Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Eden of the East Review
There will be no plot summary for this anime, not because I'm lazy or forgot it, but because it needs to be seen to be believed. If I tried to explain just a piece of the plot you would find holes, which I must fill in the comments, until I've pretty much ruined the whole thing. All you need to know is this: it's a mystery, and explaining the plot ruins any magic it has. And trust me, Eden of the East is full of magic.
This was done by the company behind Ghost in the Shell (I only saw the first movie, liked it quite a bit). As expected, the animation is beautiful, especially the scenes in Washington D.C. The voice acting is also well done, but not outstanding enough to earn extra points. What really amazes me is that with the kind of anime this is and the themes it explores (and BOY does it explore them), I never once found myself disliking a protagonist. Unlike certain protagonists (Light and Lelouch), there isn't a second for me when I dislike Akira as he is now. The entire cast is incredible, and saying less would do the writers a disservice. Me only problem is the length, in that the show is only 11 episodes long, and each movie is barely 90 minutes. I expect another movie very soon, but it still feels very incomplete at the moment. Overall this is a great anime. I love the fact that is both philosophical and upbeat (or at least relaxing). It was so fun to watch that I finished the series itself in a single night on accident. I initially just wanted to try the series out on Netflix, and could not stop watching. Highly recommended, at least a 8.5/10, if not more.