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Shiki, a boy with gravity powers from a bygone age, has spent most of his days Raised by Robots in an abandoned theme park on a forgotten island, dreaming of new places to explore and friends to make. His life takes a sharp turn when the park receives its first visitors in 100 years: a wannabe web celebrity named Rebecca and her familiar-looking (but totally different) cat-bot, Happy. One devastating betrayal and newly forged friendship later, Rebecca helps Shiki ditch the island to show him the larger world by taking him with her and Happy on their boat—which suddenly rises from the water and blasts off into space!

So begins the tale of the boy whose name will one day echo throughout the universe. But it doesn't stop there, as Shiki quickly finds himself thrust into command of the Edens Zero, an interstellar warship left behind as inheritance from his adoptive robo-grandfather, the Demon King, who once used it in his search for Mother, the legendary Goddess of the Cosmos. What follows is a galactic adventure filled with cybernetic dragons, space pirates, existentialist androids, temporal anomalies, magical cyborg ninjas, and much more as Shiki vows to fulfill his late grandpa's dream of finding Mother—all while trying to make as many friends as he can along the way, whether they like it or not!

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Edens Zero is the third major manga series by Hiro Mashima, coming on the heels of the long-running Fairy Tail's conclusion in July 2017. Labeled by the author as "Space Fantasy" rather than straight Science Fiction, the series is a classic High Fantasy story with a more futuristic edge. It also continues Mashima's tradition of reimagining select characters and elements from his earlier works, particularly Fairy Tail and Rave Master, making it a Spiritual Successor of sorts. Despite the similarities, however, it has a noticeably darker tone and firmer story direction that falls more in line with Mashima's earlier works, helping the series eke out more of an identity of its own.

The series was published worldwide on June 26note , 2018, with Japan launching it in Weekly Shonen Magazine. It is notable for being the first manga to ever receive multiple translations on the same day as the first Japanese release: English, French, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese.

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Edens Zero provides examples of:

  • Androids Are People, Too: The series examines the idea that every being has a heart, whether they're human, machine, or some other artificial entity, showing that they are capable of feeling the same emotions and forging friendships as anyone else. Unfortunately, this is not a universally held sentiment, with Shiki and his closest friends being the only people to wholeheartedly think otherwise.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • Planet Granbell, which is inhabited mostly by robots, suffers from a Class 3B apocalypse when the core functions of every bot on the planet completely shut down after an entire century of endless activity. If the bots didn't evacuate Shiki before this happened, he'd be the only living person left on the planet.
    • A 20,000-year Flash Forward shows the aftermath of a Class X apocalypse, with almost half of an unnamed planet ripped off and barely held together from the rest by sinewy strands of Ether.
    • Any planet whose time is devoured by the Chronophage suffers a low-key, planetary-scale variation of Class Z, getting its present permanently overwritten with its past. While the planet may continue to thrive depending on how many years were stolen (ranging from decades to millennia), the original planet is considered to be "dead" for all intents and purposes, along with anyone unlucky or foolish enough to remain on-planet. Such is the case with Norma (which is already "dead" by the time Shiki and co. arrive) and Guilst (which the crew get to bear witness to), along with countless other unnamed planets caught in the wake of the latter.
    • Planet Hook, a place where old and unwanted robots are discarded, teeters on the edge between Classes 2 and 3 due to a shortage of Ether, with Hermit helping a team of scientists build a ray gun to provide emergency energy and avert the crisis. It escalates to Class X when the scientists repurpose the ray gun into a Doomsday Device to obliterate the planet.
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  • Badass in Distress: Rebecca gets put in this position for the Guilst arc. Ambushed and kidnapped along with dozens of other B-cubers to be sold to Illega, she quickly takes the lead in working out an escape plan. While she does briefly need Shiki to save her when she ends up running into Illega, she gets payback the next time they cross paths.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: The Granbell robots, knowing that their days are numbered as their batteries are about to expire, stage an uprising and pretend to have never been friends with Shiki to convince him to leave their planet with Rebecca. They did it to spare him the fate of remaining alone on their dead planet, as they knew he would have stayed in Granbell to try to fix them otherwise.
