|Genre||Adventure, Mecha, Romance, War|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomoki Kyoda|
|Written by||Dai Satō|
|Licensed by||Madman Entertainment|
|Network||JP: Animax, MBS, TBS|
|Original run||April 17, 2005 – April 2, 2006|
|Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl|
|Written by||Miki Kizuki|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||May 2005 – September 26, 2006|
|Written by||Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou|
|Published by||JP: Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||July 26, 2005 – September 26, 2006|
|Written by||Tomonori Sugihara|
JP: Kadokawa Shoten|
EN: Bandai Entertainment
|Published||October 29, 2005 – May 31, 2006|
|Eureka Seven vol.1: The New Wave|
|Released||October 27, 2005|
|Eureka Seven V.2: Psalms of Planets|
|Released||April 6, 2006|
|Eureka Seven vol.2: The New Vision|
|Released||May 11, 2006|
|Eureka Seven: Pocketful of Rainbows|
|Directed by||Tomoki Kyoda|
|Licensed by||CAN, US: Bandai Entertainment|
|Released||April 25, 2009|
Eureka Seven, known in Japan as Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven (交響詩篇エウレカセブン Kōkyōshihen Eureka Sebun, stylized as Eureka seveN), is a mecha anime TV series by Bones. Eureka Seven tells the story of Renton Thurston and the outlaw group Gekkostate, his relationship with the enigmatic mecha pilot Eureka, and the mystery of the Coralians.
Bandai produced three video games based on Eureka Seven; two of them are based on events prior to the show, while the third is based on the first half of the show. Both the original concept of the anime and the video game Eureka Seven vol. 1: New Wave have been adapted into manga series, as well. The TV series has also been adapted into a series of four novels and a movie. Along with this, the series has a sequel, titled Eureka Seven AO.
Synopsis and themesEdit
Eureka Seven consists of fifty episodes broken up into two seasons which aired from April 17, 2005, to April 2, 2006, on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and Tokyo Broadcasting System networks. Several of the show's episodes are named after real songs, composed by both Japanese and foreign artists, and make references to pop culture.
The series centers around Renton Thurston, the fourteen-year-old son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. He lives what he considers a boring life with his grandfather, Axel Thurston, in the boring town of Bellforest. He loves lifting, a sport similar to surfing but with trapar, a substance abundant throughout the air, as the medium. He dreams of joining the renegade group Gekkostate, led by his idol Holland Novak, a legendary lifter. An opportunity to do so practically falls into his lap, when a large mecha, called the Nirvash typeZERO, and Eureka, its pilot, and a member of Gekkostate, crash into Renton's room. Renton's grandfather orders him to deliver a special part to the Nirvash called the Amita Drive, which releases the immense power dormant within the typeZERO called the "Seven Swell Phenomenon". Afterwards, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, where he quickly discovers that the behind-the-scenes life of Gekkostate is hardly as glamorous or as interesting as printed in the glossy pages of their magazine, ray=out. Only one thing makes it all worthwhile for him: the presence of Eureka, the mysterious pilot of the Nirvash. Renton, Eureka, and the Gekkostate embark on an adventure that will shape their future as well as the world's.
Eureka Seven works on a wide variety of themes throughout its story. One of the most prevalent themes in the series is racial and religious tolerance and harmony, which is carried throughout the characters' relationships as well the series' conflicts. Some of the other more global themes that the series covers consist of issues such as allegories of real world conflicts and wars, current political climates from Japan and abroad, depictions of various subcultures and related musical movements that span several generations, and ties to environmental movements. The series also covers other more personal themes such as parenting and family, along with a very innocent view of puppy love/love at first sight from Renton and Eureka. Identity and protection play a huge role for Renton and Eureka, as both of them say, "I am me" in the series multiple times, and Renton has sworn to protect Eureka. Continuing with themes addressed in previous series, responsibility and guilt manifest most explicitly with repeating the phrase, "You're going to carry that weight." The series works these themes, as well as the theme of growing up and change, into the journey of Renton Thurston.
