Eureka Seven is an anime series that was directed by Tomoki Kyoda, written by Dai Sato, musically composed by Naoki Sato, and produced by Studio Bones.
Why It Rocks
- Incredible animation, especially during fight scenes, dramatic scenes, or scenes where the mechs are flying through the air on the surf boards.
- Very appealing art style and character designs. The highlight in this regard is that of the mechs, which look phenomenal.
- Good voice acting in both sub and dub.
- Amazing music and soundtrack.
- Excellent cast of characters, all of them are unique from each other, interesting, entertaining, flawed, and likable.
- The growing romance between Eureka and Renton Thurston. It's incredibly engaging and has a satisfying conclusion.
- Eureka 7 has one of the best coming of age stories in all of anime. It's able to tell it's messages without hammering it into the viewer's heads, it's very subtle like that in most instances.
- Phenomenal ending that wrapped everything up.
- Neither side in the war is depicted as being completely right and compelely wrong. Both sides have likable and unlikable characters as well as clearly defined, understandable reasons for fighting. War in real life isn't completely black and white, and this is one of the few anime that understands this.
- Stunning mecha action scenes.
- Great comedy.
- Eureka 7 was important for raising the bar in terms of what you can show in an anime aimed towards kids and teenagers. While it's not the most mature anime of all time, it still has a lot more maturity and realism than a typical anime Shonen anime of that time.
- While the comedy and coming-of-age aspects of this series are superb, a lot of the scenes where Renton is being made fun of and humiliated seem rather mean spirited and might turn off a lot of viewers.
- The sequel, Eureka Seven: AO, isn't as good as the original.
- Relating to BQ #1, most of the Gekkostate members were unlikable during the first half.
It later got a manga adaptation written by Jinsei Kataoka, illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magazine Shonen Ace from July 26, 2005 to September 26, 2006 with 6 volumes in total. After that it got another manga series, titled Gravity Boys and Lifting Girl, which was written by Miki Kizuki and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magmazine Comptiq from May, 2005 to September 26, 2006 for 2 volumes in total. After that it got a light novel adaptation, which was written by Tomonori Sugihara, illustrated by Robin Kishiwada, and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magazine Sneaker Bunko from October 26, 2005 to May 31, 2006 for 4 volumes in total. After that the original anime series got a sequel manga, titled Eureka 7: Astral Ocean, or simply Eureka 7: AO for short, which was written by Yuichi Kato and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magazine Shonen Ace from January 26, 2012 to September 26, 2013 for 5 volumes in total. Eureka 7 AO is notorious for being terrible by fans of the classic series and non fans alike. After that Eureka 7: AO got a sequel manga, titled Eureka 7: AO - Save a Prayer, which was written by Ran Fudou and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magazine Newtype A from February 10, 2012 to June 10, 2013 for 2 volumes in total. After that the series got another sequel, titled Eureka 7: nAnO, which was written by Katsuwo and published by Akadokawa Shoten for the magazine 4-koma Nano A, from July 9 2012 to January 9, 2013 for just 1 volume in total. After that the Eureka 7: AO manga series got an anime adaptation, directed by Tomoki Kyoda, written by Sho Aikawa, musically composed by Koji Nakamura, and produced by Studio Bones. It originally aired from April 13, 2012 to November 20, 2012, for a total of 24 main episodes, 1 OVA episode, and 1 ONA episode. After that the series got another manga series, titled Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven New Order, which was written by Oonogi Hiroshio, illustrated by Miyama Fugin, and published by Kadokawa Shoten for the magazine Comptiq from June 8, 2012 to May 10, 2014 with 2 volumes in total.
In addition to manga, Eureka 7 got an anime film, titled Pocketfull of Rainbows, which was directed by Tomoki Kyoda, musiclly composed by Naoki Sato, produced by Studio Bones and Kinema Citrus, and originally premiered in Japan on April 25, 2009. After that it got a trilogy of anime films, titled the High Evolution trilogy, which were directed by Tomoki Kyoda and Hisatoshi Shimizu, written by Dai Sato, musically composed by Naoki Sato, and produced by Studio Bones and AUS. The first one was released on September 16, 2017, and the second one is set to be released in 2018 and the third and final one is set to be released in 2019.
Eureka 7 also got three video games created over the years. The first to be released was Eureka 7: Volume 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 7: Volume 2 - The New Vision, was released in Japan on May 11, 2006 and in North America on April 17, 2007. This game 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. A Playstation Portable game sharing the same name of the anime, was released on April 6, 2006, in Japan. This game is based on the events from the first half of the show.