Eden is Netflix’s first ONA or original net animation (Japan Original mecha-science fiction anime) series premiered on May 27, 2021. Although it was stated to be met with the audience at the end of 2020, there was a postpone. The series, which consists of 4 episodes in total, is in the genre of fantasy and science fiction. The series is based on a concept by Christophe Ferreira. It follows the discovery of a city and a human girl after a thousand years in the future that they believed to be mere robots. The animation, which takes an average of 25 minutes per episode, is also adapted into a manga, but it is not a manga or light novel adaptation. Qubic Pictures developed season 1 in collaboration with CGCG Studio. While Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) is the creator of the series, Kimiko Ueno wrote the screenplay, and Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist) served as the director. Although Eden seems to be a production other than a traditional anime production, it was met with interest by also anime lovers. So, has Netflix renewed the series for a second season?
What is the plotline of Eden?
This production takes the audience thousands of years ahead. A period when there is not the slightest sign of humanity there. Humans have been replaced by robots and in this future, robots lead a lonely life on the planet. Or it is just their opinion. Robots living in a mechanical city called Eden 3 work just like humans and maintain their lives. The main robots of the series go to another end of the city to get their daily work done. These robot brothers are known for their maintenance and repair features.
One day, two robots farming are faced with an unexpected situation. They are very surprised when they see a creature they have never seen before, and they do not know what to do. What they see is a newly born baby girl who has not even come out of her capsule yet. The robots accidentally wake up a baby girl. They adopt the baby and the decision they make changes everything. A girl who was secretly raised by robots begins to uncover the dark secrets behind the utopian world, where humanity is almost destroyed. Together, the two robots secretly raise the girl to a safe ‘’Heaven’’ outside of Eden. Robots have been filled with cruel information on behalf of humanity by their superiors until now. That is why they are quite surprised to see this baby girl in front of them. But they realize that everything they were taught about humans being a myth was wrong. As time passes, they begin to get attached to this girl. These robot brothers, named A37 and E92, try to raise the little girl named Sara Grace out of sight.
Will there be a Second Season of Eden?
Unfortunately, neither Netflix, Qubic Pictures, nor CGCG Studios have officially confirmed that Eden has been renewed for a second season. However, creator Justin Leach responded to a fan’s request on Twitter for Season 2, saying, “I’d love to! It’s in the fans’ hands now”, because many of Netflix’s original series are dependent on the viewership rates they can build on the streaming service.
Leach also stated that the Eden universe has plenty of potentials to be explored in future seasons. We know that the story can contain many different stories in this world. And if he would have more episodes, he will focus on the development of Sara a little more. We might see the future or past of Sara. If Netflix decides Eden Season 2 to renew, the show will air sometime between Spring and Fall 2022 on the OTT major platform.
Besides, in season 2, we will probably find out more about Eden 3. We will also get to see how people behave now that they have gotten another chance to live their lives, thanks to Sara. It was their actions in the past that had almost made the earth uninhabitable and led to their destruction. It can get socio-political too, as different sects and people would once more develop opposing views, so Sara and Fields will have to keep them in check. Governance, religion, sexual orientation, gender issues, and race may well become problems once more in this brave, new world.