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English: Eureka Seven
Synonyms: Koukyou Shihen Eureka Seven, Eureka 7, Eureka Seven Psalms of Planets, Koukyoushi Hen: Eureka Seven
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 17, 2005 to Apr 2, 2006
Producers: Bones, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Mainichi Broadcasting, Production Reed, Bandai EntertainmentL
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.281 (scored by 74704 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure drama mecha romance sci-fi
Feb 25, 2007
- [ Intro ] -
While enduring one of my anime-deprivation periods, I saw Eureka Seven with a high rating. I said why not and proceeded to get all of its 50 episodes. I started watching it only recently, after going through Ergo Proxy. Upon opening the first episode, I went o_0 then 0_0 instantly! Eureka Seven has a great OP and accompanying music! This promised to be a great anime. I could not resist going on after seeing the first episode. I can say I went through the episodes like a breeze, almost refusing to stop!
So, let me just say it here, loud and clear: Eureka Seven is DEFINITELY THE BEST ANIME I HAVE SEEN! It was a total addiction to me, and it still is!
Bear with me, this review will be quite lengthy! Eureka Seven (E7) really deserves it anyways!
- [ Animation = Excellent = 10 ] -
The animation of E7 is really, and I mean it, really impressive! The characters are extremely well drawn. Not your general, wide-eyed anime models but they are definitely well made. Their features are very well-detailed and their appearance is very good. Their clothes are futuristic and kinda cool in a way. E7 involves mechas, and as you could expect, they are quite stiff and roughly drawn. NO! They are the opposite! Their designs are well-polished and smoothly drawn. Here too, the features are very well-detailed. The motion of both characters and mechas are extremely smooth and not glitchy, specially considering that E7 involves something called "reffing" which resembles snowboarding. Even at the apex of fast-paceness, the motion is real smooth. The characters' movements are natural and not robotic and their poses are very human-like. Granted, the mechas look a bit like Evangelion's or perhaps even RahXephon's. But in E7, they are well coloured, and in my opinion, better designed. In a way, the way the characters were designed represent their personality. I'll leave it at that without elaboration. Go find out for yourself!
Now, the backgrounds and sceneries of E7 are again impressive. Well detailed, well drawn, good play on lighting and atmosphere gives them a truly unique feel. You won't be seeing much scenery anyway, as most of the scenes will be above clouds. But when you do see real scenery, it's nice! They vary from the lively towns, to lush and wild nature and colourful flowers, to the dark and grungy industrial zones and to the dark, moody and emotional scenes. The transition between these scenes is so smooth that you rarely notice that you have suddenly changed decors! The light works was well done and will give more life and vividity to scenes. Notice the rock textures and how light is used to bring out the relief. The people at BONES have done something very good here.
The greatest part of the animation lies in the battle and action scenes, particularly those involving the characters "reffing". The action is so smooth! There are no robotic movements, even when the action is at its climax and everything is going fast. No blurs, no glitches and no flaws! Great!! And also, there are almost no frame re-use except for flashbacks (there are not many). Take for example, in Shaman King. Yoh is always seen summonning Amidamaru and this scene is in most episodes. Here, you won't find such repeating scenes often. Even if there are some repeats, they are different in their own ways.
- [ Sound = StoryWriter wins! = 10 ] -
I don't usually pay much attention to sounds and music in animes. Story, characters and animation usually get my attention. With E7 however, things are different! The OST for Eureka Seven is much varied from hard rock to electronic music! The OP music was great and I really enjoyed the music. However, the best song according to me, remains Storywriter by Supercar! I long to hear it again and again, and it has made it to my top favourites! It makes a really great accompaniment for action scenes, trust me. Yeaaaahhhhhh! The techno beats you hear during fights or the rock you hear during major events are g.r.e.a.t!!!!
E7 makes heavy use of music since there are lots of action scenes. However, for every scene, whatever it is (emotional or fast paced), the music chosen is right! It really highlights the scenes and make them so much more interesting! Definitely a good choice of music in E7, and definitely worth a listen! Sound effects too are present and nicely integrated into the scenes. Notice the wind "whoosshhh" when the chracters are reffing, and the sound of flapping clothes. It gives added realism to the scenes. Sometimes, you can hear accompanying explosions after a major bang! It's nice to note these, just for added realism.
The voice actors did a pretty good job too! However, for some characters like Anemone or MoonDoggie, you can have some difficulty to understand them, due to their accents. Anyway, it's not a real problem if you got fansubbed episodes, or subbed DVDs.
- [ Story = Complexity and Details = 9.9 ] -
Eureka Seven starts with our main male character, Renton aged 14 in his hometown of Bellforest, enjoying his life, albeit 14 years of boredom as he mentions. One day, a huge robot (an LFO) crashes in his grand-father, Alex's workshop. Out of it emerges a beautiful young girl, our main female character, Eureka. Dumbfounded by her beauty and mysteriousness, Renton is immediately love-struck. However, the millitary was pursuing Eureka. Eureka is a member of GekkoState - a sort millitia/anti-government, non-conformist reffers group, led by Holland. Eureka must return to GekkoState at all costs. However, Holland had another mission - to get the Amita Drive from Alex, a device developed by Renton's late father and world hero, Adrock Thurston. To help in Eureka's escape, Renton grabs his reffing board and tries to deliver the Amita Drive to Eureka who is now escaping in her LFO, the Nirvash. Inspired by his all-time hero Holland, Renton would like to join GekkoState to train as a mechanic. Holland, accepts (although not very gladly), and so Renton becomes GekkoState's youngest member, and his adventures and romance now start.
Some main characters are Talho, main pilot of GekkoGo. Holland, the commander. Ken-Goh, the weapons expert. Stoner, photographer and editor of Ray=Out magazine which is very anti-government and was hence banned. Hap, second commander and Holland's friend. Misha, the on-board doctor. Jobs and Woz, the ship engineers. MoonDoggie, catapult operator and secondary pilot. Gidget, communications operator. Hilda and Matthiew, LFO pilots. And Renton and Eureka, Nirvash pilots and main characters. And also, the Nirvash LFO can also be considered a character at the end of E7.
Ok, my description is not very great but story is really one of the greatest strengths of E7. The plotline is really complex and deep. Agreed, you have one main plotline that runs through the entire series. However, what is interesting is the way that plotline is explored from various angles and according to various characters' point of view. This gives an added understanding of the plotline. You will also see many innovative things like Trappar Particles, LFO's, Reffing, Amita Drive, and Coralians! Indeed, it's a very elaborate plotline. Interestingly enough, you will sometimes find the plotline diverging to explore various side characters' stories eg. William B. Baxter's story. Don't worry, it's here for a purpose - that is of explaining the global situation from different people's perspective.
The story runs very deep, exploring such things as war and conflicts between friends, companionship, unfaltering loyalty, indomitable will to protect, duty, love, sense of justice, and the loss of close-persons. Sometimes, the emotions get real heavy and the sensitive views might be moved to tears, no joke! It can become very heavy and emotional sometimes, specially scenes involving the above-mentioned. It's a very well detailed plotline, with many interesting twists that add spice to an already very interesting story. It's a good blend of romance, action, mecha and adventure. Definitely my type!
Through the course of the story, you will have the opportunity to explore the characters' past and get to know them better. You won't find many loopholes or dark points here as everything is well explained. Expect emotional warfare, painful pasts, jealousy, self-sacrifice, the death of companions, inter-crewmate conflicts and resolutions of conflicts by various ways according to the characters, added to some good philosophies about love and the other things I mentioned! It's a nice lesson in a way.
However, expect a major change of pace after Episode 26. You will be seeing more adult-related things, like blood and death more often. Just a warning. Mind you, many weird and frankly, strange things are awaiting you from Episode 31 and onwards! You would think you are in some kind of toon movie! :D
The plotline offers no boredom since the characters constantly change and adapt, specially on the emotional level. I like the way the twists in emotions are introduced. It's subtle, but really present. E7 is really a great piece of work and you will see lots of unexpected things. Pay close attentions to the play on words. The GekkoState assault on Capital Hill really got me stuck.
