At the end of Chapter 280, we saw that Tomura Shigaraki had been defeated by the Heroes. He opens this chapter by telling the heroes that he believes that “only been pretending to protect society.” He blames them for the destruction that results from the “recklessness of Hero Society.” Endeavor attacks him but Tomura is still able to move. Gran Torino quickly pounces on Tomura, smashing his head into the ground. Tomura swings at Torino but misses. However, he pushes himself off the ground, grabbing Gran Torino’s leg drawing blood. Sensing the danger, Deku, Endeavor, and Bakugo charge.
However, they’re too late. As Gran Torino witnesses the warped face of Tomura he recalls that when Nana Shimura left her son at foster care she deliberately altered the family registry so All For One wouldn’t find him. This failed, and Gran Torino wonders if Nana abandoning her son was the right decision. Unfortunately, Tomura punches Gran Torino through the chest killing him instantly. Heartbroken, Deku charges at Tomura. However, Tomura increases his speed and speeds past them toward Eraser head. He is stopped by Ryukyu. Tomura begins to realize that he’s running out of stamina.
Deku grabs Tomura with his Blackwhip, proclaiming that he will “never forgive him.” Tomura elbows Deku in the stomach, forcing him to spit up blood. Deku maintains his composure by “turn his rage into strength.” As Endeavor charges looking for one more shot, Tomura grabs the Quirk-Destroying Drug, aiming for Eraser Head. The chapter ends with an image of Eri from Christmas. This chapter proved me right. I predicted that someone close to Deku would get killed by Tomura and Gran Torino was one of the likely targets. As I argued in the past that to make Deku take the next step he needed to experience tragedy.
Regardless, Gran Torino’s death was still shocking. This moment sets a different tone for a series that rarely gets dark. Tomura and All For One are spreading their negativity throughout the world. Another prediction I had was Tomura using the Quirk-Destroying Drug on someone, but Eraser Head seems like the obvious choice. The consequence of Tomura regaining his powers seems likely to be devastating. The heroes were barely able to stop Tomura without his powers, with them they have no chance. For this reason, I think that someone else will lose their Quirk. However, Eri may make an appearance.
Shiki and the members of Eden Zero are still bewildered over Ziggy’s heel turn. Ziggy threatens them with death, the orders Captain Connor to “sink the ship.” After hesitating, he begins his assault. The members of Eden Zero prepare for impact. However, Eden One’s ether cannon penetrates their shields with ease. Shiki finally gives the crew orders to attack. Captain Connor uses small bee battle drones and the Eden Zero responds with unmanned fighters. However, one of the four dark stars Wizard uses his Divine Lightning to destroy them.
The crew and the Eden Zero are now in the range of the main cannon. With the armor down to 40% and energy levels decreasing the crew panic. Suddenly, the bee drones begin exploding. To everyone’s surprise, Elise and her ship the Skull Fairy appear. With Elise providing a distract, Witch Regret uses the opportunity to dodge the blast. Fearing doing battle with Elise, Ziggy orders Captain Conner to withdraw. As Eden One leaves, Elise tells Shiki that she’s one her way to talk about Ziggy.
The biggest concern of Shiki is his mindset. Always viewing humans and robots as fundamentally good, it was always going to be difficult for him to understand that his grandfather was evil. Would he be able to command his crew to safety and make difficult decisions? So far it seems that he’s at least will to protect them from harm. It clear that Ziggy and his crew will become a problem for the future as none of the Eden Zero crew is strong enough to handle them yet. I wonder what Elise will say.
Black Clover – Chapter 258: A Captain’s Duty
Asta and Yami attack Dante. As they approach him, Dante attempts to block them with a large piece of Earth. The duo has no trouble cutting through the rumble. Yami severs Dante’s arm, meanwhile, Asta attacks. However, Dante quickly counters, leaving Yami to kick Asta out of harm’s way. Dante regenerates his arm while Asta charges at him once more. This time Dante teleports away. Predicting his trajectory, Yami attacks him with the spell Death Thrust. This blows a hole in Dante, however, he quickly restores himself. He lands a hit on Asta, who recovers and charges again with Yami at his side.
With Asta’s anti-magic, Yami believes that all they need to do is have Asta hit Dante. Asta laments his weakness compared to Yami. He feels helpless, decrying his six months of training as “worthless.” Dante, on the other hand, is excited, noting that “everything they do if an offering to his pleasure.” Asta calls out to the devil within. He asks the devil to “lend him some power,” and the devil agrees on the condition that he can take a part of Asta’s body. As Dante launches his Gravity Singularity spell, Asta dispels it, with the devil has taken over his right arm.
