Written by Shiggins
After last week picked up this story, helping Eden's Zero forge a new identity, I was looking forward to today's continuation. However, Eden's Zero is already starting to take a step backwards and can't help but keep bringing up the past. At least we got to see some new faces along with the old.
|Damn, I just love gravity powers! (And yes, I'm aware that this is a very specific power to adore.)|
The chapter begins right where we last left off, with the trio entering Meteor Torch to register Shiki as an adventurer. They come across the friendly receptionist, Clarisse Leiya, who is clearly Rebecca's close friend. This is when we then see a hologram of the giant space woman from last week, who is known as "Mother". Nobody knows who she is, where she came from or why she exists, but they worship her anyway because she's big and space-y.
|I feel like this could somehow be amazing social commentary....|
|Couldn't they at least have shown her making out with Gajeel? This cameo is distracting enough as it is anyway so go full fanservice!|
The trio head to a diner where the entire waiting staff are... Plues! Or "Nikola" if you prefer. After being super-confused and super-amazed by them, Shiki complains that the Guild is not as family-friendly as he envisioned, causing a reference to another manga. *cough* Fairy Tail *fake cough*. Shiki's adventurer pass suddenly goes into effect, and he learns that Rebecca gave him the surname of "Granbell". He, along with the other two, are Class E. Lowest ranking. Underdog trope.
|I... think she might be aroused.|
|How I Met Your Mother.|
In the first chapter's review, I mentioned that the character designs, especially Happy's, were too similar to Fairy Tail. And last week, I brought up the fact that having another Guild was exactly like Fairy Tail and how Elcy is obviously Erza. This week, I am yet again having to mention how Fairy Tail is still appearing in this series, and it's not for the better.
On top of a glaringly bizarre cameo by Team Shadow Gear, we have a girl who looks exactly like Edolas' Wendy did, the return of Mashima's true mascot Plue, and even an indirect mention of the Fairy Tail manga itself. A cute glance at the world of Fairy Tail and Rave Master could be fun, but Eden's Zero has officially gone too far. The immersion isn't strong enough to stay standing when I'm constantly reminded of how much fun Fairy Tail was before it. If they keep bringing up Fairy Tail every chance they get, Eden's Zero will never be able to form its own identity. And it was already having a difficult time doing so as soon as Happy made his first appearance alongside a blonde girl and a spiky haired boy!
|It's like D&D for sugar-high kids!|
It is fun to see more of this "Mother", albeit briefly, and she is an obvious but appropriate goal for our heroes. The idea of them forming a crew and a ship to travel to a location is... well... too familiar and most commonly associated with One Piece. I know that Hiro Mashima and Eiichiro Oda have a friendly history with each other, but please don't become One Piece, Hiro Mashima. As tempting as it is to copy from the most successful manga ever!
Bottom line, I enjoyed this chapter but I am worried that Eden's Zero is refusing to create its own identity and could be making itself just Fairy Tail 2.0. Unless my theory last week becomes true and we're about to see a "Red Dwarf: Back to Earth" special starring Natsu in Shiki's world, then let's try and lay off the Fairy Tail stuff, hmm?
Manga Rating: 2.5/5
Character of the Week: Lavelli Christi for providing a fun dynamic, and being a smug bitch about it.
Best Part: Lavelli's introduction.
Worst Part: There's too much Fairy Tail sauce in my Eden's Zero dinner.
|Took you long enough to show up, you weird... snowman... dog.... thing!|
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