I want my own Juiz too….

The King of Eden

Wow, Juiz #6 totally stole the show for me. She talks back to No.6 in the way that frustrated secretaries deal with their boss’ mad requests. I sure did not expect them to be this…. human too!

Now I wish I could have my own Juiz too. Screw the 10 billion yen.

So finally, King of Eden is out and I watched it after having to refresh myself of the series by rewatching it again (herp derp).

The ending of EotE was pretty damn abrupt and the movie starts in the same way, jumping forward half a year with Saki in New York looking for Takizawa. Since subs are out and all, I’ll skip giving a summary and go directly to my thoughts.

In my opinion, King of Eden was really a “bridge” movie, by virtue of being in the “middle-of-the-trilogy”. I still don’t get why Takizawa’s sooooo abusing the amnesia trope, since all it just seems to do is to overly complicate things for himself and others. Thankfully, his pure natural charisma more than makes up for him and I didn’t really find him feeling all that different from the Takizawa in the series. Poor Saki though, going through all that hardship to finally get him back.

As for the other selecao, No. 6 is depicted as the antagonist most of the movie, but he really is pretty harmless and idiotic. No.2 finally starts his own plan in motion, while No. 10 went crazy and broke his own phone. Kuroha is the still the best though, too bad she doesn’t get too much screentime.

Juiz’s real form is finally unveiled in the form of cylindrical containers that seems to have been roaming around the highways of Japan. I only hope they weren’t doing it for the past half year or something, because that is actually pretty damn crazy to think about. It’s also apparently 12 different AI units that are supposedly initialized from the same codebase, but will learn to adapt to it’s user, which means that each Juiz eventually becomes uniquely tied to its owner. Admittedly, there was hints of such in the series but the movie really makes it explicit. Unfortunately, No.1 blows up No.12, 2 and 11′s trailers in the movie :(.

I guess one of the problems of being in the middle, is that it’s always hard to give it an objective rating. The movie begins and ends abruptly with mainly plot development but not much resolution. Good for the character building though. Well anyways, I guess now we’ll all have to wait for a few more months before the blu-rays come out for Paradise Lost and I hope to get a proper resolution to this intriguing series!

4 Comments

  1. Ushee Said,

    April 10, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    I loved how Takizawa’s Juiz seemed so happy to hear from him after so long

    It’s such a shame Kuroha’s had to essentially kill itself >:

  2. Beruchi Said,

    April 10, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    When the first of three trucks explodes, aren’t the folllowing trucks supposed to crush?
    And Takizawa didn’t intentionally decided to erase his memories the second time, this was just a decision of Juiz according to accomplish “Make me a king.”
    By the way, you didn’t seem to notice, its the sound from the cellphone that erases his memories (first time appearance episode1 while he approuches Saki from his own point of view at the White House, second and last time episode11 at the end of the call to make him a king)

  3. Joojoobees Said,

    April 10, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Eagerly awaiting the next installment. I agree that the second brain wipe seems to add narrative overhead whose purpose or utility eludes me.

  4. Kevin Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    Thanks for the clarification; I wasn’t quite sure what those trucks with the containers were after watching the movie.

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