Book Review: Cage of Eden Volume 12

November 22, 2013


It looks like it has been a while since I did any kind of post, huh? Well, since I got a puppy recently, it may be some time before I can regularly post again, but that does not mean I cannot do any in my spare time.

Recently, Barnes & Noble notified me that the last two books of my most recent order finally arrived and I picked both.

Today, I am going to review one of those titles, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 12 by Yoshinobu Yamada.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Things are not looking good for Akira's group, as they are under attack from multiple species and everyone begins to panic.

However, when trying to think things through, Akira gets some advice on how to tackle them all from one of the newest and youngest members of his group that only leads to more mysteries.

Elsewhere, Yarai's group stumbles upon a mysterious lighthouse that seems to lead him to the same conclusion that Akira's group had already thought.

I enjoyed this volume. Even though I had already read these chapters, which was around the time that this series was still being published in Japan, I was still quite surprised that the real Miina Isurugi was able to determine the weaknesses of animals that she had not encountered prior to the time Eiken's group merged with Akira's. Of course, there was some bit of enjoyable humor that came from it as well. Right after she told them what she knew, they thought that she was lying because what she told them was not in Mariya's encyclopedia. One of the things that made this funny is that Akira's group does not realize that our so-called reliable sources either do not contain everything or they put in things that they want to people to take as fact, because they have an agenda, such as the global warming hoax. For example, I can read countless texts that tell me what had happened in events like the American Revolution or maybe something much earlier, like what happened when the pilgrims came to North America. While such things may be interesting, the only way that we can really find out the truth is if one was able to talk to people from those eras. Unfortunately, everybody from those periods of time have been dead for quite some time. Likewise, the animals in Mariya's encyclopedia have been dead for thousands to millions of years, so there is not really anyway to know what kind of weaknesses these animals have, because we cannot observe them, much like people do not believe in an afterlife because we cannot observe it, which I doubt anybody would want to see because of all the evil people who ever lived on Earth. The other thing that made it funny was that like Bloody Monday, we were shown that we should not disregard the things people say because of their age. Experience, which is gained while we age, is not entirely a bad thing, but experience is a double-edged sword. As we gain experience, we tend to make more and more assumptions that may not be the answer, like the efforts to combat digital piracy, which are done because there are people who do not even the most basic things about computer security and what rules are in place for. In survival situations like, assuming that somebody cannot be reliable because of their age will likely get a person killed. I also liked how Akira was willing to put Miina's information to the test. I have no doubt that I would do the same, because I want to know for myself whether or not it was correct. However, in our society, there are people that will not do that exactly because they are full of doubt. My church leaders would probably chastise them because they keep preaching that doubt is mostly evil. They do not even acknowledge, publicly at least, to attendees that trust can lead us to doing things that we think will help people, but ends up hurting them instead, just like how Akiyama's mother in Liar Game supposedly did evil things, which she did not realize because she did not doubt, according to the 18th chapter starting at page 14 and ending at page 20. According to Akiyama in the 29th chapter of Liar Game, which I referenced in my review of Divergent, this is apathy, because he says, "I got to see many terrible people inside the giant MLM I once worked to destroy. But the worst of them all...were the vast number of people in it who really believed they were doing good, when they were actually deceiving others. They hadn't the slightest clue what they were doing. Simply because they were trying to avoid picturing just how much pain they were inflicting on others by their actions, not giving it a single thought, a state of complete apathy." So, I guess the other members of Akira's group did have every right to doubt Miina. Of Course Akira is not the only one that did great things, because other members of his group did things like singing a song that seemed to relieve the stress everyone is experiencing. I understand that they are very stressed, but letting that stress get to oneself can lead to a quicker death when survival is on the line. As such, I was glad that the person did sing a song, though it was more for a weakened Ohmori than to relieve the stress of others. Another thing I liked was how observant Yarai was. In the previous volume, he noted that a mountain he and his group traversed was man-made and in this volume, the rocks he found near a lighthouse were the same as the mountain's and he suspects that there are other structures which were man-made. I too would suspect that in his situation. What has me most interested though the secrets behind Miina and why there seems to be something with her name on it. While I do know part of the answer, because I have read the final chapters in the series, there are things here that really baffle me about her and it makes me want to continue, regardless of how disappointing things will become. The fact that Akira does not give in to either doubt or apathy and the fact that there are many mysteries surrounding Miina Isurugi, as well as the mystery of how many man-made structures exist, made this quite an interesting read.

Although I did like the book, there were certainly some issues. However, only one thing really bugged me. In the volume, Akira's group and Yarai's group came to the same conclusion about there being many structures. While Yarai's side of things made sense, Akira's did not. While Akira's group is talking about the oddities of the mysterious island, the fake Miina says that the face-shaped rocks in the tunnels of the caves from volumes 4 and 5 were man-made and Akira believes his statements. Even though it may be true that the rock faces are man-made, there are so many other possibilities, but outside of natural phenomenon, it could have also been a result of pareidolia, which The Skeptic's Dictionary says is a type of illusion or misperception involving vague or obscure stimuli being perceived as something clear and distinct, such as faces. True, Akira's group was not able to investigate it because members of his group said the caves were most likely flooded again, but I still think that Akira should not have believed fake Miina's words so easily. On the other hand, seeing as this does not ruin the quality of the stories too much and Akira did not blow off fake Miina right away, I will just label this as an annoyance. While the fact that Alira believes fake Miina with little question is annoying, it did little, if any damage, to the quality of this volume.

Despite the annoyance, the good outweighed it to make it worth reading. I recommend this to fans of survival and mystery, as well as fans of Cage of Eden. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a shot.

What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 12? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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