The setting of Eureka Seven takes place 10,000 years after humanity has made a mass exodus into space, due to the arrival of the Scub Coral, an intelligent, sentient life who merged with the planet, forcing the humans to abandon it. In the current timeline, the remnants of humanity are now settled on an unknown planet (actually a terraformed Earth) known as the Land of Kanan, but the majority of the surface of this planet is now covered by a rock-like surface formed by the Scub Coral. The Scub Coral previously inhabited the Planet, until the invasion of humans. The theory that the Scub Coral is an intelligent life form was proposed by the scientist Adroc Thurston, who also claimed the Scub is looking for mutual co-existence with humanity. All theories and information about the Scub Coral being a sentient being are kept from the general population. In addition to being the surface of the planet, the Scub Coral has several physical manifestations, called Coralians, that are observed throughout the series. These manifestations are either natural occurrences or a response to attacks from humans.
Trapar waves and liftingEdit
In Eureka Seven, as a result of the Scub Coral covering the planet, the atmosphere is permeated by an enigmatic energy known as Transparence Light Particles, dubbed Trapar waves for short.
Though Trapar-propelled airships are relatively common, using Trapar waves for "lifting" is their predominant use. Lifting uses surfboard-like devices called "reflection boards" to ride Trapar waves in a manner similar to surfing, and is a popular sport in the series. The most grandiose use of Trapar — massive humanoid fighter craft — are a recent development, made possible by the discovery of bizarre alien life-forms within the Scub Coral.
LFOs and Compac DrivesEdit
The mecha of Eureka Seven are called "Light Finding Operation", commonly abbreviated to LFO. LFOs are humanoid alien skeletons excavated from the Scub Coral that have been fitted with armor and control systems. Military LFOs are known as KLFs (for "Kraft Light Fighter"). LFOs are able to fly by exploiting the same principles of lifting — Trapar particles. An LFO is composed of a giant organic base, called the Archetype; armor; a ref board; and a Compac Drive, a device that allows humans to interface with the Archetype, as well as other machinery.
- Ageha Plan
- The Ageha Plan is the theory first proposed by Adroc Thurston that the Scub Coral is an intelligent, sentient life form that is trying to communicate with humanity, as well as the plan for humanity to seek out co-existence. The report was locked away after his death, but later appropriated by Colonel Dewey Novak, a move aimed at gaining public support by associating himself with Adroc Thurston, despite Dewey Novak's true aims being directly opposite to the aims of co-existence proposed by the original Ageha Plan.
- Summer of Love
- The Summer of Love is an event that took place approximately ten years before the events of Eureka Seven, sparked by the first use of the Amita Drive with the Nirvash. An enormous, non-stop generation of Trapar waves resulted, and the confusion and chaos that resulted from this disaster sparked conflicts around the world, leading to civil wars that left tower states completely destroyed. In the Anime, Adroc Thurston died putting an end to the effects of the Summer of Love, or rather, became one with the Coralian Command Cluster as learned in episode 48. In the Manga, he stopped the Summer of Love but was killed by Dewey Novak.
- Vodarac is a religion with many believers in the world of Eureka Seven. Their peculiar views and beliefs clash with modern science, especially in regards to treatment of the planet. This, coupled with the existence of extremist factions in the religion, have led the government classify the Vodarac as a dissident faction, and it has on more than one occasion engaged in military campaigns against them. The prominent conflict depicted in the series is the attack on Ciudades del Cielo (Spanish for "Cities of Heaven", although literally it translates to "Cities of the Sky"), the city seen as holy grounds for the Vodarac, where the S.O.F troops stormed a supposed Vodarac extremist stronghold and decimated it.
- The Limit of Questions
- The "Limit of Questions" (件の限界 Kudan no Genkai) is the theory that too much sentient life in a given space will collapse reality, resulting in a black hole-like tear in space that would absorb the entire planet. According to this theory's developer, Dr. Greg "Bear" Egan, the Scub Coral itself had already reached the Limit of Questions, but avoided total collapse by going into a dormant state. This theory is solely related to the anime and is not mentioned in the manga at all.
