Eden of the East is a series that has been on my radar from quite some time. With a big name like Kenji Kamiyama, director of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, it had gained quite a following even prior to its release. Frankly, though, while Ghost in the Shell was a decent series, it never really did a whole lot for me personally. As such, I didn’t really too high of expectations for the series going into it. Even after catching a four-episode glimpse into the series at this year’s Anime Expo didn’t seem to do a whole lot for me. Though, in retrospect, I think most of it had to do more with the viewing atmosphere (usually consisting of bad seats and a less-than-stellar sound system) than the actual series. But after watching the whole set, not only did I find Eden of the East to be a more-than-passable series, but a show that may very well by my favorite of the year. When starting an anime series I plan on reviewing, I’m the kind of person who plans the number of episodes needed to watch per day to get the review done on time. With Eden of the East I had planned on watching two episodes per day so that I could finish in about five days. That plan went out the window the second I started it. Right from the get-go, the show sucked me in with its likable characters, intriguing plot, and its unique and pretty art style. I found myself unable to stop, and before I knew it, I had finished the complete set, in spite of my usual practice of pacing myself. That was when I realized that I had stumbled upon quite the gem. The premise itself is interesting enough: A man, Akira Takizawa in this case, wakes up completely naked in front of the White House, and all he has on him is a gun and a cell phone loaded with over 8 billion yen. To top it off he has no real memory of who he is, or what he’s even doing at the White House. There he meets Saki Morimi, a young Japanese woman who came to Washington D.C. after breaking off from her friends during vacation. One event leads to another, and the two catch a plane back to Japan together, where Akira determines he will find all the answers he needs about his mysterious past.