The original series consisted of 50 episodes and was followed up by a sequel, Eureka Seven: AO, which had 24 episodes. Eureka Seven – Hi Evolution 1 is the first of a trilogy of films which parallel the first series, but add details not previously seen.
I think it’s worth mentioning at this point that unless you have seen Eureka Seven, this film will probably make no sense to you whatsoever.
“A man makes a mistake and kills thousands. Then to fix it he has to kill more.”
This film opens with the character of Adroc Thurston (Fred Tatasciore – Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Spider-Man), the legendary father of Renton Thurston. Here we see his project, Operation Necrosis, the use of the musical missile and Apocalypse Warhead “Silver Box”, designed to destroy the Scub Coral.
Changing his mind at the last minute he heads out to save the day along with the human-form Coralian Eureka in a suicide mission which will later become known as the Summer of Love, after his final words.
What follows is a baffling leap around the timeline, 10 years ago, present day, three days ago, four years ago, as we follow the fate of young Renton Thurston (Johnny Yong Bosch – Ajin: Demi Human, Durarara!! x2). We learn of his adoption by Charles (Patrick Seitz – Bleach, One Piece) and Ray Beams (Melissa Fahn – Noein: To Your Other Self) and his subsequent life with Gekko State and in the city.
It’s an interesting film which fills in a few gaps from the series, but it is somewhat confusing the way it leaps around all over the place, backwards and forwards until events get somewhat muddled.
Nevertheless, this is probably something you should own if you’re a fan of the franchise. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Eureka Seven – Hi Evolution is available now on Collectors Combi Blu-ray ans Standard DVD.