Eden of the East

Akira Takizawa wakes up naked outside the White House with no memories. He’s got a gun in one hand, a cell phone in the other, and doesn’t know if he’s a good guy or one of the worst. He doesn’t remember the phone gives him instant access to ten billion yen and a woman who can make his most outlandish requests a reality. He doesn’t recall his connection to the ongoing missile attacks terrorizing the Japanese people. Or the part he played in the sudden disappearance of 20,000 shut-ins. He doesn’t even remember he’s supposed to save Japan and will be murdered if he fails. Whatever it is he’s tangled up in, Takizawa’s definitely in deep — and that’s not even scratching the surface.

With only 11 episodes, and each one only about 23 minutes, this was easy to watch. The concept drew me in, and the characters had me hooked from the first episode. I wanted to know more about the story. I wanted to know what this guy Akira Takizawa was up to. Those 11 episodes had mystery, humor, and something big brewing underneath the entire story. Before I knew it, Season 1 was over, and I was searching for more.

Luckily, there’s two movies that follow the series: Movie 1 is called The King of Eden, and Movie 2 is called Paradise Lost. I’ll be watching both in the next few days.

★★★★☆

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