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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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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 (1648d ago)
v.17 c.118 by Manga Underground (1756d ago)
v.17 c.117 by Manga Underground (1817d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews
Eden by Master_M2K

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2 topics, 17 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (739 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 12th 2014, 2:53pm 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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #497 increased(+23)
Monthly Pos #587 decreased(-6)
3 Month Pos #475 decreased(-121)
6 Month Pos #373 increased(+7)

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Eden - The End 1173 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes ago
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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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it pretty lame   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by lame2846
February 11th, 2008, 7:59pm
the story pretty good but the character suck the main character still try to act all wimpy even through he not that weak the worse thing about this story it comedy suck the story suppose to be serious but it try put few lame laughing moment
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no very realistic, but very good manga   
Rating: N/A
by judas1985
January 10th, 2008, 7:03am
me quede lelo luego de leer este manga porq el trabajo q se habia echo con los escenarios especialmente con la ciudad de Lima es muy acertado pareciera q el dibujante paso una temporada por Lima, btw yo soy de Lima y me parecio q los escenarios es como los q yo veo cada ves q salgo de mi hogar, eso me encanta en el manga ademas de la viceras q se desparraman en cada pelea, en lo general me encanta el manga
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Pleasant Surprise   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by morigorey
January 10th, 2008, 12:41am
Well i got really bored one day and i decided to check out this manga series because from most of the comments it had good reviews and i absolutely agree. This manga has become one of my favorites and I am so glad that I picked it up. Though the character development is slow, i feel as though it was worth while to wait. But i was upset about some of the people dying but i guess its just another day. Anyways, i love the comedy and the artwork is done very well. So what if this manga is not entirely realistic, the storyline takes place in the future i mean come on i expect there to be some biological warfare of some kind, im sure A.I.s (artificial intelligence) will be far more advanced in the future...watevs its a manga you shouldn't be reading too much into it...But i recommend this to everyone even though its really graphic and gory...i mean i usually just read shoujo so it was a pleasant surprise

... Last updated on January 10th, 2008, 12:43am
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Boring, not very realistic   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
June 24th, 2007, 3:03am
The pacing was super slow and some of the fight scenes were completely unrealistic. Like plenty of manga, Eden has some rather interesting concepts and great ideas. The scientific premise and even the details were particularly interesting. However, the implementation was pretty disappointing. Flashbacks which jump out of nowhere, without much narration and even characters which *gasp* miraculously take down an entire crowd who've sufficient ammunition to destroy a series of buildings with careful planning. Folks might comment that I'm over-thinking but don't forget that the mangaka of many shounen and even seinen series tend to write up rather complex storylines. If one doesn't think enough, how does one appreciate such a storyline then?

And to think I actually read the manga quite a few times because I hoped it'd be better as I read more chapters.

Note: It is actually all right to jump to and fro from one setting to another but without careful introduction and even some narration(duh, to summarise of course!), it's like speeding on an expressway in a car without brakes.
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With all this controversy, I decided to check it out.   
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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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one of my fav seinen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Domonkazu
March 31st, 2007, 8:00pm
the political stuff are rather complicated, and i like the philosophical value about sinner.

for sure its really a chaotic world, which is not really different from what our world is going to be in future
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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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akukame
February 18th, 2007, 5:38am
I think that Chas is taking the series far too seriously and expecting something far more ideal that is possible with manga. But, I have to somewhat agree with certain points of both sides of the arguement here. In truth, its really only realistic in setting, since it takes place in the not so distance future (around 2110) and falls back on much of modern history. But I don't think the lack of realism in the action sequences necessarily detracts from the series. When it comes down to it, they're just a medium for progressing the story. Simply put, realistic fighting generally fails in an action series. It gives the people what they want.

I also have to agree that the author does force his beliefs on you. But even in literature, a stance is assumed when you're bringing these kinds of sociopolitical issues into play. Very few books at all (outside of manga) give you an objective stance on the subject. And other mediums, especially documentaries and movies, often have even heavier stances than the one Hiroki Endo takes. If anything, I think it should be praised for even dealing with such issues. And I don't think having a difference of views will necessarily detract from your enjoyment of the series.

Overall, I really enjoy this series. It has a strong uniqueness and a strange ability to make "filthy" things seem almost beautiful. But if you have problems with certian topics, then you should stay away. After all, even the "good guys" in the series are murderers, drug dealers, gangsters, mercenaries, and prostitutes. Its more about how those kind people can still have "pure" intentions for what they're doing.
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