Slowpoke may be appropriate here, as Eden of the East has definitely made quite the splash. However, there are a lot of subtleties that I’ve been mulling over in the two or so episodes I’ve seen. In particular, Eden of the East feels very “western” – and that’s not just because of the English voice-acting. Rather, the entire series seems to allude to a sense of western political and religious institutions – very striking, coming from what is essentially a Japanese animated work. A pretension warning is probably required here before we move on, but as I always say: “It’s only pretentious until you get the references. After you get the references, it’s intelligent.”

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