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- Art Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Text/Translatin Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 9.99
- Pages: 197
- ISBN: 1-59409692-9
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
Eureka SeveN - Psalms of Planet- Vol. #03
By Eduardo M. Chavez
January 10, 2007
Release Date: September 30, 2006
Eureka SeveN - Psalms of Planet- Vol.#03
© Bandai Entertainment
Writer/Artist:Story by: BONES/Kataoka Jinsei / Art by: Kondou Kazuma
Translated by:Toshi Yoshida
Adapted by:T. LedeouxWhat They Say
Holland and Dewey clash, and Holland is forced to confront a past that he'd rather forget. Do Renton and Eureka hold the key to the future?The Review
When I run into a packaged title I generally squirm through chapters/volumes long enough to survive the filler and pray for an alternate ending. Generally speaking these titles don't look as good or flow as wells as the anime/games they are based on. Eureka Seven is a rare title that surpasses the original on almost every front - better character art, better pacing, more character development and a tighter story that does not diverge from the plot much.
After an untimely unexpected slip to another universe, Eureka and Renton are not only struggling with each other but they are having a hard time coming to grips with reality. They do not know what is real anymore and Renton in particular does not understand if he knows what he believes in anymore. Not only has his life changed because of his interaction with the Coralians, the truth behind Holland and the Gekko State is nowhere near what he had imagined. Had he remained ignorant he would possibly not feel so conflicted. However, there is no avoiding the truth now and for someone as easily swayed and naive as Renton the notion of a new reality out there is overwhelming. Learning that his life, all of it, has been a farce is not helping either.
This story is much more than Renton's coming out party. Eureka's perception on life has been altered also. A young killing machine developed a heart when she was in that other dimension. Now her heart is broken and somehow she still has the strength to continue her fight no matter how little she can do with an incomplete machine to ride. Without Renton around to help heal her heart though, she might find herself in even deeper depression than Renton.
And Holland? Well this battle is all his. He takes on the responsibility of everyone on his ship and everyone on his side. No wonder his hair is looking thin.
Throughout this series, I have always commended Kondou and Kataoka for their ability to expand on what was a very simple formula. The anime version of this was youthful, vibrant and filled with adventure. I will admit there was plenty of conflict but as required in a major production with so many potential revenue streams the final product remained quite conservative rarely ever challenged viewers much. I remember Chris' reviews where he always seemed pleased with what he saw but the big picture always seemed to be an episode or volume away. Well, the manga unfolds faster and better. The characters are not one-dimensional caricatures; they have emotions and have deep-seeded conflicts to overcome. The Eureka Seven manga follows the anime's storyboards but fills in the personal details that I really felt were missing. The moments of introspective thought are here. The scenes where characters bash their heads on the galley walls are present. And don't forget the quite serene times where all you see is the breeze! Yeah there is more to E7 and Bandai's manga is where to get it.