Eden of the East Movie I: King of Eden
I followed Eden of the East when it was first announced what seemed to be ages ago now. After devouring the series like a fat kid at a buffet, I had to settle for the future movies to learn what happened to Akira Takizawa and the rest of the gang. From the beginning to the end, this movie felt like the series in almost every aspect. You have Saki Morimi lost in a city and in life…looking for someone or something guide her purpose. Takizawa as someone he’s not and seemingly carelessly drifting through life. Then you have shady and mysterious figures with relatively unknown purpose and the rest of the crowd trying to figure out what exactly is going on. I really feel for Eden crew as they just wanna say screw this and walk away but they can’t out of concern for Saki and Takizawa as well as their own personal intrigue. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not a total rehash, rather the little differences between the start of the movie and the series makes it so powerful. Takizawa is a cultural messiah (the Air King), Saki knows what she wants (for now) and the other game players are still at it (how long will they survive?). All in all, a great opening movie for the conclusion of Eden of the East.
The only real quip I have for this movie is the brain-washing, it’s getting to be a far too convenient plot device. Want suspense? Brain wash. Want to give Takizawa a semi-new tabula rasa? Brain wash. Although the writers use it very effectively, too much of anything is rarely a good thing. So I hope they come up with an alternative. A minor thing is how much of the series hangs on Takizawa; how he will develop will make or break this series for me.
Overall, this movie reminds me of how little I really know about the full circumstances of the series and its characters. Going in I thought I understood the series/premise pretty well, but at the end I was left with more new questions than answered questions. Sadly that’s going to have to wait…
PS. Can you imagine the amount of stress and pain Saki is holding in (barely because of all the confusion) right now?