Eden of the East is supposedly the anime to watch for spring 2009 season. That alone is good enough reason for me to watch it and judge it for myself. The second reason is the character designs were done by Umino Chica of Honey and Clover fame, which happens to be one of my favourite anime and manga.
My first thought was, “what on earth is the naked man doing there?”. Lol. Of course his manhood is censored in a quite a humourous way.
All that aside, I don’t really get what the whole story was all about.
In the beginning of the anime, we saw a girl, Saki who was on a graduation trip to the States. She was in front of the White House having some problem with some police officers when a naked man swooped in and “rescued” her. Apparently, he had amnesia and he somehow found himself with a weird-looking cell phone and a gun in his hands. And to top it all off, when he got back to his place he found one too many passports of many identities. One thing he knows is that his name is Takizawa Akira but who Takizawa really is? Is he the good guy or the bad guy? From the looks of it, I can tell that he’s definitely the good guy.
The phone is not any ordinary phone. The phone is connected to a concierge by the name of Juiz. No one knows who exactly Juiz except for the fact that Juiz can make anything happen. One phone call (if you’re the authorised user of the phone), give the instructions and Juiz will make sure it happens.
As the story goes along, we find that only selected few carried the said cell phone and these few selected people are what they call the chosen ones, that is the ones selected to save Japan. The truth, however, is further than that. These special group of people are to use the 10 billion yen worth of digital cash loaded in the cell phone in efforts to save Japan. Any unauthorised used will be recorded and will be assassinated. In case the mission fails, the same fate also befalls the selected individuals.
These few selected people are known as the Selecaos and these people are tasked to save Japan using the fund allocated and once the funds run out and the mission is still unaccomplished, the Selecao will be killed by the Supporter.
Eden of the East isn’t normally my cup of tea. For starters, I’m not much of a Sci-fi fan but somehow, I made it to the final episode. Probably because I’m curious to find out what the whole story is all about since I don’t exactly get the idea of the story.
In short, if you’re a fan of sci-fi, you might just like this.
Note: Two movies based on the series will be released in November 2009 and January 2010.
Will I catch the movie? Well, I don’t see why not.