Renton, son of scientists, and Eureka, a girl who can't live under the sun, are raised together when very young and become very attached to each other. One day, Eureka is taken away. Powerless at the time, Renton vows to rescue her. He enters the military and is soon is assigned to the Independent Youths Unit 303 of the First Mobile Forces thanks to his exceptional performance alongside his Nirvash, a bio-mechanical armor/control system. Unknown to Renton, lies a plot to extinguish the alien invasion that is currently happening involving not only him, but Eureka too.
Despite what everyone is saying that this is another universe, a revamped story and whatever it needs to be said in order to separate the original story with this movie... well, I got news for you, it's not.
It still involves the universe of Eureka Seven, however, it seems that not many people are paying attention to the date of the events.
This movie tells the story of how everything came to be before the events of the anime series. This movie is set in the 21st century while the anime series takes place many, many years later.
Instead of introducing new characters just for just one
movie, BONES used the original cast to tell the story before Psalms of the Planets. That's why we see old characters filling weird roles like Renton's sensei Dominic.
The story itself its very interesting because not only shows how the coralians came in contact with humanity but also alters the personalities of some of the characters, like Eureka for example, where she is not as shy and soul-less as she was portrayed at the beginning of the anime series. She is more friendly and caring towards Renton and at some points, scared of everything that's going on around her. Overall, she feels more open-hearted.
In my opinion, they could have easily extended the whole thing into a 12 episode series, but I can see that having two time settings in the same universe with the same characters would create even more confusion than what it already is going on.
There is not much to review about the art since it's everything you come to expect from BONES, high quality animation and special effects.
The sound is not as good compared to the anime series mainly because its always too serious (even for the battle scenes) for a plot that involves the romantic encounter of a human and a 'robot.' It makes it feel more melancholic and almost sad. At the very end of the movie, we heard a familiar tune courtesy of the original series, what you expected to hear when the Nirvash is battling another mecha unit.
The characters, as already explained, have been given different roles so reviewing their looks at this point is utterly pointless. However, their personalities have changed greatly. Perhaps the one who changed the most is Anemone and you'll see why if you have already seen the anime series. One thing that really bothered me is the fact that they did not included Charles and his wife (sorry forgot her name) as part of the cast since you can see almost everyone from the original series make a kameo appearance every now and then.
The movie is fully enjoyable if you understand the fact that the time period is the one that was changed and not the universe of Eureka Seven.
As a closing comment, it was nice and refreshing to see Renton and Eureka express their feelings towards each other more openly.
I'd like to start by saying... whoever wrote the fanfiction that this was based on, I'm so sorry. /sarcasm
I have never seen a more pathetic excuse for an anime movie in my entire life. Eureka Seven is one of the greatest series to ever be created. It's animation and soundtrack is unusually top notch as well as it's character development and well balanced plot. This sorry excuse for a movie under the same name of that epic animation should be beat down with a stick like a bad cosplayer.
True fans of the Eureka Seven series, spare yourself the two hour torture. If you want cute
fan pictures or stories of Eureka and Renton, just browse the internet. I'm sure you'd find more things that would probably even satisfy you better.
Moving on, let's get down to each of the categories.
The storyline: 5. Why? I'm sorry but taking the plot of the actual anime, condensing it into two hours and renaming every major plot point is NOT creative. It's not even original. It's silly. Okay, sure, you made some of the characters evil and it was a little different. Hell, Eureka knowing Renton since they were little could even be called adorable! Not to mention Dominic the vampire teacher, let's not forget him in all his awesome Adrock-like glory! However, the small plot that was thought out seemed like an interesting backstory to the 'Desperation Disease' at first and then moved onto being something akin to some kind of backwards fountain of youth that related to the Image (*coughCoraliancough*). If it had been explained a little more, I could have given it more respect, but as it was, it was difficult to follow, not properly thought out and pretty much just vomited into animated form. Nice try guys!
The art: 2. Taking scenes from the completed anime and editing them to be put into a movie is not artistic. I was so distracted by the blatant use of actual anime images that I could not properly concentrate on the movie (I actually would stop and try and think which episode it was from and I got them all nearly correct with a three episode margin of error, whoo!). Unlike Mamma Mia... taking already made things and trying to mesh them into a movie does not work here! Just because it can work with ABBA songs does not mean it should be tried with a perfectly awesome mecha anime. For goodness sakes, make something original!