One thing to hate is the presence of Maeter, Linck and Maurice! Damn! These 3 kids know how to ruin the mood and atmosphere! In my opinion, they got no place in E7! Another is the complexity of some plots! You don't understand anything at first, but it's revealed after. Although there are some minor things which are left unexplained, or are not given enough elaboration, it cannot beat the greatness of E7. (Except only one which needed more elaboration). Anyways, if you use your brains a bit, it's not hard to figure out those un-explainations! :D
Overall, E7 has a real smooth way for proceeding with the story, smooth and sweet! Just what I've been looking. No rush, no incessant/useless main character deaths, no plotholes, no fillers, just pure delight. Good job, E7! Frankly, it has the damn B.E.S.T ending I've ever seen so far, surpassing even my previous "favourite ending", Last Exile. Eureka Seven devoted almost one episode just for ending, a weird (and surreal) ending! Talk about a good finisher! :D
And now, for a bit of selfishness (shared selfishness IMHO): I WANT EUREKA SEVEN MOVIE TO EXPLAIN EVERYBORY'S ENDINGS! :D
P.s. Why 9.9 and not 10? Because some important events got left out of the explanations. You could guess what they were, but an explanantion would have been easier. That's why I substracted 0.1 marks!
- [ Characters = I like the name "MoonDoggie" :p = 10 ] -
Ok, it's not *just* because I like the name "MoonDoggie" but it's still a very hilarious name! The characters really deserve that 10. I've really seen such a diverse and complex cast of characters. So I think it's better that I introduce some of the main characters first. I can't do that for all of them since there are so many (25-like main characters! Sugoi! :S)
Anyways, let's start by our main character, Renton. He's what you will call a normal guy. No super-powers a-la-Bleach here. No, he's just normal, leading a normal life. However, he is still the son of Adrock Thurston, the guy who saved the world. Quite a name to carry around. Renton gets accepted on GekkoGo (GekkoState's ship). Now, this is not what he expected. Holland is kind of a slave-master! He kinda get beaten up, get used as a.. duh slave, and things like that. Life's not all pleasant for him, all because Holland is... jealous! LOL! No joke! Anyways, E7 beautifully illustrates his development through it's 50 eps, going from a not-worth-anything to the.. (Spoiler. Cannot tell you!). He's got much ahead of him. I really cannot say more without spoiling major things.
Eureka. Beautiful, quiet, mysterious. Love-at-first-sight for Renton, who would do anything to protect her. Her development is well-presented too. Mind you, strange things are awaiting you at the end of E7, be ready for it! This girl has many secrets and lots of potential. Although, she appears to lack emotions (which Renton teaches her), but she's an adept at LFO combat. Enough here, cuz spoilers are coming if I continue.
On with Holland. The master of reffing and Renton (and all kids') all-time god (hero/idol) and commander of GekkoState. Holland appears to be a fun character, and somewhat stern. However, Renton was badly mistaken. Holland is just the opposite of what he seems to be. He is like a father for GekkoState, protecting everybody and self-sacrificing for the sake of others. Midway through E7, he undergoes dramatic changes, all for the best.
Talho! The captain of Gekko-Go. She is the leash for Holland, restricting his impulses and setting him in the right direction. She has a secret (ok, not so secret) crush on Holland.
Hap, the everything-doer. Not much to say, but he still has quite a role in E7. Similarly, Woz (strange hat man!), Jobs (Hitman's son?), Gonzy, Gidget, MoonDoggie (Doggie Nii-san! LOL!), Stoner and the others have their respective roles to play, but they are very diverse from each other, and each's development is well planned and well presented. Their emotional developments are very well introduced, smoothly and at the correct pace, giving the viewer time to digest the changes and appreciate them.
There are characters on the other side (bad side) if you want, like Dominic, Anemone, the Sages the millitary and Dewey. But I can't explain about them without spoiling. Expect something Gundam Seed Destiny-like with Dewew. The others are not so bad, but take soooo long to realise it.
The hierarchy is: Sages -> Dewew -> Millitary -> Dominic -> Anemone. Or something like that.
As you can see, there are literally lots and lots of characters in E7, and that goes without mentioning important side characters like Diane Thurston, William B. Baxter and the others. They have important roles to play and are here to reveal parts of the E7 plot to us, in a subtle way. It allows the viewer to get a global view of E7 and from different perspectives. There is literally lots and lots to tell about E7's cast, but I leave their discovery to you. I can't spoil the fun furthur.
- [ Value and Enjoyment = YEAH!!! = 10! ] -
If you haven't guessed by now, Eureka Seven is just great and I really enjoyed my watching experience. I am now going to rewatch it, just to get a clearer view of it. In fact, Eureka Seven is one of the rare anime that I have ever rewatched. And frankly, it deserves it. I would rank the rewatch value as "Very High". At the end, you will want to rewatch it from the beginning, just to watch the characters and story's evolution again, from a new and enlightened perspective. And to gain a better understanding of E7's magnificent story of course!
I really, really enjoyed Eureka Seven and it is now my top favourite. It deserves this space. Eureka Seven is a masterpiece, take it from a fellow fan.
Now, E7 might have some plotholes and some things that weren't elaborated extensively, just as any other anime have. But the positive aspects of E7 fully compensate for these small (tiny) losses. You won't even feel them. Nothing is perfect, but I believe E7 approaches perfection up to its nose!
As summary: Rewatch Value? Very High. Enjoyed myself? I kinda went overboard! Was E7 good? Na, no good. It is simply a masterpiece!
- [ Conclusions ] -
Go watch Eureka Seven!! That's all there is to say. You won't regret it. I know some people will be dissatisfied with my review, but I am just expressing my opinions. And I consider Eureka Seven to be a true success! Go watch it and draw your own conclusions. I do not think you would regret it. And I am not joking, it really deserves these "10"'s from me!
Now, I sincerely await a movie. Not because was bad (in fact, it was great. Strange but great!). But because I really want to see more of Renton and Eureka, of Holland and Talho, of MoonDoggie and of Dominic and Anemone. I would like more about their endings, and what has become of them. The mere glances I got at the end is not enough to satisfy my hunger! I hope the creators of E7 can hear me! :D
Thank you for reading my review. I know it was long. If something needs elaboration, contact me. I will amend the review where needed. Sayonara and go enjoy Eureka Seven! read more
Mar 21, 2014
First, lets start off with both a positive and a negative point. I found that for a lot of the time, many, many things were left unexplained, even though they were referenced fairly often, especially in the earlier episodes. Now, I realize that this was to emphasize how little our protagonist, Renton Thurston, knew about the world, but it still left gaping plot holes by the end of the series. Still, it isn't really something I can completely fault the show for, because by leaving many things unexplained, it showcases how naive and clueless Renton is at the start. Still, it felt like driving through a thick cloud of fog. We weren't given any sort of main goal to reach, so we were subject to following the Gekko State meander about doing something to provide for a greater cause. This more or less doesn't matter, however, because we really aren't supposed to focus at all on the story for the first half, as the characters were the spotlight.
However, the story does pick up when nearing the midway point, and it sure does pick up. We finally realize why Gekko State are rebelling against the military, and the themes that start to arise are spectacular. We see that it is easier to conquer obstacles with the help of a trusted partner rather than being a lone wolf (screw you Kirito) and the power that comes with wanted to protect and be with the one you love. There is also some fairly obvious religious symbolism, and in this regard, it is fairly easy to draw parallels with Neon Genesis Evangelion. Still, it was handled rather well. I do feel as though the story was more or less a vessel to carry the amazing characters contained in it, but as a stand alone story, it's simplicity holds up nicely.
There isn't much to say about the animation, other than it's Bones at it's finest. The art is stylistic, fluid, and fits the overall feel of the show perfectly. The animation was also just as fluid, especially when dealing with the epic LFO fight scenes. The bright colours really fit the tone of the show: very uplifting and passionate. Lastly, the character designs. A while back, I watched another great show called Planetes. I was pleased to see the person doing the character designs for that particular show doing the character designs for Eureka Seven. All of them were completely original, and fit their roles in the show perfectly. Holland and Talho had very surfer-like attire to go with their rebelling against the State, Eureka's entrancing purple eyes embrace her mysterious yet beautiful side, and even the military uniforms were stylish. For a show made in 2005, it's animation still managed to keep me glued to the screen even at this day and age.
