Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers (2014 Blu-ray release) (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
May 12, 2014 by Dennis Amith
Romance, action and all-out mecha battles galore! “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” is a re-imagining of the popular manga/anime TV series and easily accessible for those not familiar with the series. Definitely recommended!
Image courtesy of © 2009 Bones /Project EUREKA MOVIE. All Rights Reserved.
TITLE: Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers
DURATION: 117 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen), English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Subtitles: Full English/Songs & Signs
RATED: PG-13 (Action, Violence and Some Nudity)
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Directed by Tomoki Kyoda
Storyboard by Hiroshi Haraguchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Yasushi Muraki
Music by Naoki Sato
Character Design by Kenichi Yoshida
Art Director: Kazuo Nagai
Mechanical Design: Hiroyuki Yanagise
Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Director of Photography: Shunya Kimura
Animation Production by BONES
Featuring the following voice talent:
Yuko Sanpei/Johnny Yong Bosch as Renton
Kaori Nazuka/Stephanie Sheh as Eureka
Ami Koshimizu/Kari Wahlgren as Anemone
Keiji Fujiwara/Crispin Freeman as Holland Novak
Michiko Neya/Kate Higgins as Talho Yuki
Shigenori Yamazaki/Peter Doyle as Dominic Sorel
In the year 2054, humanity is on the brink of destruction thanks to a half-century war with the strange beings known as the EIZO. In the middle of an important mission, mecha pilot Renton is reunited with his childhood friend Eureka who was kidnapped by government forces years before. But their heartfelt reunion might not last for long: Eureka’s life will soon come to an end, and the crew that Renton serves alongside on the GEKKO have their own ideas about what to do with the blue-haired girl. As mankind prepares to fire a doomsday weapon that will end the war once and for all, the fate of the world rests in the hearts of two young lovers.
“Eureka Seven”, the popular mecha anime TV series from anime studio, Bones, has spawned several video games, novels and now a movie. What began as an animated series was then quickly adapted into a manga series which ran in Kadokawa Shoten’s “Monthly Shonen Ace” from 2005-2006 with a total of 23 chapters.
The anime series was a big hit in the US airing on the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” and in 2009, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” was released in theaters during Golden Week and fans of the series would get a chance to see a new re-imagining of the characters for the film version. Director Tomoki Kyoda (“Eureka Seven” TV Series, “RahXephon”, “Skull Man”, “Ouran High School Host Club”) wanted to make a film for those who never read the manga and never watched the anime series. So, literally a film that would be brand new for anyone watching it.
In the TV and manga series, “Eureka Seven” revolved around a boy named Renton Thurston, a young 14-year-old who is brash and tends to enjoy living for the moment. His hobby is grabbing his lift board (somewhat like a surf or skateboard but is used for floating in the air) and just riding it and having fun. Renton, also happens to be the son of the late military hero Adroc Thurston and the grandson of famous scientist Axel Thurston. But unlike them, Renton is not into studying nor does he have any career ambitions, he’s just a boy who idolizes Ray-Out Magazine’s Holland Novak, a professional lift board rider.
One day, a mecha (an LFO known as Nirvash typeZERO – the world’s first humanoid mobile machine – Light Finding Operation) crashes near his home and inside it comes out a girl who piloted it. And the girl’s name is Eureka SeveN and Renton eventually joins the group known as The Gekko State which is headed by his hero Holland Novak and at the same time, is attracted to Eureka. While Eureka the Gekko State are being pursued by the UF Force (as Holland, a former member, stole Eureka).
In “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”, the storyline is much more different as Renton and Eureka were childhood friends and Renton’s LFO mecha is a bunny-like creature named Nirvash. During this time line, Earth has been under the attack from aliens known as the Eizo who have replicated quickly to the point that their growth can easily kill of humanity.
One day, while both were just kids traveling along with Professor Dominic Sorel, as Sorel leaves off to tend to other matters, Renton and Eureka (who has a condition similar to Xeroderma – the inability to have contact with the sunlight) were separated by soldiers.
It appears that government soldiers are after the young Eureka and to prove that she is who they are looking for, they expose her to the sunlight and we see her skin being eaten away and showing a green layer underneath. Renton does all he can to stop the soldiers from taking Eureka but he is too young and weak to stop them.
Fast forward eight years later as Renton is now a teenager. He now is employed by the military and is a soldier who works under the leader Holland Novak. While he and Holland fight against the Eizo, to Renton’s surprise, he sees Eureka once again. Renton who is still in love with Eureka does not want to be separated from her again and will do all he can to protect her. But Eureka is hesitant because she is not human and was created by the Eizo to record her interaction with humans. But this doesn’t mean anything to Renton.
