Eureka Seven: Part One (Blu-ray)
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Relive the classic era of anime with the studio that brought you Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Wolf’s Rain. Eureka Seven, the greatest anime love story ever told, returns to the spotlight after almost a decade—in a complete series collection for the first time!
Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father’s heroic footsteps. When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.
Backed by its original powerhouse vocal cast, Eureka Seven is “a series that demonstrates what anime should be…” (Random Curiosity)
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Anyway, there are many reviews of this bluray that rate it low. This is mostly due to 2 things.
1) it's an upscale and not native HD
2) it's in a 4:3 aspect ratio
My response is that this series was never created in a format that would allow for native HD. This is an old show from 2005 and was created before capturing animation in HD was common practice. The material available to FUNimation was NOT in HD. It was an SD source. Also, it was never wide screen and the only way anyone ever would have is if they were manually cutting off the top and bottom with a zoomed in display. Just thought i would throw all this out there.
In this box set you'll get the first half of the series along with a bonus feature disc. Unfortunately, that bonus disc is just merely a DVD instead of a Blu-ray disc. It mostly includes commentaries and interviews for the voice cast, but I don't find much value in those kinds of bonuses so you won't notice a quality loss between the formats. There are no episodes on the DVD so don't worry about that either.
For image quality, it's as good as you could expect from a series that aired back in 2006. It's not going to look outstandingly crisp like say, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood or Soul Eater, but it's definitely better than the broadcast quality it had back when it aired on adultswim. It is after all, only 1080i in 4x3 ratio. Nonetheless, it has the classic Bones (animation studio) look to it that I personally thoroughly enjoy.
For sound quality, again, it's about as good as you could expect. Funimation did not appear to make any special effort to go beyond its original 2.0 audio for either English or Japanese. I did notice that there was an occasional popping sound in quieter scenes on my surround system, but nothing distracting or highly prevalent.
All in all, if you've been on the fence about purchasing this series, then this release is probably as good as it's going to get.
The series was a little weird. I would just rather watch Gundam Wing or Neon Genesis Evangelion (If I wanted real self-punishment). Too bubbly and hippy for me. My wife loved it though. Watched it 4 times through while doing homework as background and as just full enjoyment.