Once again, very high production going into this soundtrack. When the show needed to be serious, the music helped to produce suspense and tension. When there was some kind of powerful as all hell romance scene, the music was the driving force to give you butterflies in your stomach and feel like everything is perfect and beautiful. Also the openings were not just pleasing to the ears and eyes, but they actually replicated the stages of Renton's emotions at the time. In the first opening, the music and animation is very cheery, which is implies of Renton's laidback, carefree attitude at the time. Later on during the 3rd opening, he is shown falling through the sky, going to catch Eureka. This shows his boundless love for Eureka, and how he has grown and matured because of that love.
Moving on, the dub was solid, with breathtaking performances by Johnny Yong Bosch and Stephanie Sheh as Renton and Eureka respectively. However, you can't just say it's a coincidence when you see Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue in the lead roles of a budding romance. I won't spend time talking about the other cast, as they are just as good. I did have a bit of a problem with the script at times, however. Sometimes the dialogue seemed a little bland between Renton and Eureka. It just doesn't seem to fit with the actions that are taking place at any given time. Fortunately, these moments are few and far between.
And of course, I have saved the best to last. The characters are what make Eureka Seven one of my favourite anime of all time, and I'm sure many people agree with me there. Let's start off with Renton Thurston. Honestly, he isn't the most original person in the bunch. He is a whiny, annoying protagonist forced to fight in a mech because why the heck not. However, it's the journey he goes through and the development he gets that makes him such a phenomenal character. By the end, he becomes someone people can actually depend on to make the right choices, and cares more about the people he loves rather than himself.
Next, we have Eureka. I hate to keep making Evangelion References, but I will. At first, Eureka seems to be the Rei Ayanami clone: very quiet, keeps to herself, you know the drill. But once again, its the journey she goes through that turns her into someone with actual emotions. She begins to feel the strength of love and the weight of guilt, which turns her into a very "human" character by the end (which is funny for obvious reasons).
Its weird for me to say this, but I don't think there is one character I really disliked all that much. All the side characters in Gekko State had enough development and personality to make an extremely well rounded cast. Like seriously, every single character on the Gekko got at least a little bit of development by the end. However, I didn't really like how one particular old man was fleshed out at the last episode of the entire series. It was just a completely unnecessary plot twist that did nothing significant in the slightest.
Also, the characters in the military were also just as strong. It made me pleased to see that Dominic and Jurgens were more than just military dogs, and turned out to have a mind of their own. For a while, I thought Anemone was an annoying little brat who treated Dominic, the one who loved her and actually treated her with respect, like complete shit. However, after learning of her past, her motivations, and how she changed thanks to Dominic, she came to, like Eureka, be a very human character. Speaking of Dominic and Anemone, even though their relationship was just a side plot, it even held a candle to Renton's and Eureka's. It went from rock bottom to soaring heavens, and it was a delight to see the end result.
And of course, the best part. Renton and Eureka, as a couple. I couldn't help having a wide grin on my face whenever those two were on the screen. The dedication and passion the two have for each other is astonishing. It really makes me long to have that relationship with someone someday. There are so many roadbumps along the way, but it doesn't matter to them. They can do whatever the hell they want because of their trust and unrequited love for each other. They are what make this anime so spectacular, and so groundbreaking.
This anime was a complete rollercoaster. The start was a slow, gradual, and for the most part, boring. one. However, the payoff was more than I could ever want. Even though the show was slow to start, they did it for a reason. Even the flaws I point out in this show are done to emphasize some kind of key theme or symbol. It just made you feel immersed into the whole setting, like you were actually there, watching the whole thing unfold through Renton's eyes. The production quality was borderline perfection, and I just hope that I can find someone with whom I can share the same love that Renton and Eureka did. However, even though in my heart I want to give this show a perfect rating, I can't. This is a review, and my opinion shouldn't be biased to completely overlook the flaws this show had.
Apr 3, 2009
The show’s supreme craftsmanship provides the spoonful sugar for its less-than-tasty story. It’s easy to watch these fifty episodes when the characters and their world are as creative and eye-popping as “Eureka 7’s.” Bolstering the shows designs and animation is one of the best soundtracks to bless a show; most impressive is the music’s ability to capture each of the story’s emotions with a perfectly mellifluous track.
“Eureka 7” suffers mainly from an identity crisis that ends up degrading the overall story. It begins as a really fun, rebels-versus-establishment adventure set in a world where skaters and hipsters reign as the supreme good guys.
I wish they creators would have stuck with this tone; it’s original and fun and would have lent itself perfectly to a. However, the show soon veers toward a melancholy, internal drama, and, before the fifty episodes are over, “Eureka 7” takes another sharp turn toward silly romance.
Maybe I’m too harsh, though. “Eureka 7” is targeted at teens, and if you can successfully put yourself into the mind of a naïve, romantic teen (see every teen), it’s easier to forgive the show for its flourishes.
Less forgivable, however, is the fragmentation of the story and characters caused by the shifting focus from adventure to drama to romance. Running in so many directions causes “Eureka 7” to roll its ankle, and the show never achieves any emotional impact. This is particularly disappointing since many of the characters had great potential to connect with the audience. Unfortunately, with the changes, the characters lose their original luster, drastically degrade into one-dimensional stereotypes, or drop from the story entirely.
As critical as I may be, please note that I watched “Eureka 7” nearly continually at every chance I got. It is, for the most part, an enjoyable series. To best enjoy this show, appreciate the audio-visual experience and always remember the target audience is young teenagers.
Nov 18, 2013
Characters: 10 - Dynamic and well-developed cast all-around. Flawed, but likable heroes as well as sympathetic and compelling antagonists.
Art: 8 - Fluid and emotive, but with a tendency to go off-model.
Sound: 9 - Fantastic use of music, memorable soundtrack, solid voice casting.
Enjoyment: 10 - A fun and emotional ride with surprising complexity and thematic resonance.
Where do I even start with this? There’s just so much going on in this thing that it’s hard to organize my thoughts. Most stories tend to stick to one or two central themes, and explore those. E7 takes the shotgun approach, and decides it wants to talk about everything. It has multiple thematic elements, from coming of age, to anti-war messages, to quasi-environmentalism. Several prominent romance arcs. Tons of character development all around. Recurring flower motifs, allusions to American counter-culture movements, and countless nods to other sci-fi and mecha franchises(my favorite of which is the backpack in the episode titled “Runaway“ being the same colors as Evangelion Unit 01. I see what you did there, Bones). I’m kind of amazed how much they managed to pack into this show without it becoming nonsensical. And I think ultimately, it does make sense. The story is thematically and logically consistent, and with the exception of a few filler episodes, is reasonably well-executed. The entire first act doubles as foreshadowing for the third, and the third act despite being totally absurd, feels surprisingly free of plot holes and deus ex machina. Any lingering questions can be chalked up to purposefully ambiguous sci-fi nonsense, rather than inadvertently bad writing. I think what fundamentally makes E7 work as well as it does is that it feels less like a linear narrative, and more like a series of individual moments threaded to a common conclusion. Fate isn’t always determined by one catastrophic event or miracle, and life isn’t always a straight path. In that sense, E7 feels as true-to-life as an anime about sky-surfing counterculture resistance mecha pilots reasonably could be. It feels like if these were real people, and real events, things would play out exactly as the show does. In a lot of ways, even more so than RahXephon, E7 seems to be Bones' answer to Evangelion. It borrows a lot of Eva's themes, and character archetypes, but spins them in a much more optimistic way. While Evangelion uses post-modern existentialist ideas of subjective personal reality as a means to self-actualization, E7 takes the opposite approach. We're all stuck in this reality together, and even though interpersonal relationships can be painful, it's also what makes life worth living. And rather than simply internalizing your flaws, using your loved ones supplement those flaws instead. Which is an equally valid, and far more positive point of view.