  • The Cameo: A few Fairy Tail characters show up in a bunch of shots on Blue Garden, including Natsu, Lucy, Shadow Gear, Max, and Warren. Mirajane and Lisanna later show up among the B-Cubers kidnapped by .
  • City of Adventure: Blue Garden is described as entire planet of adventure, due to housing the adventurers' guild Shooting Starlight.
  • Cool Ship:
    • The Edens Zero itself is an extravagant black-and-gold dreadnought with a demonic-looking dragon's head at its prow. It also includes various luxuries such as a massive bathhouse with a cosmic skylight and superpower-inducing water, an Unlimited Wardrobe factory, a kitchen that automatically provides whatever food the crew wants, and a built-in fireworks launcher. Its Skull Fairy form is also impressive with a similar-looking dragon head.
    • Rebecca's ship, the Aqua Wing, is a multi-purpose craft that effectively functions as a seaboat, a plane, and a spaceship.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Planet Newton is a world marked by succulent apples that float through the atmosphere where scientists tirelessly work to improve human-robot relations in the cosmos. Said scientists also turn out to be of the evil variety, and actually use the robots as Unwitting Pawns in a bid to destroy a neighboring planet filled with them.
  • Cross Player: During the Digitalis arc, Weisz and Homura both take the opportunity to select avatars of the opposite gender, Weisz doing so for less honorable reasons. It later turns out Homura is a government spy disguised as her, passing the switched gender off as another one of her quirks.
  • Cyberspace: Digitalis is a virtual planet that acts as a server to the MMORPG Rogue Fantasia, where players upload their consciousness to interact with their surroundings. It's also inhabited by fully sentient NPCs who Grew Beyond Their Programming.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shiki's surrogate grandfather, the Demon King of the Granbell Kingdom, was merely designed and named as such as a theme park attraction. He was actually a good parental figure to Shiki, and came up with the plan to send him off-planet so he wouldn't have to be the only one left once the robots all inevitably shut down.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to Fairy Tail, Edens Zero has a darker tone. There is a lot less focus on friendship, and characters die quite often. In a lot of ways its closer in tone to Rave Master
  • Debut Queue: Shiki, Rebecca, and Happy are all introduced in the first chapter. Then Weisz appears in Chapter 4, followed shortly behind by E.M. Pino in Chapter 6, both of whom stick around long enough to join them as the first crew members of the Edens Zero in Chapter 14 (though the former doesn't officially agree to stay until Chapter 28). From there, it becomes a Gotta Catch Them All scenario with the Four Shining Stars, with the first three found between Chapters 14 and 24, with one extra crew member, Homura, tagging along in Chapter 18.
  • Doomed Hometown: By the first chapter, Shiki's home planet of Granbell is already on the verge of having every robot on his island (i.e., the entire planet's population except for himself) cease to function after over a century since their activation, which happens at the end of the chapter. Tragically, Shiki himself never realizes this as the other robots had to keep it a secret, or else he'd spend his life in vain trying to fix them all.
  • Dramatic Irony: Shiki's farewell to the robots as he embarks on an exciting quest to make new friends happens without him realizing all the robots ran out of power and broke down moments after he left.
  • Fake Crossover: Happy from Fairy Tail appears as a major character, albeit with a totally different history and a slight design change (the tip of his tail is black rather than white). Plue, who similarly made the jump from Rave Master to Fairy Tail, also pops up as a race of identical restaurant employees.
  • Fictional Counterpart: B-Cube is this series' answer to YouTube.
  • Fictional Currency: "Glee" is used in this universe.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: The first chapter makes it seem like a more modernized fantasy adventure series where Rebecca travels to different lands such as islands and kingdoms in a seaboat. Then, when she and Shiki make their getaway, her boat lifts off into space, and it becomes apparent those "lands" are actually stars and planets.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The "Edens" in Edens Zero is short for "Ether Drive Eternal Navigation Ship".
