Eureka Seven AO Part 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review
“Eureka Seven AO” feels like a generic anime series.
Set in 2025 on the island of Iwato Jima, the first 12 episodes of “Eureka Seven AO” (a sequel series to “Eureka Seven”) revolve around Ao who turns out to be the son of Eureka. To make a long story short, Ao winds up becoming a hero as he joins a defense group called Generation Bleu where he pilots a mecha called Nirvash. Ao’s main goal is to find his lost mother Eureka.
Aside from the main storyline, expect to see plots involving Ao’s ill friend Naru, a mysterious bracelet, smugglers, the Secrets, Generation Bleu squads Team Pied Piper and Team Goldilocks, Quartz collecting, a mysterious (and perhaps villainous) man named Truth who kidnaps Naru, global missions, and a cliffhanger ending in episode 12.
Having never seen “Eureka Seven,” I’m going into “Eureka Seven AO” a bit blind as I’m clearly missing some backstory here. With that said, the show is pretty easy to get into even if you haven’t seen the previous series. Unfortunately, after watching this sequel show, I have zero interest in watching what came before or after these 12 episodes.
Despite having a nifty “Thunderbirds” esque influence, “Eureka Seven AO” feels like a decidedly old school anime that doesn’t have much in the way of originality. Yes, the show looks gorgeous. The high tech animation offers up beautifully animated island environments, vehicles, creatures and character models, but that’s all the anime series has going for it. The plot is old hat and the characters simply are not very strong (the pilot banter is particularly annoying) which makes it near impossible to invest in the show. Now, it’s possible that fans of “Eureka Seven” will get much more out of the show, but I am judging this show on its own and, as is, it doesn’t make an impression.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? As mentioned above, I love the animation and it looks even sharper in hi-def. The colors really pop here.
Audio Tracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English dub is solid and the Japanese track works well too. You’re good either way here.
* Trailers for “Appleseed XIII,” “Guilty Crown,” “Black Lagoon,” “Last Exile-Fam, The Silver Wing-,” “The Legend of the Legendary Heroes,” “Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine,” “Remnant Knights Game,” and Funimation.com.
* Commentary on episode 5 by the goofy Chuck Huber, Jad Saxton, and newcomer Sainty Reid.
* A U.S. trailer and 7 original commercials for “Eureka Seven AO.”
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* “Inside The Booth: Eureka Seven AO”- An interesting in-depth look at voice actor Brandon Potter and ADR director Zach Bolton at work at Funimation studios. I am a big fan of seeing unique extras like this on Funimation releases. More bonus material like this, please.
* Commentary on episode 10 by Zach Bolton and Tyson Rinehart in part A and Zach Bolton and John Swasey in Part B. Nice to see Funimation mix it up a bit here with the commentary track set-up.
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