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->''"If I were God..."''
->''"I'm saving the world! You oughta try it yourself some time!"''

''Eden: It's an Endless World!'' is a cyberpunk manga by HirokiEndo set in the aftermath of a global plague that has radically altered the social and economic stature of the world, and tells the story of Elijah, the son of freedom fighter Enoah Ballard, who opposes Propater, a global pseudo-religious organization that tried, more or less successfully, to launch a coup d'etat on the entire world.

Not entirely successful, they kidnapped Elijah's mother and sister to keep Enoah from opposing them too much. Elijah fled Propater by escaping to South America with his father's combat robot for protection. Over the course of the story, he meets and joins forces with a variety of different, well-developed characters, all with their own motivations, problems, morals and ethics, relationships and agendas.

The story deals heavily with relationships, especially family relationships, religion, drug abuse, death and morality. The complex relationships between characters avoids many forms of easy classification, and many of the characters fail to fall into stereotypical moulds.

Still here? OK, let's dig a bit deeper. The series is perhaps best described as ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' turned UpToEleven. ''Eden'' is extremely violent, filled with explicit sex and nudity, lots of philosophy, even more religion, and moral ambiguity in ways that would make Creator/AlanMoore proud. Characters are regularly killed off, beaten, wounded, tortured, crippled, and raped by villains and heroes alike; and the MessianicArchetype, despite the religious overtones, is a minor character.

''Eden'' ran from 1998 to 2008 in the ''Afternoon'' magazine, reaching a total of 18 volumes. The series is translated into English by DarkHorse Manga, who publish volumes biannually due to low sales. TitanBooks publish the Dark Horse translations in England, while Egmont Anime & Manga handle the German translation and publication.

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!!''Eden: It's an Endless World!'' provides examples of:

