eden* is a Japanese visual novel by minori for the PC released on September 18, 2009, with a rating of everyone. Following that is an 18+ adult patch entitled eden* Plus+ Mosaic released on the same day.
In the far future, a huge mass of energy, dubbed as the "Star of Destruction" appears near Mars, and brings about the threat of human extinction as it approaches Earth. The appearance of the star caused usual atmospheric patterns and deformation of the Earth. This triggered acts of war and terrorism throughout the world, and has critically damaged the Earth. However, the true omen of disaster has yet to come.
And so there was a 100 years left. For the sake of avoiding extinction, mankind came up with a few plans. The first of which would be the Earth escape plan, to build space shuttles and invent technologies to allow them to live in space. There was, however, a flaw in that, for a human would never be able to live throughout the whole of a 100 years to oversee the project, and therefore the Felix plan was put in place, which was to create a new species of human beings through the use of gene manipulation, allowing them to have bodies that do not age and possess a high level of intelligence. The formation of a single government body, the Earth Unified Government, was setup to oversee that, and at the same time recruit an army to suppress any organizations who would oppose to the plan.
And so 99 years have passed--
There is a Felix girl who actively contributed as a member of the plan to escape Earth. Having devoted her whole life to the plan, she wishes to stay on Earth for the rest of her life, having finished her work, and certain that Humanity's existence is secured. And so one day, the Earth Unified Government Army sent a young man to the girl's side. His work there, to protect her, and also to free her from her restraints.
And so the story begins with their meeting. A little story, about a dying planet and a girl.
So I'm gonna make this one short: eden* is a masterpiece that would've deserved to become so much more popular than it did, but sadly it didn't...
Really all i have to say about this is: if you are into melancholic, bittersweet or just downright sad stories, you'll love this one. (getting SPOILER-ish here)It's the perfect example for why the ending of any story doesn't necessarily need to be bad to make it realistic, relatable or believable. And that doesn't go only for the ending, but for the entire story as a whole. Don't get me wrong, it's anything but upbeat...oh my, really, anything but that...but at the same time it's also not "in your face because we want your tears" sad or unfair. It feels right, everything that happens feels like it's just bound to have done so afterwards (which doesn't mean the story is predictable or boring in any way) and thus feels like nothing really had to be forced to make it happen by the writers. It just progresses almost by itself. Same goes for the character development. All of them just develop as the story progresses, but there's never the feeling of the story being put on hold for the sake of introducing or developing a character. They do so themselves throughout the entire story, even the ones that aren't present for extended periods of time get their fair chance of development at some point sooner or later.
It's sad to see how the works of minori often don't really get the attention they truly deserve, this one being no exception (its been so long, but naive as i am i'm still hoping for them to turn it into an anime...i mean, it worked with ef, right?)
The storywriting is exceptional in the way it merges with the character development, and even if the overall style might not be for everyone, it's undeniable that eden* is simply brilliant...
Oh, and to top that all off, it's got some awesome art as well
You know what? Go get the Visual Novel as well while you're at it. Even more amazing art, amazing storytelling and music by Tenmon just to make it all the more emotional. It's brilliant.