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The book that Lt. Colonel Dewey is reading in ep 4 is the famous "The Golden Bough" by antropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941), which studies the common themes of the world's mythological traditions. Dewey's speech seems to refer to chapter 24, “The Killing of the Divine King.”
The names 'Woz' and 'Jobs' are a reference to Apple Computer's founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. BONES use Apple computers for their productions.
The names Gidget and Moondoggie are taken from the old surfer movie Gidget. Fitting considering Reffing.
Ray and Charles' last name -- Beams -- is most likely a reference to the Beams clothing company, a Japanese maker of T-shirts and other threads that produced a series of licensed Eureka Seven clothes.
Greg "Dr. Bear" Egan combines the names of two well-known science fiction authors in one. They're Greg Egan ("Permutation City", "Oceanic") and Greg Bear ("Blood Music," "The Forge of God").
Hap, Gekko State's long-suffering manager, is named after Hap Jacobs, a famous shaper of surfboards.
Anemone is named after an equally unbalanced young woman from the Ryu Murakami novel "Coin Locker Babies." Murakami's Anemone also kept a pet named Gulliver -- an alligator, in her case.
Nearly every episode title is a reference to something -- usually it's the name of a song or a music album. Some are quite obvious, like the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" for episode 27. Others are rather obscure, such as Episode 33, "Pacific State," by the British acid-house act 808 State. The more obscure titles tend to refer to dance and electronic music tracks, most notably the four Acperience episodes, named after a multi-part production of the same name by the German trance duo Hardfloor.
Moondoggie's real name is James Darren Emerson; this is most likely a double reference to actor James Darren who played Moondoggie in the film Gidget, as well as former Underworld DJ artist Darren Emerson.
The mysterious house that renton discovers in the massive mine durring episode 16 is an exact copy of the famous Fallingwater House (also known as the Kauffman House) created by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936.
The characters of Charles and Ray Beams are also references to the designer-duo of Charles and Ray Eams, who are responsible for many classic, iconic designs of the 20th century.
The event "Summer of Love" is likely a reference to the summer of 1967, which was nicknamed as such due to the explosion of the hippie movement in this period. Additionally, the "Second Summer of Love" describes a period in the UK during 1988 when acid house music and raves became extremely popular.
Two of the main animators in the series, Yasushi Muraki and Kenichi Yoshida, have participated as key animators in many episodes in the show but as it can't all be displayed on the main page, here they are: Kenichi Yoshida - OP1 and 4, ED4, eps 1,9,11,12,19,26,28,33,42-46,48,50. Yasushi Muraki - OP2, 3 and 4, ep2-4,9,11,22,26,28,32,38,42,43,49,50.
Mischa's name may be a nod to the 1980 Summer Olympic Mascot, the bear cub Misha. Note that Dr. Eagan, aka "Dr. Bear" refers to her as his "little bear".
Voice Actor Yuri Lowenthal had at one point been contracted by Bandai to provide the English voice for Renton, but after recording 13 episodes he was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch because the director of the English dub felt that his voice was too low for the character and all of the lines were subsequently rerecorded.
"Amita" in Amita Drive may be a contraction of Amitabha. It could also be a usage of the French word, 'ami', since it does not work without the thoughts or presence of the other pilot.
Renton Thurston is named after Mark Renton, a character from the film Trainspotting. Adrock Thurston is named after Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, from the Beastie Boys. Holland's name is an homage to the American professional surfer Todd Holland.
Ken-Goh is named after Kengo Watanabe, aka KEN=GO, a DJ who was the partner of Eureka Seven series writer Dai Sato in founding the Frogman record label in 1993 and Frognation Ltd. in 1997.
Renton's uncle is extremely similar in appearance to Jet Black, a character in Cowboy Bebop. He is also employed in law enforcement, which was Jet Black's former occupation at the start of the series. Several members of the Eureka Seven production team were also involved with Cowboy Bebop.
Matthieu's look and charater is based on inspiration from Rob Machado a well known surfer who also likes to play with music.