* AdamAndEvePlot: Averted:
--> '''Layne:''' Well, ''you two'' can't be the only ones having babies! Your children would have to leave this island to meet up with other survivors. Inbreeding would result in recessive gene expression... and then man would die.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: In this case, it's not a human but a giant bacteriophage. Also, the colloid uses the forms of absorbed relatives and friends to convince people to join.
* AllLovingHero: A female muslim terrorists who cares about the lives of her hostages with no intent of actually killing them, betrays other cells to stop terrorist bombing and is the nicest person in the series who isn't a young child.
* AndIMustScream. Anyone infected with the closure or disclosure viruses will suffer a very slow loss of motor-functions as their skin hardens and their organs liquefy. [[spoiler:Sophia]] ends up this way when Sheshoan makes her quadriplegic and rapes her repeatedly.
* AntiHero: Everyone
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArmCannon
* AuthorAppeal: Endo has a [[strike:thing for]] obsession with oral sex... and telling his readers about the dangers of [=STDs=].
* {{Badass}}: This series has its fair share of characters who qualify, but Ennoia, Tony and Chad manage to stand out. Over the first five-to-six volumes, the reader is told that Ennoia and his left and right hands have a reputation as a total badass In Volume 17, we see ''why'': [[spoiler: Ennoia, Tony and Chad exterminate a Cartel ''alone''.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Elijah and Miriam in the final chapter. [[TraumaCongaLine And boy does he deserve it]]]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Kenji to Elijah.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: And the shades of gray can get ''really'' dark.
* BlackBestFriend: When Elijah enrolls in a private school, he soon befriends one of the few black students there. Considering that they probably both face discrimination for being the sons of crime lords ''and'' their fathers are partners in crime, it's not that improbable. This friend also happens to be the nephew of Elijah's dad's right hand man.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Next to oral sex and [[{{Tsundere}} tsunderes]], this has to be Endo's favourite trope. It appears in pretty much every issue.
* BodyHorror: The Closure virus causes the immune system to over-react, leading to the eventual hardening of the skin as the cells refuse endocytosis and exocytosis, covering the body in a solid ceramic shell while the internal organs undergo necrosis and pour out through cracks and holes in the hardened skin. The Disclosure virus is a mutated strain that causes hardening of internal organs as they pour out, turning the entire victim into a vaguely humanoid crystal. Feyman's virus is mild in comparsion, but manages to look like it was taken straight out of ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* BookEnds: The covers for Volume 1 and Volume 18 are of Ennoia and Hannah lying on the flood next to wires and parts of Cherubim.
* CarFu: Elijah rams a car into a cyborg at one point, crushing it into a wall. He then lights the car on fire.
* ChildSoldiers: Elijah, Kenji, and Loji specifically.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Tony, Kahn, Sophia, and Elijah, among others.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Except for those whose motivation is revenge, it has an atrociously low success rate, realistically enough.
* ColdSniper: Count the number of times where you see a character shot from a sniper rifle in prone position, performed a bolt action and an empty shell ejected drawn mid-motion.
* CombatTentacles: The Aeons and Demille.
* TheCracker: Sophia, Maya
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: After a four year time skip, [[spoiler:Helena]] is killed because she is standing next to the target of an assassination attempt.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Helena, Pedro
* DeathByFlashback: PlayedWith. Anyone who tells his backstory another character dies pretty soon afterwards. However, flashbacks happening for the reader's eyes only don't seem to trigger a death.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Helena. Also, Miriam.
* DisposableSexWorker: Entire mansions filled with them!
* DistaffCounterpart: Letheia to Maya. She later starts referring to herself explicitly as the opposite to his rationality (nous).
* DysfunctionJunction: Kenji, Sophia, Colonel Kahn and Wycliffe all have various traumas, with Kenji and Sophia being specifically notable. Elijah quickly develops his own.
* DrivenToSuicide: Purposely done to [[spoiler:Pedro]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Letheia has no emotions at all as of volume 11, mainly due to being four years old. Sophia's backstory has elements of this.
* EnigmaticMinion: Maya, who steals his own body from Propater and immediately joins them afterwards. [[spoiler:He's secretly acting as an agent of the Disclosure virus. Maybe.]]
--> '''Demille:''' So you still work for Propater?
--> '''Maya:''' For now.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Elijah believes that even as a criminal he should have certain standards such as ''not'' killing people by [[ColdBloodedTorture beating their teeth out with a hammer, cutting their balls off and shoving them down their throat before sewing the mouth shut.]] He's chewed out by his father's henchmen because criminals ''do'' "rule through fear" according to them.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: The disclosure virus.
* {{Expy}}: Sophia is Endo's take on [[GhostInTheShell Maj. Kusanagi]](with a ''boatload'' of differences) while Maya, as an insufferable, obnoxious EnigmaticMinion working as an agent for [[strike:the evil organization that lurks in the background]] [[spoiler:[[strike:the alien that wants to assimilate everyone]]]] ''himself'' clearly parallels [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa]], [[spoiler:down to having a less-evil, [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] DistaffCounterpart that accompanies the hero.]] The Ministry Spy is a ShoutOut to the Yakuza vat-grown assassin from JohnnyMnemonic, only less vat-grown and more evil.
* EyeSquick: A lot. [[spoiler:Helena]]'s eye is perhaps the worst.
* FalseFlagOperation: NOMAD hired an extremist muslim group to raid a Propater laboratory - this was only a guise to trick a Propater scientist-turned-spy help Kenji's brother's mercenaries infiltrate the base in order to have Propater fight back so that their illegal lab was exposed in order to strain Propater-China and Propater-Islamic Alliance relations.
