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Toshiaki Iwashiro was born December 11, 1977, in Tokyo and has the blood type of A. His debut manga was the popular Mieru Hito, which ran from 2005 to 2007 in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump, where Psyren is currently serialized.
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Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
Series: Psyren (Book 4)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Psyren takes place a carefully constructed world and its overarching plot continually builds chapter by chapter. Don't start here - it really must be read from the beginning.
After a close, emotional escape from Psyren Ageha and friends continue their training by focusing on developing the second type of Psi, enhance. For Ageha's own, nearly uncontrollable destructive power he'll need even more guidance than Matsuri's native Psi-weilding friends, and seizes an unexpected opportunity after the mysterious recluse offering an enormous reward for information on Psyren makes her presence known.
The deft touch with which Psyren's plot gradually adds layers, characters, and complexity without losing momentum continues to impress. The training sequences are well done, character based, and seamlessly provide more information and hints about Psyren and its associated mysteries. I adore the contrast in powers, philosophies and motivations of the core cast and how it all arises from their individual personalities. Organic character conflict is the key to grounding and driving any story, no matter how outlandish the premise, and Iwashiro keeps that firmly in mind and practice here. This volume also provides some great tidbits about the status quo in Psyren and how things got that way, with a big cliffhanger at the end to raise anticipation for the next installment.
More great stuff from this series. Highly recommended.
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The third "game" starts in the fourth volume of "Psyren," but before that our intrepid hero Ageha and his "Psionist" friends must join the training session organized by Matsuri, who has finished the Psyren game. Matsuri explains the nature of the enormous power Ageha has developed and teaches him how to use it. Also, the volume introduces some of the new characters, including a billionaire Elmore Tenjuin and four Psionist kids under her care, whom she thinks may save the world from the dark future.
The volume's first half is slow and quiet, but halfway through the book the story picks up, revealing some secrets of the Psyren world. Also, the installment ends in an intriguing fashion, with something that is shocking enough to make us want to read on.
The comic's "training" part and "Psionist children" episode (that may remind us of Professor Xavier's school) are a little too familiar for fans of comic books, but they are not too long or not too short, giving the reader some clues as to what will happen in the following volumes.
Heavy on mystery (about the Psyren world and how it has started) and light on action, the fourth volume of the series manages to be thrilling.
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