Funimation confirmed today that EUREKA: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution will be getting a theatrical release in America. We don’t know the exact date yet, but it will be sometime in 2022.
Love is rare in anime. Before you point out “harem” is an entire genre and there are plenty of studios that overuse panty shots, we don’t mean LUST, we mean actual LOVE — two people who actually care about each other. The original Eureka Seven is beloved by anime fans primarily for telling a rare and well-executed love story that wasn’t a one-sided fantasy. It’s actually a mecha anime and its plot is kind of incoherent (and there’s this filler episode about soccer for no reason) but it was Eureka and Renton’s relationship that made the series work.
Ever since then, the people who hold the license have struggled over what to do with it. A sequel series was produced a decade back about Renton and Eureka’s kid, but it was largely despised. The latest attempt is a trilogy of movies that retell the story of the original, but go off in a different direction, much like the Evangelion movies do. And if you ship Eureka and Renton, they may not be your cup of tea.
Let us put it this way: this third movie is about an older Eureka who failed to prevent the destruction of the world and now lives in hiding from the angry survivors of humanity. She also has no powers anymore and Renton is nowhere to be seen, probably dead. That’s quite a lot to take in (thank heaven it’s not canon).
The world’s only hope is that a second Eureka seems to have popped up — Iris, a little girl with powers much like Eureka had. When they meet, Eureka makes it her mission to protect the girl. “When Eureka is asked to put her life on the line as a new crisis arises, will Eureka have the strength to protect Iris and the world? What future awaits her at the end of her journey?” asks the tagline. We should learn more early next year.
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