Mashima, We Need to Talk About Pacing
Edens Zero Chapter 212 Review/Recap
Mashima, we need to talk about your pacing problem. And I do say that it’s a problem. You keep introducing these villains, only to have them offed like they’re nothing. It’s not good writing, Mashima!
As Justice and Homura face down Aconella, she proceeds to sic her “children” on the two of them. At once, the pair are swarmed by an army of the beasts. Not even Homura in her mecha can handle all of them at once.
Aconella, meanwhile, proves to be just as formidable as her dragons, easily able to keep Justice at bay. While doing so, she boasts that she created most of these dragons with an invention she developed on Lendard itself: the perpetual mecha-soldier birthing machine. AKA, the Mobius, a device that was secretly completed by the Lendaridan royal family. With it, Aconella, or rather, Queen Shaya Le Lendard, plans to conquer everything in her name.
As Justice and Homura remain helpless, though, Elsie steps in and cuts her psychotic mother in two. After that, Elsie obliterates her mother without batting so much as an eye, much to Justice’s horror.
Okay, I need to say something. Firstly, I’m starting to see why Elsie rebelled against her parents. They planned on conquering everything in existence and killing countless people. She didn’t have much choice besides leaking their plans to the wider Kaede Cosmos.
That’s about the only good thing I can say about this chapter, though, because I got several issues. Firstly, the Mobius machine. That’s hacked, even by Shonen standards. And given how that factors in people who become gods, can stop time, and create an army of clones of themselves, that’s saying something!
Secondly, Mashima, you have a pacing problem right now, man. This is the second time in this arc alone that you’ve built up a villain, only to kill them off very quickly. That’s not good for the pacing. It makes you look like you’re rushing things. That’s not a good way to keep readers interested.
Maybe Mashima’s starting to lose his edge, but I’m losing interest in his story. At this rate, I’m worried I might drop Edens Zero altogether. That, and you still haven’t cleared up whether or not Elsie is the true enemy that Ziggy warned us about. Get on that already, Mashima!
I Give “Mobius” a 2.5/5
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Yeah…….. can’t really tell what Mashima’s trying to do with Lendard right now. It’s like……… I think what he’s TRYING to do is set the proverbial “Reset Button-” get rid of the pre-existing Galactica(Crow and Acnoella are dead; it doesn’t look like Ziggy’s gonna make it out of this ac; and Shiki and Nox’ names are now cleared), get rid of the Antagonist we’ve had since chapter 100 in favor of a New Overarching Villain, and set up what every faction has going for them in this next portion of the story. At least that’s what I THINK.
I hope you don’t drop Edens Zero; I enjoy hearing your thoughts on the series! You actually help me come up with a few theories every now and then- even if I never get to post them for one reason or another.
I can’t say if Elsie’s the “True Enemy,” but it looks as if the story is going in that direction- at least for a little bit. But if he decides to pull the twist on us here and now, then this will easily be the worst arc of the story. Hopefully it’ll get better from here.