seen in ray=out.
Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)
Mischa (ミーシャ, Mīsha?) is the Gekkostate's doctor. Originally she was a military scientist specializing in studying Eureka and the Nirvash, and apparently left the military to follow Eureka when Holland stole her away. She has thus known Eureka for years, and is particularly attentive to her well-being. She used to be married to the famous scientist Dr. Greg Egan (also known as "Dr. Bear"), but ended it for an unknown reason. Towards the end of the series, Mischa's role is mainly looking after Talho's pregnancy.
Mischa seems harsh and unemotional on the surface, but she's really just a very serious person. The more one pays attention to what she says, the more it becomes clear that she has her mind on the most important things, or issues that the other members of Gekkostate might ignore at their peril. For the most part, she reminds Talho and Holland often of what things they should do to keep things running well for Gekkostate, both relationship and health-wise. Even though she separated with Dr. Bear, she still shows that she still has feelings for him based on her reactions.
Voiced by: Takko Ishimori (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
Not much is known about Gonzy (ゴンジイ, Gonjii?), but he has a habit of unexpectedly appearing nearby whenever anyone is troubled, usually sitting on a carpet and calmly drinking tea. He often invites whoever's nearby to have tea with him. Gonzy was originally a stowaway aboard the Gekko, but was allowed to stay in part because the others respect his abilities at fortune-telling.
Though not a priest of Vodarac, he gives the image of a spiritualistic man. He's known to give out information out of the blue when it's most needed. When the crew went into a health craze, most of the members followed Gonzy doing various exercises to maintain health such as Tai Chi and eating healthy foods. It wasn't until towards near the end when the Gekkostate members wondered the fate of their world that Gonzy explains that the event they are witnessing is the "Second Summer of Love."
When Gonzy reveals that he knows about the Second Summer of Love, he opens both of his eyes (concealed under his thick eyebrows during the entire series) revealing the purple eyes of a human-form Coralian. Just as Holland and the crew realize the truth, Gonzy thanks them for a good time and disappears, leaving his clothing behind. He does not seem meant for the "blank slate" as Sakuya and Eureka, but rather as an educated observer. It is unknown when or how Gonzy presumably communicated with the Scub Coral, or if he communicates only after his disappearance, but given his likely position and so influence as observer, it is very possible that he was partly responsible for the Command Cluster's decision to trust humanity (namely Eureka, Renton, and those fighting at their side) with, essentially, the saving of all life on the planet.
In the fourth manga book of the series he was revealed by Holland to be a former elder (as opposed to sage as is used in the anime), and, in addition to this, Holland calls him Gon Karmapa.
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), Dave Mallow (English)
Living up to his name, Jobs (ジョブズ, Jobuzu?) does the random jobs on the Gekko and also manages the majority of the hardware aboard the Gekko. Primarily, he's Gekko's engineer and often is found around the core systems room when the ship is requires extra attention in powered flights or battles. He's always immaculately dressed in a shirt, vest, and tie. He also has a calm, expert bearing, but he occasionally lets these mannerisms slip when something is mentioned that particularly excites him. Like Gonzy, he was originally a stowaway, but allowed to stay because of his talents. He admires "Dr. "Bear," as seen in episode 31, and is a huge fan of Dr. Bear's research and engineering theories. He is modeled after Steve Jobs (hence, "Jobs"), one of the co-founders of Apple.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)
Woz (ウォズ, Wozu?) is sometimes called "Woz the Whiz." He is the ship's hacker and maintains the ship's software. He and Jobs were originally stowaways aboard the Gekko, but they were invited to stay because of their technical skills. He and Jobs tend to argue over how best to configure the Gekko's systems, since Woz insists on rewriting the control systems to compensate for every modification Jobs makes while Jobs asserts that the software is fully capable of supporting the changes. His hippy attitude and grunge attire are a deep contrast to Jobs, but they seem to maintain a strong friendship anyway. He is modeled after Steve Wozniak (hence, "Woz"), another of Apple's co-founders.
Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
Hap (ハップ, Happu?) is the second in command, handles Gekkostate's finances, and manages information (not to be confused with Gidget's position of communications). While on the bridge in action, Hap's job is to monitor trapar levels, though he is also there frequently at night trying to obtain intel on matters crucial to the Gekkostate. He is also one of Holland's childhood buddies (since they were three years old, he asserts), and played a key role in convincing Holland and his SOF team to desert. He gained his nickname from his ever-present "happy smile". Hap is very parsimonious when it comes to spending money and is also notably unathletic.
Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa (Japanese), Jessica Straus (English)
Gidget (ギジェット, Gijetto?) is the sensor and communications officer in Gekkostate. Her role is considered secondary and often she's featured relaying tactical data to crew or talking about relationship issues with Eureka.
Gidget is a bit of an airhead, which she admits, but she's not tactless and will go out of her way to protect others' feelings. She's in a relationship with Moondoggie, but only after she made the first move. Renton spotted the couple having their first intimate moment while hiding in an abandoned mine in episode 16.
