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Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Films' 'Special Guide' Video Previews New Scenes, Music

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st film in trilogy opens in Japan on September 16

The official website for the Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) anime film trilogy began streaming a three-minute "special guide" video that previews new scenes from the film, such as the First Summer of Love, as well as the music and other aspects of the film.

The video previews the new songs and music from the film, including "Acperience 7" by Hardfloor, Hiroshi Watanabe's "Get it by your hands HI-EVO MIX" (a remix of a similarly named track from the original anime), Hiroya Ozaki's "Glory Days" theme song, and composer Naoki Satō's music for the film.

The video also notes that chief director Tomoki Kyoda sought to blend together the scenes from the original anime and the newly drawn scenes in a seamless way, paying particularly close attention to the differing aspect ratios.

The first film made its worldwide debut at Otakon on August 12. The first film will open in Japan on September 16, and will also open this fall in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Funimation is in charge of the North American release, and Madman Entertainment is in charge of the Australian and New Zealand release. BONES also plans to open the film in other countries "simultaneously." The second film will open in 2018, and the third film will open in 2019.

Yuko Sanpei, Kaori Nazuka, Kouji Tsujitani, Michiko Neya, Juurouta Kosugi, and Aya Hisakawa are all returning from the original anime as their characters Renton, Eureka, Dewey, Talho, Charles, and Ray, respectively. Toshiyuki Morikawa will play the character Holland in the film, replacing Keiji Fujiwara from the original television anime. (Fujiwara was taking a break from his voice acting activities to undergo medical treatment for an unspecified illness, but revealed in June that he is slowly resuming work.) Tohru Furuya will play Renton's father Adrock Thurston (pictured below).

Much of the original staff the series is returning for the project, including chief director Tomoki Kyoda, scriptwriter Dai Sato, character designer Kenichi Yoshida, mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori, conceptual designer Kazutaka Miyatake, and designers Shingo Takeba, Yutaka Izubuchi, and Shigeto Koyama. New staff members include designer Masatsugu Saitō; character animation director Shigeru Fujita; main animators Kenta Yokoya, Nobuaki Nagano, Shiori Kudo; background direction assistant Yūshi Honjō; and editor Kumiko Sakamoto. (Fujita, Yokoya, Nagano, and Kudo did work on the EUREKA SEVEN AO sequel.)

Hardfloor is composing an insert song for the films. The original series itself contained numerous references to Hardfloor (including four episodes named after the duo's "Acperience" tracks) as well as other electronic and house music artists.

Bandai Visual also describes the story of the trilogy:

Ten years ago, the major earth-shaking “First Summer of Love” event occurred. Renton, who lost his father during the event, now attends the army school of the United Federation of Predgio Towers located in the border town of Bellforest. Because his late father is still praised, Renton feels something is lacking as he continues with his ordinary, boring days. Then one day, Nirvash, the world's oldest LFO, appears in front of him and a girl named Eureka emerges from the cockpit. This was the beginning of the future of humans and Scub Coral, another intelligent lifeform.

Was this encounter all just a coincidence? Or was it fate? Where will Renton and Eureka's journey end?

BONES president and producer Masahiko Minami also previously revealed information on other characters and mechs that will appear in the films:

  • Hammer Head: a new mech that appeared during The First Summer of Love, designed by Yutaka Izubuchi
  • Devil Fish: Holland's unit that appeared in the TV series, but this time it also has a gold version
  • Eureka: she will appear in a pilot suit
  • Adrock: Renton's father, who appeared in a picture and only slightly in the TV series, but will fully appear in the films

The films will follow The First Summer of Love phenomenon that occurred a decade before the first Eureka Seven series. The anime franchise thus far has hinted at, but never depicted in full, "the beginning of it all." The films will then have the same basic story as the first Eureka Seven series, but will have an original ending. The trilogy will have completely re-recorded lines, redone footage, and new scenes.

Studio BONES' original anime series Eureka Seven debuted in 2005. The franchise also received a 2009 anime film titled Eureka Seven - good night, sleep tight, young lovers, which told a different story with the same characters. Bandai Entertainment released both the original Eureka Seven series and the 2009 anime film in North America. Funimation re-released the series and film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2014.

The series received a sequel titled EUREKA SEVEN AO in 2012, which also featured the return of many of the original staff members. Funimation streamed the series as it aired, and released it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2013. The series is a sequel to the 2005 Eureka Seven anime series. Pachinko game maker Sammy streamed an extra episode of EUREKA SEVEN AO in four parts in January and February.

Source: Anime! Anime! (雅や)

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