The crew of the Eden Zero has reached the Aoi Cosmos. They marvel at the beauty of a sea in space. Witch Regret doesn’t understand how they ended up there. The information on the outer cosmos was erased from both the memories of the crew and the Edens Zero’s logs. The crew is on their own for now. However, Hermit Milon has a plan to restore the logs. 15 years ago, the Eden Zero crew traveled the same course, landing on the planet of flames, Red Cave. Milon notes that she noticed a “mysterious phrase,” Poseidon Nero.
Who is Poseidon Nero
Poseidon Nero is a member of the Oracion Seis Galactica or the Galaxy’s Six Demon. This group is made up of six criminals that are said to possess enough power to “crush entire planets.” We have only been introduced to Drakken Joe, Elsie Crimson, and now Poseidon Nero. He’s called the Emperor and he rules the entire Aoi Cosmos. Nero is only shown as a silhouette, however, he appears to have tentacles and a beard made of fins. Nero is considered to be more of a threat than Drakken. Despite, the reputation of the Oracion Seis as being criminals their not all “bad,” as Elsie has shown. I doubt Nero will be anything but a villain. Regardless, the next stop is the Red Caves.
The Oracion Seis Interestelar
We pivot to the Interstellar Union as they trace the movements of Elsie’s ship and the Edens Zero. They fear that she might contact Nero and start some alliance. They learn the turn of what occurred with Drakken. When Colonel Jaguar calls in he orders subordinates Victor and Creed to leave because “this is the Hall of Prayer.” This seems to be a moment when the Oracion Seis Interestelar meets in secret. Their goal is simple, crush the six demons. We a glimpse and an introduction of each, Oracion Seis Cure, Holy, Jaguar, Feather, Eraser, and Justice.
The later that is sent to Aoi Cosmos to handle Elsie, whom he accuses of “taking everything from him.” He publicly states that he will “capture her” but privately thinks that he will “kill her.” I’m curious to see what their history is. Considering the relationship between the Shiki and the Edens Zero crew and Elsie, I think they will likely come to her defense. Overall, the Red Cave arc is looking to be an interesting one.
First I enjoyed this volume, but Edens Zero is really similar to Fairy Tail. Shiki and Rebecca are the title characters of this series, but they’re very similar to Natsu and Lucy from Fairy Tail. This is of course largely due to the art style of Mashima. However, the character of Happy not only is based on the character from Fairy Tail, they share the same name. I’m find if Mashima wants to link his universes by having the same character (Happy) but the familiar look of Rebecca and Shiki feels like he’s not that creative. I was lukewarm on Fairy Tail, a series that has sold over 60 million copies. I afraid that I will probably feel the same about this series. However, that is certainly a premature prediction, so I will have to read more chapters to be certain. I’m not yet willing to dismiss Eden by calling it, Fairy Tail with Sci Fi, instead of magic. The story of Edens Zero follow’s a “young boy named Shiki who is being told by his robot grandfather about making friends and leaving this place one day.” He quickly befriends Happy and Rebecca.
Mission to find Goddess Mother
Happy and Rebecca’s goal is to get 1 million subscribers to their “Aoneko Channel,” a channel on the video sharing site B-Cube. I won’t spoil the twists that occur in chapter 1, but I hope that Mashima will continue to subvert our expectations with this series. After Shiki is registered as an adventurer, Rebecca asks him to become her bodyguard. They arrive on Blue Garden, the planet of adventurers. Here we get some backstory on Happy and Rebecca’s friendship and how they met. We also get a look at the main mode of combat in this series, Ether Gear. Like most of the elements of this series so far it resembles Fairy Tail in some way. However, unlike Fairy Tail’s magic system, Ether Gear, is useless without the users hands. After joining the Shooting Starlight Guild, Shiki, Happy and Rebecca decide to pursue the “Goddess Mother.” To accomplish this they need to get a better ship and a larger crew. So far Edens Zero fails to separate itself from Mashima’s previous series, Fairy Tail.
Is Edens Zero just Fairy Tail in space?
Ether Gear is basically a mechanical form of magic, most of the characters design look just like they’re from Fairy Tail. Or characters from Fairy Tail in different outfits. Volume 1 is just four chapters so there’s not too much story presented yet. Shiki’s desire to make friends is a bit of a trope, but considering his backstory it makes sense. Rebecca desire to be a intergalactic YouTube Star, feels like it’s a shallow reason to go on this adventure. However, I doubt that she will only care about that by the middle of this series, but she and Happy will likely become popular.
Happy’s backstory is really sad and was moving. So far the space setting hasn’t really had much impact. Mainly because Mashima doesn’t focus on anything other that traveling between planets. While, the similarities between Fairy Tail and Edens Zero can feel uninspired, I suspect that this will change. Mashima’s artwork is among the best, the depiction of action and expression are excellent. I like the designs of the technology and locations, even though most of the characters designs are reused. The use of fanservice is mild.