Eden of the East

Studio: Production I.G    Genre: Mystery/RomCom?
Aired: Spring 2009    Length: 11 Episodes
Weeaboo Average Score: N/A  (0 ratings)

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The untold story of Morita's trip to America

Posted by: Shere @ 2009-04-11 16:27:02

Production I.G. has been in just a small slump as of late. It's not that they have been making bad shows, it's that they made such a good show (Ghost in the Shell) that they've had a hard time making something as good. The last show of theirs I attempted to watch was Real Drive, and it didn't really go anywhere. This time around they are attempting something a little different. Eden of the East is an anime-original story about a naked man with no memories and a weird looking cell phone.

For those of you who are fans of Honey and Clover, something about this show may seem familiar. They share character designers, and it's extremely obvious. One of the main characters, Akira Takizawa, even loosely resembles Morita. For those of you who don't know, or might not remember, Morita was a bit of a mystery in Honey and Clover. He would disappear for months at a time and return with giant wads of cash. This has, of course, led people to call this show things like the title of this review. There's no real connection, I just thought I should explain that.

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The first episode is interesting. We're introduced to the girl, Saki Morimi, as she stands out front of the White House fence. For some reason or another, she throws a coin over the fence, which prompts some cops to start questioning her. Of course, our mysterious naked man with a gun shows up to help her. The cops go to chase him, but he gives them the slip. Saki stares at his penis for a bit, then lends him her jacket. He goes running off to go figure out who the fuck he is. All is well and good until she realizes she left her passport in the pocket of the jacket, so she goes chasing after the now half-naked Morita look-alike. Long story short, they wind up traveling together.

As always with Production IG, the show looks incredible. The Honey and Clover-esque character designs are a bit different, but I like them. CG is used rather liberally throughout the episode, specifically for things like cars and buildings. Since it's set in Washington D.C. everyone aside from the main characters speaks English. I mean it, they must have found English voice actors to do it because it even sounds vaguely authentic, if not quite a bit dumbed down (There's no Japanese subs for the English). The opening is done by Oasis, an english band, which caught me rather off guard. I can't say I remember the ED, but overall I found nothing to fault about this show.

First Impression: 9.5/10
Verdict: Not that my arbitrary number matters, but I couldn't give it a 10 because I don't know what this show is about yet. The first episode is strictly introduction. You should be watching this, though. It has EVERYTHING going for it.