Eureka Seven

Title:Eureka Seven
Eureka 7
Eureka Seven: Psalms of Planets
Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven
交響詩篇 エウレカセブン
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Notables: Animation - BONES
Animation - Zexcs
OOKI Tamio
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
A 14 year-old boy named Renton lives with his mechanic grandfather and struggles with the boredom of a quiet town in which nothing ever happens. At least until a giant LFO mech named Nirvash, in need of repair, crashes into their house. The pilot, a young girl name Eureka is part of Gekko-State renegade group, who have been branded as being criminals by the military. They are a group of surfers who specialize in using mecha's to ride the strange ‘trappa’ waves that on special boards that allow them to surf and soar the heavens. Eureka invites Renton to join their group, telling him that he has a special bond with her LFO, a mecha unit named the Nirvash.

[TV series, 2005-06, 50 TV Episodes + 1 recap special after episode 26, 24 min; Produced by Bones]

See also - Eureka 7-the movie and series sequel, Eureka Seven AO
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Buy 10 9 9 8 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:1031#1552]
Enough hype went into Eureka 7 when it originally aired on Adult Swim a few years ago here in America so much so that I chose to download the series to see what made it worthwhile. For a title of the mecha genre, it does offer something different for the mecha genre. Instead of mechas being used just for the sake of battle, they're also used for air surfing as shown through the LFOs used by Gekko State. This effectively flows along with the freedom and carefree times that the crew goes through away from their clashes from the military. The reasons for Gekko State's rebellion against the military is unveiled throughout the series as this series does a good enough job at delving into the conflicts and tensions that undergo the military and Gekko State, especially once Dewey Novak enters the picture.

In terms of character development, the main focus with the development is on the relationships between characters. Mainly, this involves Renton/ Eureka and Holland/ Talho. In the case of Renton and Eureka, Eureka and her Nirvash are what drive Renton to join with Gekko State. Despite his puppy-love crush on the girl, he comes to realize that there is more to this girl than he realizes as the series progresses. At first, Eureka doesn't seem to reciporcate Renton's feelings up until later developments with her character and the Nirvash take place making her question her actions up to now.

In the case of Holland/ Talho, their relationship is on shaky ground due to Holland's personal issues. Because of his guilt from past actions he committed in the military, Holland is unable to cope with it and constantly uses Eureka and lifting as a scapegoat from coming to terms with his past and the responsibility that he must put forth to put the past behind him. Renton's bond with Eureka, as a result, cause him and Holland to butt heads with each other on occasion. Because of Holland's problems, Talho becomes jealous of the closeness he has with Eureka because of him running away from his problems.

But beyond these pairings, most other characters lack the same amount of development as Renton, Eureka, Holland, and Talho which is this show's weakest area. Many characters, especially crew members on Gekko State and in the military, felt like they were just there. You never get a sense of what sort of pasts these characters had up to the present. In addition, some mecha battles I came across felt typical of a shounen action series where the hero is beaten to the point of defeat up until they find the power within to crush their enemies.

Visuals were quite a sight for Eureka 7 featuring plenty of detail and vast settings. Mecha designs were quite slick and moved very fluidly in both air surfing and battle scenes. The light given off by the mecha during such scenes further added to the highlights for animation.

Despite my issues with secondary character depth and some battle scenes, Eureka 7 does make for a worthwhile show to watch. With a mix of romance, sci-fi, drama, and mecha action, fans of mixed genre anime titles should be able to enjoy this show's 50-episode run.

Last updated Wednesday, February 25 2009. Created Wednesday, February 25 2009.
Buy T.Starz [series:1031#3064]
most anime when it is 50eps it just got shit half way but no this one in all the eps it had somethiung good

only bad thing i think was the end i think they should do a ova

Last updated Thursday, February 12 2009. Created Thursday, February 12 2009.
Buy 10 9 8 9 10 10 Brogramn [series:1031#2445]
I found myself being able to find a lot of sources for anime in the past year. This series was the first one that came to mind. I heard many things about this series, mostly because of the prestgous developer of the series. I even saw a "Newtype" cover of Eureka Seven, describing how much of a hit it was in Japan. My curiosity from the get-go was immense, my new found sources were the perfect opportunity.