On the technical side of things, Bones is a name that carries a lot of weight in the anime world, and it’s impossible not to have a few preconceived expectations going into one of their projects. Fortunately, E7 holds up pretty well. Shortcuts are taken largely where they won’t matter, and special attention is given to the frenetic action scenes and somber dramatic moments. The character designs are distinct and expressive. Many a quiet forlorn glance speaks volumes more than any line of dialogue ever could. Use of color in E7 is all very deliberate and very beautiful. From Eureka’s own soft feminine blues, to the gloomy grayed-out hues of a ruined cityscape. The world of E7 adopts a full range of sentiment and tone, feeling very organic and dynamic in the process. The cinematography is no slouch, either. Gorgeous sweeping landscapes and dramatic close-ups are used liberally and to great effect. With the exception of a few sporadic slips of model consistency, most egregious in the second act, E7 is everything to be expected of a Bones production. And that includes the anime’s absolutely fantastic soundtrack. The electronic techno/hip-hop and cheesy Jpop, usually reserved for shows trying way too hard to be hip and cool, integrates perfectly with the sci-fi counterculture aesthetic. So much so that E7 makes it point to use them in-story on several important occasions. Episode titles are even taken from various song titles. The use of music as a narrative device in E7, while not quite Cowboy Bebop and Princess Tutu levels, is rather impressive.
The series greatest strength, however, and Bones' decided strong-suit, is the characterization. There are at least six complete character arcs in this story, and several smaller arcs for key secondary characters. The characters are dynamic, with their own distinct personalities that color their actions, and inner demons that they struggle to overcome. The way they act, speak, and the decisions they make are all consistent with the people the story makes them out to be. The romantic entanglements are arguably the weakest part of the show, seeming rather forced and melodramatic in a few places, but are still handled more nuanced and naturally than most other attempts. Making the relationships overall emotionally engaging and gratifying. Renton’s frequent missteps with Eureka are especially humanizing. I think everyone can relate to that awkward moment of talking to the girl/guy you like and inadvertently saying something stupid or insensitive. Renton and Eureka have easily the most complete and dynamic character arcs in the series, as well as the most fleshed out relationship. Renton’s journey from immature classical anti-hero, somewhat annoyingly narrated by the other characters, is both satisfying and heartwarming. While Eureka’s humanization is both subtle and endearing. Making the absolute most of her Rei Ayanami archetype, which may be the best I’ve ever seen it executed in a story.
Overall, Eureka Seven is a fun, and remarkably ambitious entry into its genre. It has a lot to say, and articulates in a way that is equal parts simple and meaningful. Aside from some minor pacing issues(I feel the show could have been 39 episodes), a bit of overwrought drama, and a few logical inconsistencies(Eureka‘s entire existence doesn’t make a ton of sense in the long run), I don’t really have any major problems with this show. I don’t think it’s a flawless masterstroke, but it is definitive proof that “fun” and “thoughtful” are not mutually exclusive. And I think that it’s a testament to what shounen action/adventure anime can strive to be. read more
Jul 5, 2009
STORY - A strange girl and her mecha enter Renton’s life one day. He quickly develops a crush on her and decides to leaves his home and stay with her by joining Gekkostate, a group of outlaws and his childhood heroes. Shenanigans follow. There are vague and unclear plot developments that happen in the background, but the actual story will not really start to manifest for another twenty or thirty episodes, and even then, it’s difficult to figure out what exactly anyone’s try to do, much less how they intend to do it. Eureka seveN has some of the most frustrating and ridiculous pacing I’ve ever seen. Many of the first dozen or so episodes feel like filler — some characters are developed and some histories are uncovered, but you are pretty much following the Gekkostate around as they take odd jobs to pay for food. You know they are rebels, but you don’t know why they’re rebelling or what they hope to accomplish. People attack and they fight back. They investigate things, but there is no clear sense of purpose.
As the series progresses, there are several high-tension and climatic moments, but again, thorough explanations are difficult to come by and many of the characters don’t seem to really know what’s going on either. They are just compelled to put themselves into situations without understanding why, and when each climax is over, life goes on… to even more filler-like episodes; it’s as if they’re trying to make you forget about any plot-relevant developments by inserting that pointless soccer episode. Instead of devoting time to the overall plot of the series, Eureka seveN spends a lot of time developing more general themes like religious discrimination, family relationships, responsibility, and identity. While that isn’t terrible in itself, it would have been infinitely better if plot progression (and explanation) didn’t have to be sacrificed for them (and if the characters involved were more sympathetic).
Eventually, and by eventually, I mean like, the last ten episodes, things finally start falling into place and there is a lot of late exposition. Some of the overarching ideas could have been deduced from earlier clues, but a majority of the details couldn’t have been, further making the bulk of the series feel scattered and unimportant. There is also a lot of “surprise” revelations and character “development” near the end that feel incredibly cheap and unnecessary. The final plot of the series, when all is revealed, is actually pretty interesting. A lot of the concepts presented are thoughtful and unique, if a bit far-fetched in some regards. It’s a story with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, because of the insistent, terrible pacing leading up to the late explanation, my patience was completely gone and I couldn’t force myself to care about the story so late in the game. So I sat through the last few episodes just hoping for a good fight to wrap everything up. (But I got rainbows instead.)
CHARACTER - Renton and Eureka both start off as pretty typical archetypes — the protagonist boy who wants adventure, and the mysterious girl that you know is special for one plot device reason or another. Neither of them interested me. Instead, it was the crew of the Gekko that initially attracted me and kept me going through those opening filler episodes. Since there is so little going on plot-wise for the first half of the series, most of the focus was on character interaction and relationships. Holland, the captain, quickly establishes himself as an interesting and sympathetic character; he is the one with the rough past and a goal, even if you have no idea what that goal is initially. Talho is also sympathetic, partially because it’s rare to see characters with established romantic relationships. The rest of the ship’s crew offers little beyond the basic support roles; now and again, there were be attempts to spotlight them, but it was never anything really meaningful.
Unfortunately, as the series progressed, all of the characters got more and more irritating. For someone who is supposedly fourteen, Renton’s perspective and train of thought is incredibly juvenile most of the time and the idiocy of some of his thought processes frustrated me to no end. He chooses to leave his “boring” life behind in pursuit of a girl he just met and knows nothing about and is upset when things don’t go his way. Am I supposed to sympathize with that? He is absurdly naive (can’t even realize when the entire crew is trolling him) and sometimes seems forcibly ignorant, especially when it comes to fighting and his role aboard the Gekko. Eureka is similarly clueless, though she has the excuse of not being “normal,” for whatever reason. But the most aggravating thing about the pair of them is their relationship.
To some extent, there is the illusion that their relationship actually develops and matures throughout the series, but the truth is that their relationship is completely idealistic from beginning to end. Renton’s attraction starts off as just infatuation, and yet he immediately decides that he wants to follow her and “be with her.” Eureka is more ignorant, but as soon as she starts to realize it, there are no longer any doubts. Their misunderstandings are grounded in stupidity and they don’t seem to feel much conviction in their fights, implying that they are too purely “in love” to have serious disagreements. The bumps in their road are superficial at best, including Eureka’s adopted children, who have little point or personality beyond (over-)emphasizing the familial themes present throughout the series. As the primary protagonists, Renton and Eureka’s failure to really make me care about them alongside the haphazard pacing of the story makes me wonder how I managed to finish the fifty episodes series at all, since unsympathetic characters is my #1 reason for dropping series.
Meanwhile, Holland also falls down the immaturity path where many of his actions and views are decidedly juvenile and illogical. A believably character flaw, certainly, but as the story refuses to allow him to explain his conflicts and frustrations in detail, it’s difficult to sympathize with the way he acts, and he just gets annoying after a while. Talho was the last character I had any respect for; her jealousies and frustrations were the easiest to deduce and thus the easiest to sympathize with, especially since she actually confronted them now and again. Sadly, the maturity of her character seems to take her out of the spotlight during much of the latter half of the series.
Dewey, the primary antagonist, takes his damn sweet time coming into direct relevance since he spends the entire first half of the series lurking in the shadows and vaguely putting together his grand plan. Even when those plans are put into motion though, his motivation remains unclear until the finale, so there’s no chance for understanding or sympathizing with what he’s trying to do. In the interim, Dominic never really presents himself as an enemy and never does anything particularly interesting or relevant; most of the focus is instead on his abusive relationship with Anemone, who, aside from being obviously tsundere for him the whole time, isn’t properly explained until the last five episodes or so (and even then, not very well at all). Additional characters include Charles and Raye, who are unnervingly creepy in their parental affection, and Norb, who is an expository plot device more than an actual character (though he does have an ironic personality).
