Final Eureka Seven Film Delayed to 2021

The official website for the Eureka Seven franchise has announced that the final film in the Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution film trilogy has been delayed from 2019 to 2021. The website did not cite a reason for the delay.

The first film opened in September 2017, after making its worldwide debut at Otakon in August 2017. The second film opened in Japan on November 10, 2018.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Lists Screenings for the Hakubo and Anemone Films and the ACTORS and Hensuki TV Anime

The schedule for Anime Expo is currently listing that the event will screen the Hakubo and ANEMONE: Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution anime films, and will also screen the world premiere of the ACTORS: Songs Connection television anime series as well as a premiere screening of the Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? television anime series.

Yutaka Yamamoto’s original anime project Hakubo (Twilight) will have its North American premiere at Anime Expo on July 6, 2019.

Anime Expo will screen ANEMONE: Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution (Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) with English subtitles on July 6, 2019 with voice actress Kaori Nazuka (voice of Eureka). FUNnimation Entertainment had announced in October 2018 that it will screen the film in theaters in 2019.

Kadokawa and FUNimation are hosting the 18+ panel screening of the premiere of the Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie? anime on July 5, 2019. The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 8, 2019, with FUNimation launching a simulcast on the same day. A simuldub will launch on FunimationNow on July 22, 2019.

Anime Expo will screen the world premiere of ACTORS: Songs Connection on July 7, 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: Eureka Seven The Complete Series

Eureka Seven The Complete Series is a seven-disc Blu-ray containing all 50 episodes of the series. This set includes both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Eureka Seven The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: August 30, 2016

The series focuses on Renton Thurston, a 14-year-old who is the son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. Renton lives with his grandfather, and he thinks his life and his town are boring. He is also into lifting, which is a lot like surfing in the air; however, lifting uses trapar, a substance that is abundant in the air. Renton idolizes Holland, a legendary lifter who is part of a renegade group called Gekkostate.

Renton’s life changes when a large mechanical robot called the Nirvash Type Zero crashes into his room. Eureka, the mysterious female pilot, turns out to be a member of the Gekkostate. The Nirvash is attacked, and during the battle, Renton’s grandfather has him deliver the Amita Drive, a special part for this mecha. This delivery and his involvement change Renton’s life, and he joins Gekkostate to co-pilot the Nirvash with Eureka.

It turns out that Dewey Novak, a colonel in the U.F. Military, has a plot to overthrow the government so he can wipe out the Scub Coral, a race that is currently lying dormant in the world. Dewey was originally a commander of a branch of the military that carried out genocidal campaigns against the Vodarec people. Other important antagonists include Second Lieutenant Dominic Sorel and Anemone, a young woman who pilots another Nirvash (one known as The End). The series culminates into a clash between Gekkostate and Dewey’s forces in order to decide the fate of the world.

The crew of the Gekkostate is made up of a wide variety of characters, but the most notable are Holland, Talho, Hap, Hilda, Matthieu, Gidget, and Moondoggie. Eureka also has three children she took in named Maeter, Maurice, and Linck. When I first saw the three children, I was afraid they would be like the kids in the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series and not have a real purpose outside of providing some comedic relief. As I watched Eureka Seven, I was pleased to discover that the kids had a purpose and a major role in the series. Moondoggie was a character who seemed to not have a real purpose for being part of the crew outside of comic relief, but he ended up having a reason to be there by the end of the series.

One of the takeaways I had from the series is how much certain characters changed and evolved over the course of it. These changes were the most noticeable in Renton, Eureka, Holland, Talho, Maeter, Maurice, and Linck. But Renton and Eureka went through the most evolution as characters, as they both experienced major situations that tested them and their resolve. After watching Eureka Seven, I think I can say that the series’ combination of sci-fi, action, and character development helped to make it a strong story.

Several themes run throughout Eureka Seven. Racial integration is presented in various relationships in the series, as well as religious tolerance and harmony. There are also allegories to real world conflicts and political climates of the time the series was being produced. There are also themes of parenting, family, “puppy love,” personal identity, protection, responsibility, and guilt. Eureka Seven also depicts surf culture, subcultures and their related musical movements, and environmental movements.

Another strong point for the series is the mecha design. Some of the mecha that appears bears a strong resemblance to some of the mecha from the Super Dimension Fortress Macross anime series. It turns out this isn’t terribly surprising, since the mecha in both.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080i High Definition 4×3 (SD Remaster), and the audio includes Dolby TrueHD: English 2.0 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I thought the video quality was good on this release, and I have no complaints about the audio quality.

Bonus features are scattered throughout this set: There are commentaries included the following episodes: Episode 1, Episode 7, Episode 13, Episode 15, Episode 20, Episode 26, Episode 27, Episode 32, Episode 36, Episode 39, Episode 43, and Episode 50. There is also a “special textless version” of Episode 50 in this set.

Discs four and seven include interviews with the following Japanese and English voice actors: Yuko Sanpei, Kaori Nazuka, Stephanie Sheh, Jonny Yong Bosch, Keiji Fujiwara, Michiko Neya, Crispin Freeman, and Kate Higgins. To be honest, the most memorable interview coms from Crispin Freeman. He really seemed to have a greater depth of understanding for the series in comparison to the other voice actors, and he was very articulate. That’s not to say that the other interviews were bad, though. They were good for what they were.

The set also includes textless openings and closings, the U.S. trailer for Eureka Seven, and FUNimation trailers.

