Eden of the East #01 — Penis Identification

April 9th, 2009


Japan’s disdain for American police is palpable.

New Season Disclaimer:

I prefer to give every show a chance. You never know when your dream-eating insect wielding Mai HiME knockoff will turn out to be a psychological romantic thriller, or the strange moeblob show will be full of wit and urine jokes. However, my preferences are still my preferences, and while I’ll endevor to at least convey why I do or do not like things, there are genres of shows that I just plain don’t particularly enjoy. My opinions are based on nothing more than a gut reaction to what I watched literally 10-15 minutes prior and should be construed as nothing more and nothing less than that.

Of course, the moment I start uploading caps, a better raw appears. Oh well, I don’t care to put in the effort.


Honestly, I’m amazed that I survived through the ultra pretentious Engrish OP. The GitS director is laying it on just a biiiiiiiiiit thick there. From there, we get dumped into an America populated by Cab Ass’n and so much CG that it makes me feel a little bit bad for reaming Bee Train for abusing it. The writing in general was a bit painful all around. There’s a naked guy waving a gun outside of the White House, a girl throwing things at it, and abandoning her luggage in front of it. I don’t think the proper response is to wander off and find more rent-a-cops. Secret Service and bomb squad… sure. Nor do I believe that some random businessman would strip off his pants to give them to a total stranger in the middle of a public street.

Your opinion on the production will largely depend on how immune you are to seeing an endless parade of prerendered buildings, cars, doors, walls, people, etc. I was rather underimpressed. Like I said, I’ve seen much better writing as well. Seriously… a cop deciding to identify a suspect by their penis? And the ID failing because of shrinkage? Are you kidding me? This is also the first time I’ve heard ‘Johnny’ used as a euphemism for one’s junk too for that matter. Not to mention Saki’s initial reaction to Akira. I’m a foreigner in a foreign country, and a naked man walks up to me waving a gun in my face after eluding the police. The proper response is not "this is so silly!" I can’t even remember the music, which I suppose makes it about an even wash.

So, in short, there was absolutely nothing that interested me here. I don’t really know what they’re building this as. Akira’s got all the makings of an amnesiatic terrorist involved in some kind of government plot which totally won’t be the same thing as Laughing Man because see the symbol is different because it has a scale instead of a smiling face uh huh totally gonna be different. This episode was more about the airheaded bint following Captain Penis around like a lost puppy anyway. I honestly don’t care enough to find out which road they’re going to beat us over the head with.

Eden of the East OP
(Ha! YouTube disabled the audio. Silliness. Oh well, not going to rip it again.)


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27 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Stupid PoopTube people… even the Quicktime trick won’t work =S

  • Necromancer says:

    Last time I checked Oasis were English rather than Engrish…ultra pretentious, probably :P

  • karasu says:

    Oasis is not from Japan aroduc D:

    and how can you stand the stupidity in basara if you can’t stand this? It’s like both shows are lulz but you can only accept the one that can’t decide whether it really is trying to be or not.

  • Aroduc says:

    Pfft, like Oasis is sensical. ^^ I was more talking about the text splashed all over the screen though. “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorese from power.” “The king has come! To lighten up our feet.” Etc. Ooookay? They can’t even get their out of context quotes right.

    And Basara knows that it’s silly. Whereas this is using dick jokes to pass the time between oooooh mysterious mind control terrorist Shakespeare plots. They’re really not comparable by the same metric any more than… say… Space Balls and Being John Malkovich.

    Essentially, Basara doesn’t need to create a believable world because every bit of it is ridiculous, while this needs one for the story to be taken seriously, and there are so many issues that it totally failed to do that for me.

    • karasu says:

      well, I’m just saying that if you can accept a complete ridiculously story, you should be able to accept a ridiculous story with a real world premise.

      At any rate, I still like it, and it’s too early for me to decide whether all the engrish and nonsense is plot-relevant, \(~_~)/

      and omg jktrix D: you’re sucha fucking genius D:

    • jiriw says:

      Well .. I keep my suspension of disbelieve a bit longer thank you very much, and see where this anime leads me.

      Ow, by the way … in a ‘close but no cigar’ kind of way …

      I was more talking about the text splashed all over the screen though. “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorese from power.”

      … and …

      terrorist Shakespeare plots

      That quote about the abuse of greatness isn’t engrish as well (although your typo may fall into that category) It’s actually from an English play* by (who’d have known) Shakespeare. To be exactly, ‘Julius Caesar’. The character quoting that line: Brutus. (You were close with those three keywords; terrorist, Shakespeare and plot.)

