The big apple. It’s hip, it’s cool. And sometimes it feels like the center of the universe. New York often is the setting of Shows, Books, and Movies. So today, we’re looking at two moments in Anime that take place in New York.
Our First Contestant, Eden of the East: The King of Eden.
Eden of the East is a short but Amazing anime with the themes of conspiracy, love, action, and humor. Eden of the East: The King of Eden, is a movie that picks up right after the show ends, and takes place primarily in New York City. Let’s see their interpretation of our home.
I think I’m in love.
As someone who lives in the five boroughs, I care alot about how outsiders view my city. Constantly, NYC has looked horrible in movies and shows. But this…is good.
‘scuse me while I represent for the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, check out the Seaport!
The best thing about it? Check out the Freedom Tower! Perfectly rendered, way before its completion in real life.
But here’s where things get a little off…Once Saki (The heroine of this film) leaves Manhattan, NYC looks a little weird.
Here she is in Manhattan
With a gun in broad daylight. AAAAWWWKWAAAAAARD.
Here she is in Brooklyn.
Seeing as that’s my Borough n’ all, I was curious to find out where she was standing. At first, I thought she was at the Brooklyn Promenade. In case you don’t know where that is…
But, Saki appears to be under the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Buildings look a lot taller. So her location must be somewhere down there, on those port looking things. I tried to get closer…
Judging by how close she is, She’s somewhere around here. I’m assuming that’s some slightly undeveloped park area. To the right of the bridge there’s a park area. But, to the left is uncertain (to me right now, at least) I plan on taking a look down there to match up her view with mine. Aside from that, to avoid spoilers, I won’t talk that much about the movie, but after she runs into a certain person, her run around Brooklyn looks…odd. It kinda looks like Williamsburg mixed with Park Slope, a hint of Fort Greene, and a dash of Bay Ridge. Don’t try to decipher that.
Eden of the east is licensed by Funimation. The entire show is on Youtube.
Our second contestant….Detective Conan (Released in the US as Case Closed)
Detective Conan is a fan favorite, with a big cast of characters,(currently) 73 volumes of manga, many OVAS, Video Games, Drama Adaptations, Hundreds of Episodes, and (currently) Fifteen Movies. It’s got fans all over. So it should be able to represent NYC well for a couple of episodes…right?
Looks good so far.
There’s main characters Shinichi (Jimmy in the US) and Ran (Rachel). Did I mention Shinichi’s mom is driving?
I can tell Gosho Aoyama, DC’s creator, ( as well as the staff behind the Anime) did his homework. It looks just as good in the manga.
I can’t tell which building this is supposed to be…However in this scene, Shinichi and co. are somewhere on Broadway , to see a play. So far things are pretty okay, but the first ep of their New York adventure hits a snag about…here.
Dat Engrish…Also, while we’ve got a cop on screen, let’s compare him to the ones in The Eden of the East Movie
Manhattan looks big and roomy. Check out this empty street.
And in regards to the quality, check out these Americans
I wasn’t aware we all had strange, triangle noses.
There should be a family of tourists somewhere in that picture. Aside from that and a scene in the next episode ( I won’t mention ’cause it’ll cause spoilers) The NYC accuracy is alright.
This was Episode 286. Detective Conan’s Manga and Anime are released here as Case Closed from Viz and Funimation. The English version is (currently)not up to this episode. The majority of the Manga can be found in the Brooklyn public library, the Anime is in the New York Public Library and the movies are in both the NYPL and BPL. (The Queens library carries the beginning of the Anime and Manga.)
Well, that’s it for part one. We’ll be looking at another two next time.