The long wait is finally over, as the site behind the Eureka Seven franchise has finally announced the first film in the anime movie trilogy. It will be titled Hi-Evolution 1, and is the first part of the upcoming trilogy film project called Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution. The trilogy is based on the original TV anime series which ran for 50 episodes. The opening date and information on the voice actors behind the trilogy was also revealed today.
Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1 will be opening in theaters in Japan on September 16. It has also been confirmed that the film will also open in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand this fall. Funimation will be in charge of the North American release.
If you are unfamiliar with the story behind Eureka Seven, Bandai Visual also describes the story of the trilogy:
Ten years ago, the major earth-shaking “First Summer of Love” event occurred. Renton, who lost his father during the event, now attends the army school of the United Federation of Predgio Towers located in the border town of Bellforest. Because his late father is still praised, Renton feels something is lacking as he continues with his ordinary, boring days. Then one day, Nirvash, the world's oldest LFO, appears in front of him and a girl named Eureka emerges from the cockpit. This was the beginning of the future of humans and Scub Coral, another intelligent lifeform.Was this encounter all just a coincidence? Or was it fate? Where will Renton and Eureka's journey end?
It was confirmed by Bones that much of the original staff of the series is returning for the project, including the following:
- Tomoki Kyoda - Chief Director
- Dai Sato - Scriptwriter
- Kenichi Yoshida - Character designer
- Shoji Kawamori - Mechanical designer
- Kazutaka Miyatake - Conceptual designer
- Shingo Takeba, Yutaka Izubuchi, and Shigeto Koyama - Designers
- Ayumi Kurashima - Animation director
- Yasushi Muraki - Mechanical animation
- Shingo Abe - Mechanical animation director
New staff members were also announced, including the following:
- Masatsugu Saito - designer;
- Shigeru Fujita - Character animation director
- Kenta Yokoya - Main animator
- Yushi Honjo - Background direction assistant
- Kumiko Sakamoto - Editor
Studio BONES' debuted Eureka Seven's original anime series back in 2005. The franchise was so popular that it also had film that released in 2009 titled Eureka Seven - Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers, which was a original story with the same characters.