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Eden of the East: The King of Eden (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2009)

Jason Liebrecht , Leah Clark , Mike McFarland  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Liebrecht, Leah Clark
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GZZGW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The theatrical feature Eden of the East: The King of Eden (2009) takes place six months after the hit broadcast series ended--when Akira Takizawa vanished after liberating 20,000 NEETS (young men with No Employment, Education or Training) and saving Japan from destruction by missiles. Saki Morimi kept the "Noblesse Oblige" cell phone that identified Takizawa as Seleçao No. 9, one of 12 agents charged by the mysterious Mr. Outside with saving a faltering, apathetic Japan. She flies to New York when an old message gives her a clue to his whereabouts. Takizawa has once again had most of his memories erased, but he and Saki rekindle their relationship while outwitting threats from the remaining Seleçaos. Voice actors Jason Liebrecht and Leah Clark once again make Takizawa and Saki a singularly engaging and believable couple, even in the most improbable circumstances. As he did in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, writer-director Kenji Kamiyama uses a reference to J.D. Salinger as a key element in the plot. (This time, it's the scene in The Catcher in the Rye in which Holden Caulfield watches his sister Phoebe trying to catch the golden ring on the carousel.) The King of Eden ends halfway through the story, as Saki and Takizawa prepare to return to Japan to resolve the battle of the Seleçaos. But Kamiyama builds the suspense so skillfully, the viewer feels impatient for the release of the second feature, Paradise Lost, rather than cheated. The theme of Eden of the East, the need for young people to revitalize the spirit and economy of Japan, seems prescient in light of the reports of young Japanese volunteering in record numbers to assist in the cleanup of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Blu-ray disc (and the second DVD) contain Air Communication--the original series recut into a prequel feature (only in Japanese). (Unrated, suitable for ages 14 and older: profanity, violence, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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The intrigue goes international in The King of Eden, a feature-length conspiracy thriller that continues the action of the acclaimed Eden of the East. The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: Do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose.

Takizawa prevented Japan’s destruction – and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Seleção are plotting their final move. Some of them would prefer Takizawa dead and out of the way. Some might even be willing to help him achieve his goals. Unfortunately, some are prepared to destroy everything if it means claiming checkmate in Mr.Outside’s puzzling game.


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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it worth it. April 25, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well if you enjoyed the series this movie is more of that but better, the animation is there and perfect, the focus on Akira's life before becoming a selecao, and Juiz gets more attention in the 2 films. King of Eden begins 6 months after the NEET Missile Crisis with Akira having his memory erased again. From there the identity of Akira is investigated and his search for answers about his past begins.

A must buy for those who watched the series.

Product Review: To clarify what exactly you get in this product. You get the movie King of Eden on DVD, Air Communication Film on DVD also on the same DVD are some extras. You also get King of Eden and Air Communication on Blu-Ray and the extras included on that disc. So you get 1 Blu-Ray, 2 DVDS, and the extras that come on each disc respectively. Probably one of the best values I have seen in a long time and hope to see most Blu-ray anime releases package a DVD copy with it. Also something to note is the case for this release is a DVD size case and not the thin and short Blu-ray case.

Blu-Ray: Contains King of Eden, Air Communication, and Extras
1st Dvd: Contains King of Eden
2nd Dvd: Contains Air Communication and Extras
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointing June 1, 2011
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After watching the series, I was really looking forward to this movie. Don't get me wrong, it was alright; just not as memorable as the series itself. This combo pack comes with the King Of Eden movie (DVD and blu-ray), dubbed, some special features I didn't look into, and a movie version of the series with subtitles. I prefer having subtitles most of the time, but the dubbing in the series kind of grew on me, so I was disappointed that Air Communication (movie version on the series) had subtitles instead. Overall, I guess it was worth the purchase.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it going May 9, 2011
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Calling this a movie is probably not correct, it is just a longer episode in the series. Trying to watch it as a stand alone movie would not be practical, as the first episodes of the series contain all the character development, and develope the story. The negative reviews sadly did just this, watching only the movie. What they did was open a book half way through it, then complain the characters weren't developed and you know nothing about the story. The movies end without explaining because it was already explained, and there is another movie coming out to tie up the loose ends in this one. Please, do not pick up the movie believing you can watch it without watching the series. If you loved the series, you will love the movie. It picks up where it left off and moves on, and the end (just like the series) leaves you wanting more. Luckily, the next movie is coming soon. Here we even learn more about the "hero's" past, that make you go o yeah from things that were said in the first episodes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The King of Eden is a Pauper August 22, 2011
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This is "King of Eden" the first "Eden of the East" movie, part two of "Eden of the East" over all. "Paradise Lost" will be the last part of the series. I liked the TV series, it had a very unique premise and was gorgeous looking. The movie still looks fantastic, but it feels like it's treading water until it can reach it's conclusion in the next movie.