LFO and KLF are the names of two British bands that appeared during the end of the 80's while the model number of the Gekko-Go, SL-1200 Mk-II, is a reference to the Technics SL-1200 direct-drive turntable.
The Terminus LFOs are named after famous Roland synthesizers and drum machines: TB-303, TR-808 and TR-909. Other LFOs named after Roland products are the Terminus TR-505 and TR-606, and the Spearhead SH-101. AFX, Dewey's space ships that fire at the Coralians, are named after Aphex Twin, another British band on the same label as LFO
The color schemes of the Beams' Spearhead LFOs are based on those of the VF-1 Valkyrie fighters used by Max Jenius and his wife Millia in the classic mecha anime series Macross. Charles' white stripes on blue paint job corresponds to Max's Valkyrie, and Ray's white stripes on red corresponds to Millia's Valkyrie. The Mon-Soono type10 and type20 KLFs are named after Korg products - the MS-10 and MS-20 monophonic synthesizers. Also, the VC10 KLF is named after Korg's VC-10 vocoder.
The sound effect ending Side A and starting Side B (the eyecatches before and after the commercial break) is the same as the boot-up sound effect from Robocop.
Ep. 50 features a number of references to the classic mecha OVA, Gunbuster. Renton's appearance from atop the Gekko-Go in the Nirvash's final form is reminicent of that of Noriko in the titular mecha's big entrance scene in Ep. 4 and her pose inside the cockpit in Ep. 5. Also, Renton's annihilation of the Antibody Coralians is similar to that of the Buster Beam attacks on the space monsters in both episodes. Additionally, the scene of Renton and Eureka floating back to Earth as points of light mirrors that of the two Gunbuster pilots' return in the last moments of Ep. 6, and the final shot showing a ring-encased Earth is close to that which is seen in the end credits of the OVA (ironically, the moon featured in its sequel's, Diebuster's, end credits was imprinted by the main character, much like in Eureka Seven, which ended months before its own finale).
The climax scene of the final episode, featuring the Control Cluster being split apart by the Nirvash, bears similarities to the big climaxes in both BONES' earlier work, RahXephon, and GAINAX's End of Evangelion movie. In addition, the altered geography of Earth shown in the final shot is reminiscent of what was shown at the end of the RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio motion picture, which also happened to be directed by Eureka Seven's own, Tomoki Kyoda.
In the beginning of episode 45, Sumner Sturgeon and Ruri Flame, the protagonists of the PS2 games "Eureka seveN TR-1: NEW WAVE" and "Eureka seveN TR-2: NEW VISION", make a brief appearance. It should be noted that Moondoggie was also featured prominently in "NEW VISION".
The names Ray and Charles Beams might also come from the legendary soul artist, Ray Charles.
Holland Novak's character design is based on actor and singer Billy Bob Thornton.
Some of Eureka's character design is based on Katue Piason from Ginga Hyōryū Vifam, another series that inspired Eureka Seven.
Besides their fondness for electronic music, Eureka Seven's creators are clearly big fans of the Beastie Boys. Episode 18 is named after their 1994 album Ill Communication, while Renton's father Adrock gets his name from one of the trio's members. The wall-paintings shown in episode 15 -- reading "The King Adrock" -- are a joking reference to several of his verses.
In episode 20 of the english version, the exhausted breaths heard from Renton and Holland were actually those of the original Japanese voice actors.
Maurice, Maeter, and Linck, the three orphans adopted by the Gekko State crew, are all named after one man -- Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), a Nobel Prize-winning author of Belgian extraction. Talho can be seen reading one of his novels in episode 30. In addition, Maeter's name represents a free bonus in-reference, since she might grow up to look a little bit like the heroine of the same name from Galaxy Express 999.
In episode 39, Eureka's soccer jersey number is seven.
In episode 43, The book that Renton and Eureka read about Earth is written by "Bones"
An animator called "Satoru Mizuguchi" participated in episode 43 of Eureka 7 but this is actually a pen-name for "Satoru Utsunomiya", who worked under the same penname in the Legend of Crystania film and Popolocrois game animation. Presumably he used one here in order to keep a low profile since Japanese fans were generally very unhappy with the 3rd opening animation he did.
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