English: Cage of Eden
Published: Nov 26, 2008 to Jan 23, 2013
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SynopsisAkira and his classmates are on a plane that crashes on an island inhabited by a species thought to have been extinct. Some of his classmates are eaten alive, some kill others in desperation. Now Akira and a few other survivors are trying to stay alive through what seems to be a horrible nightmare.
A 21st century Japanese apocalypse/horror (or more accurately, "no hope") manga; your first thought? Tits. Your second? Ass. This is the drawbacks to all those fan services, those juicy, bouncing, voluptuous drawbacks. Something about the end of the world or death, and women (who's "accessories" make her fit more on a farm in montana than an urban Japanese environment), make the Japanese (and probably tons of Americans) scream MOAR!!! Does this honestly make sense? If the world ended, wouldn't small girls with washboards survive better? So shouldn't all horror apocalypse stories star creepy old lolicons and doll-size girls instead of reckless selfless and otheradjective-less guys and his herd of cows?
These were some of my first thoughts when I read the synopsis for Cage of Eden; When in the first chapter, the guys are watching a video of their classmates in swimsuits. I thought, this is just another fan service filled action, adventure, comedy, romance, horror manga.
And man, was i wrong.
It was strange to think that I read a manga, where the Male:Female ratio was 3:2, and not 1:20. It was strange that even though the main girl has tits, she shows them ONLY when she bathes (BLASPHEMY!!). I'm going to make comparisons to Highschool of the Dead, not only because of the similarity of the story's feel, but because they counter each other in so many ways, and in the end, i still like CoE better.
Plot: Cage of Eden blends a good amount of action, adventure, and horror. Comedy and romance are the bench players, chilling out, rooting for the team, and every once in awhile they come out and play. CoE blends these genres very well and there are good timings of romance and comedy. When HSotD characters are surrounded by zombies, their first thought is "Will so&so fuck me if i save her?". HSotD had too much melodrama. It made me think, people are fighting for their lives and your trying to figure out which pair of breasts likes who? Cage of Eden focuses on survival, and only throws comedy/romance in when completely necessary and in times when everything is fine or when it fits. My favorite element of CoE; however, is the horror. When your surrounded by zombies, but there's a military force somewhere, it offers some sanctuary. CoE doesn't excel because it's on an island with tons of extinct monsters, it excels because of several scenes that just tell you, "it's fucking useless, you'll die here".
*Mild Spoiler, but a spoiler nonetheless*
The only signs of salvation CoE every offers, are often shut-down immediately. Settlements of people often go from normal, to insanely dangerous in several chapters. One of the most horrifying moments was very early on, when the protagonists and several other students try to sail to safety. The protagonists are betrayed and kicked off the boat where they return to the island. The others sail to a 10 ft rock, tricked by a mirage that caused them to believe it was an island. They are then eaten by a extinct sea monster. Not that scary?
CoE isn't BOO horror, it's that creeping horror. It's like watching a slasher flick; everybody knows the killer, but what can you do? CoE gives that feeling, that you can't escape, you'll never be safe, only death is salvation
The story is a blend of plot and character driven arcs, with only one big goal in mind for our protagonists: Survival. There aren't any outstanding characters, but each character has something to offer to the groups overall survival. None are sitting eye candy, they all work, and there isn't a character i feel you can call a waste of space. Arcs are interesting and are filled with mystery. There are some good twists to the plot, which simply add to the terror.
Art: I had a hard time believing the synopsis when i read it. The characters look fragile and Yuyu hakusho-ish, but unlike Yuyu, most people who died weren't highschool girls/boys who were eaten and stomped and brutally murdered. I can best compare it to happy tree friends, characters are simple and very shojo looking, only to get fucking chomped on as a midnight snack. Animals look great and detailed as well as death sequences. I can't tell if the animals that show up are real or not, but the author definitely did his research.
A great series altogether, action is around every corner as well as horrifying deaths or monsters. Not alot of fan service, but fan service is either something you look for or don't care about. I found the amount here is satisfactory without it turning into full on porn. Cage of Eden proves that putting a body and brain behind those tits can still make a series great.
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I constantly read reviews and ratings in order to choose the next manga to read and anime to watch and for the most part, those reviews tend to reflect the overall essence of the series. I decided to write this review (which happens to be my first) because I was outraged at what the others commented. Upon encountering this manga and reading their reviews I thought Cage of Eden was some kind of stereotypical lame story with no character depth and bad plot. Thankfully enough i decided to give give it a try and was hooked up since the first chapter.
A plane suddenly crashes into a mysterious island inhabited by creatures that were presumably extinct. The protagonist, Sengoku Akira, who arrives due to the plane crash, starts to explore the island and gather an entourage in order to escape from the hell of the island. Although the first few chapters might sound much like a combination of Lost and High School of The Dead, the story progresses in a unique manner. Akiras entourage encounters different creatures and even a strange disease, but what is truly frightening about the island are the other passengers of the plane. Murders, betrayal, desperation befalls many of the different crash surviving groups, and the story focuses on how Akira's entourage encounters and deals with them.
Although it has many similarities with Lost and High School of the Dead, the development of each event is truly original and realistic. The developments, and psychological situations that the characters experience are the same as those I would experience if found in a similar situation.
