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+ posted by vintagemistakes in Shout-Outs on Jun 22, 2011 03:31

Hello everyone!! Welcome to the next great installment of Mangahelpers Featured Manga News Post. :) As you are probably already aware, every two weeks we will be featuring a few series that we think you will enjoy and/or could use some love discussion wise. Along with this news post, these series will be stuck on their respective demographic boards. So be sure to check them out if you haven't and go discuss them if you have!

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Cage of Eden (エデンの檻)

By YAMADA Yoshinobu

Akira and his classmates are travelling on a plane when it crashes onto an island inhabited by species thought to have been extinct. The situation becomes increasingly desperate as some of Akira's classmates are eaten alive, while some kill others in desperation. Now Akira and a few other survivors are trying to survive what seems to be a horrible nightmare.

My Thoughts:
The parallels that cross ones mind when reading this are numerous. It's Land of the Lost x Lost x Lord of the Flies x any other survival story one can think of. Borrowing so heavily from a good number of ideas may seem like it would become overcomplicated and complex, but Yamada does a good job of keeping everything in check. Though, after a while, the story does tend to get repetative. I guess, there is only so much one can do with people stranded on an island where prehistoric creatures roam.

So with that being that, Cage of Eden is a tough one for me... I don't love it, but don't hate it either. It is what it is: Not an overly great story, but not a terrible one either.

------ Manga information --------

Demographic: Shounen
Status in Japan: 12 Volumes (ongoing)
Serialized in: Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)
English Publisher: Kodansha USA
Manga Details Page: Here
Discussion thread: Here

All Images Copyright © 2008 YAMADA Yoshinobu


Tower of God (신의 탑)


The Tower of God series centers around the adventure of the main protagonist, Baam. The series follows Baam and other participants, all wishing to reach the apex of the Tower of God.

Baam, prior to entering the Tower of God, comes from a world that is covered in darkness along with his only friend, a girl named Lahel. Baam learns about human warmth from Lahel and she also teaches him how to read and speak. Thus, Baam places a great value on Lahel.

Lahle wishes to climb to the apex of the tower and achieve her dream. It’s said that, if a person manages to reach the top of the tower, they can receive anything that they desire. Fortune, power, glory, revenge, anything is possible to the person who reaches the top. So one day, Lahel decides to enter the tower, leaving Baam behind. Following her behind, Baam manages to accidentally enter the Tower of God on his own. It is said that normally the tower must choose you to enter and not the other way around.

This is where the fantasy, action, danger, mystery & adventure packed series begins. [Charlie]

Charlie's Thoughts:
If you like reading a series that shows people willing to do anything to achieve their goals, then this manhwa is for you. If you like to see unusual characters and challenges, then this manhwa is for you. If you like action and adventure story in a fantasy setting then this manhwa is for you. Don't miss this series, it’s a great read.

------ Manga information --------

Demographic: Webtoon
Status in Japan: 0 (ongoing)
Serialized in: Naver
Manga Details Page: Here
Discussion thread: Here
Official Site: Here

All Images Copyright © 2009 - 2011 SIU


Jackals (자칼)

By MURATA Shinya x KIM Byung Jin

Cicero City, a city infested with immigrants where people of all races scramble to find work and shelter. Infested with destruction and slaughter, it's a chaotic society. Living on the outside of society, the Jackals are professional assassins with no allegiance, available to the highest bidder. This is their story.

My Thoughts:
*Note: I am not entirely sure of the demographic designation of this series. Though, I pretty much believe it to be Seinen, I have seen it listed as Manhwa as well. I have not been able to find a Korean publication date to see if it was published before it was in Japan ( has it even been published in Korea? ). If anyone has an further information, please let me know. Thanks.*

Jackals, is one of the series that once you get a few chapters into it, you won't put it down. The pace is just so insanely fast that you just fly though the story and are left scrambling for the next volume.

That is partly due to the fact that this is somewhat of a "mindless" read i.e. there isn't a ton of depth to the story, just pages of action. That's not to say that there isn't a story to go along with the great fights, interesting characters, and above average art... it's just extra. Definitely one of those series you pick when you want something quick to read.

------ Manga information --------

Demographic: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 Volumes (Complete)
Serialized in: Young GanGan (Square Enix)
Manga Details Page: Here
Discussion thread: Here
Preview: N/A

All Images Copyright © 2006 MURATA Shinya x KIM Byung Jin


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#1. by takadanama ()
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
ewww coe
#2. by scav (MH's Most Passionate Member)
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
cage of eden is meh, i dropped it long time ago.
Tower of God is a must read, it's awesome.
i never read Jackals but i gotta admit i love the cover, gonna try it.
#3. by BakaHaze ()
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
Jackals is awesome man. Wish there was more.
#4. by Shinsatsu (MH's Most Fashionable Member)
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
I added them to my Wish list. Gonna try these after the exams :D
#5. by TadoshiChang ()
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
I actually like Cage of Eden. It's really interesting since they talk about prehistoric animals. I just want to know the whole mystery about the island.
#6. by Zeltrax ()
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
I agree, jackals is a great read.
#7. by DLord.Van.Buuren ()
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
you guys hangout here instead of ff ?

#8. by scav (MH's Most Passionate Member)
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
why not? :p
#9. by jHoward ()
Posted on Jun 23, 2011
I have not read any of them but I gotta check Cage Of Eden.
And Jackals reminds me of K9999!
#10. by DLord.Van.Buuren ()
Posted on Jun 23, 2011
yeah, scav why not ?
#11. by scav (MH's Most Passionate Member)
Posted on Jun 23, 2011
@jHoward if u're only gonna check cage of eden, i think u gonna check the worst of that list :p
#12. by jHoward ()
Posted on Jun 23, 2011
@scav - :O | Well then Imma check Jackals also. :P
#13. by Charlie (Mh's Pappi~♡)
Posted on Jun 23, 2011
Jackals is not bad, I do like the fights. I haven't read it for a while though so I dont remember too much details (its been a while ^^).

Tower of god is a must read for manhwa readers.

Check out the the previous recommendations in the news archive posts. There are some good series that should should be read in there.

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