Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film Trilogy Announced

In news that totally took me by total surprise, Studio Bones has revealed a new project to revitalize the original Eureka Seven television series as a trilogy of films. The first film, due out later in 2017, is set 10 years before the television series and will depict the ‘First Summer of Love’ that was critical to the original story but never before seen by viewers. The second and third films, due out in 2018 and 2019, will continue the story and depict a new ending for the series.

After my disappointment with the first Eureka Seven film in 2009 and then the later sequel TV series AO in 2012, I have to say any new projects in this franchise leave me with more than a little trepidation; however, the core staff from the original TV series is back (Dai Sato, Kenichi Yoshida, and Tomoki Kyoda) with this new movie trilogy so it seems that Bones is intent on bringing back the magic that made the original story so great.

The new teaser ad, equipped with a new song by Hardfloor, certainly did all it needed to do to get me pumped up about a return trip to Eureka and Renton’s story.


Eureka Seven official site

2D Champions Episode 60: Mob Psycho 100

In today’s episode, the Champions delve into the beautifully animated world of ‘Mob Psycho 100’. Animated by Studio Bones and based off of the popular webcomic series by ONE (the author of One Punch Man); ‘Mob Psycho 100’ seems to have everything going for it to be the smash-hit of the summer. Do the gorgeously rendered ESP battles leave the Champions speechless? Or does it just leave them with a headache? Listen to our review of the first five episodes of ‘Mob Psycho 100’ and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Mob Psycho 100’ through the following link:

2D Champions Episode 57: Bungo Stray Dogs (& The Revenant)

This week the Champions take apart the first five episodes of ‘Bungo Stray Dogs’. Animated by Bones and adapted from the popular manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa; does this supernatural super sleuth show have what it takes to impress the Champions? or does it end up as just another pretty Bones show? Listen and find out!

NOTE: The first 16 minutes of this episode is spent discussing the film The Revenant as Julalien is a super slowpoke and had only just seen the film shortly before we recorded. Skip to just past the 16 minute mark if you want to get right into our discussion of Bungo Stray Dogs. Also, our conversation on The Revenant is full of spoilers, so be careful if you haven’t seen the film and care about that sort of thing.

You can watch all of Bungo Stray Bones here:

The Bungo Stray Dogs manga has also been licensed by Yen Press in North America! Make sure to pick up the volumes when they are released to support the original creators if you live in the US!

Bones Announces ‘Towa no Quon’ Film Series

Before passing away director Umanosuke Iida (who also directed Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team and the original Hellsing television series) was working on a new science fiction project titled Towa no Quon.

After Iida passed away last November, animation studio Bones announced that it would complete the production as a series of six films which are to be helmed by Takeshi Mori in Iida’s place. Toshihiro Kawamoto (character designer of Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) will be designing the characters as well overseeing the animation production.

Bones is well-known for their stunning animation work, especially in their theatrical releases. The first Towa no Quon film will open in five Japanese cities on June 18th. It seems that alot of care is being put into this work so I am very excited to see what the project will end up looking like.

From ANN.

Full Metal Alchemist 2011 Movie Teaser

Earlier today, animation studio Bones released their first teaser trailer for the upcoming Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood film entitled Full Metal Alchemist: Milos o Sei-Naru Hoshi. The film is set to open in Japan in 2011 and on November 22nd — the same day that the 27th and final manga volume goes on sale.

It is interesting to see that although the film is apparently still part of the recent Brotherhood television adaptation that ended this past summer, the staff of the film apart from the voice actors, is entirely different than the staff on the recent television series. The art style in the teaser is similar to that in Brotherhood but the overall design looks quite different from Brotherhood and perhaps bears more resemblance to the earlier 2003 television series. Either way, this looks like a terrific adaptation of author Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga designs.

Personally, I was hoping to see a sequel film which takes place after the manga and Brotherhood’s ending but I guess a new story featuring the characters in their classic designs is a more exciting prospect.

New Trailer for Gundam Unicorn Episode 2

It seems that Kylee, a singer who did theme songs for Studio Bones’ Xam’d: Lost Memories and Heroman is doing the theme song for the second episode of Sunrise’s Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series. Episode one was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to part 2. It can be picked up off of the Playstation Store on October 30th or you can order the Blu-ray release off of Amazon on November 12th.

New Star Driver Anime Information

Some new images and information is starting to appear for animation studio Bones’ new giant robot series, including this new synopsis of the series from ANN:

On a cross-shaped island in the South, a mysterious and gigantic humanoid robot known as the “Cybuddy” is discovered sealed in the underground ruins for untold ages. A group known as the “Order of the Glittering Star Cross” attempts to remove the seal by abducting a girl named Wako Agemaki, who they dubbed the “shrine maiden” and is the key to activating the robot. A boy named Takuto Tsunashi arrives with his own Cybuddy named Tauburn to rescue Wako. Thus begins a struggle to unlock the secrets of the advanced technology and prevent disaster.

It sounds promising enough and the new promotional poster along with some character designs that I’m posting below make it look like a blend between Sunrise’s Code Geass and Gainax’s Gurren Lagann.

Also, the Japanese rock band Flow, who have previously done opening theme songs for Naruto, Code Geass, and Eureka Seven, are also composing the first opening theme for Star Driver as well. Interestingly, I’ve seen quite a few people on other websites complaining about the strange look of the mecha for Star Driver and although I will admit that it reminds me of an alien ballerina with sunglasses, I still enjoy the unique look. Being a fan of Turn A Gundam i will also admit that I greatly prefer strange looking giant robots as oppossed to the usual boxy designs.

Star Driver is expected to air this fall.