- The Great Wall
- The Great Wall is an example of the effect of the Limit of Questions being passed. It is a large, unstable area of whirling Trapar winds visible from outer space. It was created at some undefined point before the beginning of the series when a large portion of the Scub Coral was abruptly woken from its dormant state. The Scub Coral managed to put itself back to sleep before the Limit's consequences engulfed the entire planet. Common physical laws no longer apply in the area encompassed by the Great Wall.
- The Zone
- The Zone is a visual effect produced by extremely high concentrations of Trapar particles and dust, which result in the mind seeing an endless corridor surrounded by brightly hued colors. Typically, the effect of the Zone is seen when trying to penetrate a Kute-class Coralian, but it may also manifest if a high enough concentration of Trapar happens in a closed space. The Zone is often depicted as a gateway, either between mind and matter or physical destinations.
- Skyfish are creatures that have adapted to float upon the Trapar waves that fill the atmosphere. They are harvested to create a substance known as "reflection film", which is what permits the machinery of Eureka Seven to fly without the use of fuel-based propulsion. It is said that skyfish gather where positive emotions are emitted by humans in the presence of a Compac Drive.
- Desperation Disease
- Desperation Disease is a coma-like condition in Eureka Seven. Those suffering from it become near-vegetables, save for a fixation on a Compac Drive. The sickness is related to the relationship of the Scub Coral, the Trapar, and the Compac Drive; all three together drive the victim deep into a trance which leads their consciousness to the Coralian Command Cluster. It is often said that the disease affects not only the victim but those involved with the victim (i.e: family, friends, loved ones).
- Pile Bunkers
- Pile Bunkers are rod-like objects driven into the ground to suppress the tectonic shifts in the Scub Coral, which otherwise cause humongous, mushroom-like coral formations to erupt from the ground with little to no warning.
They are not always effective.
Most of the characters of Eureka Seven are part of either Gekkostate or the U.F. Force.
Gekkostate is an anti-government militia and counterculture collective.
The U.F. Force is a military under the command of the Sage Council (or The Council of the Wise), the main authority of the United Federation of Predgio Towers. Serving under the Sage Council is Lieutenant Colonel Dewey Novak, who directed a special operations force called the S.O.F prior to his imprisonment at the beginning of the series. Dominic Sorel is an intelligence officer under Novak and the chief handler of Anemone, who pilots the LFO Nirvash typeTheEND.
Eureka Seven and Eureka Seven: AO Timeline of EventsEdit
10,000 + BE7
- The Scub Coral arrives on Earth. All humans leave Earth because they believed the Scub Coral was a threat.
3,000 + BE7
- The humans return to Earth after 7,000 years of living in space.
- The Scub Coral hides itself, and because of this, the humans believed they have landed on a new planet and not Earth.
2,070 + BE7
- After remaining dormant for years after the humans returned, there was a time when the Scub Coral began to awaken suddenly. If all the Coral had awoken, the "Limit of Questions" would have been reached. Crossing this Limit would have caused a tear in space somewhat like a black hole. All physical space would have been sucked in. The Coral was able to force itself into a dormant state, but a scar was left on the Earth, which is later called The Great Wall.
- Axel Thurston is born. He later has a son named Adroc.
- Ken-Goh is born.
- Mischa is born.
- Dewey Novak is born.
- Jobs and Woz are born.
- Stoner is born.
- Hap is born.
- Holland, Dewey's younger brother, is born.
- Hilda is born.
- Talho is born.
- Holland meets Hap and they become friends.
- Matthieu is born.
- Dominic Sorel is born.
- Anemone is created by the military as an experiment to make her look like a Coralian, which is a being born from the Scub Coral..
- James Darren Emerson (AKA. Moondoggie) is born.
- Holland meets Diane, Renton's older sister, and they date briefly.
- Gidget is born.
- Renton Thurston is born as the son of Adroc Thurston.
- Eureka is born from the Scub Coral as a Humanoid Coralian to observe humans. She is found at The Great Wall by Adroc Thurston.
