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Eden - It's an Endless World!  
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Description
In the panic surrounding a worldwide pandemic which kills 15 percent of the population and cripples many more, a secret organization, the Propater, topples the UN and seizes control of much of the world. A boy and a girl, raised in an abandoned virology research center, immune to the virus, are attacked by the Propater and escape.

Based strongly on Gnostic mythology, all major characters are named after gnostic deities, and have analogous roles.

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Manga

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Associated Names
エデン イッツアンエンドレスワールド
Eden (ENDO Hiroki)

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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.119-126 (end) by Manga Underground (1590d ago)
v.17 c.118 by Manga Underground (1698d ago)
v.17 c.117 by Manga Underground (1758d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Eden by Master_M2K

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2 topics, 17 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (736 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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July 17th 2014, 7:19am PST

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Year
1997

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (13 Volumes - Ongoing)

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With all this controversy, I decided to check it out.   
Rating: N/A
by myopius
May 12th, 2007, 11:12pm
And found that there were some valid points made by all parties. I can probably get away with posting a wall of text about it since so many other people have done so.

The pacing and narration remind me strongly of 20CB. Often there will be a switch to a new location & new characters to reveal more intrigues / aspects of the plotline. For the most part these plotlines either converge after a short time or don't at all. This story is nowhere near shounen, it's clearly an action / drama that's heavy on plotline and themes of morality.

Much of the story deals in conflicts of the type which involve conspiracy, hackers, set-ups, snipers, explosions. That's why it's action. But it's also plot-based. The plot is science fiction in the sense of technology but equally in the sense of "political science". And the sci-fi is far from a distortion of scientific principles. The author understands what he talks about. The Propatria is no evil empire, by the way. They practice diplomacy, and are influenced/subject to the media and public opinion opinion.

The author's style also changes over time slightly but noticeably. There're a lot of moral and social rhetoric early on (it's not random intellectualism as Chas decided, btw), but then it starts to focus more on plot & character development with rhetoric usually thrown in only at crucial times when it's appropriate. There are also a lot more plotlines going on at once by volume 13, in earlier volumes there was often only 1 plot/perspective at a time.

The first several volumes are from the perspective of Elia as a sensitive kid who comes to experience some harsh realities, but focus a lot more deeply on the people who meets than he himself. Volumes 5-8 finally demonstrate the depth of his character and start to truly develop it (masterfully). Around volume 8/9 the author also starts to show a sense of humor (a "cute" side) to the story. And starting from volume 9 the author starts to incorporate a lot more complexity into the story, with new characters and plots.

We have multi-chapter flashbacks. Often entire story arcs have no apparent relevance to the main plots of the series except to develop characters and offer a look into the lives people live (like volume 9). If you pay attention you can quickly tell when a flashback is a flashback, otherwise you should assume a sudden shift in location/characters just means that the story's timeline is progressing uninterrupted elsewhere and not let the context bother you.

So what I like: the depth of storyline, the attention to detail, the unique characters and style of character development, the author's tendency to not pull punches. What I don't like: the sudden decision on the part of the author to add a "cute" side to the story ~volume 8/9, the plot which often becomes so complex I can't follow the details or remember names that all sound South American, the learning curve required to understand exactly how all these plotlines fit together and realize what is and isn't related to the central plots of the series and realize that volumes 6-8 really /don't/ have any relevance to those plots except character development, and as Chas mentioned the very fragmented plot which leaves so many questions unanswered it can become difficult to make sense of.

Let me comment on Chas's controversial post, by the way.

That the action is bad is just false. It's very cleverly orchestrated and suspensefully set up. The one exception to this is Kenji (the Jesus of knives), who is most likely the object of the term "storm trooper effect", but Kenji's part is less than 20% of that whole story arc. The enemies were never as easy as mindless drones, and the "invincible anti-heroes" were far from it. I can't reveal details but if you read the fight Chas is referring to in volumes 2-4 you'd see how incorrect he is.

