The new “Eureka Seven” movie is filled with baffling transformations and provocative twists, but the ending is breathtaking.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the series, the plot of “Eureka Seven” centers around two teenagers, Renton and Eureka, who team up with the rebel group Gekkostate to save the world from being destroyed. The movie, however, places these characters in an alternate universe, with most of them having completely different attitudes.
The film opens with the military capturing Eureka, an innocent alien girl and childhood friend of Renton. Fortunately, the military left Renton’s cute larvae animal, Nirvash. The animal grows into a humongous robot, which Renton uses to fight as a corporal in the military. However, when Renton discovers Eureka in a gigantic alien Eizo, he discovers a boatload of military conspiracies.
Although it’s a little difficult to follow all the plotlines in the film, “Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers” will definitely confound longtime fans of the original series. All the characters from the original series are so different in the film, thanks to some particularly shocking plot twists. For starters, all the old members of Gekkostate are actually 17-year-olds in the bodies of rapidly aging adults.
This is the most stunning transformation in the movie, turning the laidback Gekkostate members from laid-back surfers in the TV series to angry adults who want to stop all time permanantly with the help of Renton and Eureka.
People may have a tough time imagining the Gekkostate leader, Holland, as a snotty, bratty villain. However, considering how often he beat up Renton in the TV series, this change is completely understandable.
There are plenty of awkward dubs. Some parents may cringe when the teenage Eureka asks Renton if they could sleep together, just as they did when they were kids. Some of the script lines are just as strange. No one would even expect the world of Neverland to get mentioned in a film that has more to do with flashy visuals and science mumbo-jumbo.
Despite the oddity of the entire film, it all makes sense somehow. Renton and Eureka learn to love each other, no matter who tries to join them in their sadistic, violent plots. Best of all, Eureka learns to let go of her selfish attitude in order to help Renton live. “Eureka Seven” is a masterpiece in demonstrating how cooperative love can look so damned beautiful on the big screen.
Best of all, Johnny Yong Bosch gives possibly his best voice acting performance as Renton. Fans have sometimes cringed during the first few episodes of the English dub of “Eureka Seven,” when he spoke in a horrible, over-feminine voice with no aggression. In “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers,” Bosch projects all his dramatic lines with breathtaking power and emotion.
The ending, to say the least, is a visual feast for the eyes. It’s a heartwarming love tale, about a renewal of love over the reign of destruction and chaos. True, “Ponyo” was more refined than “Eureka Seven.” However, no relationship is more compassionate than the one between Renton and Eureka.
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