Due to life, collecting shiny star balls and a lot of turn-based situations, I haven’t been able to keep up with the reviews lately. Meaning this review will be an overall recap of chapters 4 through 9.
In the words of Quentin Tarantino, spoken by Leonardo DiCaprio: “You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.” The classical Hiro Mashima tropes remain in this manga, don’t get me wrong. But now, it starts to feel like its own story and a possibly a good one at that. I would argue that this could end up as his best work yet (Yes I will eat my words later if I have to). Chapter 5 and 6 gave of some comedic Cowboy Bebop feeling. Taking inspiration from Cowboy Bebop is a plus in my book.
However, there are two points which might be a problem. I can admit that the first part is something based on assumptions. It feels more and more like Hiro Mashima is trying to have a “statement” in this. If true, then that’s something that could potentially lift the story but could easily hurt it too with the wrong execution. I give it a plus for now, but you get the idea.
The look of the chapters is just like before. Solid work, with stellar action that works from frame to frame. The only one artist (that I know of) that is a better action artist is Haime Isayama and Noriaki Kubo.
If you give up on Edens Zero after chapter 3, I would say give it another try.