Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Review: Eureka Seven Good Night, Sleep Tight Young Lovers - Blu-ray

Eureka Seven Good Night, Sleep Tight Young Lovers
Director: Tomoki Kyoda
Kaori Nazuka as Eureka
Yuko Sanpei as Renton

Fans of the Eureka Seven anime series might be a bit confused with this release. To give you an idea of how it great the divergence is from the anime series it might be best to list the synopse from animenetwork.com
  • Renton, son of scientists, and Eureka, a girl who can't live under the sun, are raised together when very young and become very attached to each other. One day, Eureka is taken away. Powerless at the time, Renton vows to rescue her. He enters the military and is soon assigned to the Independent Youths Unit 303 of the First Mobile Forces thanks to his exceptional performance alongside his Nirvash, a bio-mechanical armor/control system. Unknown to Renton, there is a plot to extinguish the alien invasion that is currently happening. It involves not only him, but Eureka too.

You could almost call this release a reboot. The writer and director will even admit that this movie bears only a superficial resemblance to the original anime series. Many of the character that appeared in the original series are included in the movie however most are radically different the movie. It is safe to say that as a general rule the story line and characters are a story unto themselves.

Here is Bandai Entertainment's synopses
This is another version of the story of Renton and Eureka. For almost half a century, mankind has battled a mysterious organism from space called “EIZO.” In 2054, there is a young soldier on board the fighter aircraft commanded by Holland, GEKKO, of the renegade group GEKKOSTATE, who is battling EIZO. The young soldier’s name is Renton. He boards Nirvash and heads for the battlefield. He has only one dream: to rescue his childhood friend, Eureka, who was kidnapped eight years ago and return to his hometown. Fate, however, brings tribulations to test the young love between Renton and Eureka --mission and emotion, truth and lie, past and future, life and death, reality and dream and even Holland – the entire world stand in the way of the two as the final battle with EIZO approaches…

That being said, the movie is certainly worth a look. If you enjoyed the look and feel of the original series you will find many of the same elements here. But that really should not be a deciding factor. The decision should be, if you never saw Eureka Seven would this movie be worth seeing and would it stand on it own merit? The answer is an emphatic yes.

Eureka Seven Good Night, Sleep Tight Young Lovers takes the whole arc from start to finish in two hours which is what one twelveth of the tv series. Not saying that speed is the key here, but the story line is every bit as complex so my hat is off for the screenwriter.

The Blu-ray version is not half bad. The graphics and audio are great. The extras are a bit lite, but the "making of" featurette is fun just for the differences in Japanese vs American production companies.

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