Hiro is the creator of Rave Master (1999-2005), Fairy Tail (2006-2017) and Edens Zero (2018 – present), as well as several spin-offs. Fairy Tail, his most successful series has sold over 60 million copies. Like many mangakas, Hiro was inspired by Akira Toriyama. He also claims the videogame series Dragon Quest and Kinnikuman as inspirations.
4. Oh! great
Ito Ogure is known professionally as Oh! great. His most popular manga series are Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear. His artwork is most famous for his highly sexualized female characters and the large use of fanservice. He’s also designed characters for Tekken and Soulcalibur series.
Boichi is the pen name of Mujik Park. A South Korean artist, he’s best known for his Dr. Stone manga series. He majored in physics as preparation for drawing science fiction. His first series was Sun-Ken Rock. His art style is easily recognizable. Particularly his detailed shadow use, his linework, and thick eyebrows.
2. Kohei Horikoshi
Horikoshi’s current series My Hero Academia is among the most popular series in production. A graduate of Nagoya University of Arts and a former assistant for Yasuki Tanaka (Hitomi no Catoblepas, Kagijin), he credits manga series Naruto, One Piece and Akira as inspiration.
1. Masashi Kishimoto
Naruto is hands down one of the greatest manga series of all time. Kishimoto’s art is part of this success. Currently, Naruto has sold over 250 million copies. Inspired as a child by the works of Akira Toriyama and Katsuhiro Otomo, Kishimoto is now ranked among them. He’s also mentioned that he was inspired by Yoshihiro Togashi (Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter).
Volume 2 of Edens Zero, features more chapters than Volume 1, 14 to 4. The volume focuses on the Norma arc. Xiaomel, a unknown character at this point, is suppose to narrate this arc. She doesn’t. Her purpose seems unnecessary and I must assume that will change. Anyway, Shiki, Rebecca and Happy go in search of Professor Weisz. They encounter, a young man that pulls a gun on them. To their shock, he claims that he’s Weisz Steiner. Donning his new x-ray glasses, Shiki can see that someone is upstairs. He leaps on the ceiling, and attacks the man with “Magimech attack.” The man falls down, as the young professor escapes. The attacker delivers a threat: “that those betray them will die by “Strong-Man” Sibir’s hands.”
At a restaurant, Rebecca tries to piece together what’s happen. However, she concludes that they’re in somehow 50 years in the past. Sibir, piloting a giant robot arrives. He believes that Weisz stole his money, and that Rebecca, Happy and Shiki are involved. They attempt to flee. Sibir’s gang follows them and attacks. However, Shiki uses his Gravity Ether Gear to fly them down the street. As Sibir reaches them, Shiki attacks him with his Gravity Fist technique, destroying Sibir’s robot.
What’s in the briefcase
Shiki, Rebecca and Happy hideout in a local bar. They encounter Weisz here. Rebecca explains everything to him. Weisz is skeptical. Shiki takes his briefcase. However, his gravity powers cut off, causing him to crash to the floor. The briefcase opens, revealing a small robot. Named Pino, she’s a “anti-bot android.” She has an EMP ability. Shiki and the others learn that Sibir is quiet abusive towards Pino, breaking off her legs. Furthermore, he has her memory wiped despite her protest. Rebecca notices that the date on Pino’s last maintenance was in “their time.” Meanwhile, Pino return’s to Sibir, who decides to punish her for “leaving,” by breaking the other leg.
Shiki to the rescue
Shiki being the main protagonists is probably always going to “save everyone,” but I feel that Rebecca and Happy are often render helpless too often. When, Shiki is knocked down to the lower lever, he lands in a scrap heap. Meanwhile, Rebecca “battles” the “Foote brothers.” They demand to see her “legs to the toes.” However, Shiki arrives to save her. Elsewhere, Pino, Weisz and Happy battle Sibir. Shiki quickly arrives to save them as well. He demands Sibir “treat machines right,” because “they have hearts.” He attacks Sibir with his Gravity Cannon. Before Sibir’s robot can explode killing Shiki, Pino uses her EMP. With Sibir and his gang defeated and arrested, Shiki and the others focus on Pino. The police being to chase them. Their ship gets trapped in the atmosphere, however, young Weisz appears having stowed away on their ship. He makes them an offer: “let me have your ship” and he’ll get them into space.
The Chronophage and Professor Weisz
Young Weisz makes himself Captain. Using his Ether Gear, the Machina Maker he recreates the ship. They escape the police and the atmosphere. Once out they are contacted by the old Weisz. He tells them that they didn’t “travel back in time but encountered a space monster called the Chronophage.” This monster “consumes a planet.” This results in the time “being rewound.” This effect cannot be reversed, with the chronophage also creating a new reality. Both the young professor and the old one can co-exists. However, before they can continue their conversation they’re interrupted by the Space Pirate Elsie Crimson.
Shiki vs Skull Pirate Elsie Crimson
Elise Crimson is a pirate that “conquered the seven cosmic seas.” She captures their ship and takes “ownership” over everyone. She plans on selling them into slavery. Shiki decides to “take over her ship instead.” However, he encounters a “mimetic parasite Kawpicatt s4.” The parasite grab everyone with it’s tentacles, but Rebecca and Happy free them. When Shiki reaches Elise’s room, she’s revealed to be a skull person. Shiki and Elise battle as Shiki has flashbacks of his childhood. As they continue to battle, the Cosmic Government’s, Interstellar Union Army arrives to capture Elise. They observe the battle through their sensors. Shiki is identified as the “Demon King.” After Shiki defeats “Elise,” they learn that the real Elise isn’t on board. She gives them the ship, as it belonged to “Ziggy,” or the Demon King. The Union Army attacks. Elise and her fleet hold them off as Shiki and the others escape. Somewhere inside the ship and a woman that has emerged from machine.
As expected, the second volume was more interesting than the first. However, so far there’s nothing “new” about Edens Zero. It’s not a bad things, but mildly disappointing. Shiki is the typical dumb shonen hero that manages to win people over with his personality. With Rebecca being the typical fanservice object, it’s still mild fanservice though. It seems that Hiro Mashima doesn’t know what he wants to do with her. She is smarter than Shiki, but often needs Shiki to rescue her. However, at times she is perfectly able to defend herself. Weisz is the typical anti-hero. Furthermore, the action scenes are often shallow. Every battle doesn’t need to be fourteen chapters but so far they are rather short. Edens Zero may or may not subvert shonen expectations but do still find it enjoyable.
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.