Eureka Seven Part 2 Blu-ray Review
(otherwise known as Psalms of Planets
Eureka SeveN) is an anime series produced in 2005 which garnered
acclaim and popularity across it's fifty episode run. The series has
drawn comparisons to Neon Genesis
Evangelion despite some clear differences between the series. The
first began in conception when a idea to create a new Mecha anime was
from Bandai Entertainment to the popular Japanese anime studio Bones.
The idea was first dismissed by Bones as something
produce but the idea was later developed further as other unrelated
work at the
company led to its formation as an original anime series. Unlike many
longer-run anime productions, Eureka
Seven was not coming to fans through an already established
(whether that be in manga or anime form) and it surprised as a big hit
that established a number of dedicated fans.
One of the things that set Eureka
Seven apart from a lot of the other anime productions from
the time was the fact that it was a new story. It was something that
to be unique, different, and original from most productions at the
series stands out for being a show that wasn't based upon any manga
(though a manga series run did shortly follow in its footsteps) and it
the audience embrace it, partly because they did not know what to
expect as the
storyline unfolded. This helped the series to become more popular and
This set from Funimation is Part 1 (of 2) and
first batch of episodes that establishes the core ideas of the series
introduces the main characters of Eureka Seven. The introduction
largely around the two leads, Renton and Eureka, and their relationship
together as they become close friends with a romantic interest in each
The story begins with Renton joining up with the Gekkostate group of
as he becomes more involved he discovers a lot more to the story of the
and it's team. As the storyline unfolds, there is also much more to
Eureka and her role there as well. The story at its core remains one
about these character relationships and the journey more than it is
Mecha aspect that's also part of the equation with the Nirvash robot.
Fans of great animation will be impressed by the
episodes are so well done in terms of both the fluidity and the
animation amazes on the show with excellent character designs, stunning
backdrops, and a dedication towards a number of good details in the
This is an altogether lively and well done series when looked at from
production standpoints that are so integral to the art on display
The series had a number of anime directors
involved in the
production, including Tomoki Kyoda, who is reportedly the director most
involved with the series (though for an unknown number of episodes).
is written by Dai Sato. I think from a directing and writing standpoint
series is a high quality one that is much more interesting than many
anime series which were being released around 2005.
Many fans regard Eureka
Seven as an all time anime classic (as one of the "greats"). I'm
not sure if Eureka Seven fits into
that ballpark for myself; it's certainly not the type of anime series
interests me the most. However, the series is nonetheless a solid anime
all around and is worth checking out for anime fans interested in a
series that has elements of mystery, romance, and adventure. This
certainly a good step above many series and should manage to entertain
audiences with its abundantly high-quality style.
Please Note: Portions of the review are
review of Funimation's release of Part
of Eureka Seven. Both set's features and specs are virtually the same
be combined to comprise a complete series set by placing Set 2 in
designated slot in the Part 1 Limited Edition art-box.
Eureka Seven is a
bit disappointing on its Blu-ray High Definition debut. The series was
actually animated in a format where it can be natively rendered in HD.
means that this is actually a standard definition upscale Blu-ray
top of this issue, the presentation is relegated to 1080i upscaling,
prevents the image from being quite as smooth as it could perhaps be
different production circumstances. Then there's the encoding work done
Funimation. The transfers are around 18.5 mbps and this is not really
enough, in my estimation. It results in compression artifacts,
sharpness (which is not simply a source issue), and some posterization
larger HDTV displays. These quality issues on this release could have
easily avoided with some better encoding methods and a few more Blu-ray
On the positive-side, if you are a viewer who is
the series on as large of a display, you are likely to be less finicky
bit-rates and encoding method. The series has better color depth and
compression issues that are relegated to DVD's. Yet the DVD's from
are probably about the same (if not a bit better) in certain regards.
Unfortunately, viewing these Blu-ray's on a 50 inch HDTV is definitely
A reasonable way to discuss the upgrade to the HD
would be to say the picture is 15 percent or so better than the way it
have looked as simply native SD material. This demonstrates both a
reason for this Blu-ray release to exist and also the fact that
this was simply not going to be as stellar a HD release as some fans
been hoping to find. Eureka Seven is
never going to "wow" with its High Definition presentation as it was
never animated that way to begin with.
The audio presentation fares quite a bit better
video does even if merely for the fact the dialogue and sound effects
clearly distinguishable with a decent bit-rate lossless audio
presentation that is
available in both English and Japanese language. The series is
stereo 2.0 Dolby TrueHD and as a result there isn't much to the
begin with but the front-only mixing sounds reasonable enough.
However, the audio is still relegated to only 16
which means things won't sound as impressive or as dynamic as a proper
presentation can provide. Considering the fact that many series are
24 bit audio presentations (and I don't actually have information on
encoding on the JP editions), it's safe to say this is a reasonable
presentation boost for the clarity of the audio.
First of all, as a bonus to the Limited Edition
version of Eureka Seven: Part 1 you get an art-box
which is designed to house both parts of the series. In essence, this
one to combine sets to form a truly "complete" edition.
The set contains some on-disc supplemental materials of
note, including some Japanese (with English subtitles) commentaries and
dub commentaries. There is also a selection of voice actor interviews,
including interviews with the Japanese voice actors, and on this
Edition of Set 1 the release contains a DVD disc that contains these
SD (Standard Definition) interviews. The set is rounded out with
extras: textless opening/ending credits and trailers promoting other
Funimation Entertainment releases.
Eureka Seven is
heralded by many as one of the quintessential anime classics. I'm not
big of a fan of this series, but the series still impresses with
animation by studio Bones, solid craft in both writing/direction, and
likeable characters that help define the show. It certainly deserves
fan-base for its originality in storytelling.
I have some reservations about the picture quality presentation of Eureka Seven on these Blu-ray releases
by Funimation. However, for any fan of the series who has not
before, this is still a reasonable collection and is worth considering
Putting aside the disappointment of the PQ, which will never be stellar
comes from standard definition origins, Eureka
Seven is a quality program that is worth having in a collection in
or another: if that happens to be these Blu-ray sets, that's OK.
already own the DVDs... just decide whether or not the minimal
worth the added cost to you.
Newcomers or fans who never purchased prior
more likely to embrace these sets as Eureka
Seven is now in-print again. For those viewers: this set comes with
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.