Eden of the East: The Complete Series
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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
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A girl is standing in front of The White House. A buck naked man with a handgun and a cellphone walks up to her and he has no idea why. He has amnesia and needs help. And soon finds that he's being hunted. But the cellphone he carries has the power to make anything he wants happen and has quite a bit of spending change on it to do it too. The catch is he has to change the world with that money. If he runs out it's his life. There are other players in this game, too. All with the the power and money of the phone but with much different views of how the world should be changed. If they succeed first then he dies. He doesn't want to include the girl in this mess but they can't seem to avoid each other. He makes her life more interesting. She's his first and only memory. Together they sort out his puzzle of a past as he tries to make the world better. But was he always this charismatic and gentle man she knows? Was he dangerous before his amnesia?
Eden of the East is nothing but brilliant plot and exciting adventure. You will watch it in it's entirety as fast as you can. It's that good. Just remember that there are two movies that finish the story, King of Eden and Paradise Lost. The story is incomplete without them. It's called an anime classic for a reason. You will be proud to own it. Enjoy.
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. It's an entertaining enough ride, but at the end of the day it never reaches the heights or importance of "Ghost in the Shell" despite purporting to be similar, and so it's best enjoyed as one would enjoy something like the "Bourne" movies - an entertaining but ultimately shallow experience that's fun while it lasts, but leaves little impact.
Not only one of the best anime shows of all time, but one of the best shows in recent years. It is only 11 episodes, there's no dull moment, and it leaves you wanting more. This show isn't for a casual watch, It gets really deep and you should think about the concepts it talks about.
There were a few parts where I was like "What the **** just happened?" but they're few and far between.
If you're not sure if you'd like it, Funimation has the first few episodes on their YouTube Channel.
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The Blu ray is amazing, this was made for HD and it shows. The image quality is absolutely brilliant. Its on par with Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood as far as image clarity. This hands down the best voice acting ever done. The dub version should be watched first. (I know thats taboo for some people, but its the truth)
This anime should be missed for any reason, this show would get anyone addicted to anime.