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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: 1591826233
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Psychic Academy Vol. #03

By Mike Dungan     January 03, 2005
Release Date: July 01, 2004


Psychic Academy Vol.#03
© TOKYOPOP


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

What They Say
The mysterious new girl Fafa sweeps into school and enchants Ai with the romantic notion of ditching class - a way to achieve, as she describes it, true "freedom." Ai, certainly not the rebellious type, but also not a big fan of school, attempts to embrace this new form of academic self-expression. When Mew shows up to drag him back to class she learns that Fafa won't surrender her new plaything without a fight!


The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The new girl, Fafa, decides to show up for class, but she's not there to study. She wants Ai. She drags him away with her while throwing her ice aura everywhere. Fafa wants to play and takes Ai out to karaoke. While there, she finally explains the connection between her and school bad-boy Ren. Fafa and Ren used to attend the same psychic facility. The problem was that Fafa had a weak heart, while Ren had a strong heart but a very weak body. When he died, she was given his heart. Since they were both incredible psychics, they are able to use the same body now. She's rather emotionally immature, and uses her sexy figure and psychic powers to get what she wants. The downside is that Fafa isn't just able to use her aura, but draws aura power to her like a whirlwind. She's used to getting what she wants, so when she's faced with the frustration of not getting what she wants, her powers can go out of control.

When Mew hears this, she uses her teleportation and 100% compatibile aura power with Ai to find him immediately. She manages to get him away from Fafa, but not without taking some damage herself. Fafa then uses her abilities to turn everyone in the neighborhood into zombies looking for Ai. While all this is going on, Orina, Ai's childhood friend who has a crush on him, can only sit at school and do nothing. The fact that Mew can always find him and come to his aid just makes the waiting even worse for her.

Zero, Ai's older brother and one of the greatest psychics ever, is now on the trail, trying to stop Fafa before her powers overload and a lot of people get hurt. Unfortunately, by the time he finds her, it's too late. She's found Ai and Mew and her powers are spiralling out of control. Ai is able to diffuse the situation, but Ren's not too happy about how he does it.

Ai's 16th birthday is coming up, and Zero is going to be holding a party for him. This doesn't sit too well with Ai. He knows what a goofball is older brother is and how he likes to embarrass Ai. When the party gets rolling, that's exactly what Zero does, by showing home movies of Ai's most embarrassing moments as a kid. Ai loses his temper and storms out, leaving everyone feeling very awkward. Mew goes to him and tries to get him to come back. when he does, all that's left is Zero and Orina. Ai and Zero finally talk and he learns why Zero is so over protective of him. The four of them have a little private party, and at the end of the evening, Mew finally makes a decision about Ai.

The next day, Orina goes to give Ai his birthday present, but what she ends up giving him isn't what she intended. It's certainly sweet, though.

Off-campus, there's a growing threat from a group of "aura hunters" who hate and fear all psychics. They're now hunting down and beating all psychics they find. Against that ugly development, Ai, Orina and Mew face their own feelings and a major relationship development takes place.

Comments
After her introduction in the last volume, Fafa is a welcome addition to the cast. She's good at stirring up trouble and causing friction where it's needed. However, she doesn't play a significant role in the love triangle between Ai, Orina and Mew. Aki's art is nicely rendered, but where he really excels is in the luciousness of the fanservice. The women are all gorgeous with stunning bodies. There's some good comedy as well. I especially like Fafa's little animal mascot, a tough-guy turtle who has a long history with Master Boo, the freaky looking rabbit who's mentoring Ai.

Included in this volume is a two-page full-color foldout pinup of Mew, Orina, Kyaru and Chiroro-sensei at the beach in swimsuits, a very welcome inclusion. There's a story synopsis at the front of the book, and an extra page of art featuring Orina in her pajamas in the back. The art reproduction is about average. Not great, not bad, just average. As is usual with Tokyopop titles, all sound effects are left as is with no translation. This is the one place where Tokyopop really fails it's readers. The front cover features Orina and Mew in their school uniforms. Orina is looking worried, and Ai is looking determined while powering up a fireball in her hand, all against a yellow background with purple for the logo and spine. The back cover features Fafa looking rather coquettish, again against a yellow background with purple trim. It's all rather attractively designed and works quite well.

I've been enjoying Katsu Aki's tale of psychic powers and high school romance, and this volume is no exception. This one is especially sweet as big steps are taken in the relationships of the main characters. If you like action, adventure, romance and impossibly well-endowed 16 year old girls, you'll want to check this title out.

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