  • G.I.R.L.:
    • Invoked in an omake where Rebecca and Happy are playing an online game, and Rebecca attempts to seduce the opponent. Unfortunately, the opponent (despite having a male avatar) is actually also a girl, and accuses Rebecca of being this.
    • When they enter the virtual world of Digitalis, Weisz decides to use a female avatar to have some pervy fun. Inverted with Homura, who creates a male avatar. Or, rather, the spy impersonating her does. Homura's actual avatar is just herself.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Once Shiki gets the Edens Zero, the focus of the plot shifts to assembling the Demon King's Four Shining Stars, a group of androids that bring the ship's functions to full capacity, or else they'll never make past the Sakura Cosmos's border, where ship-devouring space dragons gather.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Happy immediately after his run-in with a drunk driver. It's obstructed by certain angles and the edge of the panels, but just enough of his lower body is shown to indicate it isn't there anymore.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Digitalis is the server of an MMORPG whose NPCs somehow gained sentience and now act like normal people. This is part of the reason why the game was shut down, causing the NPCs to form their own thriving society.
  • Human Aliens: Every human character is technically an alien by virtue of coming from a planet that isn't Earth. Rebecca takes it further by saying the human Shiki is technically an alien from her perspective because he lived on a planet different from hers.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Zig-Zagged. While humans are negatively highlighted for their maltreatment of robots, the series goes out of its way to show that not all are inherently like that, as exemplified by Shiki and his friends, while also having its share of bots and aliens who mistreat innocent humans.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The cosmos is populated by absolutely massive mechanized dragons, thrown in just to show how incredible the universe is.
  • Irony: Planets are typically considered to be "dead" once they are eaten by a Chronophage, which overwrites the existence of everything within its atmosphere with an earlier version of itself. The irony comes when a Chronophage does this to Guilst, a world formerly abundant with nature before it devolved into a Wretched Hive, as the apocalyptic event actually returns the planet to a thriving state.
  • Ki Manipulation: Ether Gear boils down to this, since its users have to reconfigure the flow of Ether in their bodies like a machine, which results in a seemingly endless variety of powers depending on its type.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: Downplayed. Shiki initially refuses the call to stay on Granbell to ensure Rebecca's escape from his rogue robot friends, but Rebecca refuses to hear it and immediately drags him onto her ship. However, she only does this because she knows he always wanted to leave and now has the excuse. Surely enough, Shiki quickly settles into it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: While discussing how Shiki imagined the Shooting Starlight guild to be more much more like a big, welcoming family than it turned out to be, Rebecca and Happy mention out they've heard of a manga like that.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: Ether, which is explicitly called magic in "unscientific terms", is a type of energy present in the universe that can be found in people's bodies, machines, and planets. It can also be compressed into physical objects such as bullets and crystals. However, only people with Ether Gear like Shiki can tap into it via Ki Manipulation.
  • Male Gaze: In the first chapter alone, readers are greeted by shots of Rebecca's curvy frame, further emphasized by scenes where she is tied up or falling.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: The series has a brief Flash Forward 20,000 years into the future, where two Ambiguously Human astronauts discover the remains of a man and a woman on a desolate moon neighboring an eviscerated planet, also stumbling upon what appears to be Rebecca's B-Cube necklace with the words "Edens Zero" carved on it.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The dragons that fly through the cosmos look more like dragon-shaped dreadnoughts than anything else, yet they're treated like living beings that are commonly mistaken as comets from a distance.
  • Mega City: Blue Garden is a futuristic metropolis filled with spires and a river of water floating across the sky.
  • Mythology Gag: Being a Spiritual Successor to Fairy Tail, which was itself a successor to Rave Master, this series has tons of allusions to both series:
    • Happy's home planet, Exceed, is the same name as his race in Fairy Tail.
    • The skull-and-crossbones flag of Elsie Crimson—an Expy of Fairy Tail character Erza Scarlet—is actually the Fairy Tail guild emblem turned 90 degrees counterclockwise. She also owns a battleship called the Skull Fairy to boot.
