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    EDEN OF THE EAST Coming to Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray

    Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray cover art for EDEN OF THE EAST, The Complete Series. Photos courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 EDEN OF THE EAST.

    Complete Series Goes on Sale October 19th Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: juiz.jp (Japan), funimation.com/edenoftheeast (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala

    Saki Morimi`s (right) average life takes a dramatic turn when she meets the amnesiac Akira Takizawa. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 EDEN OF THE EAST.

    FUNimation Entertainment will release the award-winning anime series EDEN OF THE EAST (Higashi no Eden, 2009) next month on Blu-ray and Region 1 DVD. Produced by anime studio Production I.G. (GHOST IN THE SHELL, KILL BILL VOL. 1), the show was created, written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (director of MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT and the best-selling GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX), and features character designs by manga artist Chica Umino (Honey and Clover). Originally announced for September 28th, 2010, the FUNimation DVD and Blu-ray of EDEN OF THE EAST will now street on October 19th. The 2 disc sets will each contain the complete series of 11 episodes.

    Story

    Monday, November 22, 2010...

    Morimi andTakizawa watch news reports of a terrorist attack on Tokyo. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 EDEN OF THE EAST.

    Ten missiles hit the territory of Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be known as "Careless Monday" apparently did not cause any victims and was soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Akira Takizawa wakes up naked outside the White House in Washington DC with no memories. He`s got a gun in one hand and a cell phone in the other, and he doesn`t know if he`s a good guy or one of the worst. He doesn`t remember that the phone gives him instant access to ten billion yen and a woman who can make his most outlandish requests a reality. He doesn`t recall his connection to the missile attacks against Japan, or the part he played in the sudden disappearance of 20,000 shut-ins. He doesn`t even remember he`s supposed to save Japan and will be murdered if he fails. Whatever it is he`s tangled up in, Takizawa`s definitely in deep - and that`s not even scratching the surface. Saki Morimi is a young woman visiting the United States of America on her grad trip. While standing in front of the White House, she unexpectedly gets mixed up with Takizawa. Who is Akira Takizawa? What are the secrets behind his extraordinary mobile phone? What got lost along with his vanished memory?

    DVD/Blu-ray Details

    Kuroha Diana Shiratori (right) plans to show off her cigar cutter trick. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 EDEN OF THE EAST.

    EDEN OF THE EAST, The Complete Series • Release Date: October 19, 2010 • SRP $54.98 (DVD), $59.98 (Blu-ray) • Rated TVMA • Episodes 1 - 11 on 2 discs • 275 minutes • English 5.1, Japan Stereo • English subtitles • 1.78:1 aspect ratio • Extras TV spot Promotional video Interview with the director Kenji Kamiyama and original character designer Chica Umino Interview with Japanese cast members Ryohei Kimura (Akira Takizawa) and Saori Hayami (Saki Morimi) Textless closing song Trailers • Item Code: FN-08840 • UPC Code: 704400088407

    About FUNimation Entertainment

    FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit funimation.com.

    Key promotional art for EDEN OF THE EAST. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 EDEN OF THE EAST.

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