Posted by psgels on 19 June 2009 with categories: Eden of the East



Ah, there are two movies going to be released. That means three, possible four more hours for this show to tell its story (unless they pull a Death and Rebirth), which really should be enough time for this show. Overall though, this series didn’t turn out as good as I hoped it would be. My biggest issue with the show is that my favourite episode still is the first one.

Still, this episode was a pretty decent ending until the movies. There were some things I didn’t understand, though. Why did Akira feel the need to wipe his own mind again? How and why did he get all of the NEET to access the Higashi no Eden site and take pictures of Akira, protecting them from the missile attack? Why did the creators find it necessary to bring Pantsu back to life? After spending all of his money on becoming king, and getting rid of his cell phone, isn’t he supposed to die?

In any case, as it turns out the reason why Akira wiped his own memory was because he kept getting accused of being the one behind the missile attacks (because he knew that they were going to happen), and so he at one point couldn’t take the accusations anymore and decided to travel to America and mind-wipe himself. That’s totally different from the crazy Japanese terrorist that I originally believed him to be.

Overall, it’s been fun, and although I can’t say that this has been my favourite show this season I definitely enjoyed watching this. It’s a bit of a wait until the movies are released, but in the meantime I’m looking forward to see what Noitamina has in store for us next.
Rating: * (Good)
Lotsa Johnnies and a pretty nice cliff-hanger for the upcoming movies.

9 Responses

  1. Shounen A says:

    Did Juiz really wipe his memories at the end? (It at least wasn’t what Akira asked for, given that he asked for something quite different.) For all we know, Akira may have been hypnotized (by whatever center whose name I can’t remember) to believe himself the son of the emperor.

  2. Denizen says:

    What’s next in store is Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, a Bones/Kinema Citrus collaboration=. I’m certainly looking forward to it.

    On the flipside, the Noise slot is being taken over by Aoi Hana, which is by the author of Hourou Musuko – an excellent manga, if I may say so myself.

  3. Fernanda says:

    I also don´t think he wiped his memories again
    Well, since I´m a big fan of romance, I hope he didnt, or else he would forget abot Saki..

  4. cring says:

    I don’t think his memories were wiped. If he had no memories there would be no reason to slip his cellphone into Saki’s jacket pocket as to him she would have been a totally random girl he would have just met.

  5. Kem says:

    He might have erased his memories. My brother and I are debating whether or not that sound on Akira’s phone (before Akira leaves the phone in Saki’s pocket) either signify a) Akira’s memory wipe or b) the sound of him losing all his money. I think he erased his memories, but I’m not quite sure it’s safe for Akira to leave his phone w/ Saki (since the Supporter will probably come looking for him), but since Akira is gonna be the “king of the country,” I guess it’s okay.

    Oh, um Akira and the NEETs were able to protect Japan from the missiles b/c the NEETs were sending Akira via phone their best ideas on how to stop the missiles into the Eden of the East thing, and then Akira told Juiz the best idea to use.

    As for Pantsu, yeah, I’m not quite sure why they kept him alive… Maybe he has a role for the movie(s)? And maybe, just maybe, if Akira became the best Messiah and “wins the game,” he won’t be killed? Maybe.

    Haha, sorry for the long comment, but I was still hyped from watching the last episode. XD

  6. Naturax says:

    I actually think the sound of the cell phone at the end was Akira’s memories being restored. What if his memories weren’t properly erased, but simply repressed? The sound could be a trigger to bring them back.

  7. tachycore says:

    While I am a fan of this site, I grimace each time you make an incorrect interpretation of major plot points in different series. Failure to understand key points would obviously affect your scoring.

    BTW, that was a feather representing a caged bird (the computer girl) in Shangri-La, NOT A LEAF, if the cage theme wasn’t obvious enough in the climbing bars and the building!

    “Why did Akira feel the need to wipe his own mind again?”
    His final command to Juiz before handing over the phone wasn’t revealed. It’s uncertain if he actually wiped it again or had himself reprogrammed some way.

    “How and why did he get all of the NEET to access the Higashi no Eden site and take pictures of Akira, protecting them from the missile attack?”
    An incorrect interpretation. *spoiler*

    The Eden site seems to be well known among those people since it took off as a dating (and recycling?) site. He asked them to upload possible methods of countering the missles to the Eden site, then had Juiz process the responses and formulate a plan.

    “Why did the creators find it necessary to bring Pantsu back to life?”
    Might help to ask them directly. It’s plausible for him to survive, as the car didn’t appear to exceed 40 mph on impact. That’ll leave some fractures and some internal contusions but not necessarily a fatal injury.

    “After spending all of his money on becoming king, and getting rid of his cell phone, isn’t he supposed to die?”
    We never see if the transaction is actually logged. Therefore, it’s uncertain if he did spend the money (and/or how Juiz accepted and carried out his request, if she did). He doesn’t get rid of his cellphone but hands it to the girl for whatever reason. As I see it, two movies give the creators several possibilities. They can continue the story and answer some of your questions. Or (more likely), one will be used as a prequel, showing how Careless Monday occurred.

  8. ShyBlue says:

    He definitely DIDN’T wipe our his memories. There was no need to. HE was really in despair that much at that time. (unless he was despaired from learning about his past, but he should know well that if he erased his memories, it wouldn’t help him.) Plus *spoiler*

    In the commercial for the first movie, he is seen meeting and then saying “Whatcha doing?” [i think, my japanese isn't really good] to Saki in New York. If he wiped his memories, how would he be able to know her? In the commercial for the second movie, he is also talking to Saki, this time, saying, “Sorry, Saki.” So I don’t think he wiped his memories.

  9. tachycore says:

    *sigh* 3 year later, but it’s interesting to see ShyBlue’s speculation get blasted out of the water by the movie.

    Properly interpolate, and you develop a true understanding a system.

    His forgetting was the premise of the movie.

    Extrapolate, and you show your understanding of a system to be truly that of a fool.

    In ShyBlue’s case, the extrapolation AND assumption was that he DID know her, rather than any another possibility (she actively sought him out).

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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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