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Eureka 7

a.k.a. Eureka Seven Psalms of Planets

a.k.a. Koukyou Shihen Eureka Seven

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Genre: Action/Drama
Company: Bones/Bandai Entertainment/MBS/Project Eureka
Format: 50 episodes
Dates: 4/17/2005 to 4/2/2006

Renton Thurston lived a boring life in a boring backwater town with a strict but boring grandfather. He dreams of meeting his hero Holland and becoming as notorious in the “reefing” world. Fate, however, has decided he would do that and more, as a chance encounter with a very unusual girl riding an even weirder mecha would become the catalyst to a set of events that would forever change his life.

summary by Soundchazer

 

Reviewed: 05/31/2006 by
Grade: 82% av-Soundchazer

Highs: Great characters and designs; unique storyline; catchy music

Lows: Uneven animation quality; characterization falters towards the end

Once upon a time there was a new production by Bones, a company that had in the past succeeded in creating rich, fantastic worlds and stories like RahXephon, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Fullmetal Alchemist. With the help of notable companies like Gainax, Production IG and BeeTrain, their latest project, Eureka 7, promised to be the biggest event in their history.

And it did indeed start in a big way, presenting an epic storyline filled with plenty of intricacies, complex characters and outlandish sceneries. The protagonists were always charming because they had interesting personalities and a very unique, lifelike interaction, where drama, passion, hate and more than a few laughs were shared. After a few episodes, you would either love them or despise them, but they never remained in the shadows. To support such a unique group of individuals, Bones made sure that they had a powerful story that would support and nurture their development. This anime provides a neat packaging in the form of very appealing character designs and J-Pop/J-Rock of the highest quality.

Everything seemed to be going great, until a few cracks in that perfect façade began to appear. A dip in the quality of animation occured towards the middle of the series and lasted several episodes. It could probably be attributed to the vast amount of companies involved in the animation (over 25 of them!), making it hard to keep control of them all. Even worse than that was a very noticeable change in some of the personalities of the characters, similar to Han Solo suddenly behaving like Obi Wan Kenobi, and was fairly evident in some questionable actions and attitudes. The dialogue became rather melodramatic and cheesy at times. Even repetition of certain themes appeared, making the final quarter of the anime rather tedious, preachy and slow, taking away the very spark that had kept me craving for more earlier on. It also didn’t help that some rather convenient plot devices were introduced to help reach a conclusion, cheapening to a certain degree an otherwise nicely crafted tale.

And alas, a story that could have been memorable for decades to come in the anime world, became just a good source of divertimento: better than most, but unable to reach those series that became legendary. It remains a unique piece of work, filled with intense emotions and a very positive message. Despite some very visible flaws, it still is a must-see, especially if we consider the love and dedication Bones puts into its productions.

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