YMMV / Cage of Eden

  • Angst? What Angst?: A lot of the times, the characters will get a little upset but move on rather quickly from the tragic, stressful events around them like discovering that your first love got gang raped to death, finding out your best friend turned into a mass murderer or Zaji dying. Justified in how the characters are constantly in danger and can't afford to dwell too much on the negative things.
  • Complete Monster: Takashi Nishikiori is a sociopath with a sadistic love for tormenting and torturing others. Once crash-landing on an island with hundreds of other passengers, Nishikiori establishes himself a power base by blackmailing a large group of people into serving him in exchange for him giving them the antidote to a lethal plague they have contracted, claiming to be a doctor. When the group's leader tries to swear allegiance to save his young daughter's life, Nishikiori refuses to cure the duo to ensure no threats to his power, laughing over them as they die in agony. As leader of his group, Nishikiori encourages whistleblowing and betrayal amongst his followers, brutally beating and torturing any who try to stand against him, all while having zero problems sacrificing the lives of those loyal to him. When confronted by Akira Sengoku's group of teenagers, Nishikiori tortures them, sends them on a suicide mission, then attempts to burn the dozens of teens alive one by one, forcing the others to watch and cackling at their misery. In his worst scheme, Nishikiori captures all the females in Akira's group, then forces the males to try to rescue the girls, planning to execute one girl for every failed rescue attempt. Nishikiori then tries to force the girls themselves to sentence one of their own to die, secretly promising his men the chance to gang-rape all of the girls left alive once their "game" is done. Even when beaten, Nishikiori takes sick glee in revealing he's not even a real doctor who can cure a dying student's ailment, and makes one last attempt at screwing everyone over by taking a little girl hostage to make his getaway and leave everyone else to die. Nishikiori's presence on an island filled with monsters and mutations solidified the idea that sometimes, man is far crueler than any beast.
  • Epileptic Trees: Everything in the series.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: If the forums of various sites are to be believed, then Akira/Rion is by far the most popular pairing, and for good reason, due to their willingness to protect and take care of each other, no matter what happens. Akira/Mami seems to be gaining popularity quickly, though.
  • Fetish Retardant: How some feel about the fanservice. Panty Shot and Clothing Damage? Hot. On girls who are dead/dying/in serious danger? Creepy. This combined with the occasionally misogynistic atmosphere can make the manga a kind of uncomfortable read.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Kouhei really wants to find Akira. He also states that while he can't bear to show himself in front of Akira anymore, he will protect him from the shadows.
    • Yarai and Akira have a bit of this, too. In Chapter 141, Yarai actually cries because he doesn't want to kill Akira, but Nishikiori won't save Kurusu-sensei if he doesn't.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Kouhei, up to then one of the nicer characters, kills a girl on the mere suspicion that she saw him stab the pilot.
    • Nishikiori jumps over the line with every appearance. It really says something when the nicest thing he's done is send a bunch of kids on a suicide mission.
  • Narm: It is difficult take seriously a dramatic situation while the girls show their panties at readers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Being stuck on an uninhabited, mysterious island with every large and dangerous prehistoric species out to eat or maim you is not a Happy Fun Time. So you can bet that the series is full of this.
    • That's not even counting all the humans on the island either. One of the main themes of the manga is that wild beasts aren't the only animals to be scared of.
    • This creature qualifies
      • This looks more like a demon than an extinct animal
    • Nishikiori's brainwashed slaves, who keep serving him despite all logic and reason.
  • The Scrappy: Suzuki spends of his time being an arrogant, manipulative pervert. It goes to the point where fans were actually happy when he was attacked by the bird. Several fans were disappointed in chapter 93 when he was attacked by ANOTHER species of bird, but was then spat out.
  • Squick: In general, the manga doesn't pull any punches in showing exactly what teethnote  bigger than your head can do to you...
    • Or big falls.
  • Too Cool to Live: Zaji


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