    • The top-secret door aboard the Edens Zero labeled "Cord 3173" is a reference to the Arc Number in Rave Master, which similarly tied into several of that series' most closely guarded secrets.
    • Weisz's modified assault rifle flamethrower is called Atlas Flame, the same as a fire dragon in Fairy Tail.
    • On Digitalis, Homura rides one of the "horses" the main characters of Rave Master used for some of their travels.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Rebecca makes a point of stating that the Happy Blasters are designed to just knock opponents unconscious after taking out almost an entire gang with a series of headshots.
  • Only Six Faces: Shiki and Rebecca have the same general attributes as the male and female leads of Mashima's previous works, particularly Natsu and Lucy (Shiki has slanted eyes and spiky hair, Rebecca has wide eyes and a curvy frame).
  • Plot Coupon: The Four Shining Stars are the Demon King's top androids who serve aboard his ship, the Edens Zero, and bring it to full travel and battle capacity. Since most of them have gone their separate ways after the Demon King's retirement, Shiki and the gang learn that they have to gather all four to breach Dragonfall, a sector between the Sakura Cosmos and outer space that swarms with ship-devouring space dragons.
  • Plot Twist: The first chapter contains a First-Episode Spoiler revealing that the series is actually a Space Western, and not an Urban Fantasy set 20 Minutes into the Future as first suggested. It also reveals that all the robots on Granbell, who appeared to be plotting against Shiki all along, were actually trying to save him from getting trapped on the planet before they all shut down.
  • The Quest: By chapter 3, Shiki, Rebecca, and Happy decide to take up a quest to find the seemingly mythical Goddess of the Cosmos Mother, which becomes their most prioritized goal in the series. At first they do it simply as a way to turn heads and get new friends (or subscribers in Rebecca's case), while Shiki personally wants to know why he seems to remember meeting Mother before. Shiki becomes all the more motivated when he learns it was his late grandfather's Tragic Dream to find her, giving Shiki the chance to finally surpass his grandpa and pay tribute to him by doing something he could never accomplish.
  • Raised by Robots: Shiki grew up living as the only human on the Granbell Kingdom, a fully automated amusement part run by robots. They were friendly with him and gave him a good home, but this meant he never really interacted with real humans until Rebecca came along. Once off planet, he has trouble adjusting to talking and meeting with new people.
  • Reality Ensues: Rebecca periodically gives Shiki reality checks about how friendship works when he goes gung-ho about making them, pointing out that most people he meets generally won't care about what he has to say. He experiences this firsthand on his first day at the guild, where everyone laughs him off and goes about their business after he makes a scene and, failing to read the atmosphere, gets rebuffed again when he asks to be friends with them all.
  • Reused Character Design: The series features Expies of Happy, Plue, Erza, and Jellal, all characters that have shown up in Fairy Tail (and Rave Master, in Plue's case).
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: While most of the old robots on Granbell are instantly recognizable as such, there are others who could instantly pass off as regular people to the untrained eye. Even Happy himself is mostly machine, counting more as a "ridiculously feline robot".
  • Robotic Reveal: Happy is revealed in the second chapter to be a mostly mechanical cyborg with the appearance of a regular cat whose old body was mangled in a roadside accident.
  • Scenery Censor: While Rebecca is taking a bath her nether regions are obscured by a leaf, then after nearly being sucked into space and slamming against the ceiling the bars serve the same purpose.
  • Scenery Gorn: The planet in the Flash Forward is shown to have gotten entire chunks of it ripped off with sinewy strands of ether still clinging to them, giving it the appearance of an eviscerated life form with its entrails graphically exposed.
  • Science Fantasy: Edens Zero is set in a world that incorporates space travel, robots, and a generally futuristic aesthetic, but the main characters also have magic abilities that allow him to fight with the strength of a machine.
  • Secretly Dying: The power supplies of all of the robots on Granbell are nearly depleted and there is no way to restore them, so they pretend to turn against Shiki and Rebecca to send Shiki off-world since they don't want him to waste his life futilely trying to repair them. They last just long enough to see Shiki fly off into space with his new friends before they all shut down.