- The first LFO is found by Adroc and is named the Nirvash TypeZERO. Eureka later becomes its' pilot after it rejected every human who attempted to pilot it.
- During an experiment with the Seven Swell phenomenon, the First Summer of Love occurred and Adroc sacrificed his life to save the planet. After no trace of him is ever found, he is declared dead.
- Diane leaves Renton with their grandfather in order to continue their father's research, and she mysteriously disappears.
E7: Between 11994 and 12001
- Eureka is taken by the S.O.F (Special Operation Forces) by Dewey Novak, who puts her under the care of his younger brother, Holland.
- During this time, Holland and Talho begin a relationship, and she seems to have relations with Dewey, which ends when Dewey rejects her.
- The SOF is assigned to kill all the people who lived at Ciudades del Cielo. After destroying the city and rescuing three small children, Eureka wishes to stop fighting. She and Holland decide to quit the SOF. He rounds up other military personale who distrust the military, and together with his girlfriend Talho, they steal an experimental military aircraft called the Gekko.
- Dewey is blamed for Holland's actions and is imprisoned by the military. He is released years later and is promoted to Colonel, and plots revenge against his brother.
- Renton is 14 and leads a normal, but boring life with his grandfather. After Nirvash crashes the Thurston garage for repairs, he meets Eureka and falls in love with her at first sight. Renton is given the task to give her the Amita Drive, which activates the rare Seven Swell event due to the combined emotional agreement between Renton and Eureka. Holland and Eureka ask Renton to join the Gekkostate, which he agrees in order to be with Eureka.
- Initially, Renton's time on the Gekko is intense: he is subjected to pranks by his crew mates and the kids, who call Eureka their mother. He is also the victim of physical and emotional abuse at Holland's hands whenever he makes a mistake, and on top of all that, Eureka, who doesn't understand emotions and human nature, doesn't reciprocate his feelings. Despite all this, he remains on the ship to train as an LFO pilot, and gradually, his skills rival Eureka's. He is assigned to co-pilot the Nirvash with Eureka.
- Dominic joins military under Dewey's wing, is promoted to second lieutenant, and is assigned to be Anemone's caretaker. He gradually falls in love with her, but she rejects him.
- Eureka's health begins to decline after realizing the connection between her and Nirvash. At the same time, the Gekko encounters a strange phenomenon called a "Coralian". Renton and Eureka meet Anemone, and she becomes their first enemy. Eureka believes that Nirvash has come to favor Renton over her, and wanting to return things to the way they were before she met him, she removes the Amita Drive from Nirvash, causing her to go into the depths of the mines. Eureka attempts to allow herself to be absorbed by the Scub Coral, but is saved by Renton.
- A Vodarac priest is brought aboard to heal Eureka and Holland uses what he says to drive Renton and Eureka further apart. Meanwhile, Renton's guilt is too much when he realizes all the people he's killed while in combat, being apart from Eureka, and being mistreated by the crew. Thinking he is hated by everyone, Renton believes he made a mistake by joining the Gekko and decides to leave.
- The crew discovers that Renton has left the ship, but no one wants to tell Eureka. Meanwhile, Renton meets Charles and Ray Beams, who invite him to live with him. Renton comes to view them as family and feels happy for the first time in months.
- Holland is forced to tell Eureka about Renton's departure. Feeling guilty that she pushed him away, she takes over his chores to fill in his absence and discovers a desire to see him again. Everyone notices the change in her and suspect that she is becoming interested in him (or that she is in love). Meanwhile, Renton discovers the Beams' conncetion to Holland, and that they are on a mission to retrieve Eureka and the Gekko. Renton leaves the couple to warn the Gekkostate. Holland promises to Eureka to bring Renton back, but his search is interrupted when he learns of the Beams' intentions, forcing the Gekko to change its course. When Holland says that Renton is less important, Eureka leaves the ship to look for him on her own, just as Renton is returning to the ship. She is caught in a dangerous situation against the Beams, and is saved by Renton. They finally confess their feelings to each other and realize that being together is most important to them.
