Guys…….I can’t. There’s no name I can give this chapter. THIS chapter of Hiro Mashima’s “Edens Zero” has got to be the most important, DARKEST, and probably best chapter in the whole series. I haven’t even read all of Mashima’s work, but I can tell this is one of the best he’s done-PERIOD! I can’t make a joke with this chapter; it would just ruin everything. I couldn’t think of a title that perfectly reflect the level of intensity this chapter brings. Get ready; the faint-of-heart aren’t allowed! Edens Zero Chapter 82: “Scolding.”
The cover page; just Shiki and Rebecca hangin’ on the ship. Looks like they’re in the kitchen, and Shiki’s standing up to do something. Rebecca has her headphones on and a black tank top(boob shot), and Shiki’s in the same basic outfit(jacket, tee shirt, pants, and boots), but it has more zippers on it.
It opens where we last left off; The Dark Alchemist Drakken Joe displays to Shiki and Jinn true Overdrive, gaining a much more menacing appearance and spark of electricity shooting off of him in every direction. He glares at Shiki, and then powers down from Overdrive. He smirks, knowing that there is no possible way for Shiki to beat him the way he is now. If this where a Shiki at full strength; he might have stayed in that state. But NOW……Drakken asks Shiki “Do you know how much that girl is worth?” Shiki responds how a Hiro Mashima protagonist would usually: “She’s worth a lot! She’s my friend!” Pino and Jinn look at him with 2 different expressions; Pino’s is a look of admiration, and Jinn a look of “………You really believe in that stuff, huh?………..” Drakken, being an adult and a realist, breaks it down: “‘Friends’ are just a social construct fostering ‘fellowship’ and ’empathy;’ the most worthless thing in the cosmos.”
Of course; Shiki denies everything Drakken just said, and goes in for an uppercut. But the Alchemist grabs the gravity field punch, as he turned the boys arm into Dramour(Guilst’s heaviest metal). He can change things without even touching them, so he changed Shiki’s hand the moment his fist came close enough, demonstrating enough control over his Ether gear to make Shiki seem like a newbie. He continues speaking: “I did a little research on you. You inherited Demon King Ziggy’s Gravity abilities: Satan Gravity.” So Shiki’s Ether gear had a name. Though I find it a little bit odd Ziggy never told him the name of his Ether gear. Seriously; even Shiki didn’t know about it. Is there something to that name?
He also mentions that Shiki is “the key to unlocking the ‘cat’s’ powers.” THAT can be taken in a few different ways. Because when he says this, it’s in parenthesis. Why? Is the “cat” in question really Happy? Or is he referring to Rebecca because of her cat-themed character? It could be an acronym? But there’s something more to it than just “Shiki is key to Happy’s power.” Unless it’s a really big and important power. In which case we have even more questions about Weisz(X492; the old man Weisz) and Ziggy’s relationship. We still haven’t even touched on why Pino was given to him by Ziggy. Yeah; remember that little nugget of information from the Norma arc? Man; this arc has SO MUCH in it to dissect. When this arc is over; people are gonna have to go back an search for everything that was foreshadowed in just this arc alone.
Believe it or not: We’re still on page 5! Drakken rearranges his Ether gear so that the pattern display the Tri-force symbol on the back of his hand, with the gridlines coming from that. Slowly; Shiki begins to turn to stone! Okay, not slowly; half his face is turned to stone before he even has time to react. Pino rushes in to shut it off with her EMP, but Jinn blows her away and prevents the EMP from getting to them. Shiki’s petrification is complete, and Pino can do nothing but cry out “Master!”
We cut over to Drakken’s residence(presumably his basement); Shiki wakes up in a daze-handcuffed. He looks around to find Homura, Rebecca, and the incapacitated Weisz. For everyone who wants to wine “No CoNsEqUeNcEs!;” this is a case of there being consequences. Moreover; it’s not a character getting up and fighting through a major injury. Dude; Weisz is DOWN right now! He can’t defend himself let alone save anyone. And he’s been unconscious this whole time; he’s not pushing himself! Anyway; Rebecca apologizes getting caught. Shiki tries to move over to Weisz, but a voice tells him “Ah-ah-ah; Don’t move.” He turns around to see Drakken, the Element 4(plus Jinn), and a whole assortment of petty thugs surrounding them, guns to each of their heads.
