Anime Spotlight: EUREKA SEVEN AO

by Justin Sevakis, Mar 19th 2012

April 12, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director - Tomoki Kyoda
    (EUREKA SEVEN, Halo Legends: Prototype, RahXephon movie/OVA)
Key Character Design - Kenichi Yoshida
    (EUREKA SEVEN, Overman King Gainer, Xam'd: Lost Memories)
Art Director - Kazuo Nagai
    (Gunsmith Cats, Sky Crawlers, EUREKA SEVEN)
Animation Production
BONES

Introduction

The long-awaited new installment in the EUREKA SEVEN franchise!!

"Ao"—a new hero with a new destiny to uncover!

Story

The protagonist, Ao, lives on Iwado Island in Okinawa with the elder doctor, Toshio. He spends what money he can scrape together on a poaching fish, so he can leave in search of his lost mother. Then one day, a lone FP (Flying Platform, a small air-transport) makes an emergency landing. The pilot of the FP, Gazelle, is a courier hired by the Japanese military, and in Gazelle's cargo, Ao finds a bracelet.

That's when the Scab Coral appears on the island, and mysterious monsters known as “Secret” begin their attack, targeting them. Iwado Island is also a political hot spot, where the Okinawa Island Confederation, China, and Japan fought over its territorial rights. So in order to eliminate the Secret, a dispatch order is given to the private enterprise GENERATION BLUE's IFO Squad, Team Pied Piper.

Lead by the bracelet, Ao boards an IFO belonging to Japan's military, the Nirvash. The last time anyone had managed to activate the Nirvash was a decade ago, when a certain “incident” happened.

After his encounter with Nirvash, Ao and the IFO Team Pied Piper begin fighting together against the Secret. Ao steadies his resolve to avoid regrets, and his journey to learn about the past and pave the future begins!

Characters

Ao Fukai
VA: Yūtarō Honjō

A young boy who was raised by elderly doctor Toshio. His father is missing and his mother also left him ten years ago, on the occasion of a certain "accident".

Due to his complex background, he used to suppress parts of his inner self for his entire life, but his encounter with Nirvash will make him know his destiny and abilities, and he will take his life in own hands.

Naru Arata
VA: Kanako Miyamoto
A childhood friend of Ao's. She has a weak and sickly body, but an indomitable spirit. As a result of a tragic accident 10 years ago, Naru experienced an awakening of her latent powers as a yuta (an Okinawan word for someone who has developed the ability to communicate with the dead and channel spiritual energy). She feels some kind of admiration for the "Umikyonchu" who has protected her during the accident.
Fleur Blanc
VA: Ayaka Ohashi
A young IFO pilot for Team Pied Piper. Fleur is the only daughter of Christophe Blanc who presides over GENERATION BLUE, the organization that commands Team Pied Piper's activities. She is jealous of Ao's natural-born IFO piloting abilities.

Elena Peoples
VA: Chiaki Omigawa
An IFO pilot for Team Pied Piper. She has such a passionate love for the two-dimensional world of television and games. She watches anime even during flight operations and quoting anime dialogue all the time, which makes her behavior not understandable.

"Truth"
VA: Kazuhiko Inoue
Everything about this person is shrouded in mystery.

Cast

Ao Fukai
Yūtarō Honjō
Naru Arata
Kanako Miyamoto
Fleur Blanc
Ayaka Ohashi
Elena Peoples
Chiaki Omigawa
"Truth"
Kazuhiko Inoue

Staff

Director
Tomoki Kyoda
Key Character Design
Kenichi Yoshida
Character Design
Hiroyuki Oda
Nirvash Design
Shoji Kawamori
Mechanic Design
Kimitoshi Yamane
Takayuki Yanase
Kanetake Ebikawa
Design Development
Shigeto Koyama
Design Works
Shiho Takeuchi
Art
Kazuo Nagai
Color Setting
Nobuko Mizuta
SF Settings
Mitsuyasu Sakai
Effect Director
Yasushi Muraki
Director of Photography
Shunya Kimura
Sound Director
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Music
Nakamura Koji
Animation Production
BONES

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