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DVD Review: Eden Of The East Movie 2: Paradise Lost

Fighting against a big organisation, such as your own nation’s government, must require lots of energy and support from friends and family.

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.

Akira knew nothing about himself, his past and his history. For him, it has been a kind of war that he needed to fight on his own to find out who he is and what he is fighting against. He had very little memory of his past and no clue why he was mistaken as a terrorist. Being very confused, he was determined to gain the truth of his life. It is sure that he was chosen by a mysterious man called Mr. Outside to create a better country.

There is a group of people who have also been chosen by the same Mr. Outside and they try to help Akira to find out his past. They do not know each other personally, but strangely they look familiar with each other when they cooperate together to find out the truth. That is what happens in the real world when they communicate through electric devices that people take all the communications very casually and instantly and they think the quicker response will be the best, which is not always true. In the story people get along well through the cyber communication, however, it is doubtful if it always works out the same way in real life.

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The relationship with Saki, the girl who stays with Akira all the time to support him, gives him power and motivation to pursue the truth whenever he is in a difficult situation. Supported by Saki and other colleagues, he finds out about his birth and his parents. The process is like solving a jigsaw puzzle and the truth of his past he found out made him stronger to challenge towards his future, where he might not be able to ask for anyone’s help. It is painful to watch someone trying to devote his life and sacrifice his personal life for other people’s sake.

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It could be his youth and his intelligence that give the pain to the audience as those things are what need to be used in a positive way, not in a way to ruin one great boy’s bright future. Akira puts himself in a complex political game and gets himself involved in complicated matters dealt by the politicians and Mr. Outside. However, he found a way to know more about himself and a way to move forward towards the future. Whether it is hard journey or not, Akira makes us believe that he will not give up raising the attention to the nation’s politics and keep amazing the people and nation.

(Courtesy of Manga Entertainment)

Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 21 November 2011

Certificate: 12

Running time: 133 mins

Genre: Anime

Director: Kenji Kamiyama

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami

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Alika Mochida is an Enka (Japanese blues) singer. She started singing Enka at the age of three. She studied drama in Cambrige and contemporary music in London and began working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed at many occasions such as WOMAD 2010, HYPER JAPAN, and Japan Matsuri 2009 & 2010

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