Eden of the East: The Complete Series
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Interview with the director Kamiyama and original character designer, Umino
Japanese cast interviews
Textless closing song
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With all these important questions that should take precedent over anything else, his strange predicament takes a bow so that he can rescue a girl in front of him with a predicament of her own. That girl, Saki Morimi, for entirely different reasons, stands in front of the White House and creates a situation, drawing the attention of the police.
And with a simple step forward Akira goes to aid Saki, and a special relationship develops that gives meaning to this whole series. This bond between them is what drives us, the viewer, to keep watching amidst all the mystery that revolves Akira's past, and his connection to the Selecao, the "selector."
But, what's happening?
As it turns out, Akira has been chosen as part of a group of people selected to "save" the country of Japan. What he needs to save them from is not clear, but at his disposal is a mysterious phone and a bank account worth 10 billion Yen. He can do anything necessary by calling Juiz, the operator, who can accomplish any request he desires. And by anything, they mean anything. Want to clear a path through traffic? Done. Want to have the Prime Minister of Japan say "uncle" on national TV? Done. Want to murder someone?...yes, even that. No problem. But, there's a catch. Each request is a transaction that dwindles the 10 billion yen down to zero.Read more ›
Featuring anime production from Production I.G., "Eden of the East" would feature the work of series creator Kenji Kamiyama (creator of "Blood: The Last Vampire" and worked on "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex", "Hakkenden" and "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade"), manga artist/writer Chica Umino ("Honey and Clover"), art director Yusuke Takeda ("Mobile Suit Gundam Wing", "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex", "Neon Genesis Evangelion") and legendary anime musician Kenji Kawai ("Ghost in the Shell", "Maison Ikkoku", "Patlabor", "Ranma 1/2', "Vampire Princess Miyu").
The anime series debuted on Fuji TV in April 2009 and was followed by three films and now the complete series has been released on Blu-ray (and three films will follow) courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.
"Eden of the East" is just fantastic to look at. Presented in 1080p, the artistic backgrounds are magnificent. I don't think there was one re-used (aside from Takizawa's home) but there was always a new painted scene whenever a character was shown. If there is one thing that I've noticed with recent Production I.G. anime TV series, despite it being a TV series, they still go out of there way to make the series look phenomenal. Each painted scene looks fantastic, the character designs by Chica Umino come alive!
The animation and overall colors are vibrant, blacks are nice and deep and I saw no excessive haloing, edge enhancements and saw no artifacting. This is one beautiful anime series and definitely one of the best, if not the best, looking anime series on Blu-ray thus far.Read more ›
This is not your usual, action packed anime series. Along with Code Geass, this was a delightful breath of fresh air into the US anime market. The series is more cerebral and will appeal to fans of Ghost in the Shell, L.A.I.N., and other intelligent and less action packed shows and series (yeah GITS has action, but also has that futuristic cyber punk element). I wouldn't sum this up as a cyper punk or sci-fi series. More of a modern 'advanced science' story.
The entire series revolves around a conspiratorial game played by several individuals. These individuals are given a finite amount of money and allowed to spend it however they wish. Though when they run out, they are terminated. But the winner is apparently the person who puts the money to the best use while not being terminated. One of the players is actually rumored to be the 'executioner' and carry out the 'judgement'.
An interesting series to be sure. I also like that in the original Japanese audio, the Americans speak American (the first episode takes place in DC). I thought that was nice. The 'nudity' is handled well. They animated a blotchy, squiggly spot in front of the areas in question in the few scenes. Though they don't really show anything... there are several suggestive episodes and incidents including a woman who chops of guys 'Johnnies'.
Throughout the series we watch as the female protagonist struggles to help the amnesia afflicted male protagonist. It is a relationship well portrayed. Their emotions and interactions are realistic and complex. We really get a feel for these two and become intertwined in their struggles.Read more ›
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Helped me discover a new perspective that I continue to hold to this day.Published 3 days ago by The Dao
When Eden of the East came out in 2009, it was almost universally regarded as the best anime of the year. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Travis Phillips
Great anime! Highly suggest it!
However, my DVD came with a HUGE GASH on the 2nd disc. I couldn't even watch it. I was so disappointed!! I didn't want to re-order. lol
I liked the series but was disappointed when you had to purchase 2 other dvds to get the "ending". Read morePublished 3 months ago by katina
This I beleive will always be my favorite anime for many reasons. The characters, especially Takizawa, are very unique and very believable on their own and are so well developed as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ABs
People given a modest sum and have to save the japan. acell phone that is link to a secretary that can get and do anything requested for a price. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lord Vimless
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|Handling of on screen text will be the test.||
That's a very good point, actually. I personally prefer the first option you mentioned, sort of like the soft overlays ADV did for Shinkai's Voices of A Distant Star, because it preserves the art of the Japanese text.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see...
Sep 20, 2010 by Vincent Chang | See all 9 posts
|Help! Things I did not understand. (SPOILERS)||
you really need to watch the movies...it will explain most (not all) of what you and everyone wants to know.
there are just way too many questions for it to only be 11 ep, which is why they made the movies.
you will still have many questions after paradise lost.
it is just that kind of...
Aug 1, 2011 by mc-Hotsauce | See all 3 posts
|Any idea on the release date of the movies in the US?||
King of Eden is March 22
Dec 27, 2010 by David Horiuchi | See all 3 posts
If you use twitter you could ask Funimation about other languages instead of emailing, could save you time. go here twitter.com/funimation
Oct 24, 2010 by Maka Alban | See all 4 posts
|Just for those who don't know... Only first ep has the oasis op song||
The band wanted to charge a set amount for every time the song was used. They couldn't afford to pay it for all of the episodes, but they paid it once to make sure the song was on the disc.
Oct 18, 2010 by Michael Weaver | See all 4 posts