probably my absolute favorite book cover. Just look at the eye-popping colors and composition – the purple dress, the radiant skin, the beached VW beatle… It wants me to stand on that beach, to smell the ocean breeze, to feel the tranquilizing sun from above and the simmering sand from below, to hear the gulls squawk, the waves surge and collapse…
In scanlation years, Eden is old, really old. It dates back to at least 10 years ago, to the days of scanlation royalty MangaProjects.cjb.net. People are amnesiac these days, but the fact is not long ago the internet used to be very slow, hard-drives very small. MangaProjects’ releases were the perfect balance of compact file size and high quality everything else. Young bucks these days can learn a lot from the old MP releases on what goes into the making of a high-quality scanlation group. I’d like to thank them for scanlating the first 10 volumes, It’s an Endless World! and Illuminati-Manga for picking up the slack for 2 and of course Manga-Underground for going all the way with it.
As for Eden, where do I start: It’s unquestionably adult in all aspects of concept, art, story-telling, and curiously, the story-teller. It’s one of just a handful of mangas to exhibit very little ego even though the creative process calls for it. It’s this lack of ego that allows Eden to depict, regularly and graphically, a man getting shot in the head with a high-caliber weapon, ejecting pieces of skull and brain matter, etc., without turning the whole thing into some kind of gore/carnage porn. I realized as a kid that Hiroki Endo is an adult, telling grown-up stories with real consequences when so many others are just snot-nosed man-children touting escapism. This series definitely belongs “up there” with the other greats of various medium.
EDEN v06-10 (CL) (MangaProjects)
EDEN v11-14 (CL) (It’s an Endless World!)(I-M)(MU)
EDEN v15-18 (CL) (MU) + Bonus HQ raw for the final chapter.
Short Stories – Hiroki Endo (MangaScreener)
I’d also like to include the very relevant Short Story Collection, featuring contemporary subject matters with the Hiroki Endo touch of course. Thanks ADS for that reminder.
Enjoy this series upload, cleaned and organized. Read it, if you like it, find it and buy it in your own language if possible, or in English online.
Somethings are worth owning – this is.