What They Say For almost half a century, mankind has been at war with a mysterious entity known as the EIZO. It is the year 2054 and human-kind is on the brink of destruction. A select few are evacuated to colonization spaceships and the government is about to fi re their doomsday device, the Hammer of God.
In the middle of this war are two teenagers, Renton and Eureka; two childhood friends who were separated when Eureka was kidnapped by government forces eight years ago. Renton is now a soldier, piloting the Nirvash, aboard the GEKKO led by Holland Novak but the crew of the GEKKO is actually rebels with their own mission.
Renton and Eureka are now reunited and fate will test the young lovers as they fi ght the EIZO, government forces and even Holland. Their love will be the key to mankind's future and fulfi lling their dreams.
Overall, a solid audio release. We listened to English version of the movie so as to compare it with what we loved so much about the anime series. The bilingual presentation for both the Japanese and English language tracks is in the standard Dolby 5.1 format. You will get some decent surround effects from the aerial combat scenes as well as a good bass booming workout from your subwoofer. The speaking parts feel very appropriately placed especially when there are multiple speaking parts during fight scenes. Everything comes across clean and clear. We noticed neither dropouts nor distortions in the audio.
Airing originally in theaters in early 2009, the transfer for this movie is presented in the 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format. The video quality harkens that of the original Eureka Seven anime. As with the anime, you get a lot of vibrant colors and big skyline views as a lot of the action takes place in the air. That is not to say that the other scenes are not as equally interesting as there is evidence supporting high detail and well placed artistic design. As with the anime, the trapar waves that the Nirvash and the LFO’s ride on is always cool to behold as it always leaves me with that impression of a surfer riding the sky. When it comes to clarity, the digital grain added to the transfer just looks bad in my opinion. This may be due to my comparison with the anime, which did not use digital grain. At times the video just feels noisy and annoyingly grainy. I understand the use of the effect and that it may look good in high definition. However, for standard definition, it just looks bad. Darker scenes just look horrible as banding is very evident. The added grain just makes the film look like it has a lot more imaging flaws than it really does.
The front cover for the collection features Eureka and Renton. With their hands held discreetly, the two appear to be standing on a platform that is above the Earth. The title of the series appears in the blackness of space in white text. A catchy design nonetheless as it features the artwork that is distinct for both the movie and the anime. The spine features a smaller image of the front cover with the title filling up most of space. The back cover features some clips from the series with two larger images that depict Renton and Eureka as kids as well as a face-on view of Nirvarsh. The image of Nirvash is almost too bright and can come off as looking a bit blurry at first glance. The bottom portion contains your typical grid of technical specs along with a summary of the series. Sadly, there are no inserts included nor is there a reversible cover.
The menu uses simple navigation design with movie clips the loop in the background. The clips are eye catching as they represent some of the more intense scenes from the series. The music looping with the menu is an instrumental piece from the ending song. The navigation piece is arranged near the bottom of the screen and provides the user with four selection options. Each of the four selections was easy to move in and out of. As with most collections player presets were not detected as the features default to English language with no subtitles.
The extras include the typical no frills list of items. This includes a theatrical trailer and a couple of the original commercials. Also included are some trailers for other shows. I understand that the Blu-ray includes a 50 minute featurette and provides a lot of detail about the movie. It sure would have been nice to have had some snippets of that as trying to understand what goes on this movie is anything but easy to comprehend. I would sure like to see those perspectives from the crew and what in the world they were trying to envision with this movie.
The best advice that I can give anyone attempting to sit down and watch this movie is to forget everything that you know about the anime series Eureka 7. Everything that you know, with exception to Nirvash, Eureka, and Renton, has pretty much changed, for the worst.
Coming into this movie, I knew that there would be some changes, but I was in for a real surprise as the changes were significant. Changes aside, the plot for this movie is anything but easy to follow. In fact, I’m not sure what Tomoki Kyoda was trying to accomplish with this movie.
Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers, also known as Eureka Seven: Pocket Full of Rainbows provides a whole new take on the series. In the year 2009, an alien race known as the Eizo have inhabited the earth. Not much is about them other than they have transformed large chunks of the Earth. When they attack, they act like a large swarm or collective that swarms over the land causing widespread destruction and death for humanity.
Forty years later a research facility triggered an event that killed fifty thousand people. This experiment was an attempt to eradicate the Ezio. Among those who died was a professor named Domonic, who was very close to two children by the names of Renton and Eureka. After the event, the military, realizing something was unique about Eureka, takes her with them to conduct experiments and to learn about her relationship with the Ezio. Renton vows to find her, no matter what. So, it isn’t surprising that Renton joins the military as a teenager. Because of his exceptional skills and close connection to a larva creature, Nirvash has been bred to become the living form of a mecha.
Renton eventually finds Eureka with the aid from Holland and the crew of the Gekko. Unbeknownst to Renton and Eureka, the crew of the Gekko have plans for them. They want to find Neverland, a world where people do not age and can live forever. Holland and the crew of the Gekko believe that Neverland is inside the subcoral nexus of the Ezio. This is seems to be the primary plot focus for the movie or at least the best that I can summate. With that, my best guess is that what they hope to achieve is a reality that resides within the anime.
The new spin on Renton, Eureka, and Nirvash’s relationship I can buy. Beyond that were changes that left me bewildered for pretty much the rest of the movie. For fans of the anime, these changes can be a bit hard to take in. For example, Domonic is not the Domonic we came to know in the series. The richness of the supporting cast in the anime series is what I really found appealing. This has all but been uprooted in that the members of the Gekko State are not anything like who they were in the anime. The biggest and most disappointing change is in Holland. He is crude, disturbed, ruthless, and downright dislikable. This version of Holland is worse than his brother Dewey, who was the main antagonist in the anime series.
There have been many discussions about the plot, subplots, and the ending of this movie. Just try doing a search on the web and you will find a lot of bewildered fans out there. So, in the end what does it all mean? The hard facts are that the love that Renton and Eureka have is just as strong and meaningful as it was in the anime. The choices that they will make will bring the movie to a conclusion that has a satisfying ending, but will leave you hanging with a lot of empty plot holes.
A movie with two different titles should be a forewarning as this movie obviously has an identity crisis. Fans of the anime series will no doubt be able to identify with the premise of the movie and its characters. However, newcomers will be lost from the get-go. At the conclusion of the movie both types of viewers will come to an obvious conclusion that this is one very confusing movie. I cautiously recommend this movie to fans of the series (You have been forewarned) and do not recommend this movie to those who know nothing about the series.
Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital Language, English 5.1 Dolby Digital Language, English Subtitles, Theatrical Trailer, TV Commercials
Samsung UN46B6000VF 120Hz LED HDTV, Samsung HT-WS1R/XAA 2.1 Channel Soundbar Speaker System with Wireless Subwoofer, and Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p
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