Spring 2009 First Impressions: Eden of the East

Just some random thoughts that ran through my head as I got around to watching some of the season’s premieres. On tap? Eden of the East, another potential Production IG winner?

Things I liked:

  • The show looks great. The stylized character designs really pop against the realistic and detailed backgrounds. I also like that they’re using a pretty broad color palette.
  • English, not Engrish! The English voice actors didn’t sound like pros, but it shows that even the worst voice “acting” sounds even better than the best Engrish. I also like that they picked English speakers who sounded “American.” I’ve seen too many K-dramas that have picked some random dude, who’s most likely Russian or in some cases British, pretend to sound like an American. So kudos for the detail to attention.
  • Very nice OP/EDs. Oasis’ song fits the show really well, and I liked the animated sequence. The ED doesn’t sound as good as the OP, but I love the paper animation.
  • Plot is interesting and diverse. An apparent budding romance against a backdrop of sociopolitical intrigue.
  • DC! I’ve seen that place in person!

Things I didn’t like:

  • Does everyone have Babel Fish embedded in their brains? I didn’t like that the Americans reacted to spoken Japanese like it was nothing. Sort of takes away from the realism they established by getting English speakers in the first place.
  • Uh, johnny? Amusing, but completely ridiculous. Besides, flashing is a crime in of itself.
  • I don’t want to be the reality police, as I realize this is anime, but Saki would’ve been arrested and sent to Guantanamo for tossing coins at the White House, and Akira, who was walking naked and waving a gun, would’ve been shot dead on the spot. I’m just saying
  • Sum of the parts were underwhelming. Lots of interesting pieces, but it didn’t cohesively click for me.

Random other thoughts:

Maybe I shouldn’t have watched this late at night while I was tired. Because while I really liked certain aspects of the show – the design, the animation, the characters, the setting, the story – I didn’t walk away from it thinking “oh, that was awesome.” I can tell that it’s going to be a very unique show, and one worth keeping an eye on, but for whatever reason, I was a little underwhelmed. Perhaps I’ll be singing a different song after watching the second episode. I’ll make sure I’m wide awake for that one.

It’s a bad day to realize you’re a terrorist

3 Replies to “Spring 2009 First Impressions: Eden of the East”

  1. Whoa whoa whoa whoa real english? This is madness!

    You know everyone in the anime world is supposed to speak the same language more or less. However, it was indeed funny to see the people interacted in this anime. While the main characters spoke in japanese the locals answered in english but hey, maybe they’re bi/trilinguals 🙂

    Lesson of the day : naked people bring everyone together.

    keikakudoori’s last blog post..Spring 09 : First Impressions [batch 1] Getting a bit too unappealing, dull, and ordinary

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