12 years after the popular TV anime series, a long-awaited new film trilogy, Psalm of Planets Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution is about to be launched. While the first film will be publicly released in Japan on 16 September, its premiere screening event was held at Shinjuku Wald 9 on 5 September with Yuuko Sanpei (Renton) Kaori Nazuka (Eureka), and Tomoki Kyouda (chief director), as speakers on stage.
The trilogy will follow ‘The First Summer of Love’ from the TV anime series Eureka Seven, the catastrophic phenomenon that caused a major blow to their world in the past but had never been depicted fully in the anime series. About the new recordings after a long interval of 12 years, Sanpei said, ‘I tried to remind myself how I played the role at the age of 20. It was almost like challenging myself. Playing the role again at this age now in 2017 made me nervous, but I anticipated the challenge at the same time.”
Nazuka said she had a restless night before the premiere, ‘I was convincing myself that this would be a new start for Eureka. Hearing what everyone thinks of it is something to look forward to, but it also makes me nervous. But I guess I shouldn’t go on the defensive. Hopefully we can keep up the momentum and continue to make passionate speeches and events like today,’ she said firmly.
As for voicing the character after a long interval of 12 years, she preceded her comment with a statement that she wasn’t trying to make an excuse and said, ’12 years is a long enough time for my voice to change. My experience in the career also shows differences in acting against my will. I worked on the role with fragments of my memories, trying hard to remind myself how I acted back then. I only had to try my best before, but now, after 12 years, my voice has also aged, and…’ Sanpei then took the opportunity promptly and said, ‘We all grew up and matured.’ They smiled to each other and that melted the audience.
Regarding their focus on the new films, chief director Kyouda replied, ‘I was particularly determined when it came to the battle action scenes of the hand-drawn robots. It’s very rare to show such a battle action scene of long length, and it was one of my goals to have a 30 minute-long footage of battle action in the film. And I’m very proud and elated with the result.’
Later on in the event, Hiroya Ozaki appeared on stage as a surprise guest. He sings the theme song for the film, ‘Glory Days.’ Director Kyoda said, ‘It was a coincidence that I heard Ozaki’s song when I couldn’t decide what to do with the theme song. It occurred to me right away that he was the one I was looking for,’ explaining why he was chosen. Ozaki recalled the offer and said, ‘I was so pleased.’ He told us how happy he was when he received the offer, and said jokingly that he felt like ‘my time has begun at last!’
At the end of the stage event, Kyouda said, ‘We reached this moment after so many bumps and detours. I almost stumbled along the way so many times that thought I couldn’t make it. But as I see you all here to watch this work of ours, I’m extremely delighted to present it here today. I’ve done quite a few stage speeches, but I had never felt this way before. To be completely honest, I already feel almost nostalgic about ‘1’ (the first film of the trilogy), and I’m now preoccupied with ‘2’. Our staff has already started working on ‘2’. I’m confident that it will get better and better, so please also look forward to the rest of the films!’
He also mentioned that the second film is to be released in 2018, bringing the stage event to a close.