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'Eureka Seven' Franchise Receives Movie Trilogy

by Vindstot
Mar 16, 10:13 PM | 65 Comments


An official website has opened and announced that the Eureka Seven franchise will receive a movie trilogy. Titled Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution, the movies are scheduled to premiere in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively. The movies will tell the story of the phenomenon known as "The First Summer of Love" that took place ten years before the first Eureka Seven anime, but was never depicted in full. The movies will then follow the main storyline of the first TV anime and contain new dialogues and scenes, revised footage, as well as a new ending not present in the original series.

Staff
General Director: Tomoki Kyouda (Eureka Seven)
Director: Hisatoshi Shimizu (.hack//Roots)
Script: Dai Sato (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Character Design: Kenichi Yoshida (Overman King Gainer)
Main Mechanical Design: Shoji Kawamori (Macross)
Conceptual Design: Kazutaka Miyatake (Macross F)
Design Works: Shingo Takeha (Space Dandy), Masatsugu Saitou (Captain Earth) Yutaka Izubuchi (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone), Shigeto Koyama (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Character Animation Director: Shigeru Fujita (Piano no Mori Character Design), Ayumi Kurashima (Classroom☆Crisis Chief Animation Director)
Special Skill Director: Yasushi Muraki (Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto Special Effects)
Mechanical Animation Director: Shingo Abe (Star Driver the Movie)
Key Animator: Hideki Kakita (Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki), Shuuichi Kaneko (Ryuu no Haisha), Ken Ootsuka (Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth), Kenta Yokoya (Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou), Nobuaki Nagano (Redline), Shiori Kudou (Zetsuen no Tempest)
Art Director: Kazuo Nagai (Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon)
Assistant Art Director: Yuushi Honjou (Nabari no Ou Background Art)
Color Setting: Nobuko Mizuta (Kuromukuro Color Design)
Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto (Boku no Hero Academia)
Director of Photography: Toshiya Kimura (Nanatsu no Taizai)
Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi (Tenkuu no Escaflowne)
Music: Naoki Sato (Heroic Age)
Studio: Bones
Production: Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bandai Visual, Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Bones
Distribution: Showgate

Insert Song: "Acperience 7" by Hardfloor

Eureka Seven is an original anime produced by Bones and Bandai Entertainment, which aired in Spring 2005. The series received a sequel movie in April 2009, as well as a sequel TV series in Spring 2012 with a different set of main characters. Bandai Entertainment licensed the series and the movie for North American distribution and released them in DVD volumes between April 2006 and March 2010. FUNimation re-licensed both seasons and the movie, and released them in Blu-ray and DVD volumes between August 2013 and April 2014.

The original anime has won multiple awards including "Best Screenplay," "Best Television Series," and "Best Character Designs" at the 5th Tokyo Anime Awards, an award in the "Domestic Digital Contents Category" at the 20th Digital Content Grand Prix, and the "Best Female Character" and "Best Television Series" during the 2006 Anime Expo SPJA Awards in the US.

Announcement PV


Source: Animate Times

Koukyoushihen: Eureka Seven - Hi-Evolution 1, Koukyoushihen: Eureka Seven - Hi-Evolution 2 & Koukyoushihen: Eureka Seven - Hi-Evolution 3 on MAL

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I envy the people who were able to see this already at Otakon a few days ago. I'm curious about the who project and very much want to see the first movie when it's release worldwide this fall. It'll give me a chance to re-watch the series!

Aug 14, 9:57 PM by nightscape94

Now is it going to be good though... that is the question... because that one movie with those weird characters that was called Eureka Seven for some reason...was really really bad in comparison to the 51(52?) episode anime series...which, I thought, was amazing

Aug 14, 4:12 AM by arokace

I'm excited. I just watched E7 for the first time now that is been remastered in HD, and it was a blast. I also loved the film. I had watched AO back when it came out. I didn't hate it because I had nothing to compare it to.

The new movies look to be more in line with the original series and I'm fine with that. I'm also fine with the addition of staff present on AO. I just want to see more of this special thing called Eureka since nothing else is close enough to give the same flavor.

May 10, 4:00 AM by VyseLegendaire

I hope this isn't gonna end with the orginal ending they planned, before it was changed to what the OG series had. Also I hope in these movies, they don't mess up the terminology from the first series, like they did with AO. OR try and make AO make sense.

