Eden no Ori

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cage of edenTitle: エデンの檻 (JP) Cage of Eden (ENG)

Artist: Yamada Yoshinobu

Serialization: Kodansha’s Weekly Shounen Magazine (2008 – Ongoing) (no known licensing)

Demographic: Shounen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Tragedy

Plot: Akira and his classmates are travelling on a plane when it crashes onto an island inhabited by species thought to have been extinct. The situation becomes increasingly desperate as some of Akira’s classmates are eaten alive, while some kill others in desperation. Now Akira and a few other survivors are trying to survive what seems to be a horrible nightmare. (Taken from MangaUpdates)

Impression: Well, I was looking through things to find something to read and I stumbled across this nice little series. Looking at all those genres that are in it, I figured it would be something that is built in a similar manner as High School of the Dead, with dinosaurs instead of zombies and is isolated. I was right to assume that because that is pretty much what it is in a nut shell. Everything is normal for the main characters until suddenly their plane crashes into an uncharted and undiscovered island in the middle of no where. Somehow, our main characters are teleported out right before the crash, which I am still wondering what that was all about. Most of the passengers, if not all, survive the initial crash only to find that there are extinct animals waiting to eat them alive. Now of course as expected, a few people survive and form separate survival groups. How are they going to get back from what appears to be just like the island in Nagasarete Airantou. An island with no escape and no contact from the outside world.

As for the Characters, they all have their special place. Akira Sengoku is clearly the hero of our story who is somewhat unreliable outside of times when he is the only one who can do it. Rion Akagami, the heroine,  is the person everyone idolizes and she is the childhood friend of Akira Sengoku and is slowly falling for him. Kanako Oomori is kind of like the group nurse, even though her original role was to the the flight attendant, and shows to be more reliable they she first appears to be. Shirou Mariya is the brains of everything, school prodigy, and has a laptop with a database of all the prehistoric animals found here that is somehow waterproof and can be recharged without the use of electrical outlets (I want his laptop!). Outside of that, there are some 300 other characters that slowly get killed off one after another by either fighting among themselves or by attacks done by these prehistoric creatures.