      *: http://books.google.nl/books?id=aMIjAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=%22The+abuse+of+greatness+is+when+it+disjoins+remorse+from+power%22&source=bl&ots=wXRLH-PPZo&sig=LPeSf6uxWq7PXOqJioRPWmqAe1E&hl=en&ei=YnHmSZfZKsXF-QabpM3KBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3#PPA34,M1

      • Aroduc says:

        Typo, nothin’. “Remorese” is how they misspell it in the OP. Not the best way to make a first impression. ^^ And yeah, I knew it was Shakespearean (although I had thought it was Merchant of Venice for some reason), but terrorists quoting Shakespeare really helps push it more into the overbloated and pretentious category than making it cerebral, at least for me.

  • Kaisos says:

    YouTube has clearly decided that Oasis is too good for human ears. How doubleplusgood.

  • Denizen says:

    lol, your willingness to insult something never fails to amuse…and then quickly bore.

    Apparently, placing text in an opening is now “pretentious”, no matter how relevant it is. In reality, it is you who are the pretentious one, for thinking you could use text in a blog – all that font, paragraphing and punctuation, it reeks of self-importance and arrogance. The same goes for Basara, thinking it could use letters for its Title Opening.

    Shameful. What is this world coming to?

  • Aroduc says:

    Yeah, I’m already feeling remorese from my abuse of disjoined power. If only somebody could lighten my feet and save me from the dark.

  • JKTrix says:

    That one event was a little too random for it to just be a simple thing like ‘I like you, so you can have my pants.’ From what they have expressly shown us, that’s what it looks like. I highly doubt it is that simple, based on things I noticed in the episode and can guess at.

    I believe the phone that ‘Akira’ carries around is important. When we see his introduction from his point of view, he gets a call when he’s in the middle of something, and all of a sudden he can’t remember what he’s doing. You’ve already alluded to Ghost in the Shell similarities–one of the things that happened often there was hacking into people’s cyberbrains to make them do stuff. So I think, seeing his attitude/actions change after receiving the phone call, that something like that happened.

    And maybe later on, he used the phone on that business man to ‘charm his pants off’.

    I’m not at all fluent in Japanese so I haven’t absorbed any of the spoken narrative. I don’t think they mentioned ‘cyberbrains’ so perhaps that phone can ‘hack’ into anyone’s brain. Amnesia man maybe wouldn’t know how to do that himself, but he was already in contact with someone who knew what was going on and could have told him to do it.

    They’re not showing us why some of this stuff is happening, and I dont’ think they’re telling us why this stuff is happening yet either. Which I guess can be pretty confusing.

    All the other stuff you mentioned though, totally agree.

  • Peanutbutter003 says:

    If Oasis is Engrish, what is English?

  • Aroduc says:

    Kenji Kamiyama is in Oasis these days? Dayum, dude gets around.

  • Anonymous says:

    Whats with all this hate just because Aroduc says he doesn’t like one particular show or another?

    It’s his opinions and he’s welcome to have them, stop taking the internet so seriously.

  • Aroduc says:

    Now now. Spite tastes delicious, especially when misdirected.

    So does Sierra Mist.

  • Yue says:

    In anime, there is a fine line between an awesome breakthrough idea and burnable garbage.

    The power balance is tipping towards the latter. ^_^

  • GreenStains says:

    They should’ve chosen a much better band than Oasis.

  • Omisyth says:

    Get your goddamned shoujo elements out of my drama.

  • Requiem says:

    The cop lets them go after the only form of identification she could do pointed out it wasn’t them.
    Akira was no longer naked and his penis size didn’t match. Oh, and no revolver.
    She was wearing different clothes.

  • Blanca-chan says:

    i don’t even care about music and even i know what band oasis is… LOSER

    PS: Oasis sings in english, not engrish you sucker

    PPS: I can’t read

  • Allo! says:


    • Nanaya says:

      Yes, scream at the blogger notorious for cynicism and sarcasm to blog a series in the wrong thread. There’s absolutely no way that can backfire.

  • Aroduc says:

    Good god, no.

  • anonymous says:

    obvious penis is obvious

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  • lolikitsune says:

    Just thought I’d point out that “remorese” isn’t a typo on anyone’s part, it’s straight from the original Shakespeare. (slowpoke.jpg)