Just like how some write reviews of pilot episodes, I might as well “review” a pilot chapter. And the honor of this pilot review for pilot chapters goes to none other than Eden’s Zero, the latest manga from Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima.
This chapter starts off on what looks like an island inhabited by robots. Among those robots is a boy named Shiki. Shiki’s world turns upside down when a girl named Rebeca and her walking talking cat Happy enter the picture.
When Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail, announced that he was doing a new series, I got quite intrigued. I am a fan of Fairy Tail even with the flaws it has. To me, Hiro Kashima has the George Lucas syndrome. He has great imagination and ideas, but the execution is his weakness. I hope this time, he has a good editor around to make his work better.
This chapter is a typical Hiro chapter. Take a shot every time a character says the word “friend” or “friendship,” and you will have a couple of empty beer bottles. The art is both great but lazy (probably). As far as I know, Eden’s Zero is not meant to be a sequel to Fairy Tail set in the distant future, but it sure looks like it to the point that it’s not even funny. If Eden’s Zero is a sequel, it’s all fine and good, if not, it’s lazy and disappointing.
I can’t deny that the chapter got me interested, especially with the twist at the end. It might not be a fantastic start, but is a decent one. Some mangas have had decent chapters that turned out great at the end (I’m looking at you Dragon Ball). Speaking of Dragon Ball, this chapter has a scene that feels like it could be a love letter to said franchise.
If you are a fan of Fairy Tail like I am, give this chapter a try. If you disliked Fairy Tail, then stay away from this like it is the plague, because you won’t like it. I’m going to keep an eye on this series and might even continue to do reviews for each chapter if you want to.