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April 27, 2012

Anime Review: Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban II Paradise Lost

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban II Paradise Lost is the final endgame that ends the Higashi no Eden trilogy. All truths and lies are discovered and identities are revealed. What's in store for Akira and Saki this time?

Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban II Paradise LostSynopsis:
The story of political and subversive intrigue in the series finally reaches endgame. Even as the law enforcement net tightens around Saki and her fellow Eden of the East associates over alleged terrorist activities, the complex web surrounding the mysterious Mr. Outside is finally untangled as the remaining Selecao attempt to outmaneuver one another. Takizawa's memories and identity are also finally revealed including his association with a former Prime Minister and his request to be the King of Eden.

Review:
You must watch the prequels to properly understand what is going on in the film. The film cannot be directly seen as a one continuous story by itself but rather multiple episodes joined together. That said, we see Akira Takizawa finally ending the 'game' and finding who the culprit is. The story moves away from Saki and the Eden of the East server and really focuses in on who Takizawa Akira really is. The movie directly picks up where the last left off, where Ropponogi gives Takizawa a private jet and goes to meet the wife of the Prime Minister, doing so because he believes he's the Prime Ministers son. Spoiling too much would ruin the movie for you, but I can promise the suspense that builds is great and resolve is incredibly interesting.

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 both in the United States and 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.

I finally got to understand the ending of the 'game'. Higashi no Eden has been one enjoyable mysterious story from start to finish. Akira Takizawa never ceases to surprise us and how the game ends revolves what he will do next. If you are into mystery, conspiracy and action then Higashi no Eden will keep you occupied.

STORY: 8
It is the endgame finally. Higashi no Eden has been one enjoyable story from start to finish.

ART: 8
Essentially the same as the previous film.

SOUND: 9
Theme songs were nice and melodious and background ambient sounds really affected the viewing experience.

CHARACTER: 9
Finally we see who the mysterious characters are and how they played the 'game'.

ENJOYMENT: 8
Its nice to finally know everything in the end.

OVERALL: 8
Direct sequel to Higashi no Eden: Gekijouban I The king of Eden. A excellent ending to an engaging trilogy.