Book Review: Cage of Eden Volume 7

November 9, 2012


I would have been reviewing Un-Go, but due to the fact that I got back from vacation and got my preorder, it looks like that will be late again. Anyway the two of the four books from the preorder have been covered and only two remain. Today, I will be reviewing another one of those titles, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 7 by Yoshinobu Yamada.

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

The base is under attack and everyone is in a panic. Miyauchi has supposedly given up, but Akira has yet to do the same and has the birds come after. However, just when things have calmed down and the birds left, three people are found to have died in the middle of the night and one other died that morning. In order to survive, Akira and the gang must find the cause and stop it. Finally, having lost their base camp to whatever caused four people to die, Akira and the gang march towards a mountain, which the hope will give them an idea of what the island is like. However, when they arrive, they hear a rumor that the dead come back to life. Now, they must find out the truth not only about the island, but the mountain itself as well.

I liked this book. I liked how Akira did not really give up on the people in his group, even though they were trying to save themselves instead of each other. I am not too sure if I could do the same. After all, I am not really that optimistic about the good in people. I know that people are not born inherently evil, but we are affected by greed to the point where we will commit evil acts to satisfy that greed. I guess that this makes Akira a better person than I am. I also liked how Akira thought pretty far ahead in the incidents at the base camp. I am not sure about you guys, but I do not think that I would do what he had his group do, once they rid themselves of the things that killed four members of the group. No, I am not a person heartless enough to let somebody else suffer the same thing I have. I just do not think I have the capabilities to start a fire without a lighter, except for maybe light refraction. No, matches will not work for me, so do not even think of mentioning it in the comments. I also found it interesting how Mariya seem welled prepared with electronic equipment. At the same time, I do not really think that Mariya would be too useful with a computer, other than for his ability of observation. The grammar seemed pretty decent, enough so that things could be understood, unlike Bloody Monday Volume 7. The chapter titles are visible, even when they do not have their own page to themselves. There are also no issues with the TOC, which means that Kodansha is definitely consistent in that across all of their releases that I follow. Outside of those, I cannot really think of anything else that can make this any better. The fact that Akira thinks ahead and continues to put others before himself, as well as the fact that there are little, if any, grammar issues and no formatting or TOC issues certainly make this a good release.

Although I liked the volume, there are certainly issues. However, only one complaint seems to come to mind. This volume has no next volume preview or translation notes, let alone an honorific definition list. I was going to say that this happened every other volume and consider it a major consistency issue, but I only really noticed the trend of every other volume being like this starting after volume 4 because volume 6 had a preview for this volume, but volume 5 did not have a preview for volume 6. For looking like consistency was not an issue, Kodansha really let me down, especially since I cannot recall any volume of either Negima! or Bloody Monday not having a preview for the next volume. The translation notes part is minor, but still does qualify as a consistency issue, since I see them in pretty much every Negima! and Bloody Monday volume as well. While the volume seems good, the fact that Kodansha is still not really consistent between its series certainly do not make this volume look too good.

Despite consistency issues, I found this worth reading. I recommend this to fans of survival stories. As for everyone else, the series is worth a shot.

What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 7? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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