Eden Of The East ~ Review
“A story that will blow your mind with its mysterious aura”
Eden of the East (actual title being Higashi No Eden), is another underground anime series that hasn’t received much attention from may anime fans, and in my opinion, deserves more. Although having released three anime films and two full-length novels, Eden Of The East still continues to be the black diamond of the underground anime scene (if such a scene actually exists, that is…)
The story revolves around a man called Akira (picture above on the left) who is found by Saki (pictured above on the right) carrying a cell phone charged with a huge sum of digital money. However, Akira has lost all memory p until this point where they meet. Later, they both discover the cellphone is in fact part of a game created by an unknown man called “Mr Outsider”; the participants of the game are referred to as Selacao’s, Akira finding out that he is one of the Selacao’s. The game involves twelve other Selacao’s that are given this cellphone stocked up with 10 billion yen for them to use to “save Japan” by calling up a woman called Juiz to use the money in any way they wish to. However, if the individual uses all the money given for other reasons, they are assassinated by the Supporter who is disguised as one of the participants. Using an idetification software (referred in the anime as “Eden of the East”, hence the name of the series) and the cellphone, Akira and Saki try to survive the game and solve the mystery behind its purpose.
“Noblesse Oblige” (translated from French as “nobility obliges”) is a term that is constantly referred to throughout the series
If I could describe this anime in one word, it would have to be “unique” – the series covers many themes, spanning from such issues as human frailty to psychological and government issues in the modern society. Although I always try to refrain from giving the ending of anime series away, all I will say is that the ending will leave you confused but satisfied. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is interested in stories and characters that you can relate to, or stories that revolve around human activity and behavior. The presentation displayed in this series is amazingly well thought out, and again I will state that this series definitely deserved more attention than it should have.
Finally I will leave you with a phrase that I think is what makes this anime what it is. It is a quote read out by Juiz every time a character orders something on their cellphone:
“Noblesse Oblige. I pray for your continuing service as a savior.”
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10