Ah… Eden of the East. It’s awesome.
I’m pretty sure there’s nothing I can say about this show that eight-hundred other bloggers haven’t shouted ad-nauseum already. The characters are appealing, the animation is impressive, the artwork is eye-catching, the music is awesome… I actually can’t come up with any criticisms for this show.
I really liked EotE from the get-go, but it has somehow managed to surpass my expectations even so. Part of this is due to the direction in which it is going; instead of going with a sort of thriller/action plot, which is what I expected given that Akira is apparently part of a terrorist organization, it has gone a little more quietly, giving us an intriguing look at modern Japanese society and how its youth relate to the central social structures. In particular, Saki’s job search strikes a chord, perhaps moreso in its failure thus far than it could’ve had she actually gotten employed by now. I also feel that the difficulties of gaining employment as displayed here also resonates with many people, especially of my age, given the current state of the economy.
I find EotE to be intensely intriguing. I want to know what the Selecao are all about, and I also want to see more of our disenchanted post-college graduates and their issues with society. Part of what is making that factor so interesting itself is that Japanese society is so vertical, and as such we don’t tend to get as much about how the younger set chafes against the structure(s). Of course, there is also the fact that for once the focus is on adults and NOT teenagers, something refreshing indeed.
If it weren’t for this and Pandora Hearts (total sleeper hit), I wouldn’t be liking anything I’m watching this spring.