Overall, I was impressed. Bones is known for thier famous series, but this one is truthfully the first I've even seen from Bones. I'll start with what I liked about the series.

The first thing that hits you as you come into Episode one, is the effects of the color blends and shades. Eureka surely applies some of the more recent techniqes in the world of anime. It gives the world its own life, its own feeling. The bright neon greens of the Trapar and the hot pinks of the KLF blasters going off tend to come off as exaggerated, but it doesn't take away from the overall presentation of the world. Eureka7 takes on the landscape of recent trends: a world in the sky. Most of the action takes place in the sky or on ships. The sky is a backdrop that helps people center on the characters and the plot rather than the art. "Substance over Presentation" comes to mind when thinking of this.

Animation is overall done smoothly. I still have some reservations about certain scenes, but the charaters are given lively expressions, outfits, and mannerisms. One of my colleagues mentions the uneveness of the animation, and I would have to disagree. Certain choppiness is observed as only a result of the art and enviornment itself. At least, that is my opinion.

By far, the music and story itself is what will keep people watching the whole series. I have four of the intro/outro songs on my Itunes/Ipod. From techno, to classic, to disco, to funk, even to gregorian chant, the people at Bones take inspiration from all elements of music. Its also well placed, as sometimes I feel music doesn't fit the sceneario. I don't feel this way when it comes to Eureka7.

The characters are all interesting in thier own rights. There are however, two relationships that overlay the others. The first is the captain of the Gekko State: the former SLF captain Holland, and his second-in-command/pilot of the Gekko-go, Talho. These two are of the first side of the relationship spectrum. Talho and Holland have been intimate and together for a long time, with the threat of a blooming war pushing them closer together. The friction this causes is sometimes rejected, even vented on the others of the State. By far, our poor hero, Renton, is the main punching bag of these spats between Holland and Talho, who seem him as a conveinance. However, a pregnancy starts to put things in perspective for the two...

The other, and most important relationship, is between our two heroes, Renton and Eureka. For Renton, its love at first sight, but Eureka has no idea what these feellings are. Renton is spineless, but more like patient in my opinion, and doesn't rush Eureka towards anything. In the meantime, Renton is trying to be accepted by the three orphens who are under the care of Eureka. Renton is given tons of care and responsibilty, as he learns from his days on the Gekko how to become a man. Its the other end of the spectrum: two young people realizing that they are in love.

However, beside the development of these two relations, the others are tossed aside quite easily. Many of the crew members aren't even nessicary to the show. Its a shame as well, seeing as the crew is made up of all sorts of outcasts and vagabonds.

Anyways, I was delighted with this series, and was disappointed only on one front. This is definately one of the best series to come out in the last few years.

Last updated Sunday, January 28 2007. Created Sunday, January 28 2007.
Buy 9 8 9 8 10 10 chibi [series:1031#2380]
Giant battle mecha surfing on energy waves.

That's what most reviews will start with, egged on by the promos and opening sequence. But don't be fooled or put-off by that glib description; this is a serious science-fiction series on the order of Akira (if it had taken the time to explain what was going on) with lots of drama and character development.

The story revolves around Renton, a teenage boy from a backwater town, and Eureka, the exotic-looking girl pilot of a mecha that crashes into his grandfather's mechanical repair shop one day. (Her name is given a Japanese pronunciation and comes out sounding a lot like "Erica".) Renton is swept up into a three-way struggle between the government, a semi-sentient planet that appears inimical to human life, and a rag-tag cadre of surf bums and military renegades flying around in a stolen prototype carrier ship on their own mission to save the world. The cast expands with the plot to include religious fanatics, egghead scientists, career military officers, etc., and few of them are left unexplored or undeveloped, but are given the story time to become real people.

