Have you ever noticed how much effort I put into my season previews? Or the upcoming anime page I’m constantly updating with every new anime green-lite for production? I love to look forward to upcoming anime and try predict what will be the hit series of the future. In the 2+ years I’ve been doing this, no series has had as much obvious quality plastered all over it as Eden of the East had.
I remember when Eden was originally announced. It came with a promo picture of the Selcaou phone melting onto an apple and the plot description. At the time I only glanced at the synopsis and thought ‘sounds interesting’ until I started to do the research for the relevant season preview. It was then did the pieces start to click together. Production IG original anime project with the director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Character designer from Honey and Clover. Noitamina timeslot material (remember this was during Nodame Cantabile Paris time in that slot and it had just score the highest late-night tv rating ever for an anime. This timeslot was a big deal) and a hugely ambitious-sounding synopsis. It became more clear the more digging I did. Eden of the East was a big deal. However it wasn’t until the promo video came out that expectations reached fever pitch across anime fandom. In a season that also had FMA:B and K-ON airing, it was remarkable how much anticipation there was for this series.
So the moment in anime I would like to share with you all today is the feeling of sheer relief when the first episode aired. Everyone knew it was going to be good but with big expectation can often come that feeling of disappointment when it doesn’t exactly live up to the high standards you’ve set in your mind. The first episode of Eden was great. In fact, it was almost embarrassing how good it was. Through nothing even exceptionally fancy it dwarfed every other first episode that had aired that season. Eden of the East was going to be quality and everyone who knew anything knew that. It’s just a huge relief when it turned out to be exactly as good as I’d hoped for.