That the story takes an obvious moral stance is also totally incorrect. Much of the story, in fact, has consisted of bringing up moral conflicts without really resolving them. A major theme of the story as I interpret it is inability to protect those you love without committing acts of sin (the idea of sin is very present as well). Even if the "obvious moral stance" is the declaration of that as a fundamental conflict, doesn't that fundamental conflict give rise to enough moral difficulty by itself?
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Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by Leosten
July 27th, 2009, 2:41pm
Just a multigenerational, worldwide, political, social, religious, scientific, complicated, action, sci-fi sometimes romantic tale of multiple in-depth and all the more interesting and various characters... And it's freaking good.
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page-turner   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elalendi
February 7th, 2009, 9:59pm
Reminds me of Eternal Sabbath. It's wonderfully dark and thought-provoking and how can you resist all that awesome kick-ass battle scenes and the sci-fi-ness?? Um, I do NOT find it lame (although yes, there are some concepts of science and all that which I don't understand, but still, it's not BORING) and I think it is VERY realistic. Especially the battle scenes. And the characters... my god, they're in-depth.

The only things I have against it are the unnecessary sex scenes that pop up every once in the a while (but whatever, this is a seinen manga and the intended audience are like middle-aged guys) and that sometimes, the manga gets confusing. There's lots of characters and new ones are always appearing out of thin air, while the old ones hang in the background until they reappear to surprise you at random intervals. It's kinda hard to keep track of who is exactly who. And the plot gets... weird sometimes. Like there are moments when I'm like, "What was the whole point of focusing on what's-her-face for 5 chapters and then killing her off?" etc, etc.

The art... I love it, surprisingly since I'm always picky about it. It's not flat-out gorgeous or perfect, but I like how realistic it is (more or less) and it's definitely not bad enough to disrupt the whole thing.

Did I stress how realistic it seems? It's not just the plot, but even the dialogues and most importantly, the relationships between the characters and the portrayals of... emotions. Very touching at times. I love how even the minor characters have their own limelight.

It's moderately-paced, although a bit slow in the beginning. But believe me, it's worth reading! I have not been able to put it down since I picked it up yesterday. And the philosophy bits in it and the stuff about religion... just really, really intriguing.
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Eden   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LastExile777
May 10th, 2008, 7:06pm
Eden is one of my best seinen manga. with good and interesting plot,cool and original drawing Eden is old school classic manga. One of best!
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good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by EvilTomte
March 13th, 2007, 8:58am
Although lots of Chas' criticism is just, it does -not- warrant a 3/10.

It's a very good manga, I won't comment further than that since it'll take too much effort to write an essay on the manga as some here have done.

Check it out
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Better than I thought it would be.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by crazykitty180
January 21st, 2007, 2:27am
I wasn't expecting to like this because I generally don't like Sci-fi stuff, but I was pleasantly surprised. The plot lines are intricate, but really good and the characters all develop and grow as you read. Definitely one of my favorites.
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lost for words   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
January 17th, 2012, 9:32am
this manga is more than a manga. its a vision, a carrier of hope, a testament, a prayer. i...after finishing this i am full of humanity, even with the ugliness and the despair, this manga make my heart race and just be greatful to be alive. how can i convey this feeling? for 18 volumes transporting me to a world that is both ugly and beautiful, introduce me to the broken but hopeful characters, make me full of anger and despair but still light a hope to me, it is too complete of a masterpiece. it end with a bang but still left abit for us to construct a new world in it.

there are some fault in that i can easily overlook. for example the characters have too similar of faces, especially the shape and the eyes, especially for 'pretty people'. theres no pure people left unviolated and dead, thus made me quite despairing for anyone with any ounce of moral to survive. but those gripes is too minor to consider after finishing this fantastic pice of literature.

im giving 9.9 because i dont like giving 10, but this is more like 9.99999999. one should read this!
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wow   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
December 17th, 2010, 4:47pm
This is an intense manga. The art is beautiful(-ly realistic), as is the characters and circumstances.
Someone compared this to Eternal Sabbath; I feel that is perhaps a terrible comparison--on the same scale, I would have to say ES gets a 1 and Eden gets a 10+ (in plot, character development, pace...).
Many of the realistic aspects remind me of Crichton's novels (Endo=the Crichton of manga?).
Things people may complain about--"random" sex scenes, myriad and complexity of characters, lack of a hero--really just contribute to the realism of the wonderfully conceived world. Also, abruptness of characters dying (without a "bang") occurs throughout the series (which I love--the fact that Endo builds up and brings characters to life without treating them as precious glorified creations).
The story starts out slow, and feels fragmented, but the pace catches on quickly, you get absorbed in the exciting developments, and soon you'll be flying through each book! Everything is pieced together in the end, and although it may be a little anticlimactic, I think that's just how the entire manga is; there is no dramatic "bang" and there is no big theatrical finale moment--it feels like Endo wanted the ending to be as just another enduring day in this "endless world."
I think the manga's message is optimistic, though simply displayed alongside/through the darker struggles of life (and without giving way to it). I'm sure the interpretations can be endless, though.

