Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers is of course another film based off of the popular tv series of the same nature. Except this time, they’ve completely changed some of the characters. The thing is, this is done very purposefully, as part of the central theme of the new story. I’ll admit, when I first started watching this movie I was a little put aback. I knew it was a re-imagining of the entire series, but it still threw me for a loop. It is safe to say that you do not need previous information in order to enjoy it. There were drags in exposition and confusion in parts of the story, but as a stand-alone, alternate story to what could have happened to Renton and Eureka, the film did its job well enough.
In 2054, there is a young soldier on board the fighter aircraft named Renton. He boards Nirvash and heads for the battlefield. He has only one dream: to rescue his childhood friend, Eureka, who was kidnapped eight years ago and return to his hometown. Fate, however, brings tribulations to test the young love between Renton and Eureka while life and death, reality and dream and even the entire world stand in the way of the two as the final battle with Image approaches. It’s really one of the most clever twists I’ve ever seen in terms of remaking a series into a movie. Unfortunately such an elaborate plot device relies a lot of talking head scenes which sort of hamper the pacing of the film.
Now I’ll talk about the things that irked me a little. Them reusing scenes from the show was a little disappointing but they weren’t exactly the same and looked better than their original versions so I was able to overlook that. Yes, I’d much rather watch the series, but the movie tried to manage to reengineer the whole series in the span of hours where the anime had fifty episodes to do as it pleased. Fan Service was minimal, which is not a bad thing given the story. Action moved almost too fast and the excellent animations of the anime are lost in the mash-up and haste of the production. So much happens that it can be hard to keep up with especially if you get caught up in trying to identify the characters and voices from the TV series like I did.
There was a lot of emotion packed into the film. It was surprisingly powerful as it was romantic, passionate, and very sweet. It shows you how and why a man never gives up on the one he truly deeply loves. If you like anime, and the products that normally come out of Bones Studio, go see it. If you liked Eureka Seven the series, see it. Just don’t go into this movie expecting it to complete all of the story lines from the series. Look for it on blu-ray and DVD in early 2010.