Cy-Believers Vol. #04 (Mania.com)

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Release Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rui quits the Cy-Believers and joins the PSC!  But Natori ends up running the Believers instead in a twist that feels right out of A Comedy of Errors

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Shioko Mizuki
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Kai Connick

What They Say
Despite the success of her club, Rui makes a sudden and shocking announcement - she's quitting! Natori thinks she should join him on the Student Council, but an unexpected turn of events causes the two to switch places!

The Review!
Shocked by Azumi's indiscretion, Rui resigns from the Believers (and very helpfully points out that it's All Azumi's Fault), which is perfectly timed for Natori's newest scheme - to have Rui join the PSC!  Natori goes to look for her, and ends up being first captured, and then roped into helping with the administrative duties of the Believers.  Meanwhile, Rui goes looking for Natori, and ends up joining the PSC.  This doesn't go over well with the members of the Believers, who can't help but see it as a horrible betrayal.

Rui's father isn't done manipulating the situation, though, and brainwashes Ojika, the head of the PSC Intelligence Committee, into turning Natori in.  Kicked off the PSC by the unyeilding will of the computer that runs the school, Natori has nowhere to go - except to the Believers, who amazingly decide to not only take him in, but make him their new president.  Oh the irony!

If this had been just another volume in the series, I would have been happier with it, but as a final volume it definitely lacked something.  Primarily closure.  There was a bit, sure, but nothing particularly substantial that left the story feeling finished.  The changes in Natori at the end felt tacked on and more than slightly unrealistic, and I really couldn't help but feel bad for the guy with how things more-or-less worked out.  What happened to the connection he and Rui had through their email conversations?  I think I wanted this series to end up being more than it was.  Ultimately, it's a relentlessly silly piece of fluff about outrageous characters doing outrageous things, and sometimes that's enough.



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Go! Comi
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-1605100258
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: CY-Believers