I guess that time has come, huh?
Things like the simulcast that I have been following have been drawing to a close, and now one other series is drawing to a close.
As many know already, I got some books a while ago and each one has been covered one by one, until only one title remains.
Today, I will be reviewing the last of those books, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 19 by Yoshinobu Yamada.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Akira and NishikioriÔÇÖs group are now at battle, so that they can rescue Kurusu and force Nishikiori to perform surgery.
Unfortunately for Akira, the island itself is not the only thing that has plenty of secrets, when the members of AkiraÔÇÖs group hear that there biggest goal is no longer within reach.
I kind of liked this book.
I really liked how Nishikiori told the fighters in his group to target the female members of AkiraÔÇÖs group.
Now, I am not saying that women should be targeted for anything, though they are not necessarily as weak as my elders think they are, but it gives me a really good laugh because Nishikiori is using something that many of my generation have had pounded into our heads, along with statistics that prove that it is the truth, which are unreliable due to the fact that statistics are pretty much always incomplete data.
Honestly! We need to get to know people for who they are and treat them how they deserve and need to be treated, not treated a certain way because of their gender of because they are old, though age does tend to affect our abilities somewhat.
Of course, since Akira and the members of his group are still kind of at that age where they do not question the things that their parents or elders have taught them, seeing as we are all human beings and we are not that different from each other.
Still, since men are conditioned to believe that women are weak, it kind of does make sense that Nishikiori would have his group target the female members of AkiraÔÇÖs group, and a lot of males out there would probably rush out there and/or do something stupid because something happened to a female.
I donÔÇÖt know if Yoshinobu did this for a comedic aspect or not, but if it was, I would certainly give him some praise, because I did kind of laugh about it.
I also liked Nishikiori got exposed as the fraud that he was.
During the whole course of this series, at least when I first read it, which was before KodanshaÔÇÖs North American releases got to where they are now, I was led to believe that Nishikiori was actually, and I was wondering how Akira would get Nishikiori to perform surgery.
However, while reading this volume, Nishikiori says that he is not technically a doctor, though he does possess quite a bit of medical knowledge.
Seeing this, I am reminded of how easy it is to make people think that you are something that you are not over the Internet.
After all, there is no way that people can show proof of anything claimed, and they could also get the stuff to make it much more believable through illegal channels.
In the case of this book, and taking into account that Akira and the other passengers from his plane are in a place where paper does not matter, it is even easier to make people think that are you are something you are not, much more so than some guy dressed like a police officer in our modern society.
On the other hand, finding out that Nishikiori made me wonder who exactly is a doctor or if Kurusu was going to die because of her condition.
The way that Yoshinobu pulled this all off was pretty good, to the point where I would have wanted to applaud him, but the mystery aspect of this series has not been too strong as of late, considering that there has been more combat than anything else in the last few volumes.
I also liked the funny scenes present.
The funniest of which was again created based upon widely believed claim that women are weak.
When Nishikiori found out that Rion and the others were playing him, while MiinaÔÇÖs goons rescued the hostages that Nishikiori had taken, the girls all got up and started attacking the people who had taken them captive, and the way it happened made me laugh much more than Nishikiori deciding to target them and force the male members of AkiraÔÇÖs group into submission.
Honestly, Nishikiori would have not been upstaged if he did not underestimate his opponents like did.
Then again, my elders think that they know what I can or will do, but they do not realize that I have learned quite a bit in my time away from them.
Since this was much easier to determine whether or not it was supposed to be funny, I have to give Yoshinobu some credit for making me laugh while reading this book.
There two things that caught my interest the most though.
First, since the stars in the sky were supposedly the same seen in Guam the day before the plane crashed, and most people know that they can seem the same stars everywhere, otherwise people living in the southern hemisphere would be able to see Polaris, which is known as the North Star, I wonder where the island is actually located.
While it has been some time since I read the last few chapters of this series, which have been compiled into the next two volumes, I do not exactly remember it was ever revealed where the island was located.
However, this question makes me want to go out and get the next volume, which will not be released until May of this year, according to Amazon.
This series has always pretty much been about trying to find out more about the island and trying to survive until help finally arrived, but the mystery aspect of this series has been missing for quite time.
Seeing as this is the antepenultimate volume of the series, which I still cannot really believe due to how things are going, I am quite glad that things are now shifting back to the way they should.
After all, questions need to be answer and the characters need to find what they want to do with their lives after getting off the island.
Hopefully, things like this get resolved, but if things are going to be like I how think h they will, then I am just going to be disappointed.
The other thing that caught my interest was the drawing made by the real Miina Isurugi.
When it was compared with an image Saki Segawa had on her, it was the exact same thing as what they had seen before.
As if the mysteries of the island were not intriguing enough, I am wondering Miina was involved in its creation, though I kind of doubt it by what I saw from a quick glance at the final chapters, but that makes me want to read the next volume even more than before.
Yoshinobu Yamada has me not just one, but two, reasons for me to want to go out and get the next volume right now, and he does deserve quite a bit praise.
After all, it is kind of hard to make a person want to continue following a work, regardless of the medium it was published in, and he has done just that.
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.
The fact that Yoshinobu made me laugh by use of the widely believed claim that women are weak and that the series returns to focusing on the mystery of the island, and includes a new mystery in the mix, made this very enjoyable.
Although I liked this book, there are some issues.
However, aside from some things that are too minor to talk about, such as typos, and that the antepenultimate volume cannot really ruin things as much as the penultimate and final volumes can, nothing really bothered me too much.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that the mystery aspect has finally return and there were a few other things to like, this was definitely worth reading.
I recommend this to fans of mystery, survival stories, and Cage of Eden, still wishing that this were not the antepenultimate volume.
As for everyone else, I recommend reading the previous volumes before reading this one, because there are only two volumes left after this.
What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 19? Did you like it or hate it? Are you glad that the mystery aspect is back like I am? Is tere something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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