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Psycho Busters Vol. 1 by Aoki Yuya and Nao Akinari 
11th-Nov-2007 11:43 pm
Aoki, Yuya and Akinari Nao. Psycho Busters. Vol. 1. Trans. Stephen Paul. New York: Del Rey, 2007.
          Summary: Four young psychics are on the run, and they need to find Kakeru. Kakeru, a seemingly ordinary teenaged boy, lusts for adventure...and soon finds that he's getting plenty of it helping the psychics defend their newfound freedom.
          Comments: How many more volumes, do you suppose, before we find out that Kakeru is the most powerful Wild Type psychic evar with the power to control serendipity (or some such)? After all, he's narrowly escaped death twice in one volume through fortunate circumstance, and for that to be mere coincidence would be waaaay too unpredictable for a manga of this *ahem* caliber. (Or, I would guess, the light novel series that this manga is based on.)
          About the best thing going, to be perfectly honest, is the artwork. Newcomer Nao Akinari draws lovely, soft-edged characters with graceful hands. (Drawing pretty hands is really hard; my hat off to the artist for that.) And they have a freshness about them that makes the run of the mill bawdy humor more palatable. Unfortunately, art alone isn't enough to keep me reading, and I can't say the first volume boasted a story that was all that captivating. Actually, I suspect that this manga will have trouble finding a captive audience, period.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Kodansha in 2006
          Rating: 4.5/10 - I'm trying to care, but it's just not working. Guess I'll wait for the anime. Oh, wait. I don't watch anime. Ah well.
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