Posted by psgels on 12 June 2009 with categories: Eden of the East



Okay, so I was wrong in last week’s impression: this episode of Eden of the East was definitely an excellent one and a step above the previous episodes about Pantsu. This episode explained a lot, and I have to admit that these revelations were well worth it. Mr Outside was nowhere near the evil overlord I thought him to be, Mononobe didn’t turn out to have the motives of simply destroying the world. It turns out that this show really likes to use red herrings.

So as it turns out, Mr Outside was a rich businessman called Ato Saizo (har har har), who himself had a part in reconstructing Japan after the second World War. He then however started to wonder whether the society he helped to create was the right one, and so whimsically created Juiz and enslaved 12 people apparently against their will in his quest to improve Japan. Mononobe and another Selecao we meet in this episode simply want to escape this plan, and the only way to do so seems to be to win the game. Apparently it involves sending a whole bunch of missiles to Japan. The only one I didn’t like was Number 10. He really was an emo kid who hates the world and therefore decides to blow it up. I’m glad that he’s going to die soon.

Juiz turns out to be an AI, probably modelled after Ato Saizo’s secretary. Ato may be dead right now, but the real Juiz seems to be working behind the scenes, and she probably is the one who maintains the AI Juiz. In the meantime, it also turns out that number 12 is either the supporter, or another Selecao who doesn’t agree with Mononobe, and something tells me that he’s going to be the main villain of this series once the movie starts.

There’s one part I didn’t quite get though: what was up with the boat-load of NEETs that suddenly returned on the ship? Wasn’t one of those NEET shown as he managed to become active in the society again? Why is the rest of them still naked and captured? Didn’t they get the chance to pick up their lives or something?

Rating: ** (Excellent)
Finally some answers, and satisfying answers they are.

11 Responses

  1. Machi says:

    Hm isn’t next week the last episode D:… Hopefully it concludes well, conclusions are always so tricky even moreso ones that are planned to be continued.

  2. Shounen A says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Mononobe was totally duped into believing a red herring: the whole Ato Saizo thing sounds too fitting that it may well be a trap for someone too clever for his own good.

  3. Erias says:

    Wohoo! This is going to be great.

    Can’t wait the next episode and is it known when the movie is going to be released?

    Thanks for blogging again.

  4. Shounen A says:

    Funny request by Akira to Juiz at the end of the preview (which is almost entirely scenes from this episode): “Can you make me king of this country?”

    Could he even afford it, and more importantly, is it even useful in any way in a constitutional monarchy? :D

  5. adjustBOX says:

    Maybe Number 12 is actually Akira and he’s been using another Selecao’s phone all along (probably hacked the fingerprint verification).

  6. Loba says:

    I’m guessing all the NEETs went to different countries and got shipped back at different time or perhaps that random guy on the street was a rare one who managed to work his way out of the hellhole.

  7. UmbrellaMan says:

    I liked how they finally answered why they used portuguese. It always seemed a bit random (still is really…), but Ato Saizo loved Brazillian soccer. Also, it appeared that number 12 has not used his phone prior to moving Juiz to a hidden location. I wonder how that will affect No. 1’s plans to basically blow up Japan. The revelation that Juiz was a computer didn’t come as a surprise at all. First, her voice sounded a bit automated. Plus, what else could pull off all of that? It kinda reminded me of Eagle Eye.

    This seems like a show worth a rewatching. I have a hard time remembering who is which number and so forth. I feel like I need a guide. Thank god for Wiki.

  8. c-ron says:

    Juiz means judge in portuguese

  9. Machi says:

    The cheap guy who hasn’t spent a dime on his phone seems to be the most suspicious… By the fact that its clearly one of the most obvious violations of the game makes me wonder if perhaps he’s the supporter? It would make sense considering as noted the supporter does seem to be pretty lax considering the stuff people have been able to get away with. In any case his statement really strikes as odd, I wonder why none of the other Selecao didn’t find that suspicious or out of place in the least.

  10. kokutou says:

    Story is coming together. Great cliffhanger.

    I wonder what’s going to happen to that computer that was left on the table. Will it deface the whole plan by telling the NEETs what’s going to happen as well as what has already happened? Who knows.

  11. LK says:

    Ah, of course c-ron. Thank you for a big piece of the puzzle.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.

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