Sound: 7. I liked the sound. I liked the ending song. I really didn't pay attention to much else. I can be satisfied by the fact that, although strange, mini-fairy!Nirvash was cute and made nice noises. (Yes that really was one of my favorite things.)
Character: 7. Thinking of this as a separate entity from the actual ES series and using this thought to understand the characters better, I was at first intrigued by how everyone had changed. The Sages became very important military figures. Holland and the Gekko State became evil misguided souls. Dominic and Anemone were main people and highly important to the overall status of the movie. To be honest, I could really appreciate this change. Though I disliked some of it, there was development here I could respect. Still, what happened with some of the Gekko State members annoyed me. Evil and misguided is okay. But vicious paranoid rapists? Sorry. I don't approve.
Enjoyment is self explanatory. It's obvious I didn't like it nor did I amuse myself by watching it. However, I gave that category a four. There were parts with Eureka and Renton that sometimes made it worth sitting through every painful scene edit. I guess I just love those two that much, but next time I want cute stuff like that, I'm just gonna google it.
I have been looking forward to this movie ever since rumors of a "52nd" episode started floating around on the internet, and luckily, my desires have been fulfilled... for the most part.
This movie brings back the same characters, and most of the same ideas that the series introduced, but put a completely different spin on it. Character roles have changed, interactions are new, things are renamed, and the same action and romance we loved from the series is back - but with new twists.
First, let's get the worst aspects out of the way. Since the story is completely different from the
series, and stuffed into a 1hr 45min movie, it does naturally feel rushed. Furthermore, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense most of the time. Assuming the viewers block all previous knowledge from the series, there will be many plot holes, yet at the same time, there are countless homages to the series before it. For example, many of the scenes found in the series are shown again, but in a completely different context, with new meaning. So is this all a bad thing? Not really, as long as you don't try to make everything connected to the series. The entire world around Renton and Eureka is confusing, but then again, your entire attention is meant to be on those two - everything else is secondary. Had the pacing been improved, as well as useless mythos just left out, this would have been a much better story. The characters, mostly due to the same reasons, come off as a bit shallow. Renton and Eureka are still wonderful together.
The art is the same style as the series, except now with a movie budget. It's flashy, and great animation techniques used in the first series are back. The style, however, is what really pushes this score into the high marks, as the wide range of color and shine used in the Eureka 7 anime makes a reappearance.
The music, just like the series, is phenomenal, and perhaps the highest point of the movie. The tracks from the series are brought back, along with a very full orchestral score, and the right songs play at the right times. Even though the story may be convoluted to the point where you aren't sure which emotion you should be feeling, the music will pull you through.
Just like a good action flick, those who are looking for a fun and exciting ride will find one with this movie. However, don't watch it for it's depth. This is a movie best watched without expectations, and without analysis the first time through. Overall, this movie is a great watch for the fans, but even with a separate story, those who are not familiar with Eureka 7 should watch with extreme caution - this is not a good representative of the series, even though it is a fun watch.
To start from the beginning the movie is not a continuation of the series and the story is pretty much different.
Story: The producers changed the plot so they could introduce us this movie.The story is not bad,but it's not as good as the series.At the first 30 minutes of the movie the story is too rushed up and people who haven't seen the previous series will be pretty much confused.
Art: The art improved and for good.The character design is the same but there are a lot of details that are well drown in the surroundings.I liked the art it was still that great.A lot of
the scenes were very well rendered and that shows that a lot of time was thrown on the art.So yo won't be disappointed from it.
Sound: Well the sound was good.It's not the best out there but it won't bother you while you are watching the movie.The character voices are still good and lively.
Character: This is what I like the most from the movie.The kids that Eureka took care for are gone(at least we see them only for one scene) and that changes a lot of things.Eureka is not worried about them all the time and that way her character improved a lot and thank to God for good.She is not that strange in her reactions like in the series,but maybe in that way we lost a little good piece of her interesting character.Also she realizes Renton's love very early,which in a way makes the people who have watched the series delighted and disappointed,because the plot suffers a lot from that fact.Other thing that is changed is the personality of Hap.Now he turned into bad ass.So to sum up leaving the kids in the background of the story had it's good and bad things.The level of their annoying presence is decreased,but again the plot suffers,because of that.
Enjoyment: Well if you enjoyed the series you will enjoy the movie.It is just more of the same characters.They were a little things that are not very well thought at the movie,but they won't spoil your fun.
Overall the movie is not bad.I expected more,but maybe you will like it.