- While being locked in the brig by Holland for leaving the ship without permission, Holland kills Charles in a gun battle, and Ray is later killed. Renton is deeply affected by the Beams' deaths, and Eureka comforts him as she assures him that she trusts him and wants to learn more about him. After this, the crew comes to respect and accept Renton as a member of the Gekkostate, and he discovers that Eureka is actually a Coralian, but his love for her continues.
E7: Between 12004 and 12005
- Renton learns more about his crew mates' pasts, including Holland's past relationship with his sister, and how Eureka came to be Nirvash's pilot. Because Eureka is beginning to understand feelings of pain and guilt, she wishes to no longer fight, and Renton takes over her role as Nirvash's pilot. Their relationship continues to grow, to the point where they are more open with their love for each other and begin to create a dream of being together forever.
- Holland and Talho rekindle their previous relationship, and learn they are expecting a child.
- Dewey's children decide to start the "awakening" by firing giant bombs into the heart of the Scub Coral, releasing hundreds of Coralian antibodies and destroying anything (including humans) in their path.
- Holland decides that the Gekkostate should be disbanded, and gives them his last order: retrieve Norb, a Vodarac priest, from the military. After completing the mission, Norb tells Holland to get Renton and Eureka to The Great Wall if their feelings are genuine and they may be the ones who can change humanity's fate.
- They travel to the Vodarac village in disguise; Norb guides Renton, Eureka, and the kids to another Coralian (the first one to be created by the Scub Coral), Sakuya. She and Norb explain to Renton and Eureka how they fell in love but they were never able to make it past The Great Wall and to the promised land. Renton, Eureka, and the kids decide to make the journey past The Great Wall to reach the promised land in hopes of changing humanity's fate, but are attacked by Anemone and are forced to crash land on an unknown location.
- The Gekkostate is forced to face numerous military fleets while Renton, Eureka, and the kids discover that they have landed on Earth, much to their shock. Renton is the first one to realize that the humans have been living on Earth the whole time with the Scub Coral. They are unable to leave when Eureka is unable to communicate with Nirvash, which frustrates them. As they get closer to the Scub Command Center, Eureka's body begins to change. However, Renton accepts the changes in her, and the kids finally come to accept him as a father-figure.
- When the arrive at the Scub Command Center, they encounter Diane, who tells Renton about the history of the Scub Coral, and Adroc. It is revealed that Diane and Adroc emerged with the Scub and have not been dead as it was believed. After hearing about the threat of the Limit of Questions and how hostile the humans are of the Scub Coral, Renton decides to help the humans understand that the Scub Coral wants co-existence with them, and wants to use his relationship with Eureka as an example that humans and the Scub Coral can live together in peace.
- After leaving the Scub Command Center, they are attacked by Anemone, but she is saved by Dominic, and the two confess their feelings for each other. Dewey fires a missile cannon at the command center and destroys it. The Gekko arrives to rescue Renton, Eureka, and the kids, and Holland engaged in a gun battle against Dewey. However, Dewey commits suicide, which activates the collar devices Eureka and Anemone wear. Eureka ultimately transforms into a Coralian event.
- Enraged at losing Eureka, Renton vowed to save her on his own. His plea to save her caused Nirvash to transform into its true form. He destroys the Coralian antibodies and entered the Coralian zone, where he reunited Eureka. He reminded her of his vow to always protect her, and they share their first kiss. Their true love activates the Second Summer of Love and Nirvash creates new phenomenal waves that carve their names into the moon. Nirvash ejects them from the Zone and bids them farwell as they return to the planet.
- Eureka and the kids are listed in the Thurston family record book as Renton's wife and children.
- Some of the Scub Coral travels to another universe.
E7: Between 12013 and 12016
- Renton and Eureka officially marry.
- Eureka becomes pregnant with her and Renton's first child.
- The first IFO is created by Renton, who achieved this by combining his knowledge of Scub Coral and LFOs.
