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
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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