THE GREATEST ANIME OF THE SPRING SEASON HANDS DOWN Eden of the East’s opening garnered some attention because of its pretty lights, use of Oasis and text scrawled all over the place. I for one loved it the 1st, 5th and 20th times I watched it, but when I actually paused the video to read what the text says I found myself slightly disappointed, mostly because it wasn’t philosophical phrases. I love seeing philosophical phrases in OPs because it gives me things to puzzle over about the relation of said jargon to the messages conveyed in the show (like in Serial Experiments Lain). Then again, from the first episode of Eden of the East (as well as a host of other factors) I doubt it’s going to be as confounding as Lain, so I probably shouldn’t expect much in that respect.
What can be said is that there are layes upon layers of references and hints towards the series plot and progression. It’s all good in theory and does work well with phrases such as “10 Billion Charged” and “Selecao” appearing now and again (as by Episode 3 we see their relevance to the story) but the Engrish religious phrases just come off as awkward and kind of pretentious. For me, I doubt that this would be the case if the religious parts were better translated. Of course, even they have important meaning in the story (i.e “messiah”) and I’m almost certain that as the series progresses I’ll come to appreciate the text more (love the name Mr. Outside, must know importance!) but for now I’ll remain skeptical.
Eternal puzzled out some of the meanings in the OP (I didn;t even bother to look up Noblesse Oblige, very pleased after finding out what it means) and came up with a couple of pretty credible theories. IKnight also gives a handy insight into the source of the phrase “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power”.
As for the visuals, I like anything that’s shiny so I immediately fell in love with it, but I could also see why Omo calls it gimmicky; there’s a fine line between an artistic opening and one that simply bombards you with images, colours and special effects. I fall into the opinion of the former.
As for the use of Oasis itself:
To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the director of the show just thought that using an English song would be cool and tried to find a song w/ lyrics that had at least some relation to the anime. Oasis are a big name in music and they released a chart topping album recently so…
And that pretty much sums up my thoughts. The show itself is coming together well, except for Saki. DO SOMETHING, GIRL.
Ending’s animation rocks btw.