I enjoyed this manga VERY much.

... Last updated on December 17th, 2010, 4:50pm
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Couldn't Stop Reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yokeepsitreal
January 8th, 2011, 4:19pm
I gotta say, I throughly enjoyed reading this manga and it is a must read for you mature manga readers out there. The characters are all very complex and the plot is never predictable. It never dragged on for me and it was one of those manga that I could not stop reading until I finished.
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as good as it gets   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by monkey-boy
March 12th, 2007, 3:36am
Eden has held a conspicuous spot in my personal top 5 since I first came across it. Scope of the story is ambitious, to say the least ... post-apocalyptic bioterror mafia epic is not the most copious genre out there, but damned if Eden doesn't make it one of the best-represented. Lots of surprises, as well (I'd call the story anything but predictable). Just the fact that characters in whom we have some sympathetic interest get killed/maimed on a regular basis is enough to keep you from ever getting too comfy with things, and the plot takes plenty of creative turns in its own right.

I wouldn't call the violence in Eden gratuitous, but it is extraordinarily graphic. To me, this builds out another aspect of an unusually acute reading experience, but some might find it heavy.

Aside from the predictability thing, have to take issue with two other points made by Chas below. One, I don't see the manga taking "an obvious stance in what's considered right and wrong" ... every single character in it is morally compromised. We have sympathetic allegiances to some of them, as in any story, but there are no "good" guys here. Governments are not paragons of virtue; underworld power brokers are not paragons of virtue; regular people trying to get by in the rough-and-tumble of society are not paragons of virtue. Chas is saying, I guess, that some governments are "good" (i.e., it's the identity of these that he wants to decide for himself) ... but then who's being unrealistic?

Second, his comments about the storytelling pretty much condemn themselves, but it's worth calling them out. "Basically, it plops you down in the middle of the story, without really revealing much of the background information of the characters" --- yes, this is called "in medias res" plot development, noted as one of the hallmarks of literary mastery in Shakespeare and Homer, for example. Eden isn't literature on that scale, but it is one of the more skilfully told stories in manga, for damn sure. There are a few (not very many, honestly) timeframe jumps that require you to pay attention, but well-crafted non-linear storytelling is again usually counted a bonus by those who appreciate a good read. As to whether there are "huge holes" in the story --- shouldn't that be decided after it's finished? Seriously, is there a page limit within which complex developing threads are required to be tied up? If you insist on straightahead plot with orderly introductions of characters and prompt resolution of episodes, Marmalade Boy is pretty good (and no worries, its depiction of early-90's ice-cream-scoop technology is scrupulously realistic) ...

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I've just finished the series, and came back to update my rating and my comment. Because my earlier comment was part of a larger conversation, I'm leaving it as is (above). It's also useful to see what I was thinking back around volume 10 or so. My final thoughts follow ... some quasi-spolier stuff is in there, so be warned.

In the end, I thought the manga didn't quite live up to the promise of the first 8-9 volumes. That opening half was masterful, and I was definitely willing to give Endo a lot of leeway to develop things as he saw fit in the second half; but despite some moments of brilliance, this latter part didn't have the same effect on me. I would put that down chiefly to

- long digressions into the lives of characters who, in the end, only tie back into the main story when everyone gets together for the final resolution (and then sometimes only at second- or third-hand); I was hoping for an integral weaving together of threads along the lines of what we saw in the opening half.
- a panning away from a story focused on the lives of Eliah and Ennoia, to one about the whole human race as a race, which leaves me just a little bit ... meh.

Honestly, this looks like a case of the classic Sudden-Editorial-Cancellation-and-Hasty-Wrap-Up problem; but if there was a cancellation, it probably owes a lot to the minor-character-digressions that seem to take over the action at a certain point.

Still a great read, still worth your time (when it's great it's really great), but I'm downgrading from a 10 to a 9. Sincere thanks to all who've worked to make Eden accessible to English readers over the last many years.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2010, 7:53pm
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