This is my favorite anime of all times, and I'm disappointed in how it was treated in AO. AO was a cruel, sick joke to me. I liked seeing Eureka and Renton again, but it just didn't really feel like them at all. Eureka was almost Eureka though... Renton not so much. I'm not about to go into issues with AO now at all though.

I do hope this movie triolgy goes well, and they don't step on the original series

I'm kinda worried

mod edit: merged double post

Mar 28, 2:23 AM by Cerberus-Kun

Great news! Just hope everyone arent whiny screaming babies the whole time doing things that just make u scream at the tv, like the series.

Mar 22, 4:24 PM by phyzm

I can't believe this is actually happening!! MY FAVORITE ANIME IS MAKING A COMEBACK!! Can't wait!!

Mar 20, 7:42 AM by Sheldanise

Intersting. I still haven't seen the movie and AO yet maybe this'll be the excuse for me to do so.

Mar 20, 3:12 AM by ladatree

Aassdddai said:
Hmm, so Anemone is confirmed and we'll be getting new content before and after the series.
Most of the staff are returning, which is good. I didn't hate AO, but it was obviously not as good as the original.

Animation looks good, the character designer is the same guy, OST already sounds good.

First movie in 2017
Last movie in 2019
2019 - 2005 = 14
14 / 2 = 7 o_0

Excited


Agreed with pretty much all of that, and the return of the rest of the really key staff this time, unlike last time, like Dai Sato as main writer and Yoshida back in full charge of character design getting to do these awesome characters in HD (his character animation was much more expressive than the AO ones), and Naoki Sato back for the music (hopefully Koji Nakamura gets to contribute another track and new versions of some of his main ones from the original show, his soundtrack was the best part of AO) really gives me a lot of excitement for these three movies and that they'll be going for the same mood and story themes as the original series.

The visuals of the characters and mecha in the trailer looked gorgeous.

I had no idea this news got announced until randomly coming across the trailer a day after the announcement :)

Mar 19, 3:58 PM by DangerMouseDM

TheMaverickk said:
AAA_XD said:


But the original FMA is better then brotherhood.

Brotherhood threw the law of equivalent exchange out the window in the end.
Equivalent exchange wasn't thrown out the window. It was equivalent exchange that allowed Ed to bring Al back. So I'm not sure what you mean by that.

I think there are few people who consider the original FMA better than Brotherhood. I mean the ending was bad enough they needed a movie to fix it. Which I'll admit did sort of tie it up a lot better over all. Still Brotherhoods antagonist, character development and and resolution are far more thorough.

Also doesn't really negate their other botches, hell or the travesty that was AO.... AO was enough of a disaster that I believe it completely possible to botch up this.


FMA did not need a movie to fix it. That's like saying Evangelion needed a movie to fix its ending. The movie was made out of the success of the 1st anime adaptation. People were just but hurt that Ed didn't end up with Winry. And things didn't go their way.

The law of equivalent exchange meant more in 2003 rather than brotherhood because Ed and Al learns there is no equivalent exchange and that their theory does not apply to real life.

Brotherhood tackles the same concept but felt like a dumb down version of it.

Mar 17, 6:05 PM by AAA_XD

AAA_XD said:
TheMaverickk said:
Sorry, didn't mean to concern, I'm not really offended. But I mean it's just unfortunate that people even see AO as a second season because it's so detached from the original.

I would give Bones the benefit of the doubt if it wasn't for the fact that despite having great animation and starting their animation series strong... they usually fall apart at the end (typically because the source material isn't complete, so they have to do an original ending).

I mean the original FMA had a terrible conclusion.... Soul Eater is again another series that fell apart at the end.... Kekkai Sensen went off the rails as well... Captain Earth went all wishy washy.... so I mean I'd say that it's a 50/50 chance that they get the job done.

The original Eureka Seven was one of their home runs for an original series. FMA Brotherhood righted the wrongs of the original.... I have high hopes for My Hero Academia. This I will remain pensive.


But the original FMA is better then brotherhood.

Brotherhood threw the law of equivalent exchange out the window in the end.
Equivalent exchange wasn't thrown out the window. It was equivalent exchange that allowed Ed to bring Al back. So I'm not sure what you mean by that.

