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A thousand years into the future, a gleaming monolithic city known as "Eden" is inhabited solely by artificially intelligent robots whose former masters vanished long ago although they continue to grow agricultural produce. On a routine assignment on the surrounding farmland two maintenance robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis, questioning their belief that humans were a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

Directed by Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), produced by Japanese studio Qubic Pictures, and animated by CGCG in Taiwan, this four-episode miniseries would be released on Netflix on May 27, 2021.


Tropes found in Eden

  • Bittersweet Ending: Zero is reminded of his own humanity and Sara is able to free the humans from their pods, bringing forth a new era between humans and robots. Sara meets with the amnesiac A37 and E92 again to start again, while Zero is content with having his mind transferred to a robotic dog.
  • Cel Shading: The film is presented in this style. Unlike other modern CGI efforts that utilise this, it's animated with the traditional 24 FPS that most other CGI use.
  • Chekhov's Dog: Amongst the Harvester units collecting apples is a robotic dog carrying 3 apples. This is Emily, Liz's robotic companion and when the significance of her presence is realised, Sara and her parents follow her to the remains of Eden Zero.
  • Cryonics Failure: The potential for this drives most of the plot. The human survivors in stasis were not released when they were supposed to be, and it's only because of generous overcompensation that they're still alive at all. But that time is running out, and unless Sara can figure out the password to free them, they'll all die.
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  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of Dr. Fields' daughter, Liz, led to him wanting the destruction of humanity, as Liz's death could've been prevented had the humans in charge of Project Eden allowed Liz to be put in sooner.
  • Humongous Mecha: Both Sara and Zero fight each other with these in Episode 4 after Zero decides to eliminate the robot colony opposing him. A bit of this fight also shows up in the epilogue of the first episode.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Robots that are pro-human are to be reprogrammed. It happens to A37 and E92, and sadly, it can't be reversed.
  • Multilimbed and Dangerous: The Demolition Mech Zero pilots to destroy the settlement of human sympathic robots has 4 arms and 4 legs.
  • Raised by Robots: Sara is raised by a pair of robots named A37 and E92.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Zero and his security droids.
  • Three Laws-Compliant: The robots in the film follow these rules down to a T. The fact that Zero is an Absolute Xenophobe and attempts to kill Sara a few times during the series hints at something not quite right about him. It's also the password to open the pods containing the surviving human race.
  • The Unintelligible: Robots speak in machine language to each other, but automatically switch to human language in the presence of a human.
  • Tracking Device: It appears all robots have a tracking device as standard equipment. And they know it's there, because A37 and E92 intentionally break off their transmitter antennas so they can't be found or followed when they take Sara to a place where they suspect she can be raised safely.
  • World War Whatever: A newspaper that Zero shows from humanity's history reads of a World War VII.