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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1591826225
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Psychic Academy Vol. #02

By Mike Dungan     December 09, 2004
Release Date: May 01, 2004

Psychic Academy Vol.#02

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Katsu Aki
Translated by:Jan Scott Frazier
Adapted by:

What They Say
The school year is coming to a close, and that means one thing: final exams! Ai is pretty confident about the academic tests, but as for the psychic part, let's just say his head is spinning. And to make matters worse, some of the envious students are setting out to make sure Ai's first year at the Psychic Academy is his last. Attenddance is definitely required for the next volume of Psychic Academy!

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A combination of final exams and a school field trip are being held in the mountains. The upperclassmen that tangled with Ai in the first volume have teamed up with a beautiful but cruel classmate, Purse. Their goal is to attack and take down Ai and Mew where no one can see them fighting. Ai is teamed with Orina for an exercise when he has a vision of Mew being attacked. He runs to her aid, where he uses an unplanned attack to end things quickly. However, the battle has left him weak and he collapes in the river and is swept away. A combination of Orina, Mew and Zero is required to find him and save him.

Once back at the school, Ai, Orina and Mew are all dealing with what happened in the mountains. Ai loves Orina, but every time he learns something new about his psychic powers or gains another skill, Mew is with him. Then there are the visions he keeps having of her. Orina is concerned because of how quickly Ai keeps coming to Mew's rescue, and how quickly he can always find her. Mew is dealing with her own growing friendship with both of them, something she is clearly uncomfortable with. She believes these emotions welling inside her heart are a hindrance to her. The three of them have a secret tutoring party in the girls dorm so Ai can help them with their math homework. when the dorm mother nearly catches them, Ai has to hide with Mew, where he makes another discovery about their aura synchronicity.

In the meantime, Purse and her gang are still gunning for Mew and Ai. And now they've been joined by Ren. Ren is the school's toughest kid, even if he doesn't look it. He's a bit short and has long blonde hair in a ponytail, but he's cruel and not afraid of anyone. Now off suspension and back in school, he's back to his old tricks, and his first priority is taking down Ai. Before that happens, though, Ai spends the day on the town with Orina and his tough-talking psychic bunny and mentor, Master Boo. They run acress a seriously sexy blonde hottie who takes the two of them on a wild goose chase through town. Her name is Fafa, and she's silly, flirty, and cheerful. She's also a very powerful psychic, one of the most powerful Ai has ever seen. Much to Orina's dismay, Fafa takes an immediately liking to Ai and tells him they're going to be good friends from now on. The next day at school, Ren decides it's time to take Ai out.

Psychic Academy's second volume continues to explore the love triangle between Ai, Orina and Mew. Surprisingly tender moments between both Ai and Orina, and Ai and Mew just add to the complications. Aki's art is interesting. He seems to be able to draw just one kind of woman: beautiful, sexy and voluptious. Considering this is a shonen romance/adventure story, that's a plus. Fight scenes are dynamic and easy to follow.

Tokyopop's art reproduction is good, though not the best in the business. Pages can look flat and screentones sometimes blend together. The dialogue reads well. Master Boo's faux-gangster patois is kept to a minimum since Boo himself has very little screen time in this volume. A nice extra is a color foldout in the front of the book of Orina and Mew lounging in bed in sexy lingerie. The cover is an image of a concerned looking Ai, with Master Boo hanging over his shoulder and Mew in combat gear behind them, all against a green background. The back cover has a lovely image of Orina with her arms spread wide and twirling, a happy look on her face. The UPC code slapped across her most visible and enjoyable assets, however, is simply too cruel for words.

Psychic Academy is quite enjoyable. While the introduction of Ren and Fafa has livened things up, the growing relationships between Ai and Orina and Mew is the heart of the story, and it gets center stage in this volume. Psychic Academy packs a triple punch of romance, action and fanservice. It works for me, and I think it will work for others as well.


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