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April 26, 2012

Anime Review: Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of Eden

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of Eden is the sequel to Higashi no Eden as it continues the story where it last stopped. The mystery deepens as Akira discovers more truths about the game he has found himself in.

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The King of EdenSynopsis:
The intrigue goes international in The King of Eden, a feature-length conspiracy thriller that continues the action of Eden of the East. The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose.

Takizawa prevented Japan's destruction - and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final move. Some of them would prefer Takizawa dead and out of the way. Some might even be willing to help him achieve his goals. Unfortunately, some are prepared to destroy everything if it means claiming checkmate in Mr. Outside's puzzling game.

Review:
Akira Takizawa is back with more mysteries and action to keep the audience satisfied. Continuing from the last series, we take a further look into the 'game' and its hidden secrets. Asdyou have watched the first series, you will understand what I mean. The 'game' refers to 12 chosen individuals tasked to save Japan from it's financial or economic struggles. Hence, these individuals are given 10 billion to spend on whatever they like, however, there are rules which must be followed. If any rule is broken, the individual would be killed off instantly. With such a competition, Akira Takizawa must protect himself and Saki from harm. The story once again is engaging, action-packed and full of mysteries. You must have watched Higashi no Eden to properly understand and enjoy this film.

The art is pretty much the same as its predecessor. The characters all look the same and the detail in buildings and environments are just great. Nothing much to add here except that the anime is now situated in the United States and not in Japan. The change of scenery and people is evident from the artwork.

Character voice acting is essentially the same. The theme songs were captivating and appropriate for the anime's theme.

More characters are introduced as the story progresses. More of the Selecao individuals are revealed and more truths are discovered.

I enjoyed this sequel as it continued the story from Higashi no Eden since it had a cliffhanger ending. I finally saw how the 'game' progressed to its final stages which will be revealed in the next review of the second film of Higashi no Eden.

STORY: 8
Continuing from Higashi no Eden, you are expected to remember and know what happened to fully comprehend this film.

ART: 8
Essentially the same as before with some additional CGI touches.

SOUND: 8
Same voice acting and appropriate theme songs.

CHARACTER: 8
More characters are revealed.

ENJOYMENT: 8
It was nice to see Akira back to save the day.

OVERALL: 8
Direct sequel to Higashi no Eden. Nothing to add and nothing to complain about. It's essentially the same.