Eden of the East: The King of Eden
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The theatrical feature Eden of the East: The King of Eden (2009) takes place six months after the hit broadcast series ended--when Akira Takizawa vanished after liberating 20,000 NEETS (young men with No Employment, Education or Training) and saving Japan from destruction by missiles. Saki Morimi kept the "Noblesse Oblige" cell phone that identified Takizawa as Seleçao No. 9, one of 12 agents charged by the mysterious Mr. Outside with saving a faltering, apathetic Japan. She flies to New York when an old message gives her a clue to his whereabouts. Takizawa has once again had most of his memories erased, but he and Saki rekindle their relationship while outwitting threats from the remaining Seleçaos. Voice actors Jason Liebrecht and Leah Clark once again make Takizawa and Saki a singularly engaging and believable couple, even in the most improbable circumstances. As he did in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, writer-director Kenji Kamiyama uses a reference to J.D. Salinger as a key element in the plot. (This time, it's the scene in The Catcher in the Rye in which Holden Caulfield watches his sister Phoebe trying to catch the golden ring on the carousel.) The King of Eden ends halfway through the story, as Saki and Takizawa prepare to return to Japan to resolve the battle of the Seleçaos. But Kamiyama builds the suspense so skillfully, the viewer feels impatient for the release of the second feature, Paradise Lost, rather than cheated. The theme of Eden of the East, the need for young people to revitalize the spirit and economy of Japan, seems prescient in light of the reports of young Japanese volunteering in record numbers to assist in the cleanup of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Blu-ray disc (and the second DVD) contain Air Communication--the original series recut into a prequel feature (only in Japanese). (Unrated, suitable for ages 14 and older: profanity, violence, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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A must buy for those who watched the series.
Product Review: To clarify what exactly you get in this product. You get the movie King of Eden on DVD, Air Communication Film on DVD also on the same DVD are some extras. You also get King of Eden and Air Communication on Blu-Ray and the extras included on that disc. So you get 1 Blu-Ray, 2 DVDS, and the extras that come on each disc respectively. Probably one of the best values I have seen in a long time and hope to see most Blu-ray anime releases package a DVD copy with it. Also something to note is the case for this release is a DVD size case and not the thin and short Blu-ray case.
Blu-Ray: Contains King of Eden, Air Communication, and Extras
1st Dvd: Contains King of Eden
2nd Dvd: Contains Air Communication and Extras
The movie picks up six months after the end of the TV series with Saki in New York looking for Takizawa. There's very little to say without resorting to spoilers. Will Saki find Taki? Will Taki return to Japan? Were you born yesterday?
Nothing happens. Or it feels like nothing happens.
The TV series felt like a long movie. Ironically, the movie feels like a long episode. Again, the plot is so thin, I can't say anything without it being a spoiler.
The problem with series like these is that it can feel like "in for a penny, in for a pound." You already got the series, you're going to talk yourself into spending money on the movies. But, if you're one of those people that HASN'T bought the TV series, and you're waiting to see if the whole series is worth owning, this movie doesn't automatically put "Eden of the East" into the "must buy" pile. Unless "Paradise Lost" caps the series off with something great, I think Eden is going to be a middling "maybe" show.
Lastly, I have to complain about the packaging. This is a Blu-Ray, but it comes in a DVD box. So, when I stand this next to the TV series, they don't match. There's currently no option to get this in a blu-ray box. Plus, my arch-nemesis, tiny-blu-ray-menus, continue to run unabated. Who is the hawk-eyed bastard that programs these things?
I gave the series a Four. This isn't as good as the series. Three-Stars.