Asta’s deal with the devil seems likely to become an even larger issue. I wonder if their relationship will function as the one between Naruto and Kurama. At first, there was hostility and even psychical harm, even though Kurama lived inside Naruto. It appears that the dynamic between Asta and the devil inside him is similar. Furthermore, is the sacrificed body part permanently lost, or is the devil take over temporary. Asta’s desperation could lead him into making more deals with the devil and it could cost him too much.
My Hero Academia – Chapter 278: Disaster Walker
Gigantomachia continues to rampage while carrying the other villains on his back. Mt. Lady tries valiantly to stop him but is bulldozed by the hulking figure. Earphone Jack realizes that he’s heading towards them. Meanwhile, Geten, Cementoss, Re-Destro, and Edgeshot are involved in a melee. Re-Destro stops the other heroes from advancing, as the villain move forward to begin their “revolution.” Kamui Woods and Midnight swing through the trees to reach Gigantomachia’s face. However, they are interrupted by Dabi, who dowses them with his blue flame.
Midnight crashes to the ground after being hit with debris from Mr. Compress. Hoping to put him to sleep Midnight think of Creati. She informs Creati that she needs to put Gigantomachia to sleep with an anesthetic, despite doing so being illegal. Creati comes up with a plan, using Earphone Jack and Tentacole’s Quirk to determine Gigantomachia’s location, she hands her friends an anesthetic. They prepare to face the oncoming enemies.
It seems implausible that this plan will work. If the heroes can’t stop Gigantomachia from moving then how will the get him to consume the anesthetic. Maybe it’s airborne and he’ll inhale it? I don’t think Mineta’s Quirk could work on him, and Creati seemed to have used too much of her power. Mt. Lady seems like she could at least delay him, but so far he’s tossed her around like a ragdoll. Gigantomachia doesn’t appear to be a direct threat, but that may be part of the problem. If he’s not distracted by fighting them, then he’s free to focus on reaching Tomura. I can’t see him being stopped, but maybe slowing him is all they will need.
My Hero Academia Chapter 277 opens with Deku and Tomura Shigaraki clashing. With the Near High Ends nomu’s keeping the other heroes distracted, Deku knows that this is a pivotal moment as Tomura’s Quirks are erased. His greatest fear is losing his teacher Eraserhead. Speechless, Eraserhead remembers telling Deku that “he could never be a Hero with his power.” It was difficult to recall that Deku was often hindered by his Quirk and discounted for it. He’s mostly overcome that limitation and is now perceived as a hero of the highest order. Bakugo attacks with A.P. Machine-Gun. Tomura is unaffected, dismissing the attack as “cute fireworks.” Endeavor attacks as Deku is overwhelmed by Tomura’s strength. Endeavor asks where Shoto is.
Shigaraki frees himself from his master
The absence of Shoto is curious. I’m not sure what it does for the story. Tomura seems to be powerful enough to handle all the heroes without his Quirks. Shoto will likely arrive when he’s needed the most, probably when Tomura gets his Quirks back. Regardless, Endeavor believes that Tomura is as “sturdy as All might.” Shigaraki pursues Deku, but he’s distracted by the voice of his Master. Talking to himself, Tomura declares that he’s going to surpass his Master and control himself. Suddenly, Gran Torino attacks. He tells Tomura to “quit trampling all over Shimura’s memory.” Tomura responds, “who?” Despite the biological relationship between Tomura and his grandmother, he’s not familiar with her. With her dying before his birth, he has no real relationship with her.
I would imagine that he will learn more about her later in the series. What effect that has is up in the air. Tomura makes a move towards Deku, however, Bakugo attacks with a huge blast. This leaves Tomura open for Endeavor to use his Super Move: Vanishing Fist. Tomura isn’t invincible in his current form. Without his healing Quirk, he can be harmed, but he’s durable. Elsewhere, at Gunga Mountain Villa, Mt. Lady battles Gigantomachia, who’s carrying Himiko, Dabi, Spinner, Mr. Compress, and Skeptic on his back. Mt. Lady struggles not to let him pass her. The heroes are up against it everywhere. If they can keep Gigantomachia and the others from leaving they might have a chance. As long as Deku is Tomura’s target I think he’s going to have a hard time winning. Ignoring the other heroes isn’t working and he needs to target Eraserhead more. He seems so arrogant that he probably doesn’t think he needs a strategy.