Eureka Seven The Complete Series should be added to the anime home video library of fans of the series. It allows you to get the entire series in one collection, and the amount of bonus features included also make this set worth it.

The Second Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution Film Replaces Voice Actor for Dewey Novak

The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution film trilogy has announced that Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution), the second film in the trilogy, has replaced voice actor Kouji Tsujitani with Keiji Fujiwara in the role of Dewey Novak, after the former’s recent passing on October 17, 2018. Tsujitani had voiced the character since the original 2005 series.

The new role marks Fujiwara’s return to the Eureka Seven franchise. He voiced the character Holland in the 2005 series, but did not reprise his role in the new films due to being on hiatus to undergo medical treatment for an unspecified illness. When Fujiwara returned to voice acting last year, the films had already cast Toshiyuki Morikawa as Holland. Fujiwara also voiced Renton Thurston in the EUREKA SEVEN AO series.

Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution is scheduled to open in Japan on November 10, 2018. FUNimation Entertainment will debut the film in theaters in 2019.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment’s Announcements at New York Comic Con

FUNimation announced the following during their panel at New York Comic Con:

  • The company will premiere Anemone/Eureka Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution), the second film in the Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution film trilogy, in theaters in 2019.
  • The company announced that it will release the first 12 episodes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital on January 29, 2019. The release will include the three-episode original video anime (OVA) The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star.
  • It was also announced that the company plans to release the complete Citrus series on home video on January 22, 2019.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN

First Eureka Seven Hi Evolution Film’s U.S. Theatrical Release Is Scheduled for February 2018

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will release the first Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution film in theaters in the United States on February 5 and 7, 2018. There will be screenings in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

The first film in the trilogy opened on 107 screens in Japan on September 16, 2017, after making its worldwide debut at Otakon on August 12, 2017. In its first two days, it raised about 63 million yen (about US$561,137). The second film will open in 2018, and the third film will open in 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven is an anime series created by the Bones anime studio. The anime was produced by Bones and was directed by Dai Sato. The series aired on Japanese television from April 17, 2005-April 2, 2006. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American license for the Eureka Seven anime series.

The series focuses on Renton Thurston, a 14-year-old who is the son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. Renton lives with his grandfather, and he thinks his life and his town are boring. He’s also into lifting, which is a lot like surfing in the air; however, lifting uses trapar, a substance that is abundant in the air. Renton idolizes Holland, a legendary lifter who is part of a renegade group called Gekkostate.

Renton’s life changes when a large mechanical robot called the Nirvash Type Zero crashes into his room. Eureka, the mysterious female pilot, turns out to be a member of the Gekkostate. The Nirvash is attacked, and during the battle, Renton’s grandfather has him deliver the Amita Drive, a special part for this mecha. This delivery and his involvement change Renton’s life, and he ends up joining Gekkostate to co-pilot the Nirvash with Eureka.

It turns out that Dewey Novak, a colonel in the U.F. Military, has a plot to overthrow the government so he can wipe out the Scub Coral, a race that is currently lying dormant in the world. Dewey was originally a commander of a branch of the military that carried out genocidal campaigns against the Vodarec people. Other important antagonists include Second Lieutenant Dominic Sorel and Anemone, a young woman who pilots another Nirvash (one known as The End). The series culminates into a clash between Gekkostate and Dewey’s forces in order to decide the fate of the world.

The crew of the Gekkostate is made up of a wide variety of characters, but the most notable are Holland, Talho, Hap, Hilda, Matthieu, Gidget, and Moondoggie. Eureka also has three children she took in named Maeter, Maurice, and Linck. When I first saw the three children, I was afraid they would be like the kids in the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series and not have a real purpose outside of providing some comedic relief. As I watched Eureka Seven, I was pleased to discover that the kids had a purpose and a major role in the series, and that they were characters in their own right. Moondoggie was a character who seemed to not have a real purpose being part of the crew outside of comic relief, but he ended up having a reason to be there by the end of the series.

One of the takeaways I had from the series is how much certain characters changed and evolved over the course of it. These changes were the most noticeable in Renton, Eureka, Holland, Talho, Maeter, Maurice, and Linck. But Renton and Eureka went through the most evolution as characters, with them experiencing major situations that tested them and their resolve. After watching Eureka Seven, I think I can say that the series’ combination of sci-fi, action, and character development helped to make it a strong story. Overall, Eureka Seven is a very well-done show, but I think my biggest complaint when it comes to the character development is that Anemone’s change in character seemed to happen a little too suddenly right at the end of the series. Outside of that one nitpick, I do think that most of the character development that took place during the series was handled well.

Another strong point for the series is the mecha design. Some of the mecha that appears bears a strong resemblance to some of the mecha from the Super Dimension Fortress Macross anime series.

Several themes run throughout Eureka Seven. Racial integration is presented in various relationships in the series, as well as religious tolerance and harmony. There are also allegories of real world conflicts and political climates of the time the series was being produced. There are also themes of parenting, family, “puppy love,” personal identity, protection, responsibility, and guilt. Eureka Seven also depicts surf culture, subcultures and their related musical movements, and environmental movements.

It should also be noted that most, if not all, of the episode titles, are song references. Also, while watching the series, my husband and I found references in some of the episodes to the bands New Order and Joy Division.

I enjoyed Eureka Seven, and I would recommend it to viewers who enjoy mecha anime that has a strong focus on character relationships and character development.