Written by Shiggins
As I said before in another review, I had decided to give Eden's Zero some space to grow and develop, since it seemed to be following Mashima-senpai's usual formula of a slow uninteresting introduction before the story finally creeps up in full. Has it happened yet? And even if it hasn't, does that mean there is nothing of value? You'll have to read here to find out!
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|I feel sorry for whoever has to make the XXX parody of this one. Half the job is done already!|
|Okay, the comparisons to Fairy Tail are clerly going continuing to be tough to ignore.|
When Shiki sits on the throne of Eden's Zero, the ship reads his DNA as the next demon king, and a female android appears. The android is a follower of Shiki now, known as Witch, and she purges the ship of all the bugs and mess that grew during her absence. She also redesigns the ship to resemble a dragon. To find Mother, Witch explains that he'll need to find Ziggy's "4 Starshines", one of which is Witch herself, so they can get past a difficult area known as the Dragon Fall. There's also at least one area that can't be opened without another Starshine. And with that, they make it back to Blue Garden.
|Well, at least Mashima-senpai still focuses on what's important.|
Returning to the Guild, they discover a broken Happy who reveals that Rebecca and the Guild Master have been taken away by someone, as well as several other content creators from all over the city. Realising that this is from people working with Jin, Shiki heads to Eden's Zero to prepare for a rescue mission. As they travel, Rebecca wakes up surrounded b-cubers and seeing Jin with other goons, Ganoff and Moscow, through a glass window. They explain they are mercenaries of "Sister", who is supposedly one of the Starshines, and they are doing a mission for a frog-alien called Illega. After some threats from their captors, Rebecca gets to know the more successful b-cubers.
|Shiki's prejudices - Confirmed!|
On planet Guilst, Illega reveals himself to the girls and shows a very disturbing goal of turning naked girls into statues so they can be his furniture and possessions. Ew. Their clothes are dissolved by bubbles, which I shall name the Zirconis Bubbles. At this time, Eden's Zero has arrived at Guilst and the group, minus Happy and Witch, explore the town and learn about how it was built on a massive tree, filling the planet with wood ether. They enter a church, and are met by a woman-android called Sister, who introduces herself as the leader of the mercenary guild Rogue Out.
Opinion: Whew, the next review is gonna be even tougher to write out! Might have to be even more brief...
Anyway, for those who don't know, I originally stopped reading Eden's Zero due to a lack of an arc that connected any of the individual stories together. While some might enjoy the somewhat-picaresque style of narrative, and I can certainly see why, I need to feel like we're heading towards a climax. The best stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. And as is common with Mashima projects, the beginning of Eden's Zero was/is practically episodic.
|The animators are already in love with this series, I'm sure. The OVAs are going to be... interesting.|
With the characters introduced so far, I can say with certainty that I like them. Shiki is growing on me far faster than Natsu or Haru ever did, with his more childlike optimism and fascination with the world. Rebecca is great, quirky yet tough, but I am very scared of her being left in the damsel-in-distress-for-life position, like Sonic the Hedgehog's Princess Elise or Mario's Princess Peach, or Dragon Lair's Princess Daphne. Again though, I have to ask... Why did Happy have to be in this?!
|Uh oh, Weisz kidnapped someone. And it's probably not the first time.|
The last two characters worth talking about are Elsie Crimson and Jin, two characters I hope to see in antagonist roles for the future. Jin's design is great, right alongside his stoic personality, and Elsie is Evil Erza. At least, I hope she is. I fear we're going to get a "twist" later on that she's actually a beloved hero, and it's the forces she's fighting that are the true villains. Personally, I'd go the route where both she and Justice are enemies of Shiki. I want Evil Erza!
Action is fine.
Possibly my favourite quality of Eden's Zero so far is the darkness it's showing off. The robots dying in chapter 1, the lives being wiped out by a Time Eater, and now naked girls being used as furniture? It shows a side of Mashima-senpai that I'm actually finding myself welcoming, so long as he doesn't cross his own limits. His world has been built up in a stylised way, and some darker acts could end up working against it.
Speaking of worlds, that might be what Eden's Zero has already surpassed Fairy Tail at. The world of Fairy Tail, while bright and magical, could also be quite inconsistent and struggle to world-build. A scene that stands out for me is when Laxus first sees Tempester, and is surprised to see he has a dog face, but in a world of talking cats, skulls and more, that's not strange at all. So why would Laxus even mention it?
|Aaah. Now THERE is the nightmare fuel!|
Bottom line, I'm enjoying reading Eden's Zero right now. Finally! It has growing pains and plenty of glitches in need of patching, but it's starting to find its own path and leave Fairy Tail's bulky shadow. And hopefully in the next review, I won't even need to bring up Fairy Tail once!
|So... was the bunny girl never important? Did Mashima-senpai just get really excited and want to keep drawing her for a while?|
Born under the stars of the Dark Gods, Shiggins owns the power of the Great Eye and is utterly magnificent in his omniscience. If you dare to discover more about someone as great as him, then go ahead. And to all my friends and family members, YOU are wrong and I should be disappointed! Not the other way round!,. You can find out about him or ask him stuff on ask.fm/shigginsishere or go to his tumblr page http://otakugajeel.tumblr.com/