I think it would be safe to say that opinions on Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean have been very polarized. Perhaps it was inevitable with Bones reviving an extremely popular franchise as a lot of fans of the original Eureka Seven have expressed discontent with Astral Ocean. If you have read any of my weekly Anime Power Ranking picks then you will have a general idea of my thoughts on Astral Ocean. Recently, though, I have begun to lean towards the thought that Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean simply should not exist. Rather, it should simply be Astral Ocean because the Eureka Seven franchise name has been too much of a detriment to it.
Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean is off to a great start with its exciting and compelling story. There is plenty to enjoy in this sequel whether you are a fan or a newcomer to the franchise. Fans of the original may be disappointed by the lack of old faces, but the show still feels very much like Eureka Seven. In the original, names were not random and they were assigned with specific reasons and meanings, even if they did take a while to reveal themselves. Unsurprisingly, in Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean the names are also filled with references. As we are only five episodes in it may be too early to understand the meaning behind all of the names, but nevertheless, some information and hints can be gained by exploring the meanings behind the names and references that the writers included.