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Eureka 7 – Audio flashback


It’s always a buzz when you find that you have a connection with an artist you admire; it somehow feels like it brings you a little bit closer to understanding them and their work.

I’ve been a fan of anime screenwriter Dai Sato ever since his work on Cowboy Bebop, and more recently enjoyed his writing on the OVA Freedom. Those of you that follow my ramblings on Twitter will probably remember me flipping out recently when I stumbled across the list of episode titles for his series Eureka 7, and wondered what the hell I was going on about. So Sato-san had named the episodes after some songs? Big deal. Not the first time it’s happened in anime, and it almost certainly won’t be the last.

The thing was, Sato hadn’t picked a bunch of well known pop songs, the majority of the tracks he’d chosen were underground house and techno classics from the 1990s – and more to the point, some of my favourite records of all time. Looking at that list triggered an instant flashback to my younger years, times when I would go partying for days on end, memories of long summer beat-filled nights and dreams of being a superstar DJ. These are records I own, still, on vinyl – and although there are never played anymore they sit next to me right now – as parting with them would be like letting go of part of my past. And with Sato-san being only a few years older than me, I can only assume the same music is part of his past too.

I only just started to actually watch Eureka 7 this weekend, and was thrilled to find the musical references weren’t limited to just the titles, but are littered throughout the script. I’ll post my views on the show when I’ve watched more – but so far based on the opening episodes it seems like an interesting, but fairly standard coming-of-age mecha-drama – which is just fine by me, seeing as the music he references was pretty much the soundtrack of my own coming-of-age story. Sadly the music itself didn’t make it into the show – whether for licensing reasons or that the studio didn’t feel it was appropriate – so for those of you who have no idea what I’m going on about, below is a selection of the tunes that we apparently both love.

Maybe one day I’ll get to meet Sato-san and we can talk about music. Maybe one day he’ll come round here and we can flick through my vinyl collection together. It’s pretty damn unlikely. Not that it really matters though, I’m happy enough right now just knowing the connection is there.

808 State – ‘Pacific State’

Hardfloor – ‘Aceperience 1’

F.U.S.E – ‘Substance Abuse’

Jeff Mills – ‘Changes of Life’

Tuff Little Unit – ‘Join the Future’

Red Planet – ‘Star Dancer’

Primal Scream – ‘Higher than the Sun’

Rhythim is Rhythim – ‘The Beginning’

LFO – ‘We Are Back’

The Beastie Boys – ‘Sure Shot’

5 thoughts on “Eureka 7 – Audio flashback”

  1. I really shouldn’t listen to Pacific State, I lose an evening there and then listening to that.

    The episode titles are quite intruiging, as is the whole referencing to the “second summer of love” and the music and culture at the time. Might well try and watch this if your review is suitably positive.

  2. Eureka 7 is littered from start to end with references to odd things of all kinds, not only limiting itself to the counterculture/60s-70s and/or the trance/house era–“Summer Of Love”, Dewey and Holland spend a lot of time reading The Golden Bough, Charles and Ray Beams, Maurice Maeterlinck, and God only knows what else. I’ve never heard most of the songs that lent their names to the episode titles and other in-series references. Let’s not even talk about the Shoji Kawamori-designed LFOs.

    The soundtrack itself is fantastic–the original compositions are good, but E7 takes a lot from electro-culture (I never know the most right form to address the electronic music genre) in Japan, too: Supercar’s STORYWRITER is played to great effect, other electronic tracks from established trance artists in Japan litter the BGM, and Denki Groove’s Niji (which is still one of their most amazing songs) makes a cameo by the end.

    The actual series itself is amazing; I still consider it my favorite mecha series of the decade (and it’s up against stiff competition for me with Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann and Gundam 00) and one of my overall favorites. The whole series is very well paced and put-together, and I cried three times before all was said and done. I could continue with my superlative-laced fanboy talk but I shan’t; Eureka 7 should be experienced first and gushed about later.

  3. Hang in their with Eureka7, Just like Evangelion it start off normal enough but gets progressively less cliche, and its a nicer ending than Evangelion aswell, everyone doesnt end up killing/having sex with each other or talking to themselves for 10 minutes

  4. Fairly standard fare for the first half of the series, but as you get towards the end some real suprises are thrown in that make the time you have to invest to get there well worth it. I ended up marathoning the final 10 episodes, I just couldn’t let it go. Good stuff.

    As for the music references, I confess they’d passed me by – so one again the Twitterverse has provided me with an unexpected education..!

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