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.

By Shounen A

伝説の少年A. The Legendary Boy A. The counterpart of Konata Izumi from Lucky Star, he is an otaku of legendary reputation whose tastes foretell the rise and fall of anime series. Or not.