Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Eden of the East: Paradise Lost (English)

With June quickly coming to a close, it’s time to finish off the rest of the Eden of the East series with the second and final film: Paradise Lost.

Eden of the East: Paradise Lost is a 92 minute film blah blah blah. It’s from Production I.G. blah blah blah. Was released on March 13, 2010 blah blah blah. It’s currently licensed by FUNimation blah blah blah. Ok, moving on.

The story of political and subversive intrigue in the series finally reaches endgame. Even as the law enforcement net tightens around Saki and her fellow Eden of the East associates over alleged terrorist activities, the complex web surrounding the mysterious Mr. Outside is finally untangled as the remaining Selecao attempt to outmaneuver one another. Takizawa's memories and identity are also finally revealed including his association with a former Prime Minister and his request to be the King of Eden.

Alright, I’m going to save you the trouble of repeating myself for a third time in regards to animation, so..... It’s solid. Moving on.

The story certainly makes the series come to a complete end, leaving almost no loose ends. I say almost cause there is one loose end that kinda makes me a little mad. I don’t want to spoil anything, but how did Takizawa not lose his memory this time? Seriously? Oh! And why did you have to put a “Johnny” bit into the first five minutes of this movie?

The characters don’t change all that much. But you do meet some new ones along the way like the former Prime Minster’s wife and a few others. Aside from that.... Not much else really.

Dub is solid. Same voice actors for all the major roles we have been seeing. And some good ones for some new characters. Colleen Clikenbeard, Shelly Calene-Black, and Grant James join the cast for Paradise Lost as Asako Morimi, Mrs. Inima and Mr. Outside respectively. The dub is still solid, not much problems with it.

Alright... I know that this review has become really really short so far, but here’s where it all comes to an end. As an entire series (TV and Movies), Eden of the East is a very solid series with it’s flaws, but only few and far between. It takes a unique and basic idea and turns it into a realistic kind of setting with everything on the line (plus awesome looking phones). It combines mystery with bits of psychological and some action well enough to find a balance between all aspects. Granted, not everything can be mixed in well (like the running “Johnny” gag played in the TV Series), but the majority of is solid. Overall, Eden of the East is amazing! Not perfect, but amazing.

In the end, Eden of the East: Paradise Lost makes the series come to a, mostly, well thought out conclusion. It has it’s moments where explanation is missing and comedy that isn’t really needed, but it doesn’t leave you with a lot of open ended questions (I only had one). The series itself is not one to pass up. Check it out if you have time and if this might interest you. I swear, once you get past the “Johnny” gags it’s a good show.

Sorry for the kinda lazy review. Figured, since I said most of the information in the last review, I save you and I the trouble of repeating. I promise the next one will be a complete manservice buffet. So, until then, otaku on my friends.

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