Drakken “apologizes” to Rebecca; she’s lumped in with them because she hasn’t accepted this new arrangement. Rebecca pleads with him to give Weisz his medicine. He looks at Weisz, hanging onto his life by a thread. Sylph turns over the brief case Homura had, revealing Sister’s medicine. Drakken picks it up-and crushes it like an apple. Everyone laughs(aside from Jinn and Kleene). Shiki says “D@mn you…..” BAM! Shiki shot in the thigh! Contrary to what you may be thinking; Shiki is actually in AGONY right now! A bullet in anime is usually nothing. But here; Shiki AND Weisz, arguably 2 of the strongest people so far, are curled over in pain. I’m sure I’m probably looking too far into this, but I know someone’s gonna have something to say about this being “forced tension with now real stakes.”
The bullet came from Drakken’s personal gun. “How many times do I have to say ‘Don’t move?’” he asks; “If you don’t keep quiet and hold still; someone else is getting shot. Got it?” Rebecca asks what happened to Happy and Pino. Drakken responds “I sold them to a junk dealer in town.” So they may be………in pieces……..but they’re still on the Berial Goer. But as it stands…….I’m not entirely sure how this is going to end for them. Tears well up in the young Etherion Master’s eyes. Homura asks what Drakken’s main objective is. “A few things, actually,” he responds; “For starters; you boarded my ship without permission. And I can’t have people thinking I’m soft.” Taking Rebecca was the main goal, but getting rid of everyone else “puts money in his pockets.”
Drakken, as we’ve seen, is not a killer-per say. Yes; he had Seth kill Spider. But as far as Drakken could tell; keeping Spider around just ruined his reputation as well as cost him money. And when you stop bringing in money-you’re dead weight. However, by his own admission; he never kills anyone. “People are assets,” according to him; he doesn’t kill them because they bring in money.
Another one of his rules: “Punish all Rule breakers-PERIOD.” The crew broke the rules, so they must pay. Homura defends them: “we’re only here because you stalked the Edens Zero!” Drakken says they’ll “get to that,” and begins dealing out punishment: “Daughter of Madame Kurenai- and you look better than she did at your age(thus confirming that either Homura was an unplanned pregnancy, or Drakken has been dealing with Kurenai for a very long time). You know what kind of ‘work’ she did to pay off her debt(gulp…..)? You might be able to earn more.” This whole display is too much for Rebecca to bear, so she makes her own proposition: “Please……..let them go……give Pino and Happy back…….and I’ll do as you say……..” Shiki, obviously, objects that idea completely. But Rebecca is steadfast in her “decision.”
Drakken completely ignore her, and walks over to Weisz. He breaks the handcuffs, and gives the order to Fie: “Cut his arm off.” The smirk on his face oozes evil. As his friends scream out for the diabolical debt collector(jeez, what is he; a Saturday morning cartoon villain?) not to do this; Fie comes in with a knife and pure zeal on his face. He screams with excitement: “Time for you’s to learn ya lesson! Ya think yer playin’ a fun little Adventure game, but remember who yer up against!” Shiki and Homura look, and Weisz opens his eyes just enought to say “I accept my fate…..” The final panel: Weisz’ cuffed arm-drenched in blood. Edens Zero Chapter 82 END!
Man; not even in the triple digits, and the main cast is up against insurmountable odds! It’s like Mashima is trying to say “This is gonna be a much shorter series.” Then again; Fie’s line at the end there is a bit more of a 4th wall break, as if he’s also saying “This isn’t gonna be ‘fun-and-games’ story like my other works.” Back in the main story; Weisz is without an arm. But he’s the mechanical type, so he’ll likely get a robot arm, provided Sister can’t reattach it. I kind hope she won’t because I like the idea of Weisz have a mechanical arm. Who knows; it could fit well with his Arsenal armor. Plus; he always has a weapon with him since he has Machina maker. Silver linings!
But let it be known; on this day(February 19th, 2020) : The Crew of Edens Suffered Their First Major Loss. Many thanks for your time.