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.
Many things can be said about the second Eden of the East movie "Paradise Lost." The first thing that would probably be mentioned would be "underwhelming" because compared to the TV series, it is. The ending was definitely unexpected, because unlike EotE which is always so fast paced and high thought process, the end simply tells you the story is over without ending. It's a bit unclear whether this is really the end of EotE.
I'm writing this review to urge you to watch this movie regardless of whether some people on MAL told you this movie was "shit" - because it isn't. It's far
from it, and not only that but this movie also answers a lot of questions about the EotE universe.
The story has somewhat departed from it's original venture of romance, action, and global politics and degraded into just politics, but that doesn't make this movie a bad one. 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.
Art and Animation: 10/10
God, I love Production I.G. The animation is nearly the same from the original series and the first movie (as if you didn't already know) and is of course, gorgeous. There's one scene in particular though that has animation elevated on an even higher level than usually seen in EotE and that one scene is probably one of the most powerful. I won't say which one but when you'll see it, you'll know what I'm talking about.
school food punishment did the original ending to TV series and I really liked their sound, so having them do the opening and the ending made me pretty happy. The background music is also not something to leave without mention. The music can get pretty intense at times, and it definitely increases the suspense.
EotE is often criticized most harshly for it's characters. Takizawa Akira is the main subject of this movie, and you could technically say this whole series is about him, but that doesn't mean he's the only character that needs to be developed. At the very end of the series we have so many characters that haven't really been cultured into what they could have been. Saki is still just a romantically challenged girl running around Japan trying to find Takizawa, and so on. This movie introduces a couple of new characters too, the Prime Ministers wife, Takizawa's mom, the Prime Minister himself, the ball girls, and most notably Mr. Outside. Ato Saizo is the best new face in this movie. Once again, I'm not going to delve too far in because of spoilers.
Regardless of the last three or so minutes, the enjoyment of this movie for me was a ten out of ten. They really wrapped up the whole EotE story and put a couple of nice bows on it and then all of a sudden, a plot twist end that was very unnecessary came along. Albeit unhappy with this end, I'm not going to take out all my anger on this movie and call it awful. I think this movie has such a low score because like me, many others wanted to see the ending to Eden of the East. Whether this is or not, for now at least, we've reached the end of Eden.
This movie supplements us with so much information on the EotE series, it's hard to miss for fans. It keeps the original dramatic and suspenseful nature of the series without cutting any corners - it's an hour and a half of pure story. After finishing this movie, I'm glad I followed this series all the way through.
As a Higashi no Eden fan, I believe fans deserve a much better ending from writer Kenji Kamiyama. Paradise Lost went against the entire suspenseful plot of the Eden franchise in general. The mystery of the game is inexplicable. There’s no romance between the two main characters. It disappointingly concludes the Higashi no Eden series with illogical conclusions, no clarifications, and even more questions leading to cliffhangers.
*The rest of the review includes minor spoilers.*
This is no longer a dangerous game as it was portrayed to be. Mr. Outside makes an appearance, and he doesn’t fit the script of a criminal mastermind or an evil villain.
There are last minute changes to the game in the last few minutes of the movie, and it eliminates all of the seriousness that occurred throughout the series thus far. Apart from that, the game ends without revealing the Supporter and explaining anything about how Juiz operates.
As in the anime series, Takizawa ends everything with a bizarre move, and everyone wonders “What is he doing” and “Why is he doing this.” No one knows what Takizawa is thinking, and he never explains himself. Also, it ends in a goofy fashion when the series appeared to be serious.
There is no happily ever after between the two main characters. Nothing changes with Takizawa and Saki, and they spend no alone time together. While Takizawa is dealing with the drama of being the successor to the throne, Saki sets off to search for his long-lost mother. After everything’s over, Takizawa and Saki basically go their separate ways again.
At times like these, I would turn over to the adaptations for an alternative ending. Sadly, there is no manga in relation to Higashi no Eden, and the novels written by Kenji Kamiyama are the same as the TV series.
My advice is to read reviews on Higashi no Eden II: Paradise Lost before beginning the Higashi no Eden series altogether. The series starts on a good note, but the final ending is mediocre and twists the entire plot. If you already watched the series, then you may feel the need to complete it. However, don’t get your hopes up, because the dedication that you put towards the entire series will probably result in a heartbreak.