I think there are few people who consider the original FMA better than Brotherhood. I mean the ending was bad enough they needed a movie to fix it. Which I'll admit did sort of tie it up a lot better over all. Still Brotherhoods antagonist, character development and and resolution are far more thorough.

Also doesn't really negate their other botches, hell or the travesty that was AO.... AO was enough of a disaster that I believe it completely possible to botch up this.

Mar 17, 5:09 PM by TheMaverickk

Even though I'm excited at the news, I can't help but be curious to the politics guiding Bones's decision for the movie trilogy remake/retelling.

They will mostly likely go through with the anime canon "Wish Upon A Star" ending, but Bones could throw a curveball and do the "true" New Order ending like in the manga and light novel. Eureka sacrifices herself ("dies") by scattering into seven pieces across the world. Most don't know or are unaware that Bones rewrote buildup to and the last episode "Wish Upon A Star" to have a happy ending. The "original" ending was supposed to be sad and bittersweet. That would be some statement if (a big if) they negated that entire legacy. You could argue that had they gone through with the "true" ending a decade ago, AO as a sequel wouldn't have been made to begin with. But that's neither here nor there (check out the OVA Eureka Seven: New Order, the history of that is pretty interesting). I would actually prefer the bittersweet New Order ending, but Bones has created enough uproar with AO. Best not to rock the boat any further.

The news didn't mention anything about AO, or the third movie having to do with the events of AO in the same story universe. So either it follows the events after the Eureka 7 TV series, specifically after "Wish Upon A Star" episode 50 and an of itself, or bridges the gap between E7 and AO (Renton/Eureka fighting Scubs, the children, Eureka raising Ao, E7 cast epilogue, etc.). In the unlikely chance they go with the New Order ending, the third movie could include Renton collecting the seven pieces of Eureka and bringing her back to life.

As for Bones internal politicking, this is interesting news considering that the AO 5-part Epilogue OVA just finished airing. It's all conjecture at this point until Bones makes the details clear of course, but it makes you wonder what the internal divide in Bones Studio is following the great deal of negative reception of AO. I had always heard that the relationship between Bones and Dai Sato hit the fan after the E7: Pocket ga Niji de Ippai movie (he was furious). Very interesting indeed if they decide to patch things up with Dai Sato, but leave Aikawa Shou out to hang dry.

I don't necessarily blame Bones. There is great nostalgia in Eureka 7. If they wanted something completely different, then Aikawa Shou definitely brings that to the table, but all it did in having a sequel in AO was bring waves of controversy due to the clash in writer styles (in contrast to fan familiarity and expectations). By the way, Dai Sato was the primary Script Writer/Series Composer for Eureka 7, Aikawa Shou for Eureka AO (not to go off-topic, but FMA vs FMA: Brotherhood was mentioned. Aikawa Shou was the primary script writer for the original FMA so make what you will of that. Not here to debate which is better).

So I'm at a conflict. Thematically I was able to reconcile Aikawa Shou's/AO's "answer" to Eureka 7, but now depending on how the movies pan out, Bones is setting out to play a bit of revisionist history. Exciting times! I see this as a win-win anyway.

Mar 17, 4:45 PM by Kjeldoran

I was not expecting this.

The original series is one of my favorite anime ever. AO was disappointing, but I have hope that this will be a great way to bring us back into that universe. I like that it's not just a retelling of the existing stories; we're getting a prequel and a sequel/"interquel" as well.

I can't wait :)

Mar 17, 2:44 PM by V2Blast

TheMaverickk said:
John_2001 said:
Wow, after reading your post, I kinda sympathize with you. Like I said I don't quite remember this series so my apologies if I offended you.

Anyways, most of the sequels or anime movies for older anime turn out to be cash-grab which I strongly dislike. I don't have high hopes with this movie either but you should give the benefit of doubt because it's Bones we are talking about. Maybe they want to apologize to the fans for AO.
Sorry, didn't mean to concern, I'm not really offended. But I mean it's just unfortunate that people even see AO as a second season because it's so detached from the original.

I would give Bones the benefit of the doubt if it wasn't for the fact that despite having great animation and starting their animation series strong... they usually fall apart at the end (typically because the source material isn't complete, so they have to do an original ending).

