Well, this is turning out to be a nice day. I recently got an order of four books from Barnes & Noble. Two of which are series finales. Today, I will be reviewing Cage of Eden Volume 11 by Yoshinobu Yamada.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
The search for Eiken continues, as Akira's group begins tries to look around the area where Eiken's group vanished.
However, things end up getting worse when members of Akira's group mysteriously vanish.
Now, Akira and gang must not only find Eiken, but the rest of their group as well.
I enjoyed this volume. I liked how Mariya was able to figure out the secret behind the place they found. It seemed like he was able to piece the obvious together really quickly. If I were there, I probably would have been mystified, because I like everyone else in our society, at least those that are not blind, I am too dependent on my sight and probably take a bit longer to find out to connect all of the dots. After all, it does sometimes take me a couple times through to figure out the details hidden within what people tell me whenever they ask me for help with their computer problems, if they did more than tell me what the problem is. The thing that most impressed me though was that Mariya had to do it with only auditory information, and not even recorded by any of the various means we have today. Yes, judges and juries have to basically do the same thing, because words are not the only thing to take into account during a trial, but even they will have a hard time, because there is so much information to take into account and the testimony thought to make a huge impact may not be as important as one that had did not come to everyone's mind so quickly. I guess that a good memory does have some importance to survival as well as to solving issues in our technologically advanced world. Another thing that I liked was that Akira thought of a solution to Mariya's issue of people being able to move about freely by drawing lines. Now, Akira has definitely done things that nobody has considered, such as ascending to higher ground in volume 8, which would have allowed them to find a trail, so they could descend, thereby treating the acute mountain sickness, and volume 5, where he had Arita, who tried to kill Ohmori, help him get her out of the cave, because his other friends were in no condition to do it themselves, but here it shows that our biggest problems can have the simplest solutions that might not immediately come to mind. It is funny that no matter how smart we are, we do not think that something so small can actually solve our problems. Then again, the steps for troubleshooting computers, as mentioned in CompTIA A+ Cert Guide, demonstrate that things can be fixed by isolation. With things isolated, the problem becomes less of a hassle. Not only does it show that the simplest solutions can solve things, but it also showed that the obvious could also be the answer, which is the reason that we should not be overlooking the obvious, no matter how hard it is for us to do so. Another thing that I liked was that I actually felt like I learned something new. In this volume, Yarai demonstrates how observant he is by stating that the mountain they traversed was man made and goes into about how mountains are made. While I was familiar with the two ways mentioned by Yarai, because of my time in school, since I had to take science courses in both high school and college, the thing that actually surprised me was that the translation notes at the end states that there is another way that mountains are formed, which a page on SUNY Oneonta's domain states there are four, three of which do not seem to be caused by earthquakes. This other way mountains are formed by fault-blocks sliding past each other and one side gets lifted vertically. I was only aware of erosion, magma, and earthquakes. Of course, this has to be because I majored in a technology degree, and not a science degree, because I cannot really agree with any branches of science, with the exception of astronomy, mainly due to things like man-made global warming, what we now call climate change. It is nice to learn new things in fiction because we can be entertained as we learn, though not everything in fictional works is true. The thing that caught my interest the most though is that since Yarai claimed the mountain was man-made, I wonder if the island was man-made as well. True, a mountain alone is not enough to come to that kind of conclusion, but too much seems to be going on for the island to be natural, such as extinct animals that appeared to have contact with humans. It could also be that the island was always there, but so far, the only person Akira encountered, other than those who were on his plane, was the one known as Hades, who is still a mysterious individual at this point in time. Outside of that, nothing else seems to come to my mind that I particularly liked. The fact that Akira solves something with a simple and obvious solution and that I felt like I actually learned something, as well as the fact that I am already wondering if the island is man-made, made this pretty interesting.
Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from a missing honorific definition list and next volume preview, nothing seems to come to my mind. As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that this volume already has me questioning whether the island was man-made or not, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of series and mystery. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a try, but only after getting a little experience with manga.
What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 11? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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