Written by: Gabriel Castillo
Published on: August 10, 2021 at 6:15 PM PHT (GMT+8)
After several delays, “EUREKA: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution” is set to release on November 26, 2021 according to the official website’s announcement on Tuesday which included a synopsis, key visual, teaser trailer, main cast and staff, and comments from the voice actors. This film, directed by Tomoki Kyoda and produced by Bones, serves as the final installment of the trilogy. Check out the teaser trailer below:
This film’s story takes place 10 years after the end of the second film’s “Great Unification”, which pulled people out of the virtual world inside Scub Coral and placed them back into the real world. Now, the world’s population is divided into two: Green Earth (those who came from the Scub Coral world) and Blue Earth (people from the real world). Co-habitation of the world becomes difficult as conflict between the two groups arises in the shadows. A large-scale terrorist attack orchestrated by Dewey Novak, a high-ranking military official of Green Earth, is set in motion to protect themselves and their way of life. The powerless Eureka, now hated by the world and seen as a symbol and the cause of the current divide, works in the U.N. covert ops agency A.C.I.D. as a top military operative; she continues to struggle and fight to preserve peace as a form of atonement. Eureka is given a special mission: protect Iris, a “new Eureka”, born from the Scub Coral with the ability to manipulate it. Initially, the two are at each other’s throats but they eventually grow fond of each other given their common loneliness. Given her mission and the world facing crises, Eureka must push her strength to the limit to protect Iris and the world.
The key visual includes a familiar Eureka with a fierce expression pointing a pistol towards an unseen enemy while embracing and protecting Iris, who looks similar to her guardian. Kaori Nazuka returns to play her role as Eureka along with other familiar names such as Ami Koshimizu playing Anemone. New to the cast is Rina Endo, taking the role of Iris, and Koichi Yamadera, voicing Dewey Novak. Other new cast members include the following:
Bin Sasaki as Endo
Hiro Shimono as Sumner Sturgeon
Megumi Toyoguchi as Ruri Flame
Yoko Soumi as Misha Stravinskaya
Shin'ichirō Miki as Banks
Sayaka Senbongi as Red Two
Megumi Han as Chime
Asami Seto as Ex Tra
M.A.O as Kira Pomato
Yu Shimamura as La Tino Sueno
Sumire Morohoshi as La La Land
More on the Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Trilogy
Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution is the three-part anime film series by Bones. The first film entitled Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution 1 was released in September of 2017 and earned 63 million yen on its first two days. In February of 2018, the film’s showing in the United States had the options of Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full-on English dub. Check out the film’s synopsis from Funimation:
It all begins with the story that was left untold—the earth-shattering incident where Renton’s father disappeared. With the mysterious pilot Eureka by his side, only Adroc Thurston could undo his own mistake, sparking the event that changed everything and earned him the title of a hero. Now, ten years later, Eureka lies in critical condition as Renton leaves the crew of the Gekko. But when he finds himself in the care of his father’s old friends, he has a choice to make. Either stay with the loving family he’s always wanted, or earn the love he seeks.
The second film entitled “Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution” was released in 2018 and takes place after the original series but before Eureka Seven: AO. This installment focused on a girl named Anemone who lost her father in a battle that raged in Tokyo seven years prior to the film’s story. The orphaned girl dove deep into the interior of Eureka Seven to defeat the enemy of humanity and save the world. This second part of the trilogy ranked at number 9 on its opening weekend.
More on the Original Eureka Seven Series
Eureka Seven, known in Japan as the Psalms of Planets Eureka seven, is an anime series created by Bones and directed by Tomoki Kyoda released in 2005. The fifty-episode run originally aired from April 17, 2005 until April 2, 2006 in Japan via MBS. Eventually, the series was picked up by Funimation, Madman Entertainment, and Anime Limited for release around the globe. The series won several awards after its airing including Best Television Series at the 2006 Tokyo International Anime Fair. The positive reception of the series led to several manga — one of which was serialized in Shonen Ace and received a twenty-four-episode series in 2012 — adaptations, a light novel, three video games, and a feature-length anime film in 2009. Check out the series synopsis from My Anime List:
In the backwater town of Bellforest lives a 14-year-old boy named Renton Thurston. He desires to leave his home behind and join the mercenary group known as Gekkostate, hoping to find some adventure to brighten up his mundane life. However, stuck between his grandfather's insistence to become a mechanic like him and the pressure of his deceased father's legacy, the only excitement Renton finds is in his pastime of riding the Trapar wave particles that are dispersed throughout the air, an activity akin to surfing.
Everything changes when an unknown object crashes through Renton's garage, discovered to be a Light Finding Operation—a robot capable of riding the Trapar waves—specifically known as the Nirvash typeZERO. Its pilot is a young girl named Eureka, a member of the Gekkostate, who requests a tune-up for the Nirvash. Their meeting sparks the beginning of Renton's involvement with the Gekkostate as he takes off alongside Eureka as the co-pilot of the Nirvash.