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Eden Of The East [DVD]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2012
Where to start?
This is a superb anime that i would rate right up there with any blockbuster movie or tv series.
If you like conspiracy theories, intricate plots and superb animation then this is gold dust!
I'm a big fan of "Perfect Blue", "Ghost in the Shell" and "Baccano" if you also like them then get this as well. I have read a few reviews that say its "too short" and that it "doesn't explain anything"...yeah at the end of the series there are a lot of unanswered questions but there are 2 more films that follow on from there that wrap things up quite nicely, It's like complaining at the end of the first "Matrix" or "empire strikes back" that the story wasn't finished, some times you have to have patience and all will come good in the end.
A sign of a good anime (i think) is the opening titles, some of my favourites are "Cowboy Bepop" (what a tune!) and "Paranoia Agent". E.O.T.E's may seem confusing at first but after afew episodes the images start to make sense and there are even little clues as to whats going on.
I hate long reviews so i shall wrap up now, this is pretty much faultless, good story, animation and characters. I would recommend to anyone (over 15).
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 December 2010
It takes a while, but when you get beneath the surface of what appears to be a typical anime/manga approaching-the-apocalypse situation, there are some interesting and more modern themes tackled in Eden of the East that have a rather more urgent contemporary feel than the usual preoccupation with post-war trauma and questions of national identity.

What appears initially to be a post-apocalyptic event - the series set soon after Careless Monday, when an unexplained missile strike took out large sections of downtown Tokyo and targeted five other major cities - soon turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg. Finding himself naked in Washington DC, with his memory wiped, Akira Takizawa gradually discovers that he is part of some elaborate and dangerous game, one of twelve ordinary Japanese citizens selected by a mysterious organisation to be a Seleção, armed with a special phone and access to ten billion yen, charged with coming up with a solution to the crisis facing Japan, and given free-rein to interpret this aim and spend the money in whatever way they see fit.

The subject of a selected group of powerful individuals who have the power to either save the world from a looming apocalypse or themselves bring it about is a fairly common anime subject, but Eden of the East is paced rather differently from such series and appears to have other aims than just the usual build-up to an epic grand-scale destruction of the planet. At the heart of the story is the fate of young disenfranchised Japanese people and their struggle against the conservative and traditional ruling establishment that holds them back from realising their true potential in a modern globalised world, represented here not only by Saki and her friends who are developing a revolutionary computer programme, but by the existence and the role of NEETs or Shut-ins, young men who have dropped out of conventional society in favour of a locked-room, computer-oriented existence.

It's a little unsettling and confusing that Eden of the East doesn't follow the usual anime template however, and it isn't until quite late in the series that its purpose becomes clear. Each episode doesn't exactly leave you eager for what happens next and the tone is difficult to judge, with several bizarre episodes being based around a castrating 'johnny-hunter' set to an incongruous soundtrack of poppy Japanese music. It definitely gains momentum however, and it's a series that works best when considered as a whole rather than on individual episodes. Having said that, while technically the whole 11-part series is included here, the resolution is left to be completed by a couple of feature-length episodes. One hopes they will follow soon.

Technically, the series is presented well in the UK by Manga Entertainment on DVD, looking and sounding great in its 16:9 widescreen transfer and Japanese and English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. Subtitles are small and yellow and are not dubtitles. There are two subtitle tracks, one that translates everything, the other just on-screen captions if you want to listen to the English dub. The on-screen captions admirably try to capture all on-screen text, but can clutter the screen and be almost unreadable when translating phone txt messages. Extras include a TV Spot, Promotional video, interviews with the director and character designer, and an interview with the main Japanese voice actors.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
While on a holiday in America, Saki Morimi encounters a naked man in front of the White House with no memory and holding a gun and a phone. Saki and the man, Akira Takizawa, then return to Japan where Akira plans to find out who he is, why he has a phone that can get anything done and how he is involved with a number of strange occurrences such as a missile attack on Japan and the disappearance of twenty thousand people.

This two disc set includes all eleven episodes of the `Eden of the East' anime and I must say that it is probably one of the best series that I have seen in a while. The plot is complicated but very interesting with some very nice developments as the series continues and includes some nice humour here and there as well. The English dub is good and the characters are all interesting and likable.

If the series has a problem it is that the mixture of CGI and traditional animation doesn't really gel in places and the ending leaves some things still hanging but these are minor problems and the general quality of the plot itself more than makes up for them.

As well as this series there are also apparently a number of `Eden of the East' movies which I hope will be released in the near future as this series is truly excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2011
A truly thrilling anime that grabs you from the word go and leaves you guessing till the end.It's beutifully drawn so is worth buying on Blu-ray and is for a more mature veiwer who doesn't want to be patronised content wise. All in all a magnificent production that trancends cultural barriers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2011
I just loved this series. It is well drawn, the characters are appealing and interesting and the plot is really cool and unusual. I found it exciting until the end and wished it would go on much longer. In the bonus material the character designer revealed that she gave the main character the attributes of what she finds attractive and desireable in men, and I simply agree with her. So my message is: female anime fans, get this Box set and enjoy - he is a cool guy! I haven't seen a nicer anime in a while and will definitively watch it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
I came across this in my Amazon Recommendations, and has been in my basket for ages!!! But I went ahead and brought it which i'm glad I did! I cant believe how good it is. It has a good plot, refrences a few American films, which I wasnt expecting, and the characters are strong! Also the opening and closing songs are good especially the scene/credits which was motion animated (i think thats what its called) out of paper! Ace!
Only sad thing about it was....the episodes are too short, has a cliffhanger at the end of the series (but which normal TV/Anime etc series doesnt) and theres not enough of episodes!! I'm sure theres a film version or something coming out soon, so hopefully we should find out a little more and seee how far the series can go. Anyway I'm very very glad I brought this to add to my anime collection, I really enjoyed it and will be watching it again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2014
This got a good rating and it is deserved, there is a lot to watch (DON'|T watch Air Communication, it's a boiled down version of the series - you'd lose a lot of back story and context). Reson for the 'late' review is that it takes a while to go through it - there's a dozen hours of viewing here!

The characters are good, especially the lead, some of the others are slightly annoying in places - but no worse than any other anime. The concept is very intriguing, lots of money to effect change - if you want spoilers read elsewhere

As for the price, delivery, packaging - flawless, no problems at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2011
Before I watched Eden Of The East, I'd seen reviews saying that it was hard to understand and it put me off. However, I finally got around to watching it and I must say that it's one of the best anime I've watched! It's exciting the whole way through, and I can't wait until I can watch the following films (King Of Eden and Paradise Lost)! The ending had me wanting more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2011
This maybe has slow pace, but I love the story and the characters, is the best part of all the series. Quality of disc is high from every aspect and HD in sound and picture, and not a plain dd or dts of dvd quality like some other editions.
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on 28 August 2013
I bought this Eden Of The East Definitive Collection BluRay on a whim not knowing much about the series or having seen any of the related media, movies etc.

The package is good for the price in my opinion around £20 for 11 episodes and 2 Movies (the third movie a prequel apparently goes over what happened in the series)

So far I've watched the series and the first movie, I was impressed by what I saw. Any fans of this series I'd definitely recommend this BluRay version for your collection. Anyone who hasn't seen this anime and is looking to further their BluRay collection I'd say add this to your basket!
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