All Renton knows is that he will no longer be separated from Eureka and he will do all he can to protect her. But what he doesn’t’ know is that for Holland and the crew, they have a dark secret they are hiding and for them and that they are a rebel faction who are also after Eureka.
Can Renton protect Eureka from the government, Gekko and the Eizo?
“Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” is a Bones production that looks awesome on Blu-ray. Featured in 1080p High Definition, the detail on the painted backgrounds are well-done and contain a lot of detail.
Fans of the manga and anime series should be happy with the character designs by Kenichi Yoshida (“Overman King Gainer”, “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie”, “Eureka Seven” TV series) and the mechanical designs by Hiroyuki Yanagise (“Sakura Diaries”, “Death Note”).
The battle sequences look fluid in animation and Bones did not skimp on details as they had a lot of key animators and in-between animators working on this film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” is featured in Japanese and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1. I have to say that I was pleased by the lossless soundtrack. Because of the amount of action in the film, there was great use of surround usage for explosions, weapons being shot out and hearing it pan from left to right. Good use of LFE for booms and for the most part, crystal clear audio coming from the front and center channels. Dialogue and the music by Naoki Sato (composer for “Heroic Age”, “Mouse”, “Sword of the Stranger”) sounds very beautiful in HD.
As for the dub, this is about preference and the good news is that you get both Japanese and English lossless soundtracks. I watched the English dub at the theater and once again on Blu-ray but also watched the film in Japanese to see if there were any audio differences and for the most part, action special effects and music were both fantastic on both soundtracks. I did enjoy the more emotional voice acting from the Japanese lossless track but again, its all about preference and fortunately you get both lossless soundtracks.
Subtitles are in English.
“Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” contains the following special features:
- Making-of-Featurette – (50:17) The making-of “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”. Featuring director Tomoki Kyoda explaining the film and why they did a re-imagining of the “Eureka Seven” story for the film. Also, the planning of the film up, storyboards, animation, recording the voice talent, ticket sales for the first screening of the film and the showcasing the journey from the film’s infancy to the first screening of the film.
- Theatrical Trailer – (2:06) The original theatrical trailer for “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”.
- TV Commercials – (:17) The first Japanese TV commercial for “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”, (:17) The second Japanese TV commercial for “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”.
- U.S. Trailer – FUNimation trailer
My first exposure to “Eureka Seven” was actually from this film. I have seen bits and pieces on television but I missed way too many episodes to comprehend what was going on and thus I passed.
But since the first screening of the film, I started to get acquainted with the manga and anime series and for the most part, my enjoyment of the film is what made me want to learn more about it.
I know with most people watching the film, they have some major knowledge of the TV and manga series but when I watched this film with a few friends who were also not familiar with the world of “Eureka Seven”, we enjoyed it. Now knowing the differences between the characters of the film and the manga/anime series, personally I feel that this movie is easily accessible for those not familiar with the series and that’s good thing.
As for those who are fans, like any anime that is re-imagined and different from the original, I can understand if there are fans who are not appreciative of the changes and I’m sure there are those who are open to seeing what director Tomoki Kyoda and Bones had in store for the audience. But I can tell you that watching the film on Blu-ray definitely made things more exciting as I had the opportunity to test out the lossless audio and just be in awe of how immersive the soundscape was.
For those who already own the 2010 Bandai Entertainment Blu-ray release, there is no major difference from the two releases. There is no reason to upgrade to this 2014 FUNimation Blu-ray release, unless you are a hardcore “Eureka Seven” fan/collector.
As for the Blu-ray, the picture quality was definitely great to see in 1080p HD and I was happy to see the 50-minute making-of Japanese special feature (with English subtitles) included. But to my surprise, after the theatrical screening of “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers”, there was a 25-minute featuring the English dub voice talent that is not included on this Blu-ray. In a way, it’s a shame because that featurette was hilarious and fun! I’m surprised it was not included at all as it would have been an excellent addition to the Blu-ray release and definitely would have made it a pretty complete release.
Overall, for those who are familiar with the series may have quite a bit to talk about in terms of differences and their own opinions of the film. But coming from a guy who watched the film along with his friends (who don’t watch much anime) and didn’t know too much about the manga and anime series at the time, the three of us enjoyed the film. The film has romance, action and all-out mecha battles. Sci-fi/mecha anime fans will definitely find something to enjoy about this film.
“Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” is definitely recommended!
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