  • Sensual Spandex: Deconstructed. The crew have to wear skintight suits while "diving" into the Virtual Reality of Digitalis. Once they make it back to the real world after about two whole days, they're completely drenched in sweat due to their poorly ventilated outfits.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: After finding out they've been sent 50 years back into Planet Norma's past, Rebecca initially has to caution Shiki time and again against doing anything that could alter the timeline. But when they find out a criminal from the past has already started using technology from the future before their arrival, they're forced to take action to stop him. Subverted when it's revealed they didn't travel through time, but that a Chronophage overwrote Norma's present with its past, resetting the planet's timeline in a paradox-free manner.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: One thug freaks out over Rebecca's marksmanship after she takes out over a dozen people with nothing but headshots, and without missing a single one, within a matter of moments. Rightly so, as shooting just a single person in the head from a distance is no easy feat in Real Life due to how small and mobile it is, which is why gun handlers tend to aim for larger parts of the body that have a better chance of getting hit.
  • Space Is an Ocean: Space Pirates are a major threat in the universe, and Rebecca explicitly mentions how they conquered the "Seven Cosmic Seas".
  • Space Western: The series follows Shiki, Rebecca, and Happy hopping from planet to planet, all with the intention of making new friends (or in the latter's case, hitting 1 million subscribers for her web channel).
  • Spiritual Successor: Edens Zero draws heavily from its predecessor, Fairy Tail, following a boy with powers from a bygone age who was raised by a currently absent, non-human caretaker, quickly partnering with a girl who runs into him by circumstance and becomes his most cherished friend. All of this happens with a healthy dose of action, humor, fanservice, dragons, guilds, Expies of characters from the author's older works, and tons of focus on The Power of Friendship...IN SPACE!
  • Taken for Granite: Illega turns the women he collects into stone statues so he can use them as furniture.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Shiki's name is Japanese for "four seasons". This is in keeping with Mashima's personal tradition of naming main characters after seasons, following Haru (spring) from Rave Master, Natsu (summer) from Fairy Tail, Aki (autumn) from Monster Soul, and Mafuyu (winter) from the one-shot Fighting Force Mixture. Incidentally, Monster Hunter Orage (Mashima's manga based on Monster Hunter), also stars a protagonist named Shiki.
  • There Are No Therapists: In Hermit's backstory, after being used by Dr. Muller, first as an Unwitting Instigator of Doom, then as a target for his sadistic impulses, she is eventually rescued when the authorities come to arrest Dr. Muller and his cronies. Rather than offer her any form of support when they find her emotionally broken from what was done to her, the officers on the scene simply consider her a lost cause and let her wander off on her own.
  • The Time of Myths: There is an occasionally mentioned period known as the "Dark Ages" where Ether Gear originated from. There's also the case of "Mother", a Mysterious Watcher and Physical God who was supposedly seen by an explorer ages ago, but anyone who claims to have seen her now is laughed off as a lunatic.
  • Time Travel: Played with. When the Aqua Wing crew visit the planet Norma, they find themselves in the Norma of 50 years in the past. After they leave, they find that they didn't go back in time. Rather, the planet was attacked by an Spacetime Eater that devoured the last 50 years of Norma's time, effectively pulling the past version of Norma into the present.
  • Tron Lines: When a person uses Ether Gear, parts of their body—most commonly their arms—become covered in glowing lines of Ether, indicating their similarity to a machine.
  • Vehicle Title: Edens Zero is the name of the Demon King's battleship, which is inherited and used by Shiki and his friends.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Humans generally tend not to view robots and digital beings as actual people, at best being indifferent to their troubles, and at worst damaging, abandoning, and scrapping them without a care. Ziggy raised Shiki to actively look past such labels, while Rebecca learned to do the same from a young age when Happy was rebuilt as a machine.
  • World Tree: Guilst is home to a gargantuan tree called Mechdrasil that is visible from space, and whose roots cover the entire planet's surface. Due to this, its entire civilization is built on its branches.
  • Wretched Hive: The planet Guilst is an Outlaw Town where all manners of illegal activity are committed freely.

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