What They Say:
In 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.
Contains episodes 1-11 plus 2 movies.
Funimation’s been revisiting a few shows from their “dark period” where they went basic and avoided doing any big special editions or premium releases, offering fans a chance to revisit the show with a little more to it. The latest one to get this treatment is the Eden of the East property, which is made up of an eleven episode TV series and two feature films. We’ll cover those in the following pages but we want to just dig into the packaging here at the front of things as that’s what most folks are looking at about it at this point.
The premium edition set comes with a really simple but effective heavy chipboard box that’s done up in an all white wrap. There’s a simplicity to it that works really well because it has that kind of prestige element about it thanks to the silver foil mix on the main panel where we get the Selecao logo.The back cover has a really nice shot of our two leads together on the carousel horse which has a really sweet illustration style to it, providing a pop of color against the larger white background. All the details about the show are presented on the wraparound on top of the box and it covers things well, breaking down the premise, the extras and what’s included, as well as a clean technical grid. The box may not be a big oversized wow factor, but I love the clean aspect of it as it has a real appeal for me.
Within the box, we get the digipak that holds the four Blu-ray discs, two TV episode discs and two feature film discs. The front and back has some of the artwork we’d seen in previous releases and it carries through on the clean white background aspect, providing some nice continuity. As it opens up, it reveals more artwork of the same style and nature from the Japanese releases with the various groups and pairings in a really welcome way.The fully opened package has a really great look to it as it spreads out the four panels under the clear plastic disc holders with a sunset image of New York City that’s rich in detail and definitely sets the mood well.
Also in the box is a smaller white spacer box that uses the same Selecao logo on one side and a really great illustration of Takizawa on the other. Within it, we get a really great certificate of authenticity (#821 of 2,500 here!) with Gen Fukunaga’s signature. There’s a couple of cute finger puppet pieces to put together and four high-quality larger than normal postcards with some great artwork of the cast. We also get three really great in-show stickers with a Selecao logo, the scales of justice piece, and an Air King sticker. While these may not be super high end tchotchkes like some other sets, they’re really nicely done and put together while adding something special to this limited edition premium set.
Now, on to talking about the TV series, movies, and the discs themselves!