Edens Zero Chapter 176
Remember Labilia, that super-popular B-Cuber that liked to bully Rebecca and publicly humiliated her on Sun Jewel? Well, now that Rebecca’s become a big-shot B-Cuber, I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to Labilia? Did the two girls reconcile and Labilia learn to stop being a haughty jerk? As it turns out, their fortunes have completely reversed. In the new chapter for Edens Zero, Mashima shows how far Labilia’s fallen, and that karma can be a bitch.
Also, this is a water park chapter, so that’s awesome.
Xiaomei returns (in a swimsuit) to give us a quick recap of the events that went down in Blue Garden. Following their escape, the Crew of Edens stops at the planet Dahlia to make repairs…and enjoy the popular water park, Ryuzetsu Land. The crew proceeds to get up to their usual shenanigans. Hermit and Sister both find their own enjoyment; Laguna and Weisz mess with the pool features (with Homura losing her swimsuit in the process), and Shiki and Rebecca share a moment that will make shippers squeal with joy.
Sadly, the fun gets interuppted when Rebecca and Shiki notice a crowd gathering nearby. It turns out, Labilia’s at the park on vacation, where a bunch of sleazy guys proceed to mock her for her career having gone down the toilet. When their bullying turns to straight up sexual harassment, though, Shiki intervenes and saves Labilia.
The perverts then see Rebecca’s present, and decide to try and have “fun” with her. Before Shiki can put them in their place, though, they’re sent packing by the arrival of Holy of the Oracion Seis Interstelar. However, Holy’s not there to fight them; she wants to join forces with them. Or, as she puts it, “be friends.”
Firstly, I would like to say that I am surprised at how Mashima decided to deal with Labilia, though it also makes sense. Labilia openly displayed how mean she was when she cruelly pranked Rebecca on Sun Jewel. That cost her her monetization rights for the time, but it looks like it may have hurt her even more in the long-term. As Rebecca got more popular, it’s likely Labilia lost a lot of clout due to her past actions. In other words, this is karma at work.
That said, she does not deserve to be harassed by those perverts. They were threatening to strip her on camera for their own enjoyment; that’s sexual harassment! Mean or not, Rebecca and Shiki weren’t going to let that happen to her. That said, I’ve always held out hope that Labilia could turn over a new leaf. Maybe now that she’s been taken down several pegs, she and Rebecca can make up.
As for Holy, I don’t trust her. She may genuinely want to team up with Shiki to take down Ziggy, but that’s her just being pragmatic. As soon as Ziggy goes, she’ll go after Shiki like she’s supposed to be doing. In other words, her offer of “friendship” is likely not genuine, and Shiki shouldn’t fall for it.
This was a fun little chapter that helps to bridge things between Blue Garden and the assault on Ziggy’s base. Mashima always shines when it comes to the fun little moments in his stories, and this was no exception.
I Give “The Planet Dahlia” a 4/5
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