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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.
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)
Interview with the director Kamiyama and original character designer, Umino
Japanese cast interviews
Textless closing song
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 24 days 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 3 months ago by Lord Vimless
One of my favorite shows. I think that the conspiracy theories throughout the series is well thought out and exciting. Must buy this then the 2 movies to finish the story.Published 4 months ago by Lee Zimmerman
Fun, suspense, drama and just a good to watch the mystery unfold.Published 5 months ago by S. Warren
Really interesting plot that has great pacing and keeps you guessing right until the end. What would you do with all that money? Noblesse ObligePublished 5 months ago by GOD
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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