This is the story of only eleven days belonging to a young man who dared to fight under the atmosphere of this country, and the girl who watches over him.
Saki Morimi, a young Japanese woman on her college graduation trip to the United States, decides to take an extra detour to Washington D.C, which she considers to be the center of the world. It is in front of the White House that she meets a mysterious yet charming young Japanese man holding a gun and a cell phone, with no memories... and completely naked
. As he manages to elude police patrols sent after him, Saki, understandably perplexed by the situation, gives him her coat for the sake of modesty, only to discover later that she had left her passport in the pocket, and must find him to get it back. She eventually runs into him again under even stranger circumstances and, in an effort to recover his memories and prove his innocence, the man (introduced as Akira Takizawa on one of his many passports) accompanies Saki back to Japan.
As the two make their transition, Japan is struck by a missile that bisects a plane in the air and explodes in downtown Tokyo, causing several casualties. The attack seems to relate to a previous event known as "Careless Monday", when ten missiles struck downtown Tokyo — somehow, without the loss of a single human life. After everything that has occurred, Akira and Saki form a strong bond and continue in search of Akira's memories together; however, the former soon realizes not is all as it seems — his cell phone carries 8.2 billion yen in the form of digital money, and can contact a mysterious female voice on the other end named Juiz, who can apparently grant any request, including bribery and assassination. She informs Akira that he is Number IX, and that, as one of the Seleção, it is his responsibility
to spend all the money and become the "saviour" of Japan. If he fails, he'll be eliminated.Eden of the East
(Higashi no Eden
) premiered in April 2009, with director Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
fame at the helm (bringing along with him Production I.G
), and character designs by Honey and Clover
's Chika Umino. The first episode had the highest ratings of any late-night anime that week, ranking #10 overall.
The series ran for eleven episodes, with two theatrical films
following, The King of Eden
in November 2009 and Paradise Lost
in March 2010. Both the series and the movies have been licensed for US release by FUNimation
. Now available on their YouTube
channel. Technically there are three
movies, a prequel movie entitled "Air Communication" met with a theatrical release just prior to King of Eden but in actuality it was nothing more than 2 hour long Recap Episode
with the characters recapping the events of the series, it didn't even get a separate release, being relegated to an extra on the King of Eden DVD.
Has nothing to do with the 1952 John Steinbeck novel East of Eden
(well, actually, they do
reference it once), nor with the RPG series Far East of Eden aka Tengai Makyou
Eden of the East provides examples of: