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Gambit of an Emperor & Will of the Demon King!

Edens Zero Chapter 162-Ziggy vs. Nero

Edens Zero Chapter 162 Review/Recap

Last week on Edens Zero, the fight for fate of Aoi Cosmos began to reach its climax. On Planet Nero 66, Shura’s moments away from activating the All-Link System. Not only will it destroy all machines in the Aoi Cosmos, it will blow the capital world of the Temple to kingdom come! Meanwhile, at the Temple itself, Emperor Nero and Demon King Ziggy prepare to face off. The prize is nothing less than the future of Aoi Cosmos. But can a gambit by Emperor Nero allow him to defeat Ziggy?

If I’m being honest, probably not. However, it will make for an interesting fight!

Edens Zero Chapter 162 Cover
Source-Kodansha Comics, MangaSee


Edens Zero Chapter 162-Ziggy vs. Nero
Source-Kodansha Comics, MangaSee

Now that any distractions are out of the way, Ziggy and Nero prepare to fight in earnest. The two titans remain evenly matched, but Nero reveals something that Ziggy didn’t know. His Empire Dice are not a weapon; rather, they’re a relic made from Mother’s Ether, and possess mystical powers. As long as he follows them, Nero believes he will always win a gambit. However, the greater the gambit, the greater the sacrifice. In this case, he says killing Ziggy will cost him his empire, something he’s willing to pay as he activates his Ether Gear.

Edens Zero Chapter 162-Nero Reveals His Ether Gear
Source-Kodansha Comics, MangaSee

On Nero 66, the fight between Shiki and Shura continues, with Shiki horrified at how Shura has no empathy for his adoptive father or the people at the Temple. Shura continues to taunt Shiki with his boasts about what he did to Witch, which enrage him enough for the boy to enter Overdrive. However, Shura responds to this by revealing his own Overdrive, saying it turns their battle into a fight to the death.


Edens Zero Chapter 162-Ziggy Pummeled by the Empire Dice
Source-Kodansha Comics, MangaSee

Firstly, I would like to admit that, somehow, I thought Nero’s Empire Dice were his Ether Gear. I’ve seen people in Mashima’s works have powers based around the use of certain items before, so it wasn’t out of the realm of plausibility. However, for them to be made from Mother’s Ether was something I never suspected. Which only makes me wonder what Nero’s Ether Gear is even more now.

Those Empire Dice may have helped him in the past, but from the sounds of it, he’s overly-reliant on them. When you rely too much on gambits in your life, that only sets you up to fail big time. And I think we know that somehow, Ziggy will emerge the winner in their fight. At the least, it will be a draw.

Edens Zero Chapter 162-Shura's Overdrive
Source-Kodansha Comics, MangaSee

A more immediate question, though, is why Shura’s Overdrive makes him look like Nero. Does it reflect the user’s personality? Just something to think about as we wait for the next chapter. Nice blindside there, Mashima. Good gambit.

I Give “Ziggy vs. Nero” a 3.5/5

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2 thoughts on “Gambit of an Emperor & Will of the Demon King! Leave a comment

  1. Wow; a LOT of character are using Overdrive. It makes since for characters like Kris, Shura, Nero, and Ziggy to be using them(I DO think that Ziggy and Nero have Overdrive), but Homura and ESPECIALLY Weisz surprised the heck out of me. Kleene, too.
    I also thought that Nero’s dice were related to his Ether gear. But seeing as that’s not the case; I can’t even begin to imagine what this man can do. I don’t want to cop out and say some kind of Water Ether Gear because he’s a Kraken, but………..we saw how Gravity interacts with Water on Red Cave- it would be a pretty good counter.
    Yeah; couldn’t tell you why Shura’s Overdrive looks so much like Nero. Then again; I also can’t figure out why Homura was a Kitsune.
    SHIKI………Shiki……….beyond just THAT; his Darker traits are showing themselves. If he’s not careful- HE could fall to “Dark Gravity.” I’m really looking forward to how this helps to develop him as a character.

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