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Edens Zero Chapter 160 - Homura befriends Seiji


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Edens Zero Chapter 160 – The Flicker Of Stars

Edens Zero Chapter 160 - Homura befriends Seiji

Even with Shura’s forces dissembled, Nero still remains. And with the bulk of the Imperial Army military under his command, he exist as an active player within the conflict around Nero 66. Detached from any analysis, Nero preemptively took matters into his own hands and gambled on the fate he places within his dice. Such a roll dictated he dispatch one of the Temple weaponry to Nero 66, the Sea Serpent. A devastating weapon capable of mass destruction. The death of soldiers on all sides cascade on top of each other leaving but grief, terror and dread in its wake. Beyond the Sea Serpent, what else does Nero have lying in wait?

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Edens Zero chapter 159 - The tears that restore ones heart


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Edens Zero Chapter 159 – Laguna VS Ijuna: Destiny

Edens Zero chapter 159 - The tears that restore ones heart

A heart brought to the point of desperation where the desire for survival constructed the deception that was the affection Ijuna felt toward Shura. It was an escape from the agony washing over Ijuna day after day, cruelty after cruelty, torture after torture. A subconscious defensive mechanism activated alongside her Ether Gear and in the maelstrom of hopelessness and torment, a red string of ether driven by anguish connected Ijuna to Shura. The love binding Ijuna to Shura is but an illusion of emotions conjured by her despair and connection to Ether. What ultimately saved Ijuna were the tears of her heart longing for the bonds she was already connected by. Unbreakable bonds that tied Oasis together in the form of their desire for liberation. Laguna awakened Ijuna’s heart and released Ijuna from the bindings entrapping her allowing her to sever the red thread tying her to Shura. The destiny awaiting Ijuna isn’t Shura but the red destiny of Oasis.

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Edens Zero Chapter 158 - Laguna VS Ijuna


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Edens Zero Chapter 158 – Laguna VS Ijuna: Broken

Edens Zero Chapter 158 - Laguna VS Ijuna

I was not expecting such a dark take on the tragedy existing in Ijuna’s past. To think that what led Ijuna to commit her servitude to the Imperial Empire was not her desire to gain vengeance on Shura but rather the fragility of the human mind being brought to the point of hopelessness and despondency. In the state of perpetual torture, her psyche broke and began being shaped by the twisted narrative of despair. In the pit of darkness, Shura became her light and guided by the desire to end her suffering, her mind warped her perception to conjure illusions of affection. The nature of her pure soul became dyed by such anguish and served to fetter her mind from recalling a reality outside such torment. Ijuna was psychologically broken down and brainwashed by Shura into championing the corrupt and inhumane actions of himself and the Imperial Empire he seeks to shape.

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Edens Zero chapter 147 - Lyra, the new commander of Shura's forces


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Edens Zero Chapter 147 – Oceans 6: Lyra And Nasseh

Edens Zero chapter 147 - Lyra, the new commander of Shura's forces

More members of the Oceans 6 begin to move targeting the Edens Zero team that they are aware of whom have snuck inside the Nero 66 facility. As first impressions go about the personality of Lyra and Nasseh, I can’t help but notice the hubris emanating from their dialogue and composure. Elevated they are by their own power that the prospect of a challenge has ceased to exist as a possibility within their minds. The Oceans 6 shown within this chapter carry themselves as the next step of Aoi Cosmos warriors. Powerful they may be but contained within a regulated bubble they have existed, at least in terms of their time within the Imperial Army. The universe is vast with impossibility only a word.

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Edens Zero chapter 146 - Homura VS Milani - Homura defeat Milani's mirror clones


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Edens Zero Chapter 146 – Homura And Milani

Edens Zero chapter 146 - Homura VS Milani - Homura defeat Milani's mirror clones

I had suspected that Milani was more a victim of her surrounding norms than a willful participant who instinctively despised androids but I did not expect that Milani all along cherished androids and only followed Shura out of fear. If Milani has been cornered emotionally and mentally to such an extent, how many other members of the Nero Empire are in a similar situation where even though they know what they are doing is wrong, they can’t help but conform to the status quo lest they risk the wrath and madness of Shura. If the hatred for androids isn’t a universal feeling across the Aoi Cosmos, then defeating Shura and removing Nero’s control over the cosmos can very well help in bringing living beings (mainly humanity) and androids back together. Shura may hate androids but there are those within the Aoi Cosmos that still shed tears for the lives of androids. Will Milani team up with Homura to help stop the All-Link system from activating? And will she also assist in providing information about Ijuna to the Edens team and recovering Witch?

