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  • Actors: Leah Clark, Jason Liebrecht
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SPDS8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

TV spot and promotional video

Interview with the director Kamiyama and original character designer, Umino

Japanese cast interviews

Textless closing song

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Akira Takizawa wakes up naked outside the White House with no memories. He’s got a gun in one hand, a cell phone in the other, and doesn’t know if he’s a good guy or one of the worst. He doesn’t remember the phone gives him instant access to ten billion yen and a woman who can make his most outlandish requests a reality. He doesn’t recall his connection to the ongoing missile attacks terrorizing the Japanese people. Or the part he played in the sudden disappearance of 20,000 shut-ins. He doesn’t even remember he’s supposed to save Japan and will be murdered if he fails. Whatever it is he’s tangled up in, Takizawa’s definitely in deep – and that’s not even scratching the surface.

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Eden of the East scored a big hit in Japan when the series aired in spring 2009: in less than a year, two follow-up features continued the story, The King of Eden and Paradise Lost. Twentysomething Akira Takizawa wakes up in Washington, DC, buck naked and stripped of his memories: all he has is a gun and a super-sophisticated mobile phone that delivers anything he requests. He meets Saki Morimi, a college senior on her graduation trip to America, and returns with her to Japan. Takizawa tries to recover his memories, which may be linked to a pair of missile attacks on Japan and the disappearance of 20,000 NEETS (young men with No Employment, Education or Training). From his phone--which provides the equivalent of more than ¥8 million (about $100,000,000), Takizawa learns that he is a seleçao, one of 12 agents charged by the mysterious Mr. Outside with saving a faltering, apathetic Japan. As he resolves the mystery of his identity, Takizawa gets help from Saki, her friends, and a hikikomori superhacker. Eden of the East was written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, writer-director of the popular Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Kamiyama once again demonstrates his exceptional skill at building suspense and weaving an exciting fantasy. The cyber-terrorism elements of Eden recall the "Laughing Man" mystery in Stand Alone Complex, but this time Kamiyama is working with his own characters and world, and the results are more intriguing. The taut scripts and a winning performance by voice actor Jason Liebrecht make Takizawa an appealing hero, even in the most improbable circumstances. Eden of the East ranks among the very best anime of 2010. (Rated TV MA: violence, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. I Picked Up a Prince, 2. Melancholy Monday, 3. On the Night of the Late Show, 4. Real Reality, Fabricated Reality, 5. This Is No Time to Be Thinking About That… 6. Eden of the East, 7. Flight of the Black Swan, 8. Searching for the Path Already Lost, 9. A Man Too Ephemeral, 10. Who Killed Akira Takizawa? 11. The East That Continues On)

Customer Reviews

Great anime, great story, great characters.
The_Unknown_Rebel
I really liked all the characters and situations they found themselves in, but so far it has no clear ending.
KevinB
I think quality of picture and sound is nice.
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119 of 128 people found the following review helpful By D.C. on August 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Takizawa Akira, early 20s, stands in front of the White House, gun in hand, stark naked and a mysterious phone with the word Selecao imprinted on it. Memory gone, Akira regains his consciousness after, seemingly, erasing his own memories just a few seconds back. Why is he there? What reason would he have to brandish a gun in front of such a place? Why's his memory gone?

What's happening?

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.
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Format: Blu-ray
In April 2009, a few of Japan's popular talents in the anime and manga industry teamed up on a project known as "Higashi no Eden" (Eden of the East).

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.

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"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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
So the series begins with a naked guy standing in front of the White House with a cell phone and a gun. He has no memory of how he got there. Go --->

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.
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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

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-East-King-Blu-ray/dp/B004GZZGW2
Dec 27, 2010 by David Horiuchi |  See all 3 posts
other languages
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
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