From Publishers Weekly
Ion Tsuburagi was born with the ability to influence events by chanting her first name as a spell. Ion discovers that her psychic abilities increase when she holds a piece of experimental metal developed by her classmate Mikado the boy genius. Her powers—which allow her to fly and rescue classmates—soon take a backseat to a love story involving Mikado, who also happens to be president of the school's Psychic Power Research Society. Ion worries that Mikado is more interested in her as a psychic than a girlfriend. This manga is Tanemura's debut—her later Full Moon
and Gentlemen's Alliance Cross
are popular and more assured. Her author's notes in the sidebars are sometimes more interesting than the plot, revealing the story's muddled origins and providing valuable insight into the career path of a manga artist. A few pages of almost magical-girl–style psychic action are very well-drawn, but even Tanemura admits her early artwork contains too many decorative patterns based on strawberries, irises, lace and newsprint. Humor, ESP and romance coalesce well in this satisfying yet poorly paced early work by a talented author. (Apr.)
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About the Author
Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 at the early age of 18, when her short stories debuted in Ribon
magazine. Tanemura gained notoriety with the 1997 publication of I-O-N
, a high school romance with a supernatural twist. From 1998 to 2000, she worked on the popular series Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
, about a young girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, followed by Time Stranger Kyoko
in 2000-2001 and Full Moon o Sagashite
in 2002. Despite Tanemura's intentions to draw in a style that makes her stories difficult to animate, both Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
and Full Moon o Sagashite
have been adapted into TV series.