ARTSTYLE & ANIMATION – Eureka seveN has some really great battle scenes, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from BONES. Everything is smoothly animated and fun to watch, so even though I has very little emotional investment in the characters and subsequently, the actual outcomes of the battles — I still liked watching them. The mecha designs are a bit reminiscent of those from Evangelion, but there’s a lot more variety between the various suits, including the way they’re piloted (especially when you consider the typeZERO VS the typeTheEND). The giant boards and surfing parallel seemed kind of ridiculous at first, but it really grew on me after a while (besides, Code Geass had rollerblading mechas, though Eureka seveN debuted first). At the very least, the concept makes flying sequences much, much more interesting, and the added danger of a pilot losing their board mid-fight is fun.
The character designs in the series are simple and attractive, and I really liked that a few of the characters made a point to change their appearances at certain points in the story, usually in correspondence with a significant change in their mindset and goals. More series should do this, if only to accentuate the fact that their characters actually mature over time.
MUSIC - There’s obviously a ton of hiphop influence in this series, so it was no surprise to see it reflected in the music as well. It’s always nice to mix up the game a little by injecting some atypical genres into the soundtrack, and Eureka seveN does a good job here. Additionally, there is a ton of really, really epic music that is occasionally paired with a scene that’s quite a bit less than epic, which makes things feel out of place. — those tracks would probably sound better independent of the series so they don’t seem so pretentious. About halfway through the show, I finally noticed Naoki Sato’s name in the opening credits and had an “ahha! that’s why the music is awesome” moment. The last time I heard Sato’s work was in the X TV series, where the music was its single greatest asset. It’s not quite as true here, but it’s close.
To be honest, I didn’t pay attention to most of the opening and ending themes in Eureka seveN. I enjoyed the rap in the second opening, “Shounen Heart,” by Home Made Kazoku, but most of the others were pretty forgettable, especially since I’m indifferent towards most of the involved artists. All the themes were also much shorter than usual — they hovered around thirty seconds in length, rather than the usual minute.
VOICE ACTING – I saw this series dubbed, which probably further contributed to my lack of sympathy towards Renton. I didn’t realize that Johnny Yong Bosch was Renton for a long time since the voice was incredibly different from his other roles. Renton sounds (and acts) incredibly young, and his voice was both over-the-top earnest, naive, and whiny. On one hand, it’s actually an incredible fit for the character; on the other hand, it was annoying as hell, especially when coupled with lots of fail dialogue. Stephanie Sheh as Eureka was also rather fitting, but much less irritating. Honestly, the dub cast did a great job: each voice was distinct and unique, and every voice fit their character very well. Crispin Freeman as Holland was pretty badass in particular.
Still, there was a quite a bit of awkward dialogue and word usage. A lot of lines were unnecessarily corny or just outright awkward (like, “Mm, smell that? That’s the smell of your Papa!” “…It smells good.”) though that can obviously be attributed to awkwardness in the original script. I found the use of “Mama” and “Papa” in place of “Mom” and “Dad” kind of strange though, and it sounded unnatural coming from a lot of the characters, especially Renton. Lastly, there are a handful of slips in the pronunciation of “Eureka” throughout the series. Most are by minor characters and not particularly notable, but it’s an indication of sloppiness all the same.
OVERALL - Given all the positive recommendations I’d gotten for this series, I’m pretty damn disappointed with how things turned out, especially since the finale revealed that the story could have been ten times more interesting if presented in a more efficient manner. The pacing, along with the quick evaporation of my sympathies towards the cast, really destroyed the little enjoyment I was getting from technical aspects of the show. I really wanted to drop the series around the halfway point, but I figured I’d already invested so much time into it, I might as well finish it (what a stupid train of logic rarely does it reward you in the end). A recap movie of this series might work a lot better since it would, theoretically, cut out a lot of the excess filler crap and force the actual plot out into the open much faster. The recently released Eureka seveN movie, Pocketful of Rainbows, isn’t a recap movie though, so I’m not going to watch it. I’ve had enough of rainbows.
Apr 14, 2009
I'm sure you've read the synopsis so I won't be mentioning that here. The story moves quicker than what you would expect from such a long series and this is a good thing as it minimizes any time where it would seem to be boring. This is even more impressive when you realize that there is next to no filler and what filler there is was entertaining and worth watching. The context of the story and the way it evolves isn't over the top or unbelievable, it unfolds at a steady pace the entire time and doesn't ever feel rushed or drawn out either. I see that a couple others have said that at times it is hard to follow but that isn't the case at all if you're paying attention and overall its an enjoyable journey with a satisfactory ending even if it left you wanting just a couple more answers.
The art is definitely above average, the animation is smooth and the colour scheme works well. It is a great support for everything else and the variation in quality across the span of the series is minimal. There were times when a certain lack of shading was noticeable but they quickly passed. Its not the best around but it is very good and considering the length makes it all the more impressive.
The sound is the only section i'll score a perfect 10, it really is outstanding. The music from the openings to the endings and everything in-between is enjoyable and not something you'll get sick of. Every track seems as if it could have been made to be used here and truly makes part of the show what it is. Sound effects and the like are perfectly acceptable, definitely above average. I haven't heard the dub so I can't comment on it but the Japanese voice acting fit well and no characters voice felt out of place. Overall a very pleasing experience.
The characters are great, you won't see any cardboard cutouts here, each character is multi-dimensional and all add to the story. Eureka at first seems distant and not quite developed but thats exactly how she's meant to be, you find yourself waiting for scenes where she and Renton interact with eachother for this is where alot of entertainment comes from. Seeing her grow as a person from that is quite something. That leads me to Renton, an average kid by all means, at times its downright annoying how naive and childish he really is but he learns from it and by the end you can truly see how he has grown. With all of this you may be asking why I rated it only an 8, thats because of the three kids, maybe I just dislike kids altogether but they cry at the drop of a hat, mess things up due to their own selfishness and are just a plain annoyance, I found myself becoming slightly irate everytime they were on screen. However i'm sure thats how people sometimes feel around real kids as well so if they were given just a little less screen time I guess I could have brushed it off. Overall the character development is really great especially concerning Eureka and Renton, further more apart from the kids I didn't find myself disliking any character which is a testament to how well made they all really are.
I watched the series in three days and it never felt like it dragged on, I was always eager to see what came in the next episode and overall I really did enjoy this series. It just has the feeling of being enjoyable, taking you on a ride and you find it hard to leave. Once again I felt the kids detracted from this but whatever shortcomings they bring are immediately made up for by the rest. Enjoyment level for this series is high.
In the end its an interesting, enjoyable and great series. Don't let the length put you off, if you watch anime then this is something you should see. read more
Jun 30, 2014
The story follows a young boy named Renton who ends up falling for the mysterious girl named Eureka after she crashes a mecha called the Nirvash into his house (that's a relationship off to a good start if I've ever seen one). He then sets off on a journey with his childhood idols on the ship, Gekko-Go, because he conveniently has a special connection with the Nirvash.
The art style/animation is definitely one of the best things about this show. Mechas riding the wind on giant metal surfboards sounds rather silly to watch, but they spin and spiral around countless missiles fluidly and make the show's combat feel like a roller coaster of explosive awesomeness.
The characters are really where this show shines. Each of the characters (even the ones that don't seem immediately important) are well-rounded and have legitimate concerns about the world and their situation:
-Renton sets out on his adventure thinking he's going to go experience an amazing world. His happy delusions are quickly smashed to bits and he's forced to mature throughout the show's duration. His initial declaration of love for Eureka undergoes some evaluation as he has to really learn what it is to love someone. He's prone to occasional bouts of self-doubt or depression, but that's usually because of the fact that the world is still hell-bent on smashing his happy delusions.
-Eureka starts off as a rather stoic character, caring mainly about the Nirvash and a group of kids that she sort of adopted. Over time her backstory is explained and her character quickly becomes central to the plot. She has some of the best character development in the show (in my opinion).
-Holland, the leader of the Gekko-Go and Renton's childhood idol, ends up being a total jerk for some of the most justifiable reasons (like trying to keep everyone on the ship alive), but at times he seems to act like a petulant kid with less justifiable reasons.
Renton and Eureka are the main couple for the story, and it's fun to watch their relationship change throughout the show, especially when world-altering consequences begin appearing and you have to start wondering if they're even going to make it to the end.