- The Scub Coral begins to disappear more frequently, leading Renton and Eureka to investigate. During an experiment using the Gekko, the Coral vanished, taking Eureka and the ship with it and arriving in the year 2025, where she met her future son, Ao. Ao ends up saving her by returning her to her world.
- Eureka gives birth to a girl; however, three months after the birth, the baby turns to stone and dies. The cause of death is the high trapar density environment created by the Scub Coral, which caused the Human and Coralian cells in the baby to reject each other.
- Eureka becomes pregnant with her and Renton's second child.
- Upon learning he is going to have a second child, Renton decides to destroy the Scub Coral in order to prevent his new child from suffering the same fate as his baby daughter had.
- Just as the baby's due date arrives, Renton and Eureka are attacked by Secrets. He sends her to the year 2012, where the atmosphere would be safe enough for the unborn baby to survive, and he stays behind to kill the Scub Coral in order to protect her and later travels between alternate worlds to reunite with her. He arrives in the year 12021 during his search and uses the pillar of light to travel to the year 2025.
- Eureka falls from the sky and lands on the Iwato Jima island, where she is saved by Toshio Fukai, who takes her in.
- Eureka gives birth to a boy whom she names Ao Thurston.
- Eureka is taken away by the American Forces. She is assigned to help investigate the Quartz. A Scub Burst occurs, and in order to save Ao and the planet from a catastrophe, Eureka merged with the Quartz and vanished. Ao is then placed in Toshio's care as an orphan and is renamed Ao Fukai.
- Ao is 13 and is ostracized for his mother's mysterious arrival. He later finds his mother's bracelet, which allows him to activate her Nirvash. He then joins the Generation Bieu and is assigned to the Pied Piper team in order to find out what had happened to his mother. Although he is initially inexperienced as a pilot, his skills quickly rival that of his parents when they were his age. Although the government distrusts him due to being Eureka's son, he continues with his goal to find his mother, hoping to reunite with her again.
- Ao eventually reunites with his mother, but learns she is from the past due to her still being pregnant and not recognizing him. He learns more about her past and about his father, Renton. When he is about to return her to her world, Ao is shocked when she reveals that her unborn baby is a girl. Ao later reveals that he always believed his father abandoned him and his mother, but Toshio tells him that that was never true. Ao later finds out that his mother is in limbo between worlds because, when she emerged with the Quartz, she wished to be teleported to a different world with no specific destination.
- Ao learns the origins of the Secrets and the planet is becoming threatened by them as the Scub Coral spreads. Ao's enemy, Truth, is revealed to be a Secret. Ao is told that he will have to kill innocent civilians if it means destroying the Secrets, and he obtains a new weapon, the Quartz Gun, to destroy the Secrets. Unwilling to take any lives, Ao decides to fight Truth himself.
- After getting hit by the Quartz Gun, Truth seemingly dies, but he later becomes an archetype to Ao's Nirvash Neo.
- Renton arrives in Ao's world and meets his son for the first time. He reveals more about the Secrets' origins and his motivation to destroy the Scub Coral, which is to prevent Ao from suffering the same fate as his older sister had. Touched that his father loves him and saddened by what has happened to them, Ao decides to travel to the past in order to save his mother from disappearing and reunite her with his father, and send them to their world. Although he knows he will never see his parents ever again if he returns them to their world, Ao is determined to free them from their curse of making sacrifices and restore their happiness. He uses the Quartz Gun to absorb the Quartz and fires it at the Secrets, erasing them from existence entirely.
- Because he has changed history, no one will likely remember Ao, but he is fine with it, and after bidding farewell to Nirvash and Truth, Ao returns to to his world to resume his life.
