Mania Grade: B+
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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: 196
- ISBN: 1-59409-747-8
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
Eureka SeveN - Psalms of Planet- Vol. #04
By Eduardo M. Chavez
June 27, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2007
Eureka SeveN - Psalms of Planet- Vol.#04
© Bandai Entertainment
Writer/Artist:Kataoka Jinsei / Kondou Kodama
Translated by:Toshi Yoshida
Adapted by:Trish LedouxWhat They Say
Renton must face the inevitable truth about Eureka as tensions mount between Gekkostate and the Federation and things near their fiery conclusion...The Review
Renton thought living within the Gekko State was going to be a breeze; literally riding the waves of trapars while lifting everyday. There would be no conflict or chaos. Life would be casual, simple, and fun.
Renton has discovered that the Gekko State does more than just lift. The group is a resistance faction looking to prevent the expansion of the militaristic government. Everyday is a game of chase, running away from the enemy. Using the role of rebels to gain the love of the common folk. But all this fighting and running is wearing on the Moonlight's crew. Friends are turning against each other; lovers are torn from each others arms. Eureka and Renton have to overcome their fears and misconceptions hence they may lose their last chance for a future - together or alone.
Generally speaking anime based manga do not often compare well to the original they were based on. Eureka Seven doesn't just compare but it might surpass. At its core E7 has a simple universal premise - love conquers all. Renton has to overcome his fears of growing up and his prejudices to protect those around him. Similar themes have been around in almost every Bandai title since Gundam. But what makes this version approachable is how this manga does not deviate from the plot points. There is no filler or fluff. Instead each chapter and each arc flows like in a short OVA. So there is no break in the action andas such, I found it was very to get caught up in the action andexcitement of this shounen title.
I will admit Eureka Seven is a bit derivative. And the whole concept of wind surfing is completely lost in this particular release; since relationships seem to be at the core of this version of the story. Even the way Dewey is plotting to destroy civilization for his personal maniacal goals has been done numerous times by Bandai (and others). The execution is what makes this work though. And as long as Kataoka and Kondou keep to the main points while accentuating the personal flaws these characters have along the way, I will be riveted to each new volume.
Couple points about production I want to point out. The translation is a little clunky in a couple of scenes, but this volume has more than it share of typos and what seem to be lettering errors.