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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Finished Anime: Eden of the East


Eden of the East
(Higashi no Eden )

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be known as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

Type: TV | Episodes: 11 | Aired: Apr 9, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
Genres: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological | Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
Producers: Production I.G | Main Cast: Ryohei Kimura (Akira Takizawa), Saori Hayami (Saki Morimi)
Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Original creator: Kenji Kamiyama | Music: Kenji Kawai | Original Character Design: Chika Umino | Character Design: Satoko Morikawa | Art director: Yusuke Takeda | Chief Animation Director: Satoru Nakamura | Screenplay: Kenji Kamiyama

[ OVERALL IMPRESSIONS ]


The story of this series is incredibly unique and creative! It's futuristic and surprisingly it's very believable and realistic! Things also get more and more interesting the more episodes you watch! Not all episodes had the cool acts, but when you get to see one, they are really really awesome! And of course there had been fun and hilarious parts too! It doesn't fail in the entertainment department! Also, storytelling had been done well! Full of mysteries in the beginning, then slowly some things become clear yet there are more questions that get raised! Not all of them had been resolved, because they had been saved for the movies. But still, it ended good.

The biggest selling point of the series are the production values. Animation is simply superb! Scenes had been greatly directed, story flow was good, and the music totally rocks! For a short series, it certainly had such great budget! Not to mention the cast had played their roles well.

No wonder it turned out to be so terrific!

However, like any other series, Eden of the East isn't immune to some flaws either. First one I'd like to take note of are the characters. The good sides are that the characters aren't stereotypical and even minor characters can fulfill a significant role. Sadly, aside from the main characters, the others didn't get much development. We don't even have enough background on them either!

I don't think the lack of episodes could be an excuse because they found time to add unnecessary stuff (like Akira's weird dream in one of the episodes). They also added some scenes that don't make sense (like the kiss) and they were somewhat just forgotten in the next episodes.

But putting those aside, overall it had been a very excellent series! It's a must-watch! It's not usual for an anime fan to encounter something this amazing!

Sources:
~ Anime News Network
~ My Anime List

1 comment:

PhillipMorris said...

yeah, it was a good ride..i agree that it wasn't flawless, nevertheless it delivered in places where other series failed...there were a lot of questions unanswered, and also the cast was no full..we only saw maybe half of the players...another thing i found confusing was the savings of the NEETs..like that's gonna change anything in Japan..whatever

really looking forward to see the two movies, because it gets interesting towards the end, when Juiz is moved to another place..who will win the game?

my own review of EotE http://animenerdz.blogspot.com/2009/07/eden-of-east.html

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