In Chapter 275 of My Hero Academia, as Tomura searches for Deku, he notes that Ragdoll’s Search Quirk came preloaded with Quirk uses that she recorded. This, of course, includes Deku as she obtained this information during the Training Camp Arc. Endeavor, while pursuing Tomura, is confused by Deku. When Tomura lands, Endeavor attacks him with a blast of fire. However, Tomura dodges and changes his direction. Overhearing the conversation, Tomura becomes frustrated with the fact that the heroes are communicating electronically. He uses an “Air Cannon” Quirk in conjunction with a “Radio Waves” Quirk, jamming all the communication. Before he does, Endeavor informs the other heroes that Tomura is heading southwest, and he has a Super Regeneration Quirk.
Katsuki chases Deku
Deku questions why Katsuki is following. We know that Katsuki will never admit he’s trying to protect Deku. He responds that he’s the “only one who can make the people understand quickly enough is himself.” As someone privy to Deku and All Might’s secret, Katsuki feels responsible for helping Deku succeed. He also admits that he has a “score to settle with Tomura.” Bakugo has difficulty coming to terms with the reason for All Might’s retirement. Bakugo is unable or incapable to accept that getting caught wasn’t a sign of his weakness or the cause of All Might’s downfall. His guilt has followed him ever since.
Shigaraki verses Eraserhead
Bakugo notices that Deku can use Full Cowl on average at about 30%, and he increases the output to 45% at the moment of impact. He releases that Deku always manages to surpass him, but he will not continue to allow that. I was initially concern whether Deku and Bakugo could handle Tomura. However, this conflict might not happen. Deku envisions both himself and Bakugo being disintegrated by Tomura. Suddenly, Gran Torino grabs the two of them. He notes that Tomura’s decay Quirk is so powerful that “merely touching the falling debris will ensure instant death.” Deku protests, but Gran Torino reminds him that other heroes can fight.
Tomura gets ambushed
Ryukyu attacks Tomura with her claws. He grabs her claw, however, his Quirk doesn’t activate. Ryukyu knocks Tomura into the air. Eraserhead arrives, inspired by the death of Crust and his friend Oboro, he tells Tomura “not mess with his students.” So far in this arc, I’ve have obsessed over two things, who gets their Quirk erased and who dies. I going to guess that Eraserhead loses his Quirk and Gran Torino dies.
Tomura doesn’t have many weaknesses at this point but Eraserhead’s Quirk is one of them. It would be strategically wise of him to “destroy” Eraserhead’s Quirk. However, I think Eri will rewind it at some point so it won’t be a major loss. Gran Torino, on the other hand, would be a perfect victim. He’s important enough to matter, he’s connected to All Might, and Deku, and he’s a member of the old guard. His death would be impactful, but also symbolize the end of an era. That said Tomura may get overwhelmed as he doesn’t seem very skillful without his Quirk. With multiple heroes attacking at once he might need to be rescued by Gigantomachia.
My Hero Academia chapter 274 opens with Endeavor attacking Tomura with his Super Move Flashfire Fist – Hell’s Curtain. He’s determined to stop Tomura from escaping. However, the fire from his super move isn’t effective. Tomura attempts to touch Endeavor, but he’s able to dodge. Endeavor notices that Tomura is regenerating at high speeds. He orders all the heroes that can move without touching the ground to create a perimeter around them.
Meanwhile, Tomura realizes that he has inherited all the Quirks that All For One collected. Tomura grabs a couple of Quirk-Destroying Drugs. He senses that something is missing, One For All. The only Quirk that his master couldn’t tame Tomura aims to track Deku down. Endeavor overhears him mention One For All so does Deku through Burnin’s radio. Using the Search Quirk stolen from Ragdoll Tomura pinpoints Deku’s location. Knowing he’s the target Deku leaves to try and draw Tomura to a more isolated location.
Tomura searches for All For One
Together with Katsuki, they head toward a deserted area. He contacts Endeavor through a private channel informing him of his plans. Chapter 274 was a rather quick one. Tomura seems erratic at this point. He may have all his masters collected Quirks but he hasn’t mastered any. Tomura and Deku mirror each other. Both have Quirk collecting abilities that have been passed down from the masters. It appears that like Midoriya’s One For All, Tomura’s All For One also allows the previous holder to speak to him. Finally, neither one has mastered any of the new abilities they have been handed. Regardless, Tomura vs Deku and Katsuki will be interesting.
Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru is the next series after his Naruto series and it’s sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Kishimoto is responsible for the script, panel layout, word balloon placement, and rough draft of storyboards. He then passes all this to Akira Okubo, who then finalizes the art. Okubo worked on Naruto as an assistant starting with the 16th volume. Samurai 8 focuses on a galaxy that is heading towards its end. The only hope for saving it is to find Pandora’s Box. Within this box is the secret to saving the universe. However, the warrior god, Fudo Myo-o has made it so the box can only be opened with the Seven Keys.
