- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha (25 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935429264
- ISBN-13: 978-1935429265
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.6 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cage of Eden 2 Paperback – 25 Oct 2011
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The fanservice is still going strong in this book and I'm rather impressed at how the series can cram it in there while still making it seem somewhat natural for it to occur. Yeah, you're going to see panty shots and cheesecake images galore, but it's not done at the sake of the book's plot or its characters. I wanted to mention and emphasize this in my review because much of the time you'll see fanservice that's gratuitous to the point where you'll get "Girl A falls down for little or no reason and all her clothes fall off". (Seriously, I saw an anime where this happened.)
The plot is pretty nice as well. I'll admit that I've looked ahead a little in the series on Wikipedia, and the series has a lot of promise for those who love a good mystery. For the plot right now, though, we've got a decent buildup of the characters and their abilities. I do occasionally wonder about the power levels of Mariya's computer, as it seems to have almost unlimited levels of energy. It's a small quibble, especially in a series where you have ancient critters getting ready to nom down on our intrepid young heroes and heroines, but it keeps sticking in the back of my mind. (Although I expect that eventually the computer's loss of power will become a plot point later on.)
I have to say that I rather like the risks that the series is taking. I can't go into too much detail, but I'll say this: this is very much a "nature, red in tooth and claw" type of series. It doesn't hold up the idea that everyone must survive, nor does it try to keep everyone absolutely safe.
Not everyone will like this series, mind you, and people looking for the next weird mind trip "people stuck on an island with strange things ala LOST" might be disappointed that this is more action driven than anything else, at least so far. For those who love action, pretty girls and fanservice, and strange beasties, this is going to be right up their alley.
Akira Sengoku is struggling to maintain his own cool while keeping his friends alive, but with monstrous creatures roaming everywhere, it is a wonder he has not lost anyone in his group. In the midst of it all, a psychopathic killer-student calling himself "Hades, Lord of the Underworld" suddenly abducts him and tries to kill him.
Even if Akira and his friends meet up with other students and attempt to get off the island, there is no telling if the next island they find will be any better, not to mention the monsters dwelling in the ocean itself. It seems impossible for them to catch a break, coming a hair's breadth from death many times.
Yoshinobu Yamada has played his cards right with this piece of work. This survival horror manga has all the building blocks of an excellent series. One can only read in horror as they wait for the next installment to come their way.
Reviewed by David Gromer