The First Summer of Love: A Look at Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution

The First Summer of Love: A Look at Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution

If any of you grew up with anime in the late 90s and early 2000s, the place to go to for most Canadian teens was the late YTV block called Bionix. Bionix ran from September 2004 to February 2010 and included shows such as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Destiny (where I began my Gundam pilgrimage), Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, .Hack//Sign, the original Full Metal Alchemist and Eureka Seven.

Eureka Seven is a personal favorite of mine. Already a mecha fan when it aired, I was amazed by the animation as I saw LFOs (Light Finding Operation or maybe a reference to “Low-Frequency Oscillators”, which are often used to modulate synthesizers, a reference to the show heavy use of electronic music) cruise through the sky on flying boards. And compelled by it’s great story about love, family and growing up.

Created by studio Bones in 2004, Eureka Seven is the tale of Renton Thurston, the son of Adroc Thurston, the hero of the cataclysmic event known as the ‘First Summer of Love’. Renton gets involved with Gekko State, a somewhat ragtag group of revolutionary wave boarders that fights the militaristic government with the help of the mysterious Eureka and the Nirvash, the oldest known LFO.

Now, studio Bones is bringing us ‘Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution’, a trilogy of movies that will explore the the ‘First Summer of Love’ incident as well as newly produced footage related to the original show. Bone’s website states that it will not be a remix or remake and that it will present a new and original ending. The director (Tomoki Kyoda: RahXephon, Evangelion 1.0), screenplaywriter (Dai Sato: Bebop, Champloo, Gits:SAC) and character designer (Kenichi Yosida: Turn A Gundam, Gundam Reconguista in G) are all set to return for the movies. No news of late about the seiyuus.

It is an understatement that as a fan of the show I am thrilled to finally see the event that lead to Renton’s quest. I am hoping for the same degree of animation quality (even better!) and storytelling. Of course, a great soundtrack is a given for Eureka Seven (like the show’s ‘Storywriter‘) as it is known for it’s massive love letter to electronic music. With Gundam: The Origin’s release in 2015, I am thrilled to see this trend of mecha anime getting prequel movies. Maybe a new Macross or Escaflowne movie could be next, who knows!

Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution trailer:


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