on March 18, 2015
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.
More and more pieces are coming together as Ageha's time marches towards cataclysm, but can anything be done about it? The use of time travel and premonition in this series is wonderful, and numerous fascinating questions about the interplay of Psyren and present day are emerging. There are so many layers and limitations to what's happening that our protagonists are severely impaired in their efforts. The emotional toil is palpable, and their refusal to give up regardless is what makes them such engaging, likable leads (flaws and all). A pair of strong cliffhanger keep anticipation high going into the next volume.
Tragedy is imminent, and that might be the least of Ageha's worries. Can't wait to read more.
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on November 30, 2012
[The following review contains spoilers of the six "Psyren" books published so far.]
The seventh volume of Toshiaki Iwashiro's sci-fi adventure comic "Psyren" (all in sixteen volumes) picks up where the previous volume left off. Our hero Ageha and the "Elmore Wood gang," children with special abilities, manage to rescue the kidnapped Kagetora, but not without some surprises that even a clairvoyant and kids' guardian Elmore Tenjuin couldn't predict.
This time about half of the story is set in Psyren, the warped alternate world that could be the future of Japan. I am not particularly impressed with "Bleach"-like psionist combat sequences that gets a bit repetitious, but the pace is fast and the characters are interesting.
More interesting part of the Volume 7 is where the possibility of altering the future (for better or worse) is suggested with a clever use of a digital device. Ageha and other psionist fighters learn that they can really change the course of time, but still don't know how. The situation gets intense because Ageha could be whisked off to the Psyren a near future world any moment when he has to save the life of someone close to him in his original timeline.
Fast-paced and action-packed (and with a little bit of humor) Volume 7 offers a fascinating read. The book also has a funny two-page bonus "Holiday Psyren" as well as a nice illustration of Hilda (from "Beelzebub") by Ryuhei Tamura.