* {{Fanservice}}, FetishFuel and FetishRetardant: Any combination of those three occurs quite often.
* {{Filth}}: Volume 2 has a single image of fellatio with both participants fully clothed, and a few naked people. Volume 4 has a fairly tame sex scene. Volume 6 has a quick montage of some slightly more graphic ones. Volume 7 has an orgy. Volume 8 has two chapter-long, extremely explicit sex scenes between a 15-year old boy and a 23-year old woman. Volume 9 has scene depicting a pedophile raping a 6-year-ish old boy. Makes you wonder if Endo can possibly go any further...
** Your mileage may vary on this. The amount of sex is about equal to some other seinen manga, and isn't ''that'' graphical (fairly tame actually). It also lacks mass-rape, unlike, say {{Berserk}}.
* GeniusLoci: The disclosure virus.
* {{Gorn}}: All the time. [[spoiler: Katchua's death]] and especially [[spoiler:Helena's torture]] stand out though. The realistically depicted torture and torture-murder in vol. 12 is even worse. There's exposition.
* HadakaApron: ''Elijah'', of all people, does this to ''Miriam''. Apparently Helena though it was funny, and Elijah didn't catch the sexual subtext. Then [[ButchLesbian Feng]] walks in the door, and Elijah goes to get it...
** He later stops acting stupid and ''insists'' on wearing only the apron while he lives with Miriam and Feyman. [[spoiler: It's all part of his plan to use Miriam as bait for Propater. One might wonder if he could have found a ''less'' lecherous way to get her to leave...]]
** At a later point, he also wants Miriam to wear it. (Or rather, ''not'' wear it.)
* HeroicBSOD: When [[spoiler:Elijah]] realizes that [[spoiler:Manuela]] used [[spoiler:her own daughter]] as ''bait'', he despairs. When he realizes said bait was meant to ''die'', he completely loses it and kills [[spoiler:Manuela]] A little later he's hit by the guilt. Marihan's BSOD is longer, but not as prominent.
** Even more so, when [[spoiler:Mana]] dies, [[spoiler:Elijah]] completely crashes.
* HeroicSacrifice: In volume 9, [[spoiler:Marihan]] sacrifices [[spoiler:her]]self to prevent a terrorist bombing.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Helena (Although the "love interest" part should probably be exchanged for "mother figure." [[{{Squick}} Both perhaps...?]]) [[spoiler:Yup. Fifteen year old boy and prostitute. Nobody has problems with ''that'' pairing, do they?]] and Manuela.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Kenji can throw a knife down the barrel of gun.
* InfantImmortality: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] very gruesomely.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Helena
* KickTheDog: Everyone has their moments, but [[spoiler:Elijah]] killing [[spoiler:Manuela]] manages to stand out. Also, the entire [[spoiler:Mana]] rescue arc.
* KidHero: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]]
* LandMineGoesClick: They also go "boom"
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Ennoah, Hannah, Elijah, Sophia, Kahn, Wycliffe, Kenji, Helena, Katchua, Maya, Mana, Letheia, Arona, Wendy, Fong, Marihan and Mishima, as well as an even larger assortment of ''minor'' characters.
* LoveMartyr: Helena accuses Katchua of this, placing emphasis on the mindless loving.
* LoveRedeems: Helena has some interesting views on this (below), compare/contrast Elijah's father's views in the same issue.
--> '''Elijah:''' I lov...
--> '''Helena:''' Shhhh! Forgives doesn't make the sin go away.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Katchua]] was killed after losing her lower body to a land mine, although Helena didn't think it was necessary to kill her.
* ManOnFire: The explosion version, the flamethrower version and the torture-death version.
--> [[spoiler:'''Elijah:''']] Did you not use enough explosives?
* MenDontCry: Note that this is after her lengthy troubling flashback, and prompts his.
--->'''Sophia''':So when's the last time you had a good cry?
--->'''Kenji''': ...
--->'''Sophia''':What? Why do men always give me weird answers to that question?!
* MultinationalTeam: Kahn's freedom fighters: Colonel Kahn is Georgian, Wycliffe is Caribbean, Sophia is Greek and Kenji is Japanese. They're then joined by Elijah, who is descended from Americans, Helena, who is from Lima and Katchua, who is Incan-descendant Peruvian. In a later volume, Kahn says he always works with multinational teams, because it's no fun when everyone are the same.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. When two intersecting triangles where one of the catheti in each triangle is the hypothenuse of the other triangle, an third party murders both hypothenuses, leading the remaining cathetus to ally and seek revenge for their unfaithful partners.
* NightVisionCamera: Despite the meticulous research Endo includes in ''Eden'', he still manages to make a character look through plastic with both far and near -infrared vision.
* TheNosebleed: Notably averted in early volumes. Hiroki Endo's {{Face Fault}}s are more expressive. A very subdued version appears later in the series, represented as a tissue paper stuck up one nostril. Endo is rather inconsistent with it too.
* Theatre/OedipusRex: Kenji, to Colonel Kahn
* OnlySixFaces: A major issue with certain characters, to the point where characters not only have the same faces but also the same clothes; It's impossible to tell the difference between Naomi and Cheng, the latter of which spends almost an entire chapter without being a name, but appears several volumes after Naomi has become a regular minor character.
* ParentalIncest: Sheshoan really did love her mother...
* PornWithPlot: There is a plot that requires an [[ShownTheirWork extreme attention to detail and knowledge]] of quantum physics and familiarity with ''other works'' by ''other authors'' in ''different genres'' (none of which are easy to understand) There is sometimes explicit porn or, in fact, a whole subplot about the face of underground porno industry.
* PrimalScene: Mana, in her single digits, found her sister in a rather intense act. It, like everything in this series, ends horribly.
* PsychicNosebleed, [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Hacking causes nosebleeds in people who should't have circulatory systems.