A disappointing end to what started off as a very intriguing series. I'm sure Eden loyalists will disagree with me. After the rather uneventful first movie I expected movie 2's plot to skyrocket and reach a memorable climax, Instead we have a silly plot, personally I think the plot lost all it's credibility when the selecao began to be granted rather extreme requests e.g. "make me the king of this country" it made me wonder why on earth nobody tried to ask juiz to make them king earlier on.
Takizawa seems to love wiping his memory and regaining it for no good reason other than
"he doesn't want to bear the guilt of using himself as a scapegoat". At long last the elusive Mr.Outside makes his appearance except he's extremely unimpressive, he doesn't live up to his hype at all. The possibility of Takizawa being the prime-minister's illegitimate son is explored but I won't drag on about the weak plot, I'll let you guys judge it for yourselves. One thing I will mention is that the ending is left open, that's right OPEN! After the ordeal of having to wait for 2 very stagnant movies I believe that as viewers we deserved a decisive ending. To me the ending felt like more of a make-shift conclusion to a plot that had spiraled out of control, they had to wrap it up in this movie so they ended it abruptly. Nothing gets me more worked up than when good shows are given bad endings. It's almost as bad as the disappointment I felt when playing Lost Planet 2 (a game that i still pretend doesn't exist).
The only thing I enjoyed about this movie was the very atmospheric soundtrack. The only reason this movie is getting a 7 from me is because it's riding on the success of the anime series, Part of me still wants to give it a 6! If you've seen the series there's no way you're not going to watch this so the only advice I can offer is not to go into it with very high expectations because they will be quashed.
JAP title : Higashi no Eden : Gekijouban II Paradise Lost
“It’s time to draw the curtains on this game…”
[ 3 MINUTE REVIEW ]
With this second movie, Paradise Lost, the Eden of the East franchise comes to a close. And what a ride it has been!
This movie picks up from the exact moment where the first movie finished. Akira and Saki are on a plane that’s on its way to Japan. There, they meet with the late Prime Minister’s wife and get things sorted out. Meanwhile, the other Selecao start plotting their way to victory. That’s about all I can
say without revealing any spoilers.
Right, this movie is more action packed than the previous one, in a way more different than you think, because when I say action packed, I don’t mean car chases and gun fights, I mean political action. The show FINALLY realizes the magnitude of the situation and the non-existent police come to life, which speeds things up a little. The mundane and boring side characters finally have a role to play and the quick transition from the activities of Akira and his Eden buddies are really smooth. The pacing is improved, but still inconsistent.
The plot is, by no means, unpredictable. You can see what’s coming from a mile away, but it’s still fun. The movie is exciting and the reason for this is because the viewer knows that after this 1 hour and 42 minutes, there will be no more Eden of the East. A lot of the questions left unanswered are finally dealt with. Although, the answers aren’t satisfactory, it was a relief to see that the producers had at least tried to tie up most of the loose ends.
The ending may appear ridiculous, abrupt and stupid at first glance, but after a re-watch, things become much clearer. I repeat - If you are left confused by the ending, then you MUST re-watch this movie and even bits of the first one. That being said, the ending is still not up to the mark. The producers tried to be smart by providing a classy and sophisticated ending, but they just fail pretty miserably.
The side characters themselves are as tiresome as ever, but at least this time, they have important roles to play, so they’ll keep you engaged. Saki finally shows some new emotions, but still not enough to compensate her disastrously monotonous role thus far. Akira is as eccentric as ever. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m gonna miss that crazy dude.
The animation is as gorgeous as ever. Nothing more to be said here, as fans of the original series and the prequel must be aware of the stellar animation quality.
Both, the OP and the ED, are done by SchoolFoodPunishment, which is really cool. The BGM for this movie is far better than the original series and the first movie and the music finally stands out.
Overall, a great concept, an eccentric main character, brilliant animation and a super background score are this anime’s strongholds, but poor pacing, boring side characters and an overambitious ending pull it down. But, Paradise Lost did have a more movie feel to it than its predecessor King of Eden.
This movie gets a 9 purely because it marks the end of such an innovative show (and also because I feel slightly guilty for giving the show and the first movie an 8). It goes without saying that this is a must-watch for fans of Eden of the East. This movie might not be epic and isn’t a good ending to the franchise, but it’s still watchable.
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