Spring Anime Season 2012 Preview: Eureka Seven AO (エウレカセブン AO)

Originally, Eureka Seven was a television series by animation studio BONES and was released back in 2005-2006. later it sprung more manga, novel and movie adaptations. Together with the great admiration of both mecha and shounen fans, the story managed to capture admirers of all sides of anime. Today…or actually on April 1, 2012, we will once again indulge in the so-called “real mecha epic”, this time though, led by a boy called Ao who has the power to set destiny in motion.

 The first Eureka Seven series was created by Studio BONES and came out in 2005 in the form of television series, which lasted for about a year (50 episodes). There was also a fast-realized manga adaptation by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, published in the Monthly Shounen Ace magazine. Now, more than half-a-decade after the end of it, we will be seeing another TV series by good ol’ BONES.

The new story will revolve around an Iwado Island, Okinawa resident named Ao. He lives in the house of the island’s elder doctor Toshio and has a dream – to save enough money to be able to leave in search for his long lost mother. One fateful day, a Flying Platform lands on the island and in it Ao finds a bracelet, together with this even, on the island appears also a thing called the Scab Coral. It is an item that the “Secret” are after. Soon enough, they begin the attack on Iwado and its territory, becoming the fourth big power after the lands, the other three being the Okinawa Island Confederation, China and Japan. In order to fight off the Secret, the private Generation Blue’s IFO Squad “Team Pied Piper”.  As Ao follows clues connected to the bracelet and ends up boarding a Nirvash (Japanese military) IFO. The last time such a machine has been activated was when a certain “incident” occurred.  As he fights along Team Pied Piper, he learns to be more stable in his actions and understands that there is a lot more to be done and seen than what he had initially thought.

 

CAST:

Kanako Miyamoto as Naru Arata

Yuutaro Motoshiro as Ao Fukai

Ayaka Ohashi as Fleur Blanc

Chiaki Omigawa as Elena Peoples

Chie Nakamura as Rebecka Halström

Katsunosuke Hori as Toshio Fukai

Kazuhiko Inoue as Truth

Keikou Sakai as Pippo

Takuya Kirimoto as Gazelle

Yoshinori Fujita as Han Juno

 

Ao Fukai is an orphaned boy who changes his  oppressed character with an aimed one; from his encounter with the Nirvash he will find out his real destiny is to become the trigger for something big.

 Naru Arata is Ao’s childhood friend and a very fragile girl. After an accident that occurred 10 years ago she has developed and ability to speak with the dead and channel spiritual energy. She might be weak, but her spirit is unbreakable.

Fleur Blanc is a young IFO pilot and a part of Team Pied Piper. Her father is Generation Blue’s president, but she is still envious of Ao’s innate piloting abilities.

Elena Peoples an IFO pilot for Team Pied Piper. She is an otaku – watching anime and playing games is like breathing to her and she loves quoting TV series whenever she sees it fit.

Helena Hallstrom Team Pied Piper’s commander. Her beauty and intellect are hardly matched by friend or enemy.

Gazelle is a pilot of an FP (Flying Platform) which brings about the unknown bracelet. He smuggles gold and works in a group with Pippo and Han. He knows his aims and follows the chosen path. For his methods in convincing others and negotiation and his sense of duty, he is respected by those who know him.

Pippo is a positive and nice person who is Gazelle’s childhood friend. Although his strong body, he prefers doing things calmly and without force. He also is a klutz.

Han Juno works with Gazelle (and Pippo) and is a hacker. He carries genes of four different countries. Thanks to this fact he has gained an odd character and good looks.

Toshio Fukai is the owner of the Fukai Medical Clinic and the foster parent for Ao Fukai. He is one of the few people who know about the past of the child and what has happened ten years ago when he was left in his caring hands.

“Truth” is an unknown character; a rather mysterious existence.


STAFF:

Animation Production: BONES

Director: Tomoki Kyoda

Music: Koji Nakamura

Character Design: Hiroyuki Oda

Art Director: Kazuo Nagai

Director of Photography: Shunya Kimura

Color design: Nobuko Mizuta

Design: Shiho Takeuchi

Design Development: Shigeto Koyama

Key Character Design: Kenichi Yoshida

Nirvash Design: Shoji Kawamori

SF Setting: Mitsuyasu Sakai

Theme Song Performance:

OP1 Hemenway

ED1 Stereopony

The show begins April 1, 2012 and 12 episodes have been planned for now.

Here are also some images of the Mecha that will appear in the show:

 

model: RA301 Kyriepilot: Elena Peoples
model: RA272 Nirvashpilot: Ao Fukai
model: RA164 Alleluiapilot: Fleur Blanc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: © 2012 BONES/ Project EUREKA AO – MBS

Official Eureka Seven AO Website

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Lulubel
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Love the way you “handle” reviews, Shinigami-sama. Once I come here, I need not looking further info. Thanks!

Chan-Chan
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such a touching story…

BrutalMurder
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Eureka’s always been good – animation and story-wise. Hope this one will be on a high too.

BakaOuji
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Set destiny in motion? More like in SLOW motion, judging by the previous TV series…

Shounen
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Love “Eureka”!!!! Can’t wait for this!

MechaMan
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Finally a decent mecha…