On November 22, 2010, Japan was hit by missile strikes, a terrorist act that fortunately did not harm anyone, becoming known as “Careless Monday.” Quickly forgotten, society goes on about their lives as normal. During her graduation trip to America three months later, friendly college student Saki Morimi’s life is forever changed when she finds herself saved from unexpected trouble by Akira Takizawa. Takizawa is cheerful, but odd in many ways—he is stark naked and suffers from amnesia, believing himself to be a terrorist. In addition, he possesses a strange cell phone loaded with 8.2 billion yen in digital cash. Despite Takizawa’s suspicious traits, Saki quickly befriends the enigmatic young man. However, unbeknownst to her, this is the beginning of a thrilling death game involving money, cell phones, and the salvation of the world. Higashi no Eden chronicles Saki’s struggle to unravel the mysteries behind her savior, while Takizawa himself battles other individuals armed with similar cell phones and returning memories which reveal his possible connection to the event from months ago. – My Anime List
Based on 25 review scores:
Eden of the East is a slow-burning drama with strong character development, beautiful graphics and excellent character design. It’s rare that an anime television series reaches this level of quality, but when it does, it’s a true accomplishment.
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Universal appeal is not a term to be bandied about lightly. But Eden of the East has it. Male or female; child (not that they should be watching, there’s some gory stuff in here) or adult; fresh-faced anime noob or battle-scarred veteran of decades of disappointments—anyone can enjoy Eden, and probably will. Even Mamoru Oshii liked it. Yeah, it’s a letdown that Funimation could only license the opening theme for a single episode and, yeah, the Platonist turn it takes at the very end is a little lame, but those are the granddaddy and grandmommy of useless, nit-picking criticisms. This is quite possibly the year’s only truly great anime. So get watching.
Eden Of The East isn’t the oldest series out there but it can be defined as a ‘classic’. Good storytelling through with the Careless Monday situation, combined with a likeable yet flawed lead character in Takizawa, a group of characters he befriends who help him with Saki and co, complicated potential villains who have more to them than they appear, the interesting mix of animation styles but research done (especially with the American scenes and movie references), the effort here is phenomenal and I still love this series with all my heart. Highly recommended.
It’s just a great show, probably the best dramatic anime I’ve watched in the last year.
The Anime Review
Eden of the East is a good show that strove to be great and almost made it. I’d watch it again with ease. I’m looking forward to the movies. I’m intrigued to know where this will go and what happens next between Akira and Saki. Could it have been tighter in its plotting and smarter in its choices? Yep, absolutely. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a better political action/techno summer-movie-style thriller in the anime realm. Throw on some popcorn and enjoy.
The Nihon Review
Production I.G set a standard in Eden of the East one wishes all anime would have. It is this level of quality that drives fans to watch anime in the first place. It combines flawless visuals, great music, interesting but likable characters into a fast paced, gripping plot – which steps out of a high school setting for once, thank God. If you’ve never given anime an inkling of thought, Eden of the East could be what makes you double take the next time you walk past its usually empty DVD isle.
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I recommend this anime to both mystery fans and anyone who is intrigued by revolutionary and thought provoking concepts. It’s a series made with a lot of people in mind, and I highly recommend it.
‘Eden of the East’ is must-have anime and this set pulls all of its constituent parts in to one place, all nicely transferred to blu-ray. It must surely be the ideal way to get your hands on it. I suspect that it’s the kind of anime that rewards a re-watch too. It was certainly a huge amount of fun first time round. Fantastic stuff!
Eden of the East is a unique brand of anime that grabs you and doesn’t let go. The characters, story, and world are captivating, and the mystery that’s built up around them has a way of keeping you tuned in until the end. Know that you’re signing up for a dialogue drive drama, rather than a fan-service packed action-fest and you shouldn’t be disappointed. I was hooked from the moment I started watching it and due to that I’m going with a high recommendation.
I find this a very difficult anime to recommend without caveats. Objectively, I recognise Eden of the East’s great achievements; brandishing an arsenal of treats, including an innovative mystery that doubles as social commentary and Akira’s magnetic characterisation, it will exceed expectations on first impressions. On the other hand, I feel underwhelmed by the experience. Somehow, the show misses its mark, becoming a rambling setup for the anticipated movies with convoluted themes and tenuous explanations. Nonetheless, the fact remains – for a fresh and nail-biting reinterpretation of the mystery genre (even if short-lived), Eden of the East rivals the monumental favourites on the market to date.
Eden of the East is a series that is not without its flaws, but succeeds resoundingly so in spite of them. This is one of Production I.G’s best series to date and deserves a place in any anime fans collection. If there was any release of this series to own it is definitely Eden of the East: Complete Collection from Madman Entertainment. This is one mystery that isn’t too hard to solve, you should be watching Eden of the East.
