I hope that everyone is doing alright, and staying out of trouble.
I was planning to take a break and focus on writing the story that I shared here last month, at least until the books I preordered arrived, but I decided to get a few more book this week from Amazon, one of which will not be available for another two weeks.
Today, I will be reviewing one of those titles, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 20 by Yoshinobu Yamada.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
With Kurusu out of danger and finding out who the true doctor was among the passengers, AkiraÔÇÖs group gets down to business and decides to go investigate the final tower, and hopefully get the answers they seek about the island they found themselves stranded upon.
However, the dangers that Akira expects and does not expect when exploring the final tower are not the only ones present, as an enemy that they thought had been subdued begins making plans to try and rise to the position of leader once again.
I got to say, I kind of liked this book.
Seeing how this is the penultimate volume, I liked how the group decision to go explore the final tower really felt like the last adventure that AkiraÔÇÖs group was going to go on.
Of course, just because it is the last adventure, it does not mean that everything is going to be answered within the next volume.
After all, that is one reason that there tends to be a lot of fan fiction for various series out there, along with a bunch of what if scenarios and other crazy ideas people may have on their minds.
Still, it really does feel like there will be a lot of answers that crop up, along with dealing with the things that started to occur.
I have to give Yoshinobu quite a bit of credit, because, regardless of whether this series had been cancelled or not, it still seems like the end may be in sight.
While this is not so easy to do with the fascination the book world has with trilogies, since the kinds of build ups it takes to give a reader the impression that something will be ending soon only comes about within the last few pages.
For example, in Insurgent, the book ends with a video message from the people who setup the place where the characters have lived for quite a few generations, and made it seem like the next book was going to delve into the history of the world.
However, manga series like this have way more than three books, and they sometimes wisely end in the first one or two books, so their impending ends seem to happen much more smoothly, despite the fact that graphic novels tend to have less pages overall than the more well-known titles out there that can span four hundred or more pages.
I also liked how things became much more mysterious the more Akira and the gang investigated the final tower. Throughout much of this series, Akira and the other survivors who got absorbed into his group, as well as the audience, thought everything had was taking place roughly around the time the plane crashed.
On the other hand, while exploring the tower, things did not add up correctly, such a company that became a large conglomerate within the span of one generation had been behind too many things present, yet the building itself was deteriorating and in a state that some actions would create dangers, which should not occur for decades, or even centuries, if I had to wager a guess, though architects and engineers would have a better idea of how long buildings last.
Yes, some have speculated that Akira and the other survivors have travel through time when this series was still being released in Japan, and I am not going to say for sure whether or not that is this case, as I have already read through the final chapters of the series, but there could very well be a different body put this entire thing together.
Still, this does make me somewhat interested in reading the final volume, even if I know that this series will have one of the most horrible endings out there.
The thing that interested me the most though was what Akira saw in the photograph he found during the expedition and what the designers meant by memorial hall, whether it is indeed a mausoleum, like at least one of the characters think, or if it is something else.
Again, even though I already know the answers, I am still kind of intrigued enough to want to read the final volume right now, though I cannot seem to find out when that will be released, and have been away from this series long enough that I cannot see a pattern like I could with Detective Conan and A Certain Scientific Railgun, which gets releases here every quarter and year respectively.
Yoshinobu still seems to be doing a fairly decent job, even if the fan service levels have been quite high.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least without spoiling too much.
The fact that a lot of things that are expected of a penultimate volume were done right, like making it feel like this was the final adventure, and things occurred that brought up a ton of questions made this a fairly enjoyable read. Although I liked the book, there are some issues.
However, aside from issues that are too minor to talk about and things that I remembered but took place later than I thought they did, nothing really seemed to bother me too much.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that a lot of things expected from the ending of a series being near and that it made me interested in reading the end again, this was definitely worth reading.
I only recommend this to fans of Cage of Eden, as this is the penultimate volume, and they are the only ones that will enjoy it the most.
What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 20? Did you like it or hate it? Wad there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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