2nd Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution Film Reveals Mecha Designs
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy revealed visuals for four of the mecha that will appear in Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution), the second film in the trilogy. All four of the mecha have previously appeared in previous entries in the series, with the Nirvash type the END piloted by Anemone in the original series, and the Nirvash type ZERO and Nirvash type ZERO spec2 piloted by Eureka and Renton.
Nirvash type ZERO
Nirvash type ZERO spec2
For the first time in the Eureka Seven franchise, the film will be set in Tokyo. The film centers on Anemone, a girl who lost her father in a battle in Toyko seven years prior to the film's story, leaving her with only her stuffed toy Gulliver, and the AI concierge Dominikids for emotional support. Now she is a key part of a strategy by the experimental unit "Acid" to combat the seventh Eureka, "Eureka Seven," an enemy of humanity that has killed 2.6 billion people. Driven to the brink, all of humanity entrusts its hope to Anemone as she dives deep into the interior of Eureka Seven.
The staff remains mostly the same as the first film, but adds Takuhito Kusanagi and Fumihiro Katagai as designers. Shigeru Fujita and Ayumi Kurashima remain credited as character animation director, but are now also credited as sub-character designers. Kenta Yokoya is now credited as mechanical animation director and design works, while previous mechanical animation director Shingo Abe is now credited as one of the main animators, alongside Hideki Kakita, Shuichi Kaneko, Ken Ootsuka, and Nobuaki Nagano.
The "Nirvash X" mecha will appear in the film. Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Last Hope) designed this new version of the franchise's main mecha, and it is the largest of its kind in the franchise's history.
The first film in the trilogy opened on 107 screens in Japan last September, after making its worldwide debut at Otakon last August. In its first two days, it earned about 63 million yen (about US$561,137). Funimation screened the film in theaters in the United States on February 5 and 7, with screenings in Japanese with English subtitles, and with an English dub.
The first film showed more of The First Summer of Love phenomenon that occurred a decade before the first Eureka Seven series. Before the first film debuted, the anime franchise thus far has hinted at, but never depicted in full, "the beginning of it all." The films then have the same basic story as the first Eureka Seven series, but will have an original ending. The trilogy has completely re-recorded lines, redone footage, and new scenes.
The third film is slated to open in 2019.
For the Japanese version of the first film, Yuko Sanpei, Kaori Nazuka, Kouji Tsujitani, Michiko Neya, Juurouta Kosugi, and Aya Hisakawa all returned from the original anime as their characters Renton, Eureka, Dewey, Talho, Charles, and Ray, respectively. Toshiyuki Morikawa played Holland, replacing Keiji Fujiwara from the original television anime. Tohru Furuya played Renton's father Adrock Thurston.