Sunday, July 12, 2009

Anime — Eden of the East

Eden of the East starts like The Bourne Identity, revels in western cinema, detours into strange places, and ends like the very beginning says it will. Oh, and it's about Japan's NEET problem.

Saki is on a post-graduation trip to America, the spring after next, some weeks after a missile attack on Japan, dubbed "Careless Monday" by the media. While she's throwing something at the White House, the cops are distracted by the arrival of this naked guy wandering around a chilly Washington DC...

While Akira tries to figure out how he came to be standing there, amnesiac, with just a gun and a cellphone (with 8 billion yen on account, and a concierge who will spend the money at his request and keep on encouraging him to be a Messiah), there are other players in the game. And 20,000 missing NEETs in Japan. And a few more, who, on the other side of the Pacific, would not be NEETs at all, but founders of their own start-up (LOL, Japan).

Not quite a romance, not quite a thriller -- though with a cinematic spectacular of a climax -- this slightly flawed bit of Japanese introspection is still a fun watch. And I wonder how long the reworking of the old slang term Johnson will reverberate around anime circles.

Oh, and all those enigmatic pieces of text in the OP... Here they are:

Eden of the East

Careless Monday

I saw you in Heaven and heard of your glory

You saved our world from the fallen angel

Selecao

Careless

I saw Messiah standing

Standing before me with no words
Nothing but "Hope"

When we lost dread, a Demon was laughing

Eden of the East

But now you are showing us wonder

Giving your love

I've got to know
you're the one
The only one
reveals the world

Eden of the East

With awe, down on my knees again
I've got to know you're the one
The only one reveals the world

Eden of the East

I saw you in Heaven
and heard of your glory
You saved our world from the fallen angels
I saw Messiah standing
Standing before me with no words
Nothing but "Hope"
When we lost dread, a Demon was laughing 
But now you are showing us wonder
Giving your love
With awe, down on my knees again
I've got to know you're the one
The only one reveals the world

The abuse of greatness
is when
it disjoins remorese
from power

Mail
Own date
Media tool
Appli
Camera
Phone book
Iseg
Music
Service
Setting

Noblesse

You've got mail

Calling

Talking

noblesse oblige

10 Billion Charged

noblesse oblige

The King has come!
To lighten up our feet

The King has come!
With justice till the end

The King has come!
To save us from the dark
Who could ever doubt? We have faith

You've got mail

Calling

The abuse of greatness
is when
it disjoins remorse
from power

Juiz

Selecao system
12 persons selected in Japan

GAME

Mr. Outside

Eden

Let me walk with you when I'm lost in the wild
I know you always lead me to another Eden
Let me bless your name, O Lord, O Lord
Your words will never fade away
Since we believe you're the light on earth
Reveals the world

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