Edens Zero Chapter 196 & Chapter 197
So, for whatever reason, last week, the website that I usually read Edens Zero off of failed to produce the weekly chapter. As a result, I proved unable to write my normal review. Now that both last week’s and this week’s chapter is up, I’ve chosen to forgo reviewing them separately. Instead, I’ll do them both in this two-for-one special. It’s a good thing, too, because these two chapters are a doozy.
After dealing a decisive blow to Killer, it looks as though Hermit’s won her battle. However, Killer proceeds to self-destruct in a final act of defiance…only to reveal he’s infected her with his consciousness to destroy her heart.
Back in Killer’s pocket dimension, Shiki, Weisz, Happy, and Pino manage to locate Rebecca and save her. They escape just before the entire place collapses. When they return to the arena, though, they find Homura lying unconscious in a giant crater.
Back aboard the ship, Sister and Clown begin their own bout in the spa, but Clown catches her off guard by claiming that the rest of the Shining Stars are no more. This buys him enough time to unleash a deadly beast to bite her from behind, seemingly winning the fight.
Having bested Sister, Clown prepares to fulfill his real goal: obtaining Etherion from within Edens Zero. Then, the chapter goes into flashbacks to reveal how Homura got into her current state.
As Homura and Brigandine began to face off in the arena, the latter insults the former by saying she doesn’t match up to her master. When Homura goes into Overdrive, Brigandine mocks her even further.
As her attacks prove unable to hurt him, he’s not wrong. However, Homura manages to outsmart the Dark Star. By waiting for the moment when he chose to attack, Homura struck at him, cutting through his defenses. When Shiki and the others arrive, Brigandine crumbles into a scrap pile.
Well, this certainly was a surprise, for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I wasn’t expecting for Killer to pull a body-jacking attempt on Hermit, but for now, her fate’s up in the air. Given how Witch’s death proved that plot armor doesn’t last forever, it would be heartbreaking to see her die as well. As for Sister, she’s not out of the fight yet. None of that matters at the moment, though, as the big issue is what Ziggy’s after: Etherion. I actually forgot it existed, but having seen Mashima’s other works, I know it’s dangerous.
Beyond that, I actually liked how Homura and Brigandine’s fight ended up going. Homura’s well aware she doesn’t match Valkyrie as a swordswoman, but she found another way to best her opponent. Very clever ploy, Homura. With Brigandine out, there’s only two Dark Stars remaining. Of course, none of this will matter if Ziggy gets his hands on Etherion.
I have no idea what’s going to happen, but whatever it is, it cannot be good for anyone. Good chapters overall, though.
I Give “Four Shining Stars Annihilated” and “Confidence ” a 4/5 and 3/5 Each
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