The art is somewhat simplistic but at the same time detailed and realistic enough to convey the essence of the plot. I do not prefer an art style over another (I enjoy the Shoujo art style as much as the Shonen art style), what I ask is for the action scenes to be clear and for the emotional scenes to be moving. This manga does a good job in both. While escaping dinosaurs or explosions, you can clearly understand what is going on. While grieving for the death of someone, you can feel their sadness.
As the people join Akira's entourage, more and more is revealed about each character. Akira goes through a bunch of moral dilemmas and it is clear how they change him. The other characters are also very well portrayed. You can clearly understand their insanity and stress about what they are going through. Akira's character is also quite admirable and pleasant to observe.
I loved it. I started it in the morning and reached chapter 30 around 4 hours later. I skipped a biology lecture and decided to not each lunch before I finished the manga. Each chapter gets you hooked up to the next, the ecchiness and everything seems appropriate.
This is one of the rare mangas where I honestly could not stop reading. Although right now the after manga hype is starting to get low and I am starting to think of it as a 9, while still reading it, the manga definitely deserved a 10.
Replace zombies with dinosaurs and you'll have Eden no Ori. Replace dinosaurs with zombies and you'll have HotD. Both series are about group survival against all odds.
They both have a similar theme.
Cage of Eden is basically like Highschool of the Dead except, you know, better. Though both manga are set in a world of fantasy, CoE has a much more realistic tone to it. The characters are generally more likable, realistic, and relatable. Plus, I appreciate the fact that though both are kinda ecchi, the girls in CoE have breasts that, though still rather large, are not as ridiculously sized as it is in HoD (I honestly began to question whether they were really human and not just a pair of boobs with a small head and body attached for decoration).
I always find myself going back to CoE to reread it over and over again. Though I admit that when I originally read Highschool of the Dead, it was extremely thrilling and I was totally pulled in, coming back and rereading it again, it just doesn't compare with the complexity and depth you find in CoE.
Highschool of the dead is still a pretty great read if you just want something you can breeze through and get some kind of thrill from, but if you want a deeper plot with a great cast of characters that experience significant development, Cage of Eden is your best bet. :]
Both Highschool of the Dead and Eden no Ori are mangas about a group of highschoolers that have to fight together for their survival. The main characters are also very alike. The mangas goes under the same genres along with plenty of action and fighting scenes, in HotD there are zombies and on Eden no Ori they have to fight against different extinct animals. Both of the series also offer a big amount of fanservice, but I'd say that HotD is a little bit more extreme on this point.
Both feature a group of highschoolers attempting to survive in a dangerous new environment.
Both are about a group of students that under certain circumstances must band together to survivor and to avoid a horrible death, only difference really in that in HOTD their fighting zombies while in Eden no Ori it's a wave of prehistoric animals are supposed to be extinct.
Note: Both have a considerable amount of ecchi in them.
Both of these are set in a "post-apocalyptic" type setting. The main characters (HOTD - Takashi/Eden - Akira) don't think much of themselves but they become the leader of a group of people they find while trying to survive the aftermath of the "apocalypse". Finally, both offer lots of ecchi shots.
Both are ecchi with lots of fanservice.
Both involve groups of kids working together to survive against impending doom (prehistoric animals and zombies).
Eden seems to focus more on the mystery than the action while Highschool does the exact opposite.
Eden no Ori and HOTD are very similar. Most of the characters have the same personality and there're both about surviving.
Survival, in both manga teams are created with members thet each of them has its speciality (otaku, leader, fighter, smartass...). Pantsu. Great stories.
The characters in both of these serialisations are relocated to an island that requires them to develop and refine survival techniques so they can keep alive.
Panic ensues among the class(es) of both manga causing many to adopt a kill-or-be-killed attitude while others continue to hope that they can all survive together. Also, since both manga feature some cliche characters... the character archetypes of some of the main characters are pretty similar.
Battle Royale deals with a class of students who set off on a field trip and end up left to fend for themselves on a deserted island. This is same kind of situation takes place in Cage of Eden, the difference being in BR the students have to kill each other to survive whereas in CoE the students must not only survive the attacks of the crazies that have survived the plane crash that left them stranded on the island but they also have to fend off the prehistoric dinosaurs that also populate it. Both series are gory, survival focused and have echi qualities.
both are great manga with a similar setting where teenager have to fight on an island for survival.
battle royal is a psychological seinen where a class is forced to kill each other until one rremains while eden no ori is a great shonen where about 200 students and 100 other passengers land, after an air plane crash, on an deserted island where extinct species live and they try to survive while some get mad and start killing.
If you liked Battle Royale I definetly recommend that you read Eden no Ori or otherwise known as Cage of Eden. Both have to survive in an island except in Battle Royale they have to literally kill each other to survive while in Eden of Ori the people in the island some people do kill each other but they mostly want to leave the island. Both mangas are about survival and both are really good, so I recommend you try reading them both ^_^
They are both survivial manga.
Both are survival manga that create real sympathy between the reader and the characters. Sengoku Akira and Shuya Nanahara, the two main protagonists of their manga respectively, show striking similarities to each other.
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