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.

Source:

Eureka Seven official site

2-Dimensional Champions Minisode 03: Endless Night

In this minisode, the Champions discuss the new Animator Expo short by director Sayo Yamamoto. Spoilers: It’s awesome.

Sayo Yamamoto is known for being the director of Michiko & Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Yamamoto has also worked on a ton of different projects including Samurai Champloo, Eureka Seven, Ergo Proxy, and Space Dandy.

It’s probably a good idea to watch the short at the link below before listening to the minisode:
animatorexpo.com/endlessnight/

Yoshiyuku Tomino’s New Project: G-Reko

Early last September, it was announced that Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator and director of Mobile Suit Gundam) was working on a brand-new science fiction project. Now, the first clear images of the project have been released.

Early reports are claiming that the new project, G-Reko, takes place 1000 years after Gundam’s Universal Century Timeline. Space elevators will be a major part of the plot. It isn’t totally clear what form this project will take but it does seem to be for animation.

The title drawing above is by Yoshida Kenichi, the character designer of Eureka Seven who previously worked on Tomino’s last television series King Gainer.

More information later as it becomes available!

From Gundam Guy.

Tetsuya Nishio’s Favorite Opening Sequences

Tetsuya Nishio has been a key animator in a number of really exciting projects such as Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion 2.0, FLCL, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka Seven, and Millenium Actress — and that’s just to name a few. A few days ago Nishio posted a list of his favorite opening films from various anime over the years that he can constantly return to and watch again. I’ll be posting videos below for as many of the 18 different openings that Nishio lists.

For a full list of the work that Nishio has done please head here.

I sadly couldn’t find the video for the Dangaioh opening theme ‘Cross Fight!’. If there are any other errors in the above list, please comment below.

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.

English Edition of Xam’d:Lost Memories Forthcoming

Back in 2008 animation studio Bones released a 26 episode series entitled Xam’d: Lost Memories for the Playstation Network. I’ve no idea how popular this release was her in America when it was released back then (my guess is that it was largely ignored) but after that initial release Xam’d dropped completely off of American radar for the next two years. In Japan, there was a television broadcast of the program as well as an eventual home video release, but nothing else here stateside for a show that was premiered on the Playstation Network first in America.

North American Anime distributor Section23 Films has just announced that it has picked up the rights for Xam’d and will be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD on September 21st. The first box set will cost $59.98 ($69.98 for the Blu-ray edition) but has a running length of 325 minutes — a good bulk of the series.  The show is the spiritual sequel to Bones’ previous work Eureka Seven from 2005 and is also very much influenced by Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind from 1984. The animation by Bones is gorgeous and the soundtrack by Full Metal Alchemist and Godzilla veteran Michiru Oshima is impeccable. The story itself has issues and I really feel that if the series had been allowed to run for 50 episodes it would have become a modern classic.

At 26 episodes the narrative feels a little claustrophobic and is a little slow at times but it has scenes which easily places it among my other favorite series. Despite an action-packed opening, this show is wrongly described as an ‘action’ series and is really much more cerebral often times making the viewer fill in some gaps in the storyline where it seems they just didn’t have the amount of time in the series to flesh out in a more fulfilling manner.

Ultimately, this show is not without its flaws but it has been a story that has stayed with me since I first watched it in 2008 and even succeeded in being quite haunting at times. Worth owning. Again, the first set is out on September 21st.