Nihon Review's Reckoner writes: "Irrespective of how one feels about the quality of this Eureka 7 sequel, I think it would be safe to say at this point that Eureka 7 AO is clearly a different show from its predecessor. This is not limited to the fact that the cast and setting are completely different – there is a fundamental difference in the driving force of each of their stories. Eureka 7 is very character-driven, while in contrast Eureka 7 AO is much more event-driven. This difference has a jarring effect, and personally, it has hampered my enjoyment of the show a lot. Eureka 7 AO has made a very common mistake for sequels: by distancing itself too much from the original series it failed to take advantage of the fact that it is a sequel."