Relive the classic era of anime with the studio that brought you Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Wolf’s Rain. Returning to the spotlight after almost a decade, Eureka Seven – the greatest anime love story ever told – makes its long-awaited arrival on Blu-ray!
Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father’s heroic footsteps. When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune-up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.
Eureka Seven is one of the classic love stories in anime. The series ranks among my favorite all time mecha anime series. Back when anime was 25 episodes a cour. For its time, it also had incredible animation, which we have come to expect from Studio Bones. The vibrant colors and ariel mecha fight scenes are some of the most beautiful scenes. Even with todays improvements in animation style and quality, Eureka’s animation still holds up to the test of time. During Renton’s journey to discover what his fathers work was and joining the famed Gekkostate, things take a dark turn for his dream come true.
It has echoes of Evangelion but with a lot less psychological damage. As Renton and the Gekkostate battle against the military forces who don’t understand Eureka and her kind, we get tons of different story elements without over complicating the plot. What few fillers we get throughout the series are fun and interesting breaks from the main story. Yet each one gives us something that builds up each character they have asked us to care about.
The musical score for the series isn’t just there to fill in the quiet moments. The music deepens and expands the story and its characters. From futuristic rave music to classical instrumentals, each one enhances the scene they play in. The final bit that really is unique for Eureka Seven is the character development. With 50 episodes, the series has an enormous amount of characters to develop on screen.
Many series with that many characters don’t bother to try and develop secondary characters. However, this anime not only grows our main characters but takes it time to spend focus on secondary and even third level characters to build the overall story. Normally this would be a bad thing but with 50 episodes they had the time to properly grow each character so we cared about more than our main 2 characters. The writing was a big help as well.
I highly recommend this series to any anime lover or to anyone looking to get started with anime. You can pickup the complete series on Blu-Ray over at Amazon.com now.