|I Picked Up a Prince|
Akira and Saki meet for the first time
|Eden of the East TV series|
Ōji-sama o Hirotta yo
|Original air date||
April 9, 2009
I Picked Up a Prince (王子様を拾ったよ Ōji-sama o Hirotta yo ) is the first episode of the Eden of the East anime television series. It aired on April 9, 2009.
Saki Morimi has just graduated from college and is visiting Washington D.C., in order to see the White House which she feels is the "centre of the world". When she gets into trouble with the police, a mysterious Japanese boy helps her out. The boy appears to have no memory and is completely naked, carrying only a gun and a cell phone. Juiz, who claims to be his concierge, tells him over the phone that his memory was wiped. Later he takes on the identity Akira Takizawa and decides to go back to Japan along with Saki. While waiting for their flight, they watch a news report covering a missile attack on Tokyo.
Aside from the introduction of the main protagonists, the man talking on a Seleção phone to Juiz in the car at the beginning is Daiju Mononobe, the series main antagonist and Seleção No.1.
When opening the cupboard in his apartment to discover an array of guns and ammunition, Akira at first likens himself to Robert Di Nero's character Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver, especially when he looks in the mirror and draws a gun as this likely reminds him of the iconic "You talkin' to me?" scene.
However, upon discovering his multiple passports, Akira decides that he is more like Jason Bourne. This is seemingly no mere reference, but rather recognition, on the part of the shows creators, of the influence Robert Ludlum's Bourne Saga had on the plot of the anime.
- Akira meeting Saki in front of the White House in D.C.