Things still seem to be going pretty well, huh?
Things have been pretty good here, especially since there are not as many distractions as there normally are here.
As I mentioned a few times before, I got some books recently that I had a difficult time finding.
So far, three of those books have been covered and two remain.
Today, I will be reviewing one of those two titles, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 18 by Yoshinobu Yamada.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
With the members of AkiraÔÇÖs group in danger, Yarai and Akira finally push YaraiÔÇÖs problem aside and come together to take care of the problem.
However, creatures that seem to be a mix of different species are not the only troubles that AkiraÔÇÖs group faces, as they are about to face the worst threat yet.
I kind of liked this book.
I liked how the volume pretty much started where the previous volume left off.
Now, some of you guys may be feeling like this is how things are usually done in manga, but there are those times when the place that the chapters after what one reads starts off at a different point in time, or even place.
Some of those moments where does it does not start off at roughly the exact place where the previous chapter can be done relatively well, thus keeping the story interesting.
However, there are moments, like Yoshiki TonogaiÔÇÖs Secret, where the writer decides not to answer the questions brought up in the previous volume immediately, though the cliffhanger its first volume left off on was one of the least interesting that I have seen.
In the case of this volume, I am glad that Yoshinobu decided to right off the bat decide how Akira and his friend were going to rescue Miina from his predicament.
While I do not think Yoshinobu is that great of writer, when compared to Jun Mochizuki, who did really great work on the two titles that I have read from her, with Pandora Hearts being the best, I am glad that he at least seems to be somewhat competent enough to know where start his chapters.
Then again, there are times when it can be quite difficult to determine where a chapter should end and another should begin, such as writing the so-called normal books, which I have been involved with, and many people think is superior to comics, much like how people think that anything done in an animated format is geared more towards children, so writers do need some kind of break, though not one in which they can think that whatever they do is acceptable, much like how Boku Dake ga Inai MachiÔÇÖs penultimate episode was not really that great.
Still, that does not mean that Yoshinobu does noe deserve some credit for doing something right.
Another nice thing was how the characters discussed how human beings were the most dangerous creatures on the planet.
Yes, animals seem to experience the same kind of emotions that humans do, according to a post from Marc Bekoff on the Psychology Today website talking about grief, but, as I have discussed with at least one other individual, who was making the point, there are still some things that only humans can perpetrate.
I am not going to deny the possibility that some creature could ultimately drive humans to extinction by outsmarting us, much like I am not going to help a person out based solely on their age and gender like my elders think I should, which makes me want to say that I might as well make others help me because I have a physical disability.
However, the thing that makes humans such frightening creatures, especially today, is that we can learn how humans normally behave and use it to gain power over others, such as encouraging people to rat each other out, which this volume talks a bit about, and even a few other methods that are illustrated in Liar Game.
The people on the receiving end of such treatment are conditioned to follow whatever they are told, instead of being able to think of themselves, and/or they do not want to believe what the truth actually is.
Another thing that I liked were the funny scenes.
While most of it was just the usual kinds of things found in this series, it was still pretty nice to be able to get in a good chuckle, seeing as I had to deal with a disappointing episode and a series that mostly disappointed me by the end.
Of course, if I had to talk about what had me laughing the most, it would be how hilarious the science teacher from AkiraÔÇÖs school, as well as the flashbacks to what Kurusu did for each of the students.
I am sure am glad that Yoshinobu has not forgotten what made this series good, unlike Yoshiki Tonogai, who seemed to have lost his edge in Secret.
The thing that I liked the most thought was how Kodansha did much of the fact checking for me already.
Even though it is true that writers can take whatever direction they want to go when writing fiction, stories where survival is a key point really needs to to get its fact straight, otherwise it would not be very believable.
Because of this fact, I try to look through the claims made in this book, in order to determine how factual they, at least when it is not in a field that I am too familiar with, though there does tend to be quite a lot of false information regardless the medium used to do the research, whether that be the Internet or in print format, such as an encyclopedia.
Fortunately, Kodansha did much of the work for me this time and went through trying to determine how accurate fields of vision were for various animals, and even tried to find the origin behind the Gil Alba Massacre, which mostly likely never happened.
As nice as it may be to be able to do things on our own, trying to verify data is one of those things that can never really be done right, seeing as I even get things wrong from time to time, and having some kind of consensus in about as close as one can get to the truth, though even a few things many people agree about are not entirely true, such as females being weak or somebody being guilty because they are male and the situation was between a male and female.
For their effort, I really applaud Kodansha efforts, because the most that I would expect from translation notes would just be things that would it easier to follow what is going on, not an all out effort to check facts.
If manga publication was more like this, I think it would be a very educational medium, but I read manga to entertain myself, not to learn about different things.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.
The fact that this book started where the last one ended and that there were a few things to laugh about, as well as the fact that Kodansha seemed to do the fact checking for me, really made this book enjoyable.
Although I liked the book, there are some issues.
However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, such as possible typos, nothing really seemed to bother me.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that there was quite a bit to like, and nothing really worth complaining about, this was definitely worth reading.
I recommend this to fans of survival stories and Cage of Eden.
As for everyone else, I recommend reading the previous volumes before this one, as it will be hard to follow things without the knowledge of what has happened before.
What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 18? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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