The main thing I hold against this show is its pacing. Sometimes the pacing will slow down a bit to emphasize how the characters are feeling or to add some bits of information about the world. This expands the world and fleshes out the characters well, but it's rather boring to spend time watching a character eat bag after bag of potato chips because they're depressed when you'd rather be watching surfing mechas blow stuff up. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend this show to anyone who hasn't seen it. read more
Mar 31, 2007
First of all, this anime is, without *any* reservation whatsoever, the best anime I have ever seen. The storyline is engrossing, the character development surpasses anything I have ever seen before (although, admittedly, I don't watch many pure dramas), the animation flows true and clear even through the most active fight scenes, and the sound is perfect.
The anime begins with this immature kid we see expressing his 'modest' dreams to be a great reffer (air surfer) like a great hero of his. Then as we follow this kid through the story, we see his development into a far more mature and responsible person. Similarly, we are introduced early on to a pretty little female character, looking for the world as the stereotypical innocent maiden. But again, as we go on, we learn that (surprise) she actually has a past, and a good story to tell about herself! Character depth is increased incredibly throughout the show!
As for animation, as I stated before, its smooth and clear. I really like how this anime refuses to do the whole 'rinse and repeat' cycle with its scenes. We rarely see repetition, unless actually needed by the story.
I'll finish this off now with a comment about the ending: It is one of the best endings I have ever seen in my life. I can say this openly; this is the *only* other anime aside from the Chrno Crusade that has ever made me cry. Trust me, I don't do that easily.
This is a wonderful show. It has singlehandedly made a spot for itself on my list. After watching this, I moved every single other anime aside from Chrno Crusade down a point because it had set a new standard for quality. read more
Oct 3, 2008
The mecha part was very interesting. Eureka's ability to speak with the Nirvash intrigued me, and I liked how the Nirvash developed just as much as Renton or Eureka as the story progressed, as if it was growing and maturing along with them.
Once Anemone and Dominic joined the story, I was beyond interested. I found the parts with the military very interesting. All of the characters were interesting and had very different personalities. The character development was amazing, you can actually notice Renton becoming more mature (somewhat) and Eureka slowly becoming more confident, and gaining feelings for Renton. The best part about their relationship was that Renton confessed his love, and Eureka didn't really understand or return it at first. It wasn't love she showed him, it was curiosity.
I enjoyed the story, though it was a little hard to grasp and follow, what with having one plot-filled episode one day and then filler the next.
But then again, that kept it interesting. read more
Feb 25, 2014
The action and animation stand the test of time and still look great. I also like how Bones ambitiously incorporates tons of elements and themes from previous sci-fi and mecha franchises (hello EVA). The biggest weakness for the series is that there isn't a very clear overarching plot for the first half of the series and there are quite a few filler episodes dispersed throughout (even though they are enjoyable). Thus, if you don't keep at it, this is definitely not the easiest series to finish with its 50 episode length. The ending is a bit ambiguous also but you can piece together what happens. The manga fleshes out what happens at the end a lot better so read that if you aren't sure.
Still, this series does a lot more things right than wrong and is very enjoyable to watch all the way through. Just avoid Astral Ocean...
8/10 read more
Jul 16, 2013
My principle issue is certainly with the lead characters, nearly all of whom are more frequently frustrating to watch than endearing and spend far too much time whining and lazing about like some useless wretches. There are numerous secondary characters who are far more intriguing and who barely get any screen time, or are elevated to a "mauve shirt" before vanishing or being killed off.
There is a good balance between mystery and explanation of the tech, which I like. Not too much is revealed but enough to give it some plausible functionality. Similarly with the historical background; much is left for you to fill in but this is more a benefit than a detriment. The score(s) have been universally praised, and with good reason, but the art is strangely inconsistent. Some of the design is clearly shared with Bounen no Xamdou (also produced by studio Bones), but it pales in comparison on all counts to it otherwise.
Jul 16, 2012
It starts out with a 14 year old teen named Renton Thirston. Everything about his life sucks until it all changes when a huge LFO comes crashing into his house.Out comes A very beautiful girl named Eureka. Soon after Renton joins Eureka on board the Gekkostate. A massive ship with a crew of Anti Government members with the leader being the person Renton looked up too Holland.
As i dont want to give lots away i will say that the story was amazing. It had many plot lines that kept you wondering until the very end and for 50 episodes they did an amazing job keeping it so good for that long. As the story was very great it did have some stuff that was never explained which could be very annoying if you were curious about it but never the less it was spectacular.
The Animations on this show was top quality i had never seen so much detail and visuals that looked amazing until of course this show. The way they created the trapar waves looked amazing and Characters had so much detail going on. As for The Art they did get a bit lazy with some backgrounds but none the less it looked incredible. Some of the most notable art was the nirvash and what it leaves behind they put so much work to it.
They really did go all out with the soundtrack. The way they implemented certain tracks at certain scenes was brilliant and they have their timing down perfect. For the songs themselves they have excellent quality in the sounds and they made certain songs go with certain scenes which added to the quality of this anime. If you can go download or buy the OST's of Eureka 7 their well worth it. As for sound Effects the way the LFO's move through the trapar waves sounds great and the shining of the nirvashes eyes was incredible.
All the Characters in Eureka 7 are very pleasing to see. Renton and Eureka together always makes me feel happy for them and when they do things together. as for the other members of GekkoState Holland had an amazing personality. Taho who is Hollands girlfriend had a personality that changes during the story she was really fun to see. Other members such as Stoner was very interesting. Stoner is the photographer of the Gekkostate he doesn't like resorting to violence. He is also the one who created Ray=Out the official magazine for the Gekkostate. As for Matthew and Hilda, they made a great couple and both were great in their own way. Hap, Hollands life long best friend was really funny character who liked playing pranks but was also serious at times. As for Eureka's 3 kids Link Mader and Maruice, they play a very important part in Eureka 7. Other members such as the the Vodarac and government played a great role in the anime. It would remind people lots of how in world war 2 the Nazi's killed hews just because of their beliefs and views. Overall the characters of Eureka 7 are all unique in their own way but as they are good something very irritating is their back story and how they came to be there in the first place. but for 50 episodes they did a great job in making the characters very memorable.
Eureka 7 is in many ways an incredible Anime that is well worth the watch. The story is compelling and keeps you watching until the very end, Animation and art was Fabulous and remarkable, the sound makes all of it even more enjoyable to watch. The music were great and the way they implemented it. As for the voice actors both Sub and Dub had amazing Actors but Dub did put more emotion into their acting. The characters were all unique and had different personalty's that kept you liking them. Overall this anime is well worth the watch and will always be in your heart for the days to come. You will feel emotionally happy you will feel Sad you will feel great and enjoy it all the way through. read more
Jun 18, 2010
Everything starts with a 14 year old boy named Renton Thurston. He's entire life up until then turned around ref-boarding, a popular sport in the world of Eureka Seven, and mechanics. So when the Gekkostate drops by, a group of rebels leaded by the famous ref-boarder Holland Novak, it's as if his greatest dream comes true. During the 13 following episodes, Renton gets acquainted with the crew and is introduced to the beautiful lady Eureka with whom he falls in love instantly. Being a newbie, quite a bit of pestering is awaiting Renton once he gets on the ship, so lots of fun and humor is to be expected in this arc. You best just sit back and enjoy the adventures the crew lives through, the outstanding character designs, some neat mecha fights and lots of amusing hip hop tunes.
Around the second quarter of Eureka Seven this "no worries"-state of mind which existed on the GekkoGo (that's what the ship is called) makes place for some vicious down-spiraling melodrama. Everything goes from bad to worse to even depressing. Renton is having a hard time with Eureka and the GekkoGo crew while everyone else has it's own problems to worry about.
It's around this time you really get a good view of how deep character relations go in Eureka Seven. This is what Eureka Seven is about: character development. And boy did the producers do a good job here! Not one character is alike, all are unique, and they all have their own way of being attractive to the audience. I can't really chose a favorite since there are many whom call to one's heart. Eureka Seven has many supporting characters and all are treated with the same care, making sure they are important to the main story.
After going through this drama bit, the clouds seem to have shrunk a little and Gekkostate is back on the right track with their goal clear in mind: saving the world!
