Archive for January, 2010

Eden of the East: The King of Eden

I just had the good fortune to watch in a theater the first movie for Eden of the East, The King of Eden. It continues the story from the end of the television series, and the movie starts with Saki having arrived in New York City in search of Takizawa. I might have started out dubious with how New Yorkers were driven to full panic mode because of a dinky little pistol, but it immediately made sense when an arsenal was revealed: I needn’t have worried about the animation studio suddenly losing touch with reality.

The movie had many of the elements that made up the television series, so you’ll want to watch it if you liked the television series (on the flip side, if you didn’t like the television series, then I don’t see how you could enjoy the movie). The Eden of the East people trying to figure out just what the heck is going on, Selecaos trying to outsmart each other, Saki getting dragged around confusedly, the situationally inappropriate but still amusing humor, …: these all appear in the movie. No hordes of naked guys, though.

The movie also reveals more hints about Juiz and the Selecao game, and the rate of revelation makes it feel like all the major secrets will indeed be revealed in the next movie (so it won’t feel like they come out of nowhere, or worse yet, not revealed at all). Lasting 82 minutes, The King of Eden concludes at the end of a subplot, but this time the ending is also an outright cliffhanger. Personally, I greatly enjoyed the movie, and I look forward to the next and concluding movie for Eden of the East, Paradise Lost.

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Non-plans and plans

I had previously toned down the amount of anime blogging I did because of lack of free time. Now that I have more free time, one would think that I would be blogging about anime like mad. Oddly enough, the increase in free time has only made me suspend my anime blogging for the past month. There were a lot of things that I had been putting off because of the lack of free time, and once I got some, I have been doing so many other things that I’ve been neglecting anime, much less blogging about anime. On top of that, it’s not as if I have oodles of free time, just more than I used to compared to the later months of the previous year. The anime blogging hiatus was totally unplanned, though.

Things are more under control now, so unlike my previous lack of planning, I plan to resume my anime blogging. I’ve got to write my review article for Umineko no Naku Koro ni and actually finish watching Darker than Black: Ryusei no Gemini. I also need to catch up a lot with the currently airing anime. I think I will be blogging about Dance in the Vampire Bund and Ookami Kakushi, although not with the excruciating detail I did for Umineko no Naku Koro ni. It’s not just to save time, but also because they don’t look like the sort of anime where every little thing might be a huge clue to something.

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