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.
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