Who is our main protagonists Hachimaru?
A sickly boy, Hachimaru dreams of becoming a samurai and exploring the galaxy. However, he is tethered to a life-supporting device created by his father, Furuta. He spends most of his days playing an online VR game while bickering with his father. Hayataro, Hachimaru’s pet dog with a cat AI, brings him Daruma. A blind robot cat, Daruma is known as the “wandering lone wolf.” A samurai trained in the ways of Kong-Yasha Style, he’s famous around the galaxy. Meanwhile, Furuta attempts to get parts for another machine to help Hachimaru. He tries to work with a ronin. However, the ronin notices that Furuta has the Samurai Soul of a legendary samurai around his neck.
What are samurai’s and how are they made?
In the Samurai 8 series, samurai are cyborg warriors. To become a samurai, one must commit seppuku with a small blade found in a Locker Ball. It’s possible that by doing this one’s body becomes a Key. A spinal shaped memory unit becomes the base of a new cybernetic samurai body. Each samurai’s cybernetic body can regenerate, allowing them to reattach limbs or regrow them altogether. When the ronin arrives at Furuta’s home to retrieve the Samurai Soul, Hachimaru commits seppuku. He becomes the samurai he’s dreamed of and defeats the ronin.
Is Samurai 8 any good?
It’s too early in the series to make any determination regarding this series quality. I like this series so far. The combination of sci-fi and samurai lore is interesting. I loved the designs of the samurai armor and the world by Akira Okubo. It’s only the first volume and if Bleach taught me anything it not just how you start but how you end. The character Nanashi being introduced as a part of Hachimaru’s team, only to be abandoned seems strange. The series pacing in the first 6 chapters is inconstant and I have to know the idea of how the power system functions. We only get a glimpse of the Princess that will join Hachimaru. Regardless, while many aspects of the story aren’t fleshed out yet I’m excited for what this series could bring.
Ajin: Demi-human is a manga series created and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. The Ajin is the immortal species that pass as humans. They don’t realize that they’re Ajin until they die. There isn’t a lot of information on the Ajin. A species discovered in the 90s only 45 Ajin has been discovered. There is still research to be done. The mechanism of their immortality is still unknown. The Ajin was first discovered on the battlefield. They were originally mistaken for “zombies.” However, after research, it was concluded that the Ajin is similar to humans, except for their immortality. Societies’ panic subsided, but the Ajin continued to be subjected to research. Furthermore, a black market formed. Ajin were captured and sold. This was known as “Ajin-hunting.”
The main protagonist, Kei Nagai, is a teenage boy studying for medical school. Ajin: Demi-human uses the classroom to tells us more about the Ajin. The teacher notes the immortality but includes the fact that Ajin can use a “special voice ability.” The first Ajin was discovered by Americans in Africa. 2 Ajin is known to exist in Japan. This is all the public knows. Kei is uninterested. Later he recalls burying his dog and seeing an Ajin. Distract, Kei walks into traffic and is hit by a truck. Outed as an Ajin he flees. Alone in the woods, he calls his friend Kaito. However, he’s discovered by a cop. Rescued by Kaito the government is anxious to capture him before “another country gets him.”
Yu Tosaki and Izumi Shimomura arrive at outside Kai’s home. The police have gathered to begin a manhunt. Kei and Kai are attacked by criminals. Kei lets out his “Ajin voice” allowing him and Kai to escape. Tosaki compares officials to Ajin, by suggesting that officials “are not humans.” Kai and Kei are being chased by the two men. Kei sees a “black ghost.” They pass some train tracks. When the pursuers follow they’re stopped by black ghosts that paralyze the driver. They both are killed by the train. Throughout volume 1 the series is framed by what happens to a captured Ajin. Named Tanaka, he’s tortured by the researchers. First, he’s crushed, then he’s stabbed multiple times.
Ajin: Demi-human is giving us a preview of what is instore for Kei if he’s captured. A mysterious figure is also introduced. A seemingly old man in a scally cap, this man is seen watching the video of Tanaka. Tosani spots him in the crowd. However, instead of chasing him he contacts special forces. Meanwhile, Kei and Kai are chased by a motorcyclist. He kicks their bike, sending them crashing. Kai ends up facedown in the river and Kei appears to have a broken bone. Kei asks for an ambulance for Kai. However, the motorcyclists say that “he got what he deserved for aiding an Ajin.” Surprisingly, Kai is still alive. He bashes the motorcyclist’s head with a rock. Kei is paralyzed. He uses the knife to kill himself and is healed. We finally meet the old man, Sato, and he has Tanaka with him. They hope to meet with Kei and show him the “right direction.”
