Eden of the East – 04
Saki returns home to her sister’s bakery in the morning and is found by her sister’s husband Ryousuke. He asks about her prospective employee interview, but since she’s not sure, he expresses how glad he is that she’s home safely. Akira meanwhile calls Juiz to ask if he killed the 20,000 NEETs, but she isn’t able to tell him. All she can confirm is that he gathered them. Juiz also doesn’t know why he was chosen as a Selecao, and when he asks about the Supporter, she explains that it’s one of the twelve Selecao who is tasked with removing those unfit to be the savior. Although frustrated that he can’t find out more about himself, Akira remembers what Kondou had said to him and decides to look at the purchase history of Selecao No. 05. With Juiz’s help, he tries to track this person down using a delivery from a medical company as a clue.
Along the way, he rides his motorcycle to the area where one of the missiles hit, and after staring down the edge of the highway into the hole, he jumps. Akira lands unscathed and sees all of the electronic screens in the pile of rubble in front of him come on. White figures then emerge from these screens and jump towards him. Akira recognizes them as Johnny and is at first happy to see all of them, but when they start hurting him, he calls them good for nothing and scares them off. He then regains his senses and realizes that he hadn’t actually jumped down into the hole. Back at Saki’s home, she takes a phone call from Oosugi and lies to him about staying at her friend Micchon’s place. Since she’s going to be attempting the interview again tomorrow, he offers to accompany her because he’s got training to go to as well. Saki’s thoughts right now are more on Akira though, and she sends him a message expressing her concern.
By now, Akira has arrived at Hiura General Hospital, and he inquires inside about the purchase of an MRI machine. The receptionist suggests the hospital director, but since Akira doesn’t have an appointment, he decides to leave his phone number and a message identifying him as a Selecao. While waiting, Akira picks up a magazine talking about a former neurosurgeon named Hiura who purchased a failed hospital with money from an unknown source. Before Akira can read much of the article though, an elderly man takes the magazine and throws it away, saying that Hiura is their savior. Akira then receives the message that Saki sent him, but before he can read it, he gets a phone call from Selecao No. 05. After Akira introduces himself, explains how he got there, and reveals that he doesn’t have his memories, he asks to talk to No. 05 face-to-face.
No. 05 thinks that Akira is the Supporter and says that he doesn’t mind being killed, but he’s unwilling to let it happen while he’s still got money left. Nevertheless, he decides to have a nurse bring Akira some medicine which he claims will allow Akira to understand how he got the cell phone. Taking the medicine causes Akira to lose consciousness, and when he wakes up again, he finds himself in an empty room. It’s now night-time, and nearby is a small robot that presents Akira with his phone. The phone immediately rings with a call from someone who introduces himself as Mr. Outside and explains that he chose 12 people to save this country. Those 12 are called Selecao, and one of them is the Supporter who comes into play if one of the others doesn’t function correctly as a Selecao. Only Mr. Outside knows who the Supporter is, and he won’t say if Akira is or is not the Supporter.
Either way, Mr. Outside asserts that the Selecao aren’t allowed to refuse their mission. He reveals that the cell phone has 10 billion yen, and how it’s used it entirely up to Akira. What he wants is the Selecao to think out of the box and lead the country in the right direction. After explaining the use of the concierge, the costs, and how the other Selecao can see purchase histories, Mr. Outside moves on to talking about penalties. Death is guaranteed for those who abandon the mission and try to escape, those who don’t use the cell phone for a long period of time and don’t achieve any results, those who continue to use the money for their own desires rather than for national interests, and finally, those who run out of money before having saved the country. What’s more, only the Selecao who accomplishes the mission gets to live in the end.
By now, Akira has figured out that all this has actually been just Hiura explaining everything to him over the phone like Hiura himself had experienced when he got his own phone. Hiura had done things this way because he had a request going through the prefectural assembly that he wanted to see passed, and he was afraid that Akira was the Supporter, so he had put him to sleep. He goes on to explain that he had realized that the number of lives he could save in his lifetime as a doctor was limited, so his goal is private hospitals where the senior citizens that the country tried to cast away are employable as human resources. Hiura will consider his work to be done if he can get the municipality to manage the system. Akira realizes that all of Hiura’s expenses have thus been bribes, and Hiura comments on how good Juiz was at convincing members of the prefectural assembly. However, Hiura knows that this is only his personal ideal and won’t suit Mr. Outside.
Unfortunately, Hiura doesn’t know anything about Akira personally, but he does know that Akira purchased a shopping mall in a ghost town as well as 500 freight containers and entertainment expenses for the Foreign Ministry. He points out though that Akira had intentionally gotten rid of his past and had bet on his new self, so Akira is fine as he is now. When it comes time for Akira to leave, Hiura comments on how he’s glad to have met him before dying. Hiura then calls up Juiz to thank her for all she did, and afterward, a man who Hiura identifies as the Supporter enters his office. Moments later, as Akira is on his bike getting ready to ride off, his cell phone beeps, and he notices the No. 05 symbol on it fade out. Realizing that the Supporter had done something, Akira is frustrated and feels that he won’t be satisfied until he hits the guy that set all this up.
This was a weird episode because a good part of it was either dream sequence or flashback. The dream part had Akira seemingly imagining those white figures that he called Johnny, and I couldn’t make heads or tails of what it meant. The flashback made a little more sense since it appeared to show when Akira met Mr. Outside, though it’s not clear if Akira actually realized that himself. Most of the rest of the episode was explanation of the whole Selecao system as set up by Mr. Outside, confirming a lot of what we already knew or suspected. Perhaps more importantly, the appearance of the shadowy guy at the end suggests that there may not be a plot twist where we find out that Akira really is the Supporter. It also doesn’t look like Hiura will ultimately be a very important character – he’s used primarily just to explain things and to maybe draw some attention to Japan’s elderly care problems. Instead of focusing on what the other Selecao are doing, it all seems to go back to what Akira was doing before he erased his memory.
As for Saki, like last week, she didn’t play very big part this week either. They did answer the question though about who she had feelings for by showing a poster for The Cold Blue movie in her house, implying that the person is her sister’s husband. In any case, the official site suggests that next week’s episode will be more focused on Saki, and maybe we’ll finally start to find out how she fits into all this.