I mean the original FMA had a terrible conclusion.... Soul Eater is again another series that fell apart at the end.... Kekkai Sensen went off the rails as well... Captain Earth went all wishy washy.... so I mean I'd say that it's a 50/50 chance that they get the job done.

The original Eureka Seven was one of their home runs for an original series. FMA Brotherhood righted the wrongs of the original.... I have high hopes for My Hero Academia. This I will remain pensive.


But the original FMA is better then brotherhood.

Brotherhood threw the law of equivalent exchange out the window in the end.

Mar 17, 2:34 PM by AAA_XD

well, im hype but at the same time im confused.
not only i forgot what is the story about, what will happen in this three movie is killing my mind.

regardless, im fucking hyped up
never expected to see eureka again in this age or year xD

Mar 17, 1:33 PM by YizelTro

I wonder if this is gonna follow the manga ending?

Mar 17, 1:14 PM by sullied

John_2001 said:
Wow, after reading your post, I kinda sympathize with you. Like I said I don't quite remember this series so my apologies if I offended you.

Anyways, most of the sequels or anime movies for older anime turn out to be cash-grab which I strongly dislike. I don't have high hopes with this movie either but you should give the benefit of doubt because it's Bones we are talking about. Maybe they want to apologize to the fans for AO.
Sorry, didn't mean to concern, I'm not really offended. But I mean it's just unfortunate that people even see AO as a second season because it's so detached from the original.

I would give Bones the benefit of the doubt if it wasn't for the fact that despite having great animation and starting their animation series strong... they usually fall apart at the end (typically because the source material isn't complete, so they have to do an original ending).

I mean the original FMA had a terrible conclusion.... Soul Eater is again another series that fell apart at the end.... Kekkai Sensen went off the rails as well... Captain Earth went all wishy washy.... so I mean I'd say that it's a 50/50 chance that they get the job done.

The original Eureka Seven was one of their home runs for an original series. FMA Brotherhood righted the wrongs of the original.... I have high hopes for My Hero Academia. This I will remain pensive.

Mar 17, 12:02 PM by TheMaverickk

EasyGo-er said:
Do you even read dude? I don't even watch anything from the franchise but please read before posting.

The movies will tell the story of the phenomenon known as "The First Summer of Love" that took place ten years before the first Eureka Seven anime, but was never depicted in full. The movies will then follow the main storyline of the first TV anime and contain new dialogues and scenes, revised footage, as well as a new ending not present in the original series.

It's basically a film trilogy (not a single movie but 3) which will include events that happened before and during (not after, so no AO) the first TV anime plus a new ending. Almost all of your complaints are gone if you'd just take some time to read except for the fact that it will still cut down most of the character developments and unimportant scenes since 3 films are still shorter than 50 eps.
I've actually read the news, lots of it, not just here on MAL and some of the excerpts have explicitly said that they ware going to show events and things that happened between the original series and AO. That "never before seen ending" is likely going to be a longer more detailed ending that is less vague and will more likely try and connect the two series. Also who knows how long this extended ending will go and how much it will try to connect. Still doesn't change the fact that they've said that there will be events shown between the original series and AO.

I'm willing to wait before passing judgement but no offense I have very little to be hopeful over. Dai Sato returning is the only thing I could even call a positive.

That said I still stand by the fact that we don't need to see the events of the First Summer of Love (an event talked about and expanded upon through dialogue in the original series), and movies that try to condense entire anime series never go over well. Character development is lost, and so forth. I am still greatly concerned for the outcome of this trilogy.

Mar 17, 11:52 AM by TheMaverickk

Movies => shorter => better pacing

This one might at least be worth it more than the original series.

Mar 17, 11:09 AM by metadata

Thats a pretty nice surprise.

Might finally end up watching E7 after all this time pushing this.

Mar 17, 9:05 AM by DatRandomDude

I'm so HYPED! Those character headshots look nice. Eureka Seven is one of my favorites, this is gonna be awesome. Yeah, AO sucked, but I think people should be more optimistic. Let's not make assumptions until at least the first movie is released. I'm sure they're aware that AO was poorly received, hopefully they learned from their mistakes.

Mar 17, 8:47 AM by Horizon_Anime