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Edens Zero chapter 143 - Shiki rejects Shura's hollow offer of friendship


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Edens Zero Chapter 143 – Shiki VS Shura: Repulsion

Edens Zero chapter 143 - Shiki rejects Shura's hollow offer of friendship

For someone like Shiki to reject ones offer for friendship, that person must be incredibly duplicitous. What should have been a reaction of exuberance from Shiki was instead one of caution. Any sincerity or genuineness was devoid in the weight of Shura’s words upon reaching his hand out. Both the arrogance and ignorance of Shura led him to believe that any offer he would make would be accepted. Yet, Shiki who values friendship tremendously, understood the character of Shura and recognised the type of person he was based on his intentions and actions. Shiki drew a line in the sand and rejected Shura’s offer, something which likely hasn’t happened frequently to Shura. The battle between the two may have paused but Shiki will without question make his way back to Shura and challenge him once again.

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Edens Zero chapter 142 - Shiki nullifies Shura's control over the space ship debris


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Edens Zero Chapter 142 – Shiki VS Shura: Intersecting Gravity

Edens Zero chapter 142 - Shiki nullifies Shura's control over the space ship debris

Two gravity gear users subject to the weight of its pull. Both having the direction of their abilities originating from Ziggy. And both orphaned as young children. The journey each of them went through during their lives shaped how they now apply the force of their gravity. The difference in the application of gravity can be noted between the Shiki and Shura. The latter succumbs to the allure of offensive power establishing the familiarity Shura has for utilising gravity onto objects transforming them into projectile weapons. Shiki on the other hand, prefers a defensive approach allowing him to internalize his gravity to evade and nullify attacks. Shiki understands the need to defeat Shura but when met by the ‘hand’ reaching out using the word friend, there is a certain reaction automatic in Shiki that overrides him. With the concept of friend now being attached to Shura, can Shiki ignore any conflict that may arise in his heart or will that weight anchor him down to defeat?

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Edens Zero chapter 141 - Crew of Edens color spread


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Edens Zero Chapter 141 – Shiki VS Shura

Edens Zero chapter 141 - Crew of Edens color spread

How exciting. Even before the Edens Zero lands on Nero 66, we have Shiki and Shura facing off against each other. I don’t expect their fight to conclude at such a point but to have the two Gravity Ether users encounter each other so early on, it signifies a growing conflict developing between the two. Barring a repeat of what happened with Drakken and Shiki during the No. 29 timeline, we can expect a more even fight between Shura and Shiki. Based on Shiki’s performance in this chapter, it is clear that he does possess abilities that can work against Shura. And even if Shura does hold the edge in natural talent, the arrogance compelling Shura’s actions will create blind spots for Shiki to exploit. This battle will serve to introduce Shiki to Shura and in turn make Shiki aware of the type of person Shura is. Shiki may even notice the similarities in their past and possibly serve as an encounter to Shura that may change his perspective on the world.

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Edens Zero chapter 139 - Eraser using his ether abilities to erase the enemies


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Edens Zero Chapter 139 – Eraser, The White Flash

Edens Zero chapter 139 - Eraser using his ether abilities to erase the enemies

After what Shura has done to his own people, there is little left for him in way of redemption once his fall from superiority brings him back to ground. The spoiled life he has lived prevented him from appreciating the value of life. And in addition, the mindset of his father contributed to his current psyche, one wrapped in violence and heartlessness. What should be seen as people are instead viewed as tools by Shura when looking at the subordinates he commands. The power he wields is but a mechanism to control both those he sees beneath him and his desires. This is why is great to see Eraser wipe clean the gleeful expression on Shura’s face as he took enjoyment spectating life ending within the space around Nero 66.

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Edens Zero chapter 137 and chapter 138 colour spread pages


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Edens Zero Chapter 137-138 – The Fight For Freedom

Edens Zero chapter 137 and chapter 138 colour spread pages

Poseidon Nero’s complete reliance on his dice will ultimately be the foundation of his downfall. The fate that once built him up to where he now resides will become the debilitating thorn in his side when he finds himself without possession of his Empire Dice. At that point without a medium to direct his “fate” onto, how will Nero function? Will he even be able to function at that time? Nero has cast his power away to the dice he possesses and contrary to the expected relation, it is the dice that is in the end controlling Nero. What Nero calls “fate” is but a convenient excuse to run away from the consequences of his decisions. Whatever collateral amounts behind him, Nero deludes himself into rationalising such a reality with the conceited idea that him being victorious is all the justice needed in the world. All else is but an aside to be forgotten about. What once seemed like a reasonable ruler has now revealed the extent of his darkened heart devoid of any emotion for those that follow him. Freedom in such eyes is but a meaningless concept irrelevant to his desire for victory.

The war against the Imperial Army has become not just a fight against Shura and his Oceans but also a battle against Nero and his twisted conceptualisation of governance. A mind like his continuing to remain central to the Aoi Cosmos, will keep the notion of freedom non-existent. Change will only be able to be brought about with his gone.

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