A new party is introduced to the game, the army, lead by an evil man named Dewey (I had a hard time not laughing when I heard his name, I mean come on! Dewey?!). Many secrets are unraveled after the second half of the anime, meaning more ability to sympathize with the characters and ease to understand the meaning behind their actions and reactions. Pieces of information are given about the Coralians too, though I can't tell anything about it without spoiling.
You can await many mecha battles from now on, but they never get boring as more important matters surround them. By now there have been 3 different intro and ending songs too. I especially liked the first pair, I felt they worked really well with the anime. I was disappointed by the second pair because they didn't match the feeling the series had by then. The third pair was better and supported the events going on in the series. The fourth opening and ending were great, equivalent to the first. The animation was amusing too, except for the last ending, which wasn't even animated. It made it seem as if the producers got bored of it all. A shame. The music throughout Eureka Seven isn't comparable to many other soundtracks. If you're into this kind of music, you'll like it. But if you're not, you might have a hard time listening to the same tunes over and over again. I myself found they gave a modern and joyful twist to Eureka Seven.
Onto the final arc. Everyone, in all three camps, the Gekkostate, the army and the Coralians, is getting tense as the apocalypse is near. This is where the romance between certain characters shows it's best side and where children like Renton become real heroes (though his childish side never fades, after all, he's only fourteen).
I've heard people say Eureka Seven is too childish and idyllic and there is truth in that statement, but I can't say I see it as one of it's flaws. Eureka Seven stirs up your wildest dreams and makes possible what's impossible in real life. Maybe the concepts in Eureka Seven are childish, but the series is mature enough to bring them in an attractive way for most anyone.
I'm not sure about the final episode of the anime, the final battle was great and the climax sent a strong message to the world, but little is said about how Gekkostate is doing after these decisive events. What you believe has become of them is up to you.
Over all I enjoyed Eureka Seven. The animation was beautiful and detailed to the very end and the soundtrack was catchy and fun to listen to. The story was interesting, maybe not too original but very well brought and never boring. But what Eureka Seven makes such a good anime is it's character development and the relationships that are sketched at the start and fine-tuned near the end. So, omedeto to Eureka Seven's developers who brought us this wonderful piece of art! read more
Sep 11, 2008
One of the most notable things about this series, in my opinion at least, is the music. I have never seen an anime series use a more amazing selection of music for the openers, endings, and throughout the series in general. They truly put it together in an indescribable fashion. The music in this series really sets the mood for each scene, whether it be emotional, or action based. They have a selection for EVERYTHING, and none of them disappoint!
I often wonder how the series has affected others, as it has had a great impact on myself. I for one had to re-watch the series at least two more times after my first taste, and was still left unsatisfied. Not due to the series itself lacking anything, but the sole attachment that was created between myself and the characters of the series. Each one of them leaves you wanting more, and the emotions felt during the series (laughter, sadness, happiness, etc) do not fade after the series concludes. For this reason, it has become the most memorable and cherished anime of mine. No other anime has affected me so deeply, emotions wise, and for that, I am grateful. It sorta gives a new outlook on life, just watching Eureka and Renton, go through the good times, and the bad. This series also gave birth to one of my favorite sayings, that I like to look to in all aspects of life. "Don't beg for things, do it yourself, or else you won't get anything". There is a lot of truth to the statement, and plays a big role in the series itself.
For those who haven't seen the series, I highly recommend you take the time to watch it, it will not disappoint. When I first finished the series back in 2007, it left me with an odd void in my life, like I was missing something. That something turned out to be more Eureka Seven. I scoured the net, dying to find out whether or not they were in production for a new series, a movie, anything, and only found dead ends and rumors. Then, in April, the movie was announced, and that void I felt for so long was finally put to rest. Just knowing something more is around the corner keeps the desire to re-watch the series again and again at bay (tho I have seen it more times then I dare admit). So in the end, I wonder, how will Eureka Seven affect you? Don't pass this series up, you will regret it! I'd recommend the English version personally, as I feel the voice actors really nailed it, but the Japanese version does shed light on a few things you might not have understood in the English.
Sep 2, 2014
Jun 4, 2008
Aug 20, 2009
I first learned about Eureka Seven when I saw Eureka on the cover of a magazine back in 2006 or so. She was very intriguing, and the series looked interesting, but I wasn't much of an anime watcher back then, so I didn't watch the series. Eureka has always been stuck in my head though, so now that I watch anime as a hobby, I figured I'd give the series a go, even though I don't generally like mecha-related series.
First Impression: 4/10
After the first couple of episodes, I really didn't see a reason for so many people giving this anime a 10. Renton acted like Naruto (Who I've never really liked), but somehow more annoyingly. Eureka quite emotionless and frankly much more boring than I'd hoped. The beginning of the series gets no more than a 4/10 from me.
The story in the first 25-30 episodes is something close to non-existent. It was mainly time for character development, which gave some story, but what was there had little to do with the story that shows up in the last 20 or so episodes. You don't get answers to much of anything until 90% of the character development is done. The character development is not mixed in with the story, which makes both seem a little less realistic. If they had mixed the two, the anime could have been shortened to 30-40 episodes and become much more enjoyable. The story that does show up at the end though, is a very good one, and is pulled off very well. It doesn't seem rushed, and doesn't seem dragged out, things make sense, and you think you know what's going on, but there are surprises at every turn. So, my score of 8/10 for story can be further explained with a 3/10 for the first half of the series, and a 10/10 for the second half. If you're willing to sit through 30 episodes of mediocre story, the last 20 episodes are worth it. Though some things are never explained, I didn't really feel like they were important to know.
The anime almost seems to be divided in two by every category, actually. In the first half the art was decent, but not great. Many backgrounds lacked the detail I've come to expect from Japanese animation and the animation itself didn't wasn't that great. The second half, however, improved in both these areas, and many scenes were just gorgeous. The fact that the characters always looked very well drawn was always the same, though.
I'm never really a fan of opening/ending songs, and this was no different. The only song I sort of liked was the last opening song. The songs did fit with the tone of the anime though, so much of my opinion on them is simply that, an opinion. There didn't seem to be anything different about the songs. They were your typical opening/ending Japanese pop songs, and were sort of pointless to me.
The background music was simply wonderful though. It matched the scenes and mood 99% of the time, and increased the effect of whatever is shown on the screen. If I left out my opinion on the opening/ending songs, sound would have gotten a 9/10, if not a 10/10.
The characters at the beginning were not very good. They were either incredibly dull, annoying, naive, or just plain idiotic. I kept watching though, hoping that they would learn something, and luckily they did... 30 episodes later. It just took far too long for these characters to learn anything. Once they do learn though, they become quite likable. The character development was very good, but it just took too long.
One aspect of the first 30 episodes I loved, though, was how much trouble some of the characters had with killing. Far too often in anime you see young teens running out into the battlefield and start killing people without looking back, and they never really suffer for it. I congratulate the creators of Eureka Seven for their amazing job of bringing up this subject and pulling it off well.
The enjoyment in the first 25 or so episodes was fairly low. A few exciting things happened now and then and a character did something cool maybe once every 3-4 episodes, but that was it. Once all the major changes happened though and the story started moving, enjoyment shot straight up and I watched the last 20 or so episodes in one night. The first half of the anime gets maybe a 4/10, while the second half gets a 10/10.
Even though every category individually gets a lower score, the overall effect of the anime deserves a 9/10. Being able to see how the characters have grown almost makes up for the 30 not-quite-so-good episodes. Almost. If I was rating just the last 20 episodes, I would easily give it a 10/10.
This is over all a very good anime, but it's one for people with patience who won't hold grudges for too long against the characters for doing something stupid, which they do. A lot. The series turned out amazing and lived up to its potential, if only for the last 20 episodes. read more
Dec 21, 2007
The characters develop immensely throughout the series. This isnt your average everyday anime. The characters grow up and they make mistakes and learn to deal with them. These characters are the most human I can ever imagine.
The music for this series is the best. All the background music is enjoyable and helps move the series along.
The acting is also very well on both Japanese and English sides.
This is the best anime I have seen.