Chapter 4 begins with the meeting between Tanaka and Sato. After killing all the researchers, Sato offers to “teach” Tanaka about being an Ajin. Elsewhere, Kei and Kai have escaped to an abandoned building. They plan on staying with Kaito’s grandparents in a small community inside Kyushu. At the hospital, Izumi questions Eriko (Kei’s sister). She claims to be disgusted at the thought of a “part of her family is Ajin.” Eriko recalls the dog burial and Kei acting “weird.” She realizes that Kai is the likely accomplice. However, before she can tell Izumi, a black ghost stabs Izumi through the chest. The ghost then attacks the police, decapitating one and piercing the other. Eriko faints. Izumi recovers.
In another flashback, Sato explains immortality. Using a video game analogy he asks “what happens if you had 100 lives in a video game, and used two at the same time; what would happen to the second life.” Back in the present, Tanka’s Black Ghost says that ” when Ajin comes back to life their bodies are essentially put back together fusing into the right place, but if a body part is too far away it will simply create a new one.” Izumi summons her black ghost, “Blackie.” The two ghost battles. Izumi’s Blackie wins. However, Tanaka was just the decoy. Sato kidnaps Eriko.
Tosaki is in a meeting with a group of people. They discuss Tanaka’s breakout and the powers of Ajin. Tosaki receives a text from Eriko. Kei has decided that Kai’s plan won’t work. He no longer trusts humans. He abandoned Kai and hoped to discover other Ajin. Sato finally makes contact with Kei. Finding the “community” he wanted he rushes to meet them. Kei determines that there are two kinds of Ajin community, meek and strong. While accepting that some humans need to be killed, Kei refuses to accept harming the innocent.
I find Ajin: Demi-human to be a very engaging and entertaining manga. So far the lore surrounding the Ajin is interesting. While the dynamic between Sato, Tanaka, Kei is fairly predictable. Kei is more nuanced regarding humans. Sato and Tanaka are likely going to want to kill any and every human. Kei is probably going to end up with Izumi and Tosaki. That’s not a bad thing. With the government’s treatment of Ajin, Sato is likely to be more sympathetic. I expect the two amoral or “evil” forces will come into conflict often. However, Kei and the others will present a third option. As always with manga series, the art has to be great. Sakurai Gamon’s art style is detailed. His use of shadow is amazing and I love the designs of the Ajin so far. Each character feels distinct and realistic. Ajin: Demi-human volume 1 is an impressive start to a series I highly recommend.
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.
The One Piece series has always featured swords. However, the series rarely elaborate on swords as a form of fighting. Having largely focused on devil fruits and haki, swords have been left out. Zoro has been the most important swordsmen in the series. Through him we have the most exposure to swords and how they are used in combat. One Piece has classified swords by their qualities. The three classifications are, Meito, Kokuto and Yoto. The Meito (Famed Blade) class is a sword that has gained such fame that it can be recognized by sight. Kokuto (Black Blade) are swords that are blacked colored. Finally, the Yoto (Mystic Blade) class, carries a curse that causes misfortune to its wielder.
The blades classed Meito are also ranked by “grade.” The grades are Grade swords, Skillful grade, Great grade and Supreme grade. There are an undetermined number of Grade Swords as they’re the lowest grade. There are 50 Skillful Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords and 12 Supreme Grade Swords. In chapter 955, titled Enma, Zoro is given his second of two Great Grade Swords. Enma is a Meito that use to belong to Kozuki Oden, it’s also the only weapon said to have harmed Kiado. A masterpiece from the legendary swordsmith Shimotsuki Kozaburo, it is describe as being able to “cut through to the bottom of hell.” Tenguyama Hitetsu believes that if Zoro can make Enma a black blade, it’s rank would increase.
Enma is difficult to wield. Enma is able to draw out the wielders Busoshoku Haki on it’s own, it can result in the force of a strike being greater than intended. It was stated that if Zoro was a lesser swordsmen he would have been turned into a “dry husk.” Zoro is able to force his haki back from the blade. The Wano Country Arc seems to be a turning point in regards to focusing more on swords and the power. The chapter largely focuses on the preparations for the upcoming battle. A handful of days are left until the raid, Robin reveals that the Beast Pirates have 20,000 men and Orochi has 10,000. The Alliance only has 4,000. Clearly, they’re at a numerical disadvantage. However, I think that they have better “quality” of warriors. With Luffy mastering the new Haki and Zoro able to master Enma It think that they will be fine.