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

2D Champions Episode 71: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

The Champions return to the Gundam franchise to find out just how well Jazz and giant robot space battles go together. Based on the ongoing manga by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt takes a familiar setting and turns it on it’s head by introducing some new twists to the Universal Century. Is Thunderbolt a shocking addition to the beloved Gundam franchise? Or does it fizzle out all too soon? Listen and find out!

You can check out the Gundam Thunderbolt manga here:
www.viz.com/mobile-suit-gundam-thunderbolt

You can listen and subscribe to 2D Champions on iTunes:
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2d-ch…id995142333?mt=2

Knights of Sidonia Manga Ending

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The most recent issue of Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine announced that Tsutomu Nihei’s popular manga series will be ending in the next chapter; due out on September 25th in Japan. Knights of Sidonia has been running in Afternoon since 2009 and has spawned a popular anime adaptation by Polygon Pictures that is available for streaming on Netflix and on home video in the United States through Sentai Filmworks. Vertical Comics’ english edition of volume 14 will be released on September 29th and the pre-order for the fifteenth and final volume is already available and set for release Stateside on February 16th.

You can order the final volume of the english edition by following the link below!

Knights of Sidonia Volume 15 (On Amazon).

I’ve greatly enjoyed Knights of Sidonia and I’ll be looking forward to whatever Nihei will be drawing next!

Source: Crunchyroll News

Gundam AGE Promotional Video & Announcement

Bandai announced the newest television series entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise two weeks ago. If I was ten I probably would think that this is totally badass. Otherwise this seems like a sensible marketing decision as Sunrise is still in the middle of releasing Gundam Unicorn which is clearly aimed at the older fans. Gundam AGE is scheduled to air in October, hopefully arriving around the same time as the 4th episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

Here is the official synopsis for the series:

Is been several hundred years since mankind had migrated into space, living inside space colonies. Wars on earth had long ended, and the world seems to be in a peaceful era.  But this peace is about to crumble.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 101

An UE (Unknown Enemy) suddently appears, they attack and destroyed the space colonly [Angel].  This disaster is known as the ‘Sunset of the Angel’, and the peace on earth was replaced with war & despairs.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 108

As the war with UE rages on, the once peaceful space colony [Ovan] was invaded by these unknown enemies.  Frit Asuno (7 yrs old boy) lives on this colony with his mother.  When the aliens invaded, his mother was killed.  Before she die, she uploaded her memory onto the AGE Device and gave it to her son.  And with this device, Frit will be able to pilot the ancient mobile suit Gundam.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 115

Frit is now 14 years old, living in the space colony [Nora], stationed in the Earth Federal Military Base [Arinsuton].  Seven years had passed since he inherited the Gundam, and through years of research, he was able to engineer & completes the revolutionary AGE system for the Gundam (Gundam AGE-1), which is able to self evolved thru combat experience.

The time had finally came when the UE attacks [Nora], and now the 14 yrs old Frit will fight them with the Gundam.. can he overcome such a formidable adversary?

From Gundam Model Kits & Figures.