Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Unboxing [US]: Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean - Part 2 (BD/DVD)

I have finally acquired the remaining Part 2 sets that I needed to own to complete the shows I got years ago. Here is the second half of the rather controversial Eureka Seven AO (Astral Ocean) series.

Eureka Seven Astral Ocean is a 2012 series from studio Bones and is the sequel series to the original Eureka Seven set many years later. AO is an odd one, because while it is a continuation it also includes mostly new characters and settings so it's technically watchable without any prior knowledge. However the ending of Part 1's release changes that as it brings back a major character from the original series, so I recommend you check out the original series first before delving deeper into AO.

This Part 2 release covers episodes 13-24 and the OVA of the series in English & Japanese audio with English subtitles. The set is a standard product for Funimation where it's just a case and a slipcover. The regions are A & B compatible and the subtitles are unlockable. I remember back in 2013 when I unboxed the set no one knew it was region B compatible because it wasn't stated but thankfully Funimation updated the info for Part 2 to note this. The DVD is Region 1 only however.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 2.0 [Japanese], Dolby TrueHD 5.1 [English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: A B
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 2

DVD Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 [Japanese], Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Video: SD NTSC 16:9
Region: 1
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 2

Plot Synopsis (via Funimation):
During a dangerous zero-gravity mission to keep a clash in space from colliding with Earth, Ao meets his mother for the first time since she disappeared. Chaos erupts when the vengeful enigma known as Truth learns of her return. As Ao fights to protect his mother and solve her transient state, he discovers a weapon so powerful it can alter Earth's timeline.

Conflict elevates across the globe as this warhead and new intelligence on the hostile aliens polarizes former allies. When another pilot and his machine from the future enter the fray, Ao will finally learn his true origin - as well as his role in saving his mother, his friends, and his planet from obliteration.

On-Disc Extra Content:
Episode Commentaries
Video Commentary
Promotional Video
Textless Songs
U.S. Trailer

Eureka Seven AO is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Funimation.

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