Renton Thurston is a young 14-year-old who is tired of his monotonous life. The only thing that makes him happy is when he "lifts," an extreme form of aerial hoverboarding. His feelings of frustration come from his life of toil in his Grandfather's garage and being the son of an enigmatic yet legendary "hero." One day, a large LFO (Light Finding Operation) craft called Nirvash falls from the sky and a beautiful young girl named Eureka emerges and asks for repairs. When a smitten Renton literally falls over himself to help her, the two begin a journey that will change both of their destinies.
Koukyoushihen Eureka seveN was published in English as Eureka Seven: Psalms of Planets by Bandai Entertainment from April 11, 2006 to September 25, 2007. VIZ Media has been digitally republishing the series under the VIZ Select imprint since May 19, 2015.
Of the many merits the Eureka Seven anime hold, the series is well-known for its outstanding soundtrack and slick animation. So naturally, the question that dwells on the mind of anyone who is considering the manga is: "Would the manga adaptation fare well within a medium devoid of these things?" The answer is "yes". With a darker and more mature story, great artwork, and extremely engaging drama, the Eureka Seven manga is well worth the time of newcomers and anime veterans alike.
The story centers around the adventures of Renton Thurston, who upon meeting a peculiar mecha-riding girl named Eureka, escapes his mundane life at the town of Bellforest to join the Gekko State, a band of counter-culture renegades. The coming-of-age story that ensues is one full of the spirit of adolescence: self-identity, love, rejection, and rebellion. Though this in itself may not be anything special, Eureka Seven sets itself apart by placing the balance just right. The unfolding drama never feels too vague or distant, yet it never dips into the "overwrought and cheesy" territory. The product is an engaging tale of two young lovers that should viciously tugs at the your heartstrings if you were ever young and in love at some stage of your life. As the story progresses, it becomes considerably darker as the reader is increasingly confronted with themes of human nature and the environment. Though this may take those who watched the anime off guard, the different direction taken by the adaptation is nevertheless a welcome one as the grim narrative not only has the intensity to glue the reader’s eyes to the pages, but to provoke some profound thought on the off chance as well. Furthermore, fans of Anemone and Dominic of the anime will be overjoyed to find a much more elaborate and emotionally charged story of the two characters, despite minor alterations to their characters.
Like the plot, the artwork does not slouch either. Though the dizzying spectacles of the mecha sequences are sometimes hard to follow on paper, the action is still kinetic, bold, and often more strikingly visceral than the anime counterpart. The character art does not deviate far from the anime, which is good news to veterans and newcomers alike, as the cast looks expressive and stylish. However, more so than the impressive technical merits, it is the creative aspects of the manga that really ought to be brought to attention. The manga masterfully incorporates motifs from The Wizard of Oz into Anemone's story, as well as taking imaginative liberties with the imagery of the hallucinogenic segments of the story. Not only does the symbol-laden art look great, it contributes to the intrigue of the story without the use of words.
Unlike many short anime-to-manga adaptations, Eureka Seven is by no means a quick money grab to ride on the success of its anime counterpart. In all fairness, this manga adaption stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its inspiration. While the anime offers a mostly light-hearted romance and adventure, the manga offers a grim and intense story that leaves reader little room to breathe – or put down the book, for that matter. Fans of the anime should find the distinct take on the story very interesting (assuming they are not die-hard loyalists to the anime’s plot), and newcomers to the franchise will have no problem diving into this engaging and well thought-out story.
- Substantive story complimented by effective drama
- Anemone and Dominic's story
- Imaginative artwork in the hallucinogenic segments
- Mecha action is sometimes confusingread more
If you have seen the series, and enjoy manga, then this manga will tickle your fancy. I assumed it would be generally the same story as told in the series, but was pleasantly surprised by an entirely different approach. Some elements from the series are kept in tact, such as the relationship between Eureka and Renton, but as far as everything else goes, it's like reading an alternate ending.
The art is very well done, easy to read into. Not too much emphasis on character growth aside from the main characters, but coming off of the series, you know the crew anyway. Overall, the most enjoyable part was the well thought out plot which differed a great deal from the anime's take on it.
This is an excellent addition to the already amazing anime, and surely worth the read. The emotions felt during the series remain throughout this manga, which really grasped what Eureka Seven is all about. read more
I had been putting off reading this manga for a long time mostly because I had figured it was going to be an exact copy of the series (which is one of my favorites). Boy was I surprised and overjoyed when I, along the process of reading it, discovered it was an original take on the series just like the movie. I found myself once again taken into the world of Eureka Seven for another enthralling adventure with the crew of the Gekkostate. The story is definitely more graphic than that of its anime counterpart and although it all seems crammed together in this short 23 chapter series it is, for the most part, very entertaining. That being said, where the anime series was a more sweet story of love with action sequences mixed in, the manga has a more melancholy air about it. This can be mostly seen in the last few chapters and ending which although was good, felt like complete downer(sad).
The art is great. Its very kickass and slick just like the anime. There really isn't much difference there. The characters individual personalities also remain unchanged save for Holland who isn't possessive of Eureka like he is in the series, and Renton who is portrayed as more of a man (for the most part).
I enjoyed this series almost as much as the anime. However I could see how the ending could be a turn off for die hard fans of the anime....and fans of happy endings. Still I recommend this for both fans and non fans.read more
I really wanted to write a review for eureka seven but because there are already many great reviews for the anime so i decided to write one for the manga version.at first i didn't like mecha or sci-fi animes/manga but i changed my opinion after eureka seven because i was really amazed.
The Eureka Seven manga(published by BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT) is a version of the anime series originally created by BONES.The story in the manga(created by Kondou Kazuma and Kataoka Jinsei) is approaching the story from a different point of view than the anime and basically leads to a different ending.
I won't include a story summary because you can read it in the description above but i would like to comment that the different story version kept me really interested and making me to read more and more.
ART:I found the art really good and quite detailed.In my opinion it fitted the story really well.If i had to state a drawback it would be that sometimes the fight scenes are hard to follow but this nothing that could make me lose my interest.
CHARACTERS:There are differences in the characters development and the relationships formed between the character in the anime and the manga(for example Holland anemone and Dominic) and that's something that found me off guard but i really liked it.Through the story and the art the reader can clearly understand each person motives feelings personalities etc so in my opinion the characters are really well developed in the manga.
To sum up the Eureka Seven manga was one excellent piece of work and i really enjoyed reading it and i loved the bittersweet feeling that left me in the end.I think that everyone should give it a try but i suggest watching the anime first because this way you can get the whole picture.If you decide to read it i wish you to have fun.
This is my first review so i would be grateful if you could give me any hints to improve myself i would also like to hear your opinion.I am sorry if i made mistakes but English isn't my native language.read more