About midway through the series, she tries to become friends with Eureka because she wants a sisterly relationship like the one Hilda and Talho have. After Renton left Gekkostate and Eureka realized he's gone, Gidget discovered Eureka taking on Renton's duties and even wearing Renton's sweatsuit given to him to pull off a prank for a laugh, but being the only thing he left behind, Eureka wore it in mourning. She is also one of the only crew members to have heart-to-heart conversations with Eureka, telling her that what she's going through was probably a change inside of her. Everyone found out later as Eureka told Renton and everyone eavesdropped on their conversation on the com-links. In another episode, she also went with Eureka to buy makeup since Eureka wanted to look pretty for Renton. In the end, Eureka tried to use the makeup by herself and ended up looking ridiculous. In the same episode, Gidget also says she couldn't live without makeup.
Gidget is based on a character of the same name who appeared originally as the title character of a novel and went on to be the subject of a number of movies and TV shows. The original Gidget was an airhead surfer girl thoroughly entrenched in beach life, much as Eureka Seven's Gidget is an airhead refboarder thoroughly entrenched in lifting culture.
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)
Moondoggie (ムーンドギー, Mūndogī?) is the second-newest member of the Gekkostate (the newest being Renton). In the beginning, he was in charge of the LFO catapult systems and launch pads on board the Gekko, but later he becomes the head pilot, replacing Talho when she has to leave the post, as he is the group's only other licensed pilot. His pilot's license, seen in episode 34, lists his name as James Darren Emerson. His nickname is frequently shortened to "Doggie" by other members of Gekkostate, and Renton sometimes calls him "Doggie-niisan" ("Brother Doggie" in the English dub), referring to Moondoggie as his older brother. In the Japanese version, Moondoggie speaks in a strong Kumamoto accent whenever he gets overly emotional. In the English version, he occasionally talks in surfer lingo. Moondoggie's role was minimal towards the end of the series; he would generally only be featured piloting Gekko, often making dramatic maneuvers to avoid attacks.
As one of the youngest members of Gekkostate, Moondoggie often has confidence issues when comparing himself to the other members of Gekkostate. Even though he presents himself as someone that dislikes Renton, he's just really jealous of him and holds no real malice. He eventually explains that he initially felt he couldn't offer much to the Gekkostate, and often is bothered by the idea that he's useless. After he and Renton patch things up, despite Moondoggie's protests, they become sort of like brothers. For a short while he even displays resentment at the fact that Holland's actions caused Renton to briefly leave the Gekko and instead of Holland making the solving the problem he sulks around feeling jealous of Renton. The chance to pilot the Gekko later on allows him to rediscover his usefulness. It's obvious that Gidget loves Moondoggie, but whether he loves her is somewhat unclear. The official US website says he has a crush on Gidget. In episode 16, the two had a small moment. In volume 3 of the manga, when Renton inquires about the bandages wrapped around his hand, Moondoggie states that "...I at least want to protect the girl I love," referring to Gidget.
Throughout the series, Moondoggie is one of the few crew members who is curious about Renton's relationship with Eureka. While talking amongst the other Gekkostate members, he even ponders if Renton and Eureka are capable of having sexual intercourse, under the mistaken impression that their troubles at the time were because of that. In episode 38, Moondoggie and Matthieu decide to help Renton to this end by giving Renton a stack of dating magazines against Renton's will. Holland comes to the same conclusion due to a comment of Eureka's ("Maybe that is why Renton was so aggressive; maybe Renton really wants to become a dad himself") and subsequently beats the three for what he believes Renton did to Eureka. The situation is cleared up after the fact.
In TR1: The New Wave, Moondoggie makes an appearance as a boy a little younger than Renton. He is involved in a dispute with the main character Sumner Sturgeon over Holland's defection from the military as well as a small incident in which Moondoggie's carrier-truck was (slightly) damaged during a search conducted by Sumner. In the same game, he showed the ability to operate an LFO with at least some skill. However, he needed Sumner's help just to destroy one enemy unit, which is probably why he decided not to be an LFO pilot after joining the Gekkostate.
In TR2: The New Vision, Moondoggie has a much more prominent role. Now a teenager who has recently become a member of the Gekkostate, he happened to run into Sumner during the final Bester lift competition. Since they ended up becoming friends in the first game, he decides to tag along with Sumner and help him out. During their time together, he pilots his very first airship, and helps Ruri and Sumner to admit their feelings towards each other, among other things. Eventually, after flying the two main characters of the game to Thundercloud tower, Moondoggie's airship is shot down, and he decides to flee from the coming battle and return to the Gekkostate.
Like Gidget, Moondoggie is based on a character from the Gidget movies, TV shows, and novel. The original Doggie was the boyfriend of the original Gidget and was a committed surf bum.
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