Licensing and broadcastEdit
Distribution of the English version of Eureka Seven is handled by Bandai Entertainment and its affiliates. The U.S. and Canadian distribution of the show is handled by the main branch while Beez Entertainment, Bandai's European branch, handles the show's release in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. Madman Entertainment handles its release in Australia and New Zealand. The first translated Region 1 DVD volume of the series was released on April 25, 2006 in the US, while the European Region 2 version was released on September 25, 2006. The English version is produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment in Burbank, California. During its premiere run, Eureka Seven was available for online viewing on the Adult Swim Fix, Adult Swim's online video service, the Friday before its premiere on the channel proper. The series made its televised debut on Adult Swim on April 15, 2006, and ended on April 28, 2007. Beginning with episode 26, Adult Swim began airing an additional parental advisory warning for extreme violence before each episode. In keeping with Adult Swim's practice of making jokes in such warnings, the warnings claim that they would rather air the episodes uncut since they are "American Cowboys." Adult Swim aired Eureka Seven reruns for the last time in May 2008. In Canada, Eureka Seven premiered on YTVs Bionix block on September 8, 2006. Reruns were shown for a short period after March 23, 2007, returning to regular airings on June 1, 2007, and ending on November 16, 2007. Reruns continued on the Bionix block until July 5, 2008. The pronunciation of Eureka's name in the English dub of the series is based on the Japanese pronunciation [eɯɺ̠eka], which is an approximation of the Greek pronunciation of the word "Eureka" (Koine: [ˈhɛwreːka]; Modern: [ˈevɾika]), rather than the conventional English pronunciation [jʊˈɹiːkə]. The dub pronunciation has variously been described as "ey-ooh-reh-ka," "ay-oo-re-ka," or "el-rekka."
Yuri Lowenthal had at one point been contracted by Bandai to provide the English voice for Renton, but after recording thirteen episodes he was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch because the director of the English dub felt that his voice was too low for the character. All of Renton's lines were subsequently redone for consistency (although Yuri Lowenthal can still be heard as Renton when Holland is watching a video at the end of episode 7), though Bosch himself admits it took him a while to nail down the voice.
The series' origins can be traced to a pitch of a mecha anime series that Bandai had proposed to the animation studio Bones. At first, the studio rejected it, but later reversed its position because it had already planned to create an anime using mecha designs by Shoji Kawamori. With the appointment of director Tomoki Kyoda and writer Dai Satō, Bandai's proposal was more or less scrapped and the staff began work on their own series that would become Eureka Seven.
While conceptualizing Eureka Seven, director Tomoki Kyoda wished to design the series as one that would at first focus on the personal elements and conflicts of the characters, then subsequently move the framework into a broader scale and perspective. The series' two halves each have their own very clear focus that reflects this design choice. The series was Tomoki Kyoda's first as chief director for a TV anime; his major credits to date before that were his position as Assistant director of the RahXephon TV series and subsequent position of Director for the movie adaption, also from studio Bones. RahXephon creator and director Yutaka Izubuchi provided additional design works for Eureka Seven, as well. Long-time Studio Ghibli animator Kenichi Yoshida was the main animator and character designer for the series.
The music of Eureka Seven is available on three different compilations composed by Naoki Satō and a variety of other artists who composed insert songs used in the series. The third soundtrack, Complete Best, includes the full-length versions of the opening and ending themes for both the series and game, as well as the insert song for the final episode.
- Opening themes
|Shounen Heart||Shōnen Hāto (少年ハート, Boy Heart)||Home Made Kazoku||14-26|
|Taiyou no Mannaka e||(太陽の真ん中へ, To the Center of The Sun)||Bivattchee||27-32, 34-39|
- Ending themes
|Himitsu Kichi||(秘密基地, Secret Base)||Kozue Takada||1-13, 26|
|Fly Away||-||Asami Izawa||14-25|
|Tip Taps Tip||-||Halcali||27-39|
- Insert songs
|Draft Any Funk||Newdeal|
|Get It By Your Hands||Hiroshi Watanabe|
|L.F.O. (ep 34)||Taichi Master|
|I've Got It (Eureka New School Acid Mix)||Ko Kimura|
|Time-Lines (ep 46)||audio active|
|Niji (ep 50) (虹, Rainbow)||Denki Groove|
- Video game theme
Towards the end of its original Japanese run, Eureka Seven won multiple awards at the 2006 Tokyo International Anime Fair, including Best Television Series, Best Screenplay for Dai Satō, and Best Character Designs for Kenichi Yoshida. Kenichi Yoshida, the series' main animator and character designer, also received an individual award at the 10th Animation Kobe Awards in September 2005. The series also won an award at the 20th Digital Content Grand Prix in Japan in January 2006. At the Anime Expo 2006 SPJA Awards, Eureka Seven won the award for Best Television Series, and Best Female Character for Eureka. Anime Insider voted it "Best DVD Series of the Year" in 2006.
