The final part of a trilogy is normally left to wrap up many of the plot lines and themes that have happened in the series. However, in a number of works there are still plot lines that aren’t fully finished.
In some cases these open-ended plot points let the viewer/reader fill in the blanks as to what they think the writer really wanted.
While this may bother many people it’s what helps make works stick out in peoples minds.
This also applies to Eden of the East.
Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost is the second and final film in the anime franchise.
After returning to Japan from their adventure in America, Saki and Akira are separated at the airport due to the fact that half of Japan has labeled Akira the terrorist behind a number of bombings.
The two branch off as Akira tries to finish Mr. Outsider’s game by securing his Juiz system. While this is happening Saki tries to locate Akira’s mother and find out more of his past and how it ties in with Mr. Outsider, the man behind the Seleção.
The film features something that the past film didn’t, a solid plot. However, there are some issues that weigh it down.
Paradise Lost has the large task of trying to make up for lost ground after the previous film did little to push the plot outside of the final 15 minutes.
This is made very clear due to the films almost break neck pace with plot development.
Characters and plot lines that are important are brought up as if the viewer knew about it the whole time. While this wouldn’t be an issue if this only happen once, this happens at least three or four times over the course of the films 92 minute running time.
While some of these can be chalked up to plot convince (i.e. oh sure I can drive a Mac Truck, I’m 20 years old why not?) others are just plan out of nowhere, and could of easily been brought up in the past film.
Despite this the plot is good enough to look past some of its flaws.
On the technical side, Paradise Lost seemingly got more of a budget. Certain scenes show off some great looking animation and great examples of shadows. Additionally characters just seem to flow a bit better in most scenes.
The voice acting is solid, as you would expect for a Funimation title as many familiar voices from the companies roster are heard all throughout the movie.
The music is again solid but not all that noticeable with the exception of the song heard near the end of the film that really helps create the right mood.
The movie all-together has a very bitter sweet feeling about it, as no one really gets what they want in the end. Sure the game is over and there is a clear winner but few are really in a position to enjoy it.
As you might imagine from my intro this film leaves the story somewhat open ended. While there is a clear idea of the direction the story would go it’s clear that series creator Kenji Kamiyama didn’t want the story to have a clear finale.
Unlike something like Inception, which just kind of left the audience with a out of place ending, Eden feels like it should end this way. Fans can compare their notes about what Akira would do after the events.
While Paradise Lost had a lot to wrap up it does it well. Despite it almost over flowing with plot and feels rushed its still a good film that finishes off a good story.
What looked like a simple romance title quickly turned into an all together solid story about power and morality in the modern era which is something that isn’t done often enough.
Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost was directed Kenji Kamiyama and produced by Production I.G. The series is licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America and Manga Entertainment in Europe.