What is Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost all about?
Paradise Lost continues right after the first film in which Saki and Akira travel to Japan to stop Akira from becoming King of Japan. For some reason, the group, Eden of the East wants to stop Akira from becoming the King of Japan and Akira agrees but when he reaches Japan, different things happen. Akira WANTS to be King of Japan and Juiz does that by implicating that Akira is the illegitimate son of the current dying prime minister. So, he will not become King of Japan but rather, a prime minister which is the closest he can get to since Japan already has an Emperor. Throughout the movie, people are trying to find out beginnings. Saki tries to find Akira’s mother, Eden of the East tries to end the game and one member of it, Hirasawa even finds out how the game started by meeting Mr. Outside, or Ato Saizo who is in fact, very much alive and is a taxi driver. Ato Saizo is the man who gave the Selecao money and phone and also the one who chose the Selecao by choosing people who rode his cab.
What did you think of the film?
Well, it feels like an origin film rather than a final film. Everyone wants to know the beginning in order for the game to end. There is nothing wrong there though because finally, questions are beginning to get answers, despite the answers being somewhat ridiculous. But then again, this is a film whose original series started with a naked man at the White House. But to me, the ending sucked. It feels no more conclusive than the series. Perhaps this is because I have seen to many episodes of Lost that I want everything to be answered and to have an event after that. But seriously, ending the game saying everyone has won and wiping out their memory and that’s it? What’s the prize? For an anime movie, I expected more.
What is Eden of the East Movie I: King of Eden all about?
This film continues right after the anime series that had eleven episodes. Akira had saved Japan from another missile attack and told Juiz, the mysterious robot voice on the Selecao phone that he wanted to be King of Japan. It turns out, becoming King of Japan is harder than it seems like. Till now, all the Selecao’s demand seem easily fulfilled but in truth, there is a lot to the process. And unluckily for Akira, one of the process of becoming King of Japan is amnesia, once again. So again, it starts exactly like the series with Akira losing his memory. He may lose his memory but all over Japan, people know Akira as Air King, the man who posed who saved Japan. Meanwhile, Akira is in America and Saki, so desperately misses him that she travels there under threats from other Selecao to find him. Its the anime series all over again!
What did you think of the film?
I personally liked it. After watching the anime series, it was refreshing to know that there is a continuation to it. However, it was short. That was one of the things I did not like about the film. But perhaps it was understandable. The director seperated the story into arcs and this film just told another arc in which Saki searches for Akira. The second movie is the one to watch for. That is the movie that will really interest fans.