Shiki and Rebecca marvel at Hermit. They are surprised how quickly they found her. Weisz obsesses over the fact that all the starshines are women. Something appears off with Hermit however. Her internal system is “full of errors,” she doesn’t move or has the inability to speak. Sister Ivry cannot heal her and Weisz claims that he can’t fix her. Witch says that her “mind,” or soul has been damaged.
Shiki suggests that they “go inside” of hermit and “fix her soul.” He asks Weisz to build a machine to accomplish that. As usual Shiki accidentally stumbles upon a good idea. His idea to go inside Hermit is silly but Witch notes that they can save her by going to the Planet Digitalis. Hermit is in a “dive state,” which means that her “self” is in a digital world. Planet Digitalis is a “planet that whose physical form cannot be grasped.”
They have to be digitized in order to enter the world. Digitalis was once an online game. It was one of the original servers for the MMORPG, “Rogue Fantasia.” The NPC’s in the game became self aware, altering their own programming and carried on as if they were living. They can only use their “innate powers,” and any damage received in the game, will be reflected on there real bodies. When they enter the game they’re asked to create their avatar. Anyone who’s played a MMORPG will find this part of the chapter familiar. Rebecca and happy run into a stranger that freaks them out.
Going into a MMORPG could be a really fun arc. I wonder how true to gaming this arc would be. It’s been done several times in other series and of course there are whole anime series that focuses on MMORPG’s. I’m excited for the possibilities.
The chronopage eats planet Norma. Sister Ivry says that the “chronopage” is the “law of the cosmos. so there’s nothing that can be done.” Witch tells them that “1200 years of guilist’s time was devoured.” Therefore none of the people left behind could have survived. Rebecca thanks everyone for rescuing her, she then has flashbacks of her terrible experience and begins to cry. Shiki also cries as he has “imagined losing one his friends.”
Witch and Sister Ivry discuss Shiki. Witch notes that he’s the boy that their Master Ziggy brought back with him. Sister Ivry notes how much he has grown. Eden Zero is still short two members, Valkyrie and Hermit. Witch reveals that she doesn’t know the location of the two members. However, Homura is revealed to be the apprentice of Valkyrie. She claims to be searching for her master. Told of the strength of the Demon King was great by her master, she wishes to fight Shiki.
Weisz Steiner finally joins the team after wasting his time pretending that he didn’t want to. We are introduced into to Mosco, a machine that does chores on Edens Zero. He was a former mercenary from Rogue Out. He has a weird button on his belly that features the words “don’t push,” above it.
The Interstellar Union Army calculates that “less than 10% survived the chronopage.” Victory doesn’t care as most of the planets inhabitants were criminals. Justice still considers “a life a life.” Colonel Jaguar mentions that a “certain man was released into space.” One of the Six Galactic Warlords, Drakken Joe, Alchemist of Darkness. So far this series is still in the in the introduction phase. I’m enjoying it and have gotten use to the similar characters designs from Fairy Tail. Although, I do find the constant need of Shiki to befriend everyone to be a little annoying.
Sister Ivry, one of the four shining stars faces off against her impostor Sister. In a flashback we see that Weisz and Homura freed her from a machine that sealed her powers. With a chronophage heading towards them on planet Guilst, everyone begins to panic preparing to flee. Jinn asks Sister who Ivry is. According, to Ivry she arrived to this planet a decade ago, when she was captured by ” a bunch of freaks.”
Waking up connected to a machine, where she has been trapped every since. She realized that someone was impersonating her and using her powers without her consent. Sister seems to be sincerely ashamed of what she did. I truly believed her and how she simply “fell,” into becoming the leader of the Rogue Out mercenary group. That said I wasn’t buying the whole “I would give you the your powers back,” nonsense. She was clearly benefiting from steal Ivry powers and identity.
Sister Ivry is having none of it. She basically starts stomping on Sister’s head. Weisz informs them that they need to leave. Ivry notices Shiki, noting that he’s “seems weak for a Demon King.” Before leaving with Shiki, she finishes her unfinished mission using her Dispel Driver, restoring all the stoned people back to normal. Sister asks Jinn to “save her,” but he steps on her head calling her a “liar.” He believed that she could help his sister Kleene, but she betrayed him. As the chronophage heads for Guilst, Rebecca states that she won’t leave without Shiki.
The crew on Eden Zero expands with the addition of Sister Ivry. This chapter was really good, Sister Ivry is short tempered but is grateful for Shiki’s team aiding. The “sexy nun,” thing is a little juvenile but I can live with it. While, a lot of these characters still look like there from Fairy Tail, the art is great and this series is coming into it’s own.
A mysterious alien being asks what will become of Shiki, asking if he will become the universes “legendary hero or become the demon king.” Rebecca and Happy explain that they are “B-Cubers.” They make a living selling their content. They plan on registering Shiki as an “adventurer,” which permits you to travel from planet to planet. Rebecca asks Shiki to be her bodyguard and he agrees. They arrive at Blue Garden, the planet of adventures.
Shiki’s ignorance reveals himself as he thinks it’s appropriate to just touch the many humans he sees. As Rebecca explains that humans are ” good, bad and indifferent” a theft kidnaps Happy. Shiki gives chase, while, Rebecca remembers when she first meet Happy as a child. The kidnappers prove to be jackasses, Shiki begins to fight them as the leader pulls out a machine gun. During the commotion, the theft drops Happy and he’s freed.
As Rebecca has another flashback, when see that Happy was injured in a vehicle accident. He then transforms into a pair of robotic like guns, that Rebecca uses against the thieves. Every shoot is a head shot with aether bullets. Turns out that Happy was turned into an android after his accident. Finally, we see that Space Pirate Elise Crimson ( or space Ezra) has been alerted to Shiki’s presence on Blue Garden.
This series still has too many similarities to Fairy Tail, but when I’m so certain that it’s going to be ordinary I’m surprised. Happy being a robot wasn’t expected, and while it’s not the most shocked I’ve been reading manga, I was surprised. That can only be a good thing for a series that clearly has the same visually styling as it’s authors previous series.
Eden’s Zero first chapter, In the Cherry Blossom Filled Sky is an interesting 78 page introduction to a new series by the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima. Let’s get to it. First I enjoyed this chapter, but it is really similar to Fairy Tail. Shiki and Rebecca are title characters of this series, they’re very similar to Natsu and Lucy. This is of course largely due to the art style of Mashima. Eden also follows the common shonen series formula.
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 Eden 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.”
We fast forward a few years to find, Rebecca arriving at the abandoned themed park at Granbell Kingdom. She is partnered with a talking cat named Happy. Yes, Happy is also the name of a talking cat in the Fairy Tail series. I assume either Mashima has or had a cat named Happy or he’s trying to create a link between his series.
Regardless, Rebecca’s goal is to get 1 million subscribers to he “Blue Cat Channel.” I won’t spoil the twists that occur in this chapter, but I hope that Mashima will invert our expectations with this series. I haven’t decided whether I like this series or not, but I did find this chapter to be funny and sad, which is a good start. The biggest issue is that the resemblance between Fairy Tail and Eden Zero is so obvious that it may suffer for it. However, I’ll stick with Eden’s Zero for now.