At 50 episodes, this is by far the longest series I've watched yet. Some say it is slow-moving, but it never felt that way to me. It felt more like a well-written good-sized SciFi novel by Herbert or Cherryh that had a lot to say and took the time to say it right. There is very little filler in here, one episode where they have a soccer game is the only one I can think of that they could have done without. The rest is fairly solid plot or character development, or action. The main- and sub-plots flow together well towards the conclusion, which is satisfying with enough loose ends to keep you thinking. Maybe this isn't an "epic" show, but it seems to me like a mini-epic.

I have few complaints on the story, but one is that the military, although obviously given a large portion of the planet's economic resources, is unrealistically inept. The only time they seem able to win a battle is when they're committing atrocities against hopelessly out-gunned civilians, and it's just pushing credibility a bit too far to see them bested time after time by a small group of surf bums, however talented they may be.

The characters seem at first to be drawn in a variety of different styles, as if drawn by different artists, but after a while you get used to it as you see that their differences match the particular character's background. Battle scenes are used when they move the story but never to replace it. When they are shown, they're really well done, exhibiting a good sense of both motion and tactics. Animation seems of average- to good-quality; I didn't notice any CGI. Color is also used very well throughout the series, with muted tones used for natural objects.

The OP and ED musical themes change two or three times over the course of the series. Frankly, none of them did much for me, I usually skipped over them. The background music, with a couple of jarring exceptions (like the synthesized waltz music for the ball scene) consisted of orchestral pieces that were tailored nicely to the scene to enhance the emotion, or techno/dance numbers when a more "hip" atmosphere was needed. The latter type of music was integral to the plot on at least a couple of occasions.

Last updated Friday, January 05 2007. Created Friday, January 05 2007.
Unevaluated Forbin [series:1031#1573]
Analysis : 4 R1 Discs Watched.
  • Drama : Med / High
  • Comedy : Med
  • Action : Med
  • SciFi : High
  • Ecchi : Low
What a surprising series. It's slow paced and Renton is a just a whiny little kid (Which he is) but It's well paced and done. This whole thing about Surfing and robots took a long time to get used to (2 full discs) but I like it.

Last updated Friday, November 17 2006. Created Friday, November 17 2006.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:1031#628]
Well, this show is definitely worth a watch, but somehow it hasn't struck a chord with me. Maybe because I'm getting a little tired of being expected to identify with strange characters who defy authority. It seems as if "authority" is considered a dirty word, something inherently evil, to the extent that the scriptwriters don't even bother to explain why it is unjust and deserves to be overthrown. Also, in my book characters who try too hard to be "cool" are automatically not cool. Maybe it will improve with time, but I am unwilling to commit myself to such a lengthy series which doesn't strike the right chord with me right off the bat.

Last updated Wednesday, February 13 2008. Created Monday, May 29 2006.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 Violet D [series:1031#1393]
I started watching this a couple of saturdays ago on Adult Swim and you know I don't think it is half bad. I think the idea of the story is going to get better as it continues and it holds my interest on what is going to happen next. I was right about this one film getting better as the episodes continue. There is more to Hollen then Renton thought. Last Saturdays episode was knid of creepy. Because this other being goes after the Gecko and meanwhile Eureka is not feeling well. So this girl or being I haven't decided what she is. Anyway she is scarey looking and not in a good way if there is such a thing. There is never a dull moment when I watch this Anime. There for a couple of saturdays they were taking a break and having other showings. But last saturday it was on again and I really like this one. They brought in another character into the picture and I'm not sure if he is a good guy or bad. They always end it by showing previews and say to be continued. I like this one because it leaves you wondering what is going to happen next time.

Last updated Sunday, August 20 2006. Created Thursday, May 04 2006.
Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:1031#967]
Teenagers, airborne skateboards and big mecha toys.

Episode #17 has just been release as a fansub. This is a bit slow moving series, in which Renton is trying to understand his romance interest, a very strange teenaged pilot name Eureka.

Last updated Sunday, November 06 2005. Created Thursday, April 28 2005.

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