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Monday, August 9, 2010

Manga Monday: Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven: directed by Tomoki Kyoda, screenplay by Dai Satō

Other Titles: Eureka seveN / Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven / Kōkyōshihen Eureka Sebun
Genre: Mecha (giant robots), Shounen, Fantasy, Action, Romance
Art: 5 (the picture on the side does it no justice)
Plot: 4
Characters: 3.8
Serizalied: Bandai Entertainment
Other: Manga, Novel, Games
Renton Thurston's a young 14-year-old who is tired of his monotonous life. The only thing that makes him happy is when he "lifts,"* an extreme form of aerial hoverboarding. His feelings of frustration come from his life of toil in his Grandfather's garage and being the son of an enigmatic yet legendary "hero." One day, a large LFO (Light Finding Operation) craft called Nirvash falls from the sky and a beautiful young girl named Eureka emerges and asks for repairs. When a smitten Renton literally falls over himself to help her, the two begin a journey that will change both of their destinies!--from Amazon

*the anime calls it "reff"
Eureka Seven was first released as an anime then later transcribed into a game, novels, and finally a manga series (written and illustrated by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou). The manga is 6 volumes long compared to the 50 episode anime series; that is a huge difference because in typical fashion one chapter is equivalent  to an episode and chapters can range from 4 to 6 per volume. That means that a lot of character development is hacked off and the manga has its own alternative ending compared to the anime.

In this case of Eureka Seven I would recommend watching the anime than reading the manga. But if you are curious about the manga it is released by Bandai Entertainment with the gorgeous art found in the anime still intact. The novels and game adaption I am not sure on because I personally have not read nor played them.

Despite being pretty much age appropriate for all (nowadays though back in the days some scenes are scandalous) Eureka Seven has a hidden depth with a philosophical flare. It sometimes get a bit too cheesy and  cliche with more than one embarrassing moments. The creators of Eureka Seven like techno and brightly colored things (like rainbows!!) just to warn you. In all if you're looking for something explosive and lots of giant robot fighting look no further! And if not Eureka Seven might surprise you.

DVDs: Collection Volume 1 / Collection Volume 2
Manga: Collection 1 (volumes 1-3) / Collection 2 (volumes 4-6)
Novels: Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4

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