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The Zero Point is the Key to All of This

Edens Zero Chapter 204-A Ship to Travel to Point Zero

Edens Zero Chapter 204 Review/Recap

Just when we thought that Edens Zero seemed to be losing its edge, Hiro Mashima pulls out this trump card: Ziggy is Shiki from 20,000 years in the future. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg. This week, we learn how Ziggy came to be like this, and more of why Xiaomei said time doesn’t hold much meaning in this story. There’s something much bigger to all of this: Point Zero.

Edens Zero Chapter 204 Cover Page
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Recap

Edens Zero Chapter 204-What if Shiki Stayed on Nero 66
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Picking up where the last chapter left off, Ziggy explains how he’s Shiki from the future; rather, he’s a version from an alternate future, and it all ties back to the events at Planet Nero 66 three years ago. On that day, the Shiki we know chose to flee thanks to Xiao Mei’s interference. However, originally, Shiki chose to stay and tried to save everyone. His attempts to compress the bombs combined with Rebecca’s Cat Leapers and the bombs themselves to create a spacetime distortion. As a result, the two got sent 20,000 years into the future. Shiki survived. Rebecca…did not.

Edens Zero Chapter 204-Shiki, Now Ziggy
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Shiki lost all his memories and started calling himself Ziggy as he was converted into a machine. Rebecca’s body was kept by the machines to study due to her Ether. Decades passed, and Ziggy forgot almost everything. Then one day, the machines summoned him for a purpose. 

In their future, Mother is dead along with Humanity, and the universe is running out of Ether. They have obsverved the multiverse to find the one where this outcome doesn’t happen, with that one being Point Zero. They wanted Ziggy to use Rebecca’s Ether to travel to the past to Point Zero and stop the extinction of Humanity. Thus, they plan to build a ship to carry him from Planet Eden to Point Zero: the Edens Zero.

Edens Zero Chapter 204-A Ship to Travel to Point Zero
Source-MangaSee, Kodansha Comics

Review

Edens Zero Chapter 204-Mother Must Be Saved
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I think an explanation’s in order. Firstly, the reason there are now two Shikis is simple: time loop. Originally, Shiki was supposed to stay on Nero 66 where he and Rebecca would meet their horrific fates. After that, he becomes Ziggy, gets sent back into the past, and presumably does everything else before going nuts, all leading to the war on Nero 66. It would’ve been a stable time loop, explaining how two Shikis could exist simultaneously. Xiaomei changed all of that, though, making it an alternate future. 

When you read a lot of comic books, this sort of thing becomes par for the course. Well played, Mashima. And he proved that there was no way to stop the destruction of Nero 66 or prevent countless deaths. 

Edens Zero Chapter 204-Rebecca is the Key to Point Zero
Source-MangaSee, Kodansha Comics

The fact that Rebecca’s Ether plays a big part in the plan to reach Point Zero also clues us into what the secret of Edens Zero is: it’s Rebecca. It has to be. All this time, she’s been powering the heroes ship, and they didn’t know.

This chapter did a good job of explaining a lot of things. However, the one thing it doesn’t explain is why Ziggy’s decided to just wipe out Mother anyway. That doesn’t make sense. I guess we’ll have to wait until the next chapter to learn the truth. For the first time in a while, though, I’m super excited to find out what happens.

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