The Forgotten Lair
The beginning of this series had a fun and mysterious feel to it, however there was this looming fear of a disappointing ending. Either I’ve watched way too many Anime or the plot was simply too predictable. The “villains” of the story lacked clear reasoning and personality, making their master plan sound pretentious and ridiculous. Or perhaps it’s just the fact that there were no consequences to actions that actually mattered. Either way, the story had potential but ended with just a spiel of nonsense in the attempt to sound philosophical.
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Overall Higashi no Eden proves to be a very enjoyable and entertaining anime which brings some rather unique and interesting plot that will be able to keep your interest from its unique 11 episode run. However because the series itself is not complete without the movies, the ending might feel a little underwhelming to some. Regardless, this anime surpassed my expectations and its a fantastic show to those looking a solid plot, likeable characters, beautiful visuals, and enjoyable music. I highly recommend people try this anime out, I dont think you will be disappointed.
A few minor gripes aside, Eden of the East is a great show. I really wish I could give it five stars, but I can’t. The flaws, as minor as they are, add up to subtract an entire star from the series in my book (Osugi, stupid “humorous” bits, awkward character designs). Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I enjoyed this series immensely. Few anime these days are produced exclusively for television, and it’s nice to see original, good material like Eden of the East to help rekindle why I got into watching anime over 10 years ago in the first place.
Fiction Is Like A Box Of Chocolates
A great anime, but has flaws that can’t be ignored.
Beta Is Dead
I LOVE Eden of the East. Out of all the shows I’ve watched this year this is probably my second favorite. Extremely entertaining with its humorous tone combined with the mystery it stands above most of its peers. The only reason I’m not giving it a perfect score was that I was so disappointed that the ending wasn’t as awesome as the rest of the series and was sort of a letdown for me (Though that may change depending on the quality of the sequel). That is my own personal baggage though: from an artistic stand point this show is the most well done and compelling anime I’ve reviewed. If you’re an anime fan in any capacity and you haven’t seen it yet then get off your ass and find a copy because this one of t most worthy shows for you shelf you’ll ever find.
Overall Eden of The East is wasted potential that while not ALL bad is just not a good experience as a whole.
This was one of the most engrossing series I’ve watched in a while; I certainly plan to get the DVDs when they are released here. The only real flaw was that it ended so soon and several mysteries remain unsolved; these will presumably be dealt with in the two feature films that follow; I hope they get released here too. The animation was really good for a TV series and the character design was most appealing; reminding me of Studio Ghibli characters. While this was a mystery there was also plenty of humour such as the computer hacker who is rumoured to have become a recluse when his only pair of trousers blew away, there are also one or two wince- inducing moments involving a serial killer who uses a cigar cutter in a particularly nasty way on her male victims! Don’t worry though we don’t actually see the deed. I’d certainly recommend this series.
You’re going to have to overlook a lot of things if you want to enjoy Eden of The East, and with its excellent start this is a show that will build up your expectations only to smash them down. The first season is unfinished and the two films should have been a second season with a better plot. You’ll have to decide for yourself if the good outweighs the bad, but don’t expect much from the show’s later half.
In summary, although suffering from a slight pacing issue, and the lack of a memorable music track. Eden of the East is a good mystery, thriller, which touches on some real-world topics and deals with them nicely, while also keeping in-line with its main theme of if you had this much money what would you do. I do recommend picking up Eden of the East, as even 8 years down line it does still hold up well to new shows and the characters are quite relatable.
The series really deserved more episodes to explore every inch of this fascinating game. Perhaps they wanted to use the budget to impress with the visual style, but I’d take interesting characters and menacing death game over the best backgrounds I’ve ever seen in an anime any day. In the end, Eden of the East frustrates me because I really really wanted to enjoy it. I guess I can read the Bourne books instead…
So, is Eden of the East worth watching? Yes. For all the shortcoming in the characters, and the untapped potential of the plot, it can’t be denied that Eden of the East is a very intriguing anime. It might be mostly because of the strong start, but there was never one time I wanted to stop watching and not learn what would happen next, even as I checked off boxes on my clipboard of cynicism. And as much as I complained about the characters, it’s not that I don’t like them as much as I just recognize they aren’t that good as characters, which bring us back to the old Complexity vs. Likability argument. So here’s my big statement for the show, which will hopefully convince you to watch it despite all these problems I’ve listed. It’s not so much that Eden of the East is a bad anime, as much as it could have been so much better. There are worse problems to have.
Through Alien Eyes
I liked the concepts, and certain parts! But, it just seems like a lot of wasted ideas. And I just don’t think terrorism is a joke. It could’ve been so much more than what it aims for, but the message seems to be take the 10 billion yen and don’t ask questions. The terrorism angle drew me in, but it deals with it far too whimsically!