Posted: 12/20/2011

 

Eden of the East: The Complete Series

(2009)

by Ruben R. Rosario



Coming to a BD/DVD Combo pack on December 27th, 2011 from Funimation


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Kenji Kamiyama solidifies himself as a household name in Japanese anime with his latest anime series, Eden of the East. While he’s been making fantastic contributions for the past ten years, being Mamoru Oshii’s protégé and working along with him on Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Kamiyama now stands on his own and steps out of his mentor’s shadow with Eden. Set in modern day, a young man wakes up in the middle of Washington D.C., stark naked with a unique cell phone in one hand and a gun in the other. The man finds out that he was selected to be part of the Seleção, a group of 12 people given 10 Billion Yen by a mysterious benefactor named Mr. Outside. The money that they’re given is part of a game where they must use it in order to improve Japan. The man finds out one of his alias’ by the name of Akira Takizawa and decides to find out who Mr. Outside is and how he can possibly become the sole savior of Japan.

Kamiyama explored technology, digital information and the internet in his adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell TV series. With Eden of the East, Kamiyama looks more towards the usage of modern smart phones, the current outlook of modern youth’s future and new media’s effects on the world at hand. New and Social media has certainly had enormous effects on the world and how we interact with things on a daily basis. With Akira Takizawa, he creates a very likable character that chooses to use these new forms of communication, to create a responsible person that we can attach ourselves to. It is through all of these things that make Eden of the East a standout show and a work of anime that cannot be ignored. While the 11 episode show would seem short to most fans of anime, every single episode finds a way to further the plot, develop major and minor characters and deliver a fantastic story, without needless filler or other random episodes that plague most modern anime.

Funimation has done a hell of a job with this new release of Eden of the East, with the series now being collected in a BD/DVD combo pack. On the Blu-Ray side, the video is presented in a fantastic 1080p AVC encoded video track that just melts your eyes. The clarity and color palette are so clear and crisp the just make Eden of the East a joy to look at. On the Audio side, there are two Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks, the Japanese and the English dub. Both of them are just top notch and it’ll really come down to preference. Whether your in the mood to read and listen or just listen, both audio selections are just mind blowing, in terms of dynamics, voice acting, the surround mix and the music. There’s some great interviews with the crew that put Eden of the East together and it’s very informative. From Mamoru Oshii and Kenji Kamiyama’s take on the series as a whole to Chiko Umina’s take on her character designs, there’s something for everyone in terms of extras and a whole bunch of them.

Overall, if you never owned Eden of the East before, just go out and get it now. Anime series this sophisticated and well executed do not come out very often, and Eden is exactly that. Its got a dash of many genres and enough for anyone, whether your an anime fan or not, for a person to get into the show. With this many extras and it being a BD/DVD combo pack, Funimation has done an excellent job at giving anime fans exactly what they want and need out a series like this. Highly Recommended!

Ruben R. Rosario is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He’s an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.



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