Eden of The East User Reviews

Eden of The East is an anime series in the Higashi no Eden franchise
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Fun Series with an Original Premise Despite Waiting for an Ending Reviewed by Dream on June 20, 2009. Dream has written 137 reviews. His/her last review was for Chihayafuru. 298 out of 312 users recommend his reviews. 5 out of 5 users found this review helpful.
Eden of the East was the title I greatly anticipated for the Spring 2009 anime season and while not perfect, the show was a worthwhile roller coaster ride of a plot. The premise for this series is a fun one mixing the story of uncovering Takizawa's identity and the mysterious Selecao game that he is connected with. Various hints are dropped throughout the series exploring both of these elements as Takizawa explores his lost memories making him wonder whether or not he did some questionable acts related to a terrorist attack called Careless Monday. His character was fun with some of his antics reminding me enough of Shinobu Morita from Honey and Clover. Beyond that, we do get a good sense of the personalities of many of the characters that Takizawa interacts with, including Saki and the members of Eden. Even some of the Selecao members seen in the series get at least enough depth so we understand their motivations for being involved with the game.

Now for my major issues with the series. While we get a good sense of character personalities, many of these same characters like a couple Selecao members and the Eden members lack a decent amount of background depth meaning we don't get a good sense of who they are beyond their personalities. In addition, the series was intentionally left open-ended with some unresolved plot elements which won't be addressed until the release of the upcoming Eden of the East movies that will be released in theaters later this year and the next.

In terms of visuals, Eden had slick-looking building and landscape details designed well via CG artwork and animation shown off impressively during the explanation of Careless Monday and with later events in the series. Character designs were okay, though weren't as impressive as the scenery and animation.

Overall, Eden of the East made for an intriguing title despite the flaws in its character depth and plot exploration. Still, this will just make me more anxious to check out the animated films when they eventually get released on video and can get fansubbed.
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