** It's not blood, it's coolant. It's a last ditch failsafe to keep their brains from melting down by flushing the coolant (it also comes out of their ears and eyes) when the heat dissipation can't keep up any other way then forcefully expelling it from the system. And when they run out, their brains cook.
* PsychoForHire: The unnamed assassin in volume 7. Considering NOMAD is a mercenary organization, Kenji would be a [[strike:heroic]] variation on this trope.
* TheRant: Each volume has an entire page at the end where Endo rants about something tangibly related, ranging from his work as cook in a restaurant to just ranting on about paraphilia and sex or the Japanese economy.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Kenji]] Considering how completely messed up he is, this is hardly suprising.
* RazorFloss: One of the weapons of the Ministry Spy.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Helena does ''not'' want Elijah's pity.
--> '''Helena:''' ''"OHH! But I'm surprised to see that the son of the boss of South America's biggest drug cartel is in a place like this. You know what kind of slums and ghettos I grew up in? All the young men there get their girlfriends using drugs to make them all excited in the sack, see? When the women get hooked on the drugs they'll do absolutely anything for it. So they send their women out to stand on the street. And then suddenly the guys become pimps, without having to move a muscle. If they do very well, after a while they might become the head of their own prostitution ring. Heroin, cocaine... ...that's what killed a lot of my friends in the business. The stuff your father sells, ''[==]'''right?'''"
-->'''Elijah:''' "..."
-->'''Helena''' ''"Then, once they came to the mountains the guerrillas exploited the Indios in the coca fields... ...and when they found pretty young girls like Katchua they'd rape them to while the time away."''
--> '''Helena:''' ''"You were raised to be so big and strong thanks to the sacrifice of girls like her. Your father must be awfully proud!"''
--> '''Helena:''' ''"Thanks for saving us, eh? Elijah."''
* ReplacementGoldfish, {{Lampshade}}d: Kahn tries to use Kenji to replace his son, as does Sophia. Kenji uses Sophia as a replacement for a mother he never actually met, and Kahn to replace his father. The Automater is an interesting take on the trope, grooming young males she finds to replace the sons she never could have.
* {{Revenge}}: One of the ongoing themes of ''Eden'' is the {{Deconstruction}} of this concept.
* Science vs. Religion: The existence of cybernetic cardinals [[AvertedTrope suggests otherwise.]]
** Also, just about everyone is asked by someone at some point "do you believe in God?"
* SingleIssuePsychology: While the Automater and Wycliffe have certain issues arising from single events, the only people with significant psychological problems achieved these through continued physical abuse or continued neglect. Sophia lived through her entire childhood without any help for her continued self-harm and multiple suicide attempts.
* [[FourLinesAllWaiting Six Lines More Waiting]]: By volume 11, there's Elijah and Letheia looking for Mana, Arona, Wendy and Fong following the trail of [[spoiler:Arona]]'s husband's killer, Mishima investigating the disclosure virus, Ennoha's war against Propater, Sophia and Kenji running operations for NOMAD, and whatever Maya is up to.
* ShoutOut: The cybernetics in ''Eden: It's an Endless World!'' is [[strike:reminiscent]] taken straight out of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', which Endo acknowledges by mirroring the cyborg operation from the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' Graphic Novel. His PowerArmor are inspired by Creator/ShirowMasamune's Landmate-designs in ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' and their aerial deployment is one long ode to ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' (of note, the design for Shirow's Landmates were based on Heinlein's ideas) while Mishima's exposition about the colloid, in addition to Letheia's character design owes a lot to ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''. Hacker jargon is, of course, references to ''{{Neuromancer}}'' and the Ministry Spy uses the same weapon is the vat-grown Yakuza hitman does in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''. ''Film/BladeRunner'' references are of course also abundant.
* STDImmunity: Notably averted. Several character, major and minor, catch some form of [[=STDs=] over the course of the series, and Endo had footnotes, asides and entire panels explaining the need for proper protection and cleaning to avoid [=STDs=].
* SuicideByCop: Volume 9:[[spoiler: Marihan, in order to be ejected through the window out of the building with the bomb she's carrying.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: [[PunnyName Loji]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Surprisingly ''few'' appear, especially considering the page-long rant at the end of volume 8:
-->'''Exerpt:''' ''To me, the definition of a "good woman" is "a woman who's suited to slapping others," and - if possible - then calls you a name like "Coward!" "Creep!" is fine too. I wouldn't mind "Pervert!" either. Of course, if she really thought you were a pervert, I guess she'd give punch rather than a slap - no, she'd attack you with an electric stun gun.''
* TheUnfettered: Ennoia Ballard. He sets himself up as the most powerful drug lord in South America so he can keep his family isolated in luxury away from the rest of the world. He states his philosophy as: "''People who are really important to you should be treated with unlimited love, and all others treated with unlimited cruelty.''"
* ViewersAreGeniuses: What did you expect from an author who wrote that the original [[MindScrew ending]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' "didn't leave [him] unsatisfied"? [[spoiler:Volume 11 requires the reader to piece together ''three'' separate discussion of quantum physics to understand what is going on.]]
* WhereItAllBegan. Everything starts at a small island neat the equator, everything culminates at that same small island near the equator.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Sophia looks like a teenager but is really 41. It is mentioned that using cybernetic bodies this way is illegal. Then again, what ''do'' you do when you in your late teens place your brain in a body that doesn't age?
* YankTheDogsChain: The Mana rescue arc is ''stuffed'' with DeusExMachina and DiabolusExMachina to keep readers on their toes.
* ZippingUpTheBodybag: [[spoiler:Enoah]]'s in the final chapter.
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