The movie picks up six months after the end of the TV series with Saki in New York looking for Takizawa. There's very little to say without resorting to spoilers. Will Saki find Taki? Will Taki return to Japan? Were you born yesterday?

Nothing happens. Or it feels like nothing happens.

The TV series felt like a long movie. Ironically, the movie feels like a long episode. Again, the plot is so thin, I can't say anything without it being a spoiler.

The problem with series like these is that it can feel like "in for a penny, in for a pound." You already got the series, you're going to talk yourself into spending money on the movies. But, if you're one of those people that HASN'T bought the TV series, and you're waiting to see if the whole series is worth owning, this movie doesn't automatically put "Eden of the East" into the "must buy" pile. Unless "Paradise Lost" caps the series off with something great, I think Eden is going to be a middling "maybe" show.

Lastly, I have to complain about the packaging. This is a Blu-Ray, but it comes in a DVD box. So, when I stand this next to the TV series, they don't match. There's currently no option to get this in a blu-ray box. Plus, my arch-nemesis, tiny-blu-ray-menus, continue to run unabated. Who is the hawk-eyed bastard that programs these things?

I gave the series a Four. This isn't as good as the series. Three-Stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is in bad need of a conclusion October 26, 2012
By KevinB
Format:Blu-ray
This movie picks up where the first left off. We start to see the plans of the other selacao put into motion. Although this film is good, it has a very disappointing ending. Actually it has no ending. This anime just freakin stops. Just like His and Her Circumstances, Tsubasa, Spiral, and my beloved Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I want to sing praises for Eden of the East. I loved the series; but if this is it, they may as well have not made it at all. That's my only complaint. Everything about this anime is great. It just needs to be finished very badly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had Potential November 24, 2012
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I decided to buy and look into this anime (and its two feature-length movie continuations) for two reasons: one, the animation looked gorgeous, and two, the plot sounded very intriguing and original. While I can say that it did fulfill both of those expectations, it didn't quite reach the heights it seemed like it could have.

I won't spoil anything here and I won't bother giving a plot synopsis because you can read it on here already; what I will say is that the mysteries are all enticing at first, but like so many mysteries, the answers don't live up to the questions. After learning the truth behind the plot, I was excited for where the show could go with it, but it... didn't, really.

The plot sort of fumbles along without really taking advantage of the tools it's set up, and in the end it leaves you feeling unsatisfied. The two sequel movies are absolutely necessary if you care at all about the story or closure, but even with them you'll probably feel disappointed. This is simply my opinion, however - you may find something here that I didn't.

On the plus side, the characters are pretty great (except for the protagonist during "King of Eden", who is very lacking in personality for that movie only for reasons that will be clear if you watch it), and their interactions are very real. The mystery, while it lasts, is intriguing enough to keep you watching to learn more, even if you're ultimately unsatisfied with the denouement. The animation and artwork are beautiful and the music is good enough.

Overall, I think that Eden of the East is worth a watch for those curious, but not worth a purchase unless you just really take to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars good and brillanat anime.
as I expected... wonderful but the ending was little disspointed but good anime. finally got all questions answered about whole stuff. It was rather good and brilliant anime.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if you liked the anime.
One of the following movies to the series, only buy this if you watched and liked the anime series. I reviewed the anime series.
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars great video
I really like this series, the storyline is very interesting and the artwork was just beautifully drawn, it almost makes you think it is real!
Published 8 months ago by combat addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie 1 of 2.
Movie 1 of 2. Both of which is a must buy if you intend to finish the whole story from the series of Eden of the East. Worth the money and in my opinion has a nice rewatch value.
Published 10 months ago by AdamW
4.0 out of 5 stars heres your review
this product came late and has an obnoxious sticker on the front cover, but the sellers were nice and have decided to refund my shipping costs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Raymond L. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The phenomena of mystery, psychological, romance, and political...
Beginning six months after the events of the TV anime is what I've never expected - King of Eden! This led to the American location: New York City and get filled with Selecao on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds more to the fun, depth, and entertainment!
A great anime already, and here it answers some of the unanswered questions, while adding more mystery and questions to the mix, Lost style! Read more
Published 13 months ago by The_Unknown_Rebel
3.0 out of 5 stars The story ends half-way
I ordered this product from Japan. I think quality of picture and sound is nice. The region code of DVD is 1,2,4 and BD is A and B, so I can watch both DVD and BD with usual... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Igaiga
5.0 out of 5 stars ONLY WAY TO GET THIS ONE ON DVD!
Yeah threw the Blu-Ray disc in the trash the second i got it.

Seems to be the only way they can get rid of the damn things these days is to force DVD fans to buy the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by GHM327
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There are 3 movies Eden of The East Compilation: Air Communication , Eden of the East the Movie I: The King of Eden and Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost. Air Communication is a retelling of the tv series. The other 2 movies take place after the series end. This has the movie The King... Read More
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