Eureka Seven Movie Blu-ray Review
Seven: Good Night, Sleep
Tight, Young Lovers is a feature film adaptation of the anime
series Eureka Seven. It was produced by Bones following the
success and reception of the 50 episode long series. Fans began eagerly
the film version and it was a hugely exciting release within the anime
fandom. Eureka Seven is retold
alternate timeline that changes elements of the series plotline and
some of the
characteristics of the characters featured on the series. The film was
on April 25, 2009 in Japan.
all, Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers is worth noting as
production that massively divided the fan-base. It was met with so many
divisive reactions because it wasn't entirely faithful to the series
storyline, or characters. The film wanted to be able to stand apart as
experience altogether even despite the fact that it is ultimately still
something retelling the same story that brought in fans in the first
with a lot of the same art from the series. There were a lot of
responses because fans were hoping to either experience a new story or
kept things as they experienced them throughout the series. This film
neither option to viewers and this was a huge factor in it receiving
story revolves around the same characters as the series: Renton and
story picks up with their childhood meeting and focuses on them
friends. Then Eureka is taken away from Renton, which causes great
turmoil for both
characters growing up without each other by their side.
does not make them lose their connection to each other though, as each
retains their feelings of friendship. Renton vows to see his close
He joins an army group and later becomes a well known individual
because of his
strong skills with the Nirvash mecha robot.
course of the film, some details about the origins of Eureka (and her
to light) are revealed and a storyline is introduced that focuses on
Renton works with (who turn out to be rebel), leading towards the
confrontations and a battle towards stopping the alien invasion from
and which relies on the combined team-work of both Renton and Eureka
animation is beautiful throughout. Of course, a lot of the artwork in
is actually the same as what was seen on the series so this is another
why many fans felt an element of disappointment. Character
designs, background animation, and
overall development seems so authentic and impressive because the
first and foremost. From an art perspective, Good Night, Sleep
Lovers excels in almost every way imaginable even if it's
around the script writing duties were handed over to director Tomoki
served double-duty in working on the film production. He was one of the
series directors and he worked as director here again through combining
elements from the show into the movie. This was interesting as he adds
only someone involved with the series could have added.
direction feels too crammed when one considers how much plot and
is being attempted to be placed in one film. Yet the style and craft of
filmmaking is also exceptionally high and will not feel disappointed in
regard. However, I also thought the script wasn't particularly strong.
characters aren't quite up to par with this edition. Both Renton and
seem more like caricatures at times with less development - both in the
relationship issues exploring friendship and most certainly as to their
feelings for each other.
Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers divided fans but the film itself
sort of reasonably entertaining. Everything about the production
managed to be overdone
with too many episodes impacting what amounts to a 2 hour diversion
side-trip. However, the experience of the film is still interesting and
Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers is
experience if you are a dedicated anime
fan even if it doesn't
deliver the filmmaking that most expected to find. It's ambitious in
attempting something so unique even despite the framework this
production works within.
Seven: Good Night, Sleep
Tight, Young Lovers is
presented on Blu-ray with a native HD 1080p transfer and a MPEG-4 AVC
that has an average bit-rate of 28mbps. It is a bit-for-bit identical
to the previously available Bandai Entertainment release from 2010.
This is a
reasonably good video presentation for the film.
image quality is mostly clean and reasonably detailed. The film's
animation is a bit soft inherently and the color style is somewhat
is without good black levels. However, the overall color palette and
high-quality encoding provides fans with a good transfer that does a
of presenting the source material as intended.
presentation for the film is available in either Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese language. With either option available, listeners will
dynamic audio presentation that has strong separation between channels
reasonable depth and clarity. The lossless mix is an enjoyable one;
strong, and certainly worth recommending. The whizz-bang of the intense
during the action sequences is notable for making the film feel much
drawback to the audio presentation is that it is in 16 bit depth.
I'm unable to check to see if the 2010 release was in 24 bit depth or
if it was
also 16 bit depth. Regardless, I consider this film to have a
soundstage despite this limitation.
release contains some solid supplemental materials, including a 50
making of featurette about the production and release of the film
includes footage from convention interviews about the production
development), the original theatrical trailer, and television
promoting the film. The making of is surprisingly quite long and has
interviews that should help to make it worth checking out for any fans
has also provided the U.S. trailer and trailers promoting other recent
Seven: Good Night, Sleep
Tight, Young Lovers is a
film that completely divided fans of the series. While some viewers
film for it's different take on the series storyline and characters
found the film undercooked by changing basic elements of the show and
too much animation. It's certainly nowhere near perfect or what fans
for. However, Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers is a decent
sorts for a condensed retelling (a film method that is all-too common
anime world). So having something be somewhat different in approach can
somewhat refreshing, if also not entirely ideal for the fans.
suggestion is to rent the film if you are a fan of Eureka Seven
hasn't previously seen Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers. If
have already seen and enjoyed the film, then it might be worth picking
up to go
alongside your series collection. Certainly, the Blu-ray PQ is strong
immersive audio is not a slouch so this release can come recommended
but for established
fans of the film only.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.