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PSYЯEN follows the adventures of Ageha Yoshina, a high school student who is chosen by Nemesis Q as a participant in the Psyren games. The games take place in a world known initially as Psyren, which is revealed to be the real world a decade in the future. Ageha and his friends attempt to alter the future and save the world from becoming Psyren.
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well, kinoko nasu said...
that this was a pretty interesting read, so i started on it, since kinoko nasu is my favorite author.
this is actually a fun story. it's gripping in its own way but the only thing i think, is that ageha's power is kind of cheap. basically the power he got was literally "mass".
and he can do anything and create that "mass" into anything. it's gay. everybody else is limited in some way but his power is pretty close to limitless, only limited by how imaginative he can be.
soon i be he's gonna start using his psy power to like, make full suits of armor or something and become fakking invincible.
either way, it's fun, and the characters aren't bad either. the art style is reminding me of bleach a lot though. like later on, it totally turns into a recognizable bleach style. i don't even know when it happened cause it doesnt look like that in the beginning, but somewhere down the road the author suddenly turned bleach on us.
It was good... until we had human
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The series started so mysteriously, filled with monsters amid a survival game, but then the terror slowly went down as the protagonists tracked down the source. As the human appeared more and more frequently, replacing monsters, I got a feeling like Psyren was losing its own genre, especially the horror and mysterious scene which was the most attractive point of this series T__T
A good story with bad characters.
Psyren is about a boy named Ageha who is roped into a game called Psyren, a battle royale set in a post-apocalyptic world with the very survival of the human race on the line. While it's not the most original idea to date, the story is well paced and fairly involving. The art's not bad either and there are some pretty cool fight scenes thrown in to top it off. In fact, Psyren could have easily been one of my favorite series if not for it's one glaring flaw:
Terrible Character Development.
To start things off, there's the main character, who does nothing to break the typical hero archetype set by the countless shonen manga that came before it. Now this isn't always a bad thing - afterall, if something works, you should stick with it, right? So I'm willing to forgive that much. But a little originality wouldn't hurt.
Next in line is the female protagonist Amamiya, who is introduced by the main character as an "ice queen" (See: Tsundere). She's a rather quiet girl who who struggles with her own personal issues, which are somehow also related to Psyren, and tries hard not to become too close with anyone, for fear she might lose them. But despite this, she possesses a strong will and always tries to keep her friends from coming to harm..at least, that's probably what the author was aiming for. To me, she came off as whiney, rotten and quite frankly mentally unstable. when she's not sitting by herself brooding over the fact she might die soon, she's bossing people around and having psychotic breakdowns. She may be cute (glasses girls are my type) but her personality makes her totally unsexy. But of course, being the only female character related to the plot, it's to no surprise that she's the potential love interest for pretty much every guy in the series. While this is very typical of shonen series and I usually don't have a complaint with it, Amamiya's character is so unappealing that I can't understand what they see in her.
And then there's everyone else. I can't name names nor can I even remember what they look like - that's exactly how uninteresting they are. New characters are brought in in nearly every chapter but are introduced in such a way that makes readers not care who they are before they are killed off a few chapters later. Sometimes, the characters are revealed to have past relationships, such as having gone to the same school together, but these realizations are so random that you'll wonder if the plot would be affected at all if it hadn't happened at all.
The bottom line, it's a good story, despite being somewhat unoriginal. The characters lack good personality traits and the story telling probably could have been handled better. If you're looking for something new and engaging, look somewhere else. But if you just want something fun to read, give it a try. I won't stop you.
the heroine is just unheroic
Honestly, I found the heroine of this manga unattractive. She's short, unstylish, and uncharming that makes her a snowman not an ice-queen despite the fact that the author gives his best effort to perform her to fit for such a big role. To be specific, simply I do not think it works well in terms of her outlook for what general shounen manga should express. For example, think about her glasses, where the heck on Earth would real male men fall in love with glasses from 2-D Earth? Here, I am talking about majority not minority. And what about that seemingly boring trait of hers which I think is incompetent nowadays against other heroines? I would prefer to see somewhat energetic and fresh personality that gives some relaxation and sensibility of loveliness that grabs the readers' attention while successfully doing her job as a part of the storyline. I wouldn't bother to read straight a whole night with that kind of heroine dancing before my eye on the distinguished setting such as this.
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Can anybody stop these damn waned, tattered statements like “I can’t wait to see how you’ll improve” or “I will let you alive for now because you are too weak” or “I am letting you go for the future usage of yours” or “You are not yet to be die here because you are my rival” at the instant when our almighty protagonist is at the pinch?? Should I put this simply? “Oh my god, they are all overused in shounen manga”? Young mangakas these days should at least read some more mangas until they get sick of such statements before they do their job.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2009, 6:12pm
Maybe im too old for shounen manga but i really hate brainless hero with senseless "justice". In a life and dead hanging on balance, they didnt feel any fear/scare and do a lot of stupid thing. I don't understand what the hell he thinking. Cant feel the suspend or panic when they stuck in trouble because you know it definitely wont go worst. The plot borrow a lot of idea from other manga, mainly gantz.
from the beginning each chapter already give the clue what happen next example: Sakurako Amamiya is the character that i understand from the begining have sense of darkness that girl has some darkness on herself but she able to deteminded it without she knowing it then it's true the proof is after she lost of some of her part after batlle with the "false prophet" she starting lost control of herself... and maybe this happen because the universe starting to balance the "axis". Ageha is stupid he should know he should not change the future by creating parrale world..it's only making it worse he should fight at the future together with the child...stupid ageha..maybe the director want make story have more chapter by creating this conflict...
Psyren is a very good manga, it seeemed like a light action shounen manga at first but it quickly turned into a battle oriented Naruