Netflix’s animated series, Eden is a Japanese narrative set in a utopian future. The film takes us to a thousand years into the future, where the earth is cleansed of humanity and its impact. There is no deforestation, pollution, and climatic disaster, to name a few. The ambiance resonates with the biblical paradise, Garden of Eden from where the title of the series has been taken. Similar to its origin, the robotic Eden also flaunts lush green grass, clean air, and dense apple trees (another biblical reference).
Through the series, the creators have tried to establish another God’s reversal of creation, as it was seen in Genesis flood narrative. In Eden, the antecedent robots, who were technically weak with codes and their physical attributes, roamed around in harmony while hi-tech armed robots were led by a monarch called Zero. The warriors were always on the hunt for living humans and killed them in order to protect their utopian Eden One.
Two antecedent robots, A37 and E92 coincidentally find a baby girl, Sara in an isolated pod in the middle of the forest road. Unable to resist the mammals’ cuteness, the two robots decide to keep her existence a secret. But villainous Zero smelled a human in the vicinity. The series further follows a chase and run between Sara and Zero with a curious time count going on in the background. A subtle suggestion that time is fleeting and something grave is going to happen.
With its unappealing animation and extremely monotonous sci-fi narrative, Eden plays dumbly throughout. In 4 episodes of 25 minutes each, the Japanese series doesn’t showcase anything surprising. It’s the same old terminator story set in an uncertain future, depicting human and robotic warfare.
The narrative interestingly weaves Sara’s origin and the turning point of the monstrous Zero. But the two antagonist-protagonists are shallow in totality. Their characters were hurried which is a possible result of a bleak storyline. Initially, the biblical-referred setup does captivate the viewer’s attention but suddenly the shallowness peeps in. It becomes extremely hard to believe that Futuristic Eden One has only apple trees. Earth is a planet that is breathing in itself, and if it has the power to recover, then it can deny the rules set by any genius. It’s hard to believe that one can program earth to produce a single species of the tree because some robot decided to play God. Even worse, no justice had been done to the mentioned.
Netflix flaunts a great catalog of extremely intriguing animated series. Castlevania, Bojack, My Hero Academia, to name a few. In a crowd of such well-made and fetched narratives, the Japanese robotic anime will easily be forgotten and skipped (maybe).
If you are looking for an intriguing drama series then this year (2021) only, Netflix released some captivating ones like Yasuke, The Pacific Rim, and Camp Cretaceous. For more suggestions, do write to us in the comments below.
Eden Season 1 is a Japanese animated series created by Justin Leach for Netflix.