Eureka Seven is one of those series that appears to wanna emulate some aspect of pop culture. The choice here is apparently surfing, but in this anime it's obvious of a different kind. The series character names are taken or derived from the world of surfing, rock, and others taking in the era's from the fifties to today. Some are surfing related like Gidget and Moondoggie, and some indicate more the professions, like Jobs , and Woz (Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniac founded Apple Computer), who play engineers.
The plot is a bit far fetched, but interesting none the less. Man has colonized a planet at some point in the past, and there are environmental issues. The steps he has taken to correct those may be making the situation worse. There are other things at work here, but I don't want to spoil the series for you. This however is not for the impatient. While enjoyable, there are slow episodes and the plot develops quite slowly as well. If you are good at putting together hints you may arrive at some conclusions earlier. Not much of the back story is revealed in any particular episode, until you get to episode 29 when a major piece is filled in.
That's probably a good thing because it takes that long for the two focal characters to come to terms with who they are. Initially, I too felt impatient about the wait for this much of the plot to develop. I changed my mind about that after thinking about it some. There are a lot of anime series out there about boy mecha pilots (what is it the Japanese have with 14 year olds piloting these things). Most don't give the leads much justification, beyond simple protection, and sometimes revenge to take the controls. In the Evangelion series for instance, would you really want someone as naive, and messed up as the disturbed boy Shinji to decide the fate of the world? In this series, the boy pilot was put through a lot before the facts were revealed to him. It effected him greatly, but he came to terms, he didn't go nuts or all indecisive as in some series. You can understand him, and how he makes his choices later in the series. That can be said too for his main and initial reason for starting this adventure, the girl Eureka.
Now, I don't want to scare off a lot of parents here, but the group the boy joins, the Gekkostate, which sounds like a small country is more like a terrorist cell. Other than their deadly contacts with the military however they don't prey on civilians. A good part of the series illustrates a lot of the darker side of man. Governmental mis-information leads to racial and religious hatred and oppression. Mans exploitation of the environment has way overstepped the bounds of being judicious. In a particularly stupid, greedy, selfish, and perhaps evil manor the powers that be, plan genocide as a viable solution.
Now as for this box set, a real bargain if you like extras, it comes with a high quality brown (not the usual white or black) T-Shirt, although the transfer I got was poorly done, two Music CDs with nearly 50 songs, A full copy of the first graphic novel produced for the series, A DVD with the first 5 episodes, and a high quality art box to hold the first couple seasons. You will rarely find this much in one special edition set, at least not for the kind of pricing seen here. I believe that since this is a relatively new series from Japan, and has not had a long time in fan-subs, or other promotion, the idea is to give you some initial value, and a taste of the series. For those who want to wait, this is playing on Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network. On TV there are likely to be cuts, either for time, or for some degree of violence. All that said, if you like your action Gundam Wing style, go elsewhere. If you enjoy a storyline that won't play out in the first episode give this a try. I had to take away a star for being a little far fetched as far as even SciFi goes. If you have good suspension of disbelief skills, go ahead and add one back.