In December 2011, it was announced that a sequel, called Eureka Seven: AO, was in production. The series began airing in Japan in April 2012 and the series ended in November 2012. It contained 24 episodes.
Eureka Seven: AO takes place in the year 2012 on the Iwato and Okinawa islands, Japan. The main protagonist is Ao Fukai, who is a 13-year-old boy who's destiny will "set time in motion when he holds the power in hand". Ao is an orphan who lives with his adopted grandfather; his mother disappeared 10 years earlier and he has never met his father. Ao starts his journey by setting out to find his mother in hope of reuniting with her and understanding the cause of her disappearance, and find the meaning of his existence. It is later revealed that Ao is the biological son of Renton and Eureka, who were forced to make heart-breaking sacrifices in order to protect their son from a tragic fate.
Manga and novelsEdit
A manga adaptation based on the same basic concept and character designs from the anime series began running in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace, starting from the March 2005 issue and continuing until the January 2007 issue, covering a total of 23 chapters. These chapters were later compiled into six volumes.
Another manga adaptation, Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl, features the protagonists of the video games The New Wave and New Vision. It was serialized in Comptiq, another Kadokawa Shoten publication. It is shorter than the main series; collected, it spans only two volumes.
Eureka Seven was also adapted into a series of four light novels by Tomonori Sugihara. The light novels, much like the manga, differ from the TV series in various ways. The titles of the novels reference musical works much like the series — in particular, the bands New Order and Joy Division. The light novels were published by Kadokawa Shoten under their male oriented Sneaker Bunko label. The light novels are:
- Volume 1: Blue Monday
- Volume 2: Unknown Pleasures
- Volume 3: New World Order
- Volume 4: Here to Stay
A theatrical adaptation, Kōkyōshihen Eureka Sebun: Pocket ga Niji de Ippai (交響詩篇エウレカセブン ポケットが虹でいっぱい, literally "Pocket Full of Rainbows"), named Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight Young Lovers in the English release, was first announced in the May 2008 issue of Newtype; it is set to be publicly released during Golden Week in April, 2009, with the animation production handled by Kinema Citrus. The creators announced it will contain a new mythos, despite still featuring Renton and Eureka as the main characters. .
Eureka Seven has three video games, all developed by Namco Bandai. The first to be released was Eureka Seven vol.1: The New Wave, which was released in Japan on October 27, 2005, and in North America on October 24, 2006. The game features a different cast of characters and takes place two years before the anime. A sequel, Eureka Seven: New Vision, was released in Japan on May 11, 2006 and in North America on October 24, 2006. New Vision takes place two years after the events of New Wave. Both games were released on the PlayStation 2 and feature the theme song "Realize", sung by Flow. Eureka Seven V.2: Psalms of Planets, created for the PlayStation Portable, was released on April 6, 2006, in Japan. This game is based on the events from the first half of the show.
Eureka Seven is featured in the third installment of the PlayStation 2 crossover mecha action video game series Another Century's Episode. The series, published by Banpresto and developed by From Software, features mecha from a variety of other anime. The series is also featured in Super Robot Wars Z, the newest Super Robot Wars Series, released in 2008.
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- Project Eureka's Eureka Seven (Japanese)
- MBS Eureka Seven page
- TBS Eureka Seven page
- Bandai Entertainment Eureka Seven site (IA archive)
- YTV Eureka Seven page
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- Madman Entertainment's official Eureka Seven website
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- Eureka Seven (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Eureka Seven at the Internet Movie Database