I would recommend it to just about anyone. Except for younger children. read more
Sep 1, 2009
I'll start with story, I gave it a 10 because:
Well, it's kind of hard to tell you why I gave it a 10 without spoiling the story, but I'll try it out. During the entirety of Eureka Seven, the story is a HUGE emotional-roller coaster; one that I didn't want to end. They really give life to every character that is on screen often, give you the needed background information to make them feel real. I got connected to these characters and what they were fighting for. Making me sad every time I finished an episode, knowing its one episode closer to the end of the series.
There are ups and downs, people learning what they're doing wrong, everyone working together to overcome such amazing obstacles. Truly one epic tale, that makes you envious that you can't do what they do. But sometimes are glad you don't need to go through such heart-wrenching moments in life. Eureka Seven actually left me teary-eyed at some points, especially at the end of an intense episode, Eureka and Renten say "To be continued" together, but sound incredibly sad after something bad that happened. It's like getting dumped, then having everyone laugh at you. It feels terrible. But it's good because they actually make you feel for the story, and what the characters are going through. I'd give it a 100/10 if I could, but that isn't possible.
Now for Art, I gave it a 9 because:
There isn't much to say here, most Anime that Bones works on (that I've seen) looks amazing, but there were very small parts that I don't think were up to par, but it might have been because I was watching DVD quality on a 40" HDTV without being upscaled to fake-HD. But no complaints, a well deserved 9.
For Sound, I gave it a 10 because:
Not much to say here either, they nailed all the effects, all the voices (I watched it dubbed) were perfect on all the characters. They all seem to fit so perfectly. Kari Wahlgren played Anemone, and she is one of my favorite voice actors, so I was happy to hear her in this doing another amazing job. So no complaints here, top notch sound for a top notch Anime, i'd say.
I gave Character a 10 because:
Well, I kind of explained why in my reasons on Story, and sort of, in sound.
The characters are well thought out and expressed. Leaving no holes to make them feel fake, or robotic. Emotions are no where near lacking, character style is unique enough and how they all are made to interact just surpasses incredible. Basically, if you made a blind person "listen" to Eureka Seven, he/she would think it was something real happening around them, and that these people really exist. Hard to be done, but Eureka Seven excels here.
And also to mention, I'm glad to finally see a 10/10 worthy Anime that doesn't include overly-big sized chests and girls that are too spunky for life as the main character.
I'm pretty sure I've said why I gave it a 10 for Enjoyment, but I'll do a quick recap:
Amazing characters, heart-wrenching story that pulls you in and DOESN'T let you go, top notch action scenes, and incredible plot that didn't confuse me and was easily understandable but deep enough to keep you hooked and it feeling fresh.
Overall, even though I gave Art a 9, that IN NO WAY brings down the overall score. Since the story was so amazing, with the support of an amazing character cast and amazing Voice Actors; all this amazing could only add up to an outstanding Anime. So if you haven't seen it yet, I'd suggest you watch it as soon as possible. I downloaded it first, but after finally finishing it, I'm going to buy both Box sets, and buying the "Pocket Full of Rainbows" movie when it comes out. Just to own and help possible future Eureka Sevens to be released, or Anime like it.
All in all, my final words are, I'm glad I watched it, and I never plan on regretting all the emotions I felt while watching Eureka Seven. And I'm sure you'll fully understand what I mean after you watch it for yourself. read more
Apr 8, 2012
Tired that we rebate your ears with the latest television half missed of Gundam? Tired of the deafening hype surrounding Code Geass? Annoyed by the dance of "moe"philes around Macross Failure, uh sorry, Frontier? Tired of the tasteless ersatz of Evangelion? If you dare speak of Mecha Anime, it will surely bombard you with the name mentioned above . Do not get fooled, I know what's good for you. What you need is Eureka seven.
Sorry for this introduction worthy of a carpet dealer, I wanted to do it.
Now the critical :
The first thing you notice when you look at Eureka seven, of course, is the visual aspect. The only word that fits in is "wonderful". Everything is extremely neat. Thanks to Kenichi Yoshida for the characters design to Shoji Kawamori for the mecha's (the Nirvash, theEnd, the vessel or the Gekko-Go are all sublime) without forgetting the scenery. Eureka seven boasts one of the best artistic directors of the decade. Bones forces, the animation as the mecha's move in the air with incredible grace. Eureka seven humiliates not only his contemporaries as for example Gundam Seed (Destiny) but in addition this series would almost put everyone on their knees even if it came out as it is today. Here we are in the "heavyweight category", a series that as a Stand Alone Complex still shines for years after.
But if Eureka seven was a pretty empty shell, I would not bother to tell you. Far from trying to hide the emptiness behind a beautiful façade, the artists of Bones just wanted to create a setting worthy of their jewel.
The use format of 50 episodes is brilliant. Instead of spreading unnecessarily, to scrape by repeating the same pattern as a Gundam
The team made the opposite choice: because it has 50 episodes," we'll take the opportunity to change patterns, genres, tones. Thus we will find adventure, crazy comedy, drama, slice of life, romance, without forgetting the fighting mecha". Instead of repeating itself, the series takes the opportunity to be rich and varied, taking the time to portray the characters with the application and the world around them. No episode is unnecessary or free. This slice of life anime is a great tool for development, characters who will gradually discover and enjoy.
Indeed lets talk about the characters .The cast is rich and colourful as in few other anime. Renton the hero, is the boy we were all a little at a time. Living his daily routine in a quiet town, he dreams of adventure and lift, this precisely "surf" practised by his idol Holland and his band of dissidents, the Gekko-State. The adventure will come to him when he attends the crash of the Nirvash a white and red robot and Eureka a pretty member of the Gekko-State where Renton will immediately fall in love. With it, he can join this group he so admires, even if they turn out quite different from what he imagined.
Renton is an interesting character. Followed during the 50 episodes will help to bind him, as we see change in its relations with other characters, and their reactions towards events. We will thus see his mood change and move from its original state "I am part of the Gekko-State because I like Eureka" to the disappointment "I am part of the Gekko-State because I lead a war" and Finally, the acceptance and re-elect "I am part of the Gekko-State because I lead a war to Eureka." Unlike some anime hero who finish as they started, you really see Renton evolve into an adult. A process borrowed from shonen and Gundam but really applied.
Paired with Renton, we have Eureka. A little strange, mysterious and withdraw girl. Her relationship with Renton, far from giving me the buttons as I expected, touched me. We can say that those two are a beautiful couple. Eureka who "adopted" 3 children on a battlefield, give some of the most moving scenes in the series. One gradually discovers humanity and feelings behind the apparent coldness of the lady.
Behind the star couple we found many other characters just as successful. The crew of the Gekko-Go is a collection of colourful individuals with high capital sympathy. I think especially of a another couple, Holland and Talho. Idol of Renton, Holland proves to be a tortured man, a difficult and complex character . Talho, the charm of the series, is a much more worked than a bimbo at first glance. She is essential as a "support"to Holland. It's different from the couple formed by Renton and Eureka, less fantasy, more realistic, but also with its share of problems. The relationship between these two couples is also very interesting.
One couple remain, the most difficult and tortured, formed by Dominic and Anemone, which are among the opponents of the Gekko-State. Here it is an unrequited love, that of Dominic for Anemone, super soldier with an unstable psyche, forced to take drugs to escape her crisis, a real psychopath in charge of theEND in conclusion.. We can only admire Dominique for his determination to take care of this girl who can not return his affection, stuck in this pitiful condition to which we sympathize. Like the main couple, their evolution is visible, well-written and memorable.
It is difficult to talk about the story without spreading in spoil, but it is very rich. One of the prowess of Eureka seven was finally to resolve the question that arose since 1996 " how to make Gundam / Macross while integrating the legacy of Evangelion?" Thus the series will mix these influences while affirming its difference. Eureka seven is one of those series that are part of a tradition while adding a stone to the edifice. The story told here is rich, sometimes surprising, varied, rich in emotion, action and surprises. It's both intelligent and honest, never taking the viewer for a fool while launching the pseudo-philosophical crap to give the illusion of depth. It is a story of adventure and love, nothing more, nothing less, but that's a lot, because it is well done. The idealism of a little blue flower that runs through the series will perhaps make some cringe, but if you love it or you ignore that, it's a wonderful world that awaits you. Because it's one of the best anime of the 2000s. Do not wait. Get it by your hands, like Holland would say. read more