Mistress Fortune (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A fun little psychic powered, alien fighting love story.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Arina Tanemura

What They Say
Fourteen-year-old Kisaki Tachikawa has psychic powers. She works for PSI, a secret government agency that fights aliens. She’s in love with her partner Giniro, but PSI won’t allow operatives to get involved. Just when Kisaki thinks she may be getting closer to Giniro, she finds out she is to be transferred to California!

The Review!
Technical:
The cover here is a nice image of the two main characters, full of bright colors that just jump out at you. The back cover also contains an image of the main characters, along with a quick synopsis of the plot. Paper quality is nice, and extras include a colored foldout with illustrations on both sides, notes from the author, and an afterword from the editor.

The artwork has a nice detailed look to it, and backgrounds look solid when they appear. The special outfits that the characters don to fight, however, are easily the best part of the graphical design here, mostly due to their lovely little wings. Text reads smoothly, sound effects are translated in stylized text, and honorifics are not maintained.

Content:
Fortune Tiara, a 14 year old girl by the name of Kisaki Tachikawa, and her partner, Fortune Quartz (real name Giniro Hashiba) are the members of a team called Mistress Fortune, who work for the secret government organization known as PSI. Their job is to use their psychic abilities to combat extraterrestrial beings known as EBEs. Kisaki’s powers are unrefined, while Giniro’s powers are potent, though he’s a pervert who is obsessed with Kisaki’s breasts. Though Kisaki is in love with Giniro, PSI doesn’t allow agents to become involved in each other’s personal lives. One day, Kisaki finds herself wishing that all other girls in the world would disappear to what she believes is a stuffed animal, only to find that it is in fact a powerful EBE, causing it to start rampaging in town. In fighting it, Kisaki is able to find her inner strength and come to grips with her feelings. The EBE’s powers are diminished and it gains the ability to talk to humans, so it is brought to live at PSI under the name EBE-ko.

In the next chapter, a strange EBE appears that shrinks the members of Mistress Fortune down and traps them in a jar, allowing them to become significantly close. However, just when things are looking, up for the pair, it turns out that Kisaki must go to America in order to partake in special experiments. Though Kisaki refuses at first, she agrees to go upon hearing that this research may help awaken Giniro’s mother, who has been in a coma for a long while. Though the two are forced to part on sad terms, Giniro uses his abilities to fly all the way to America, bringing things to a happy ending.

In the bonus chapters, we see EBE-ko work in order to become a member of high class society, and the gender of Mistress Fortune’s ambiguous boss is called into question.

In Summary:
Though the love story being told here is a tad generic, the supernatural elements presented go a long way in spicing things up. The main characters are fairly enjoyable, particularly Giniro’s perverted habits, and they both undergo a good bit of growth throughout the book. It may not be anything special, but this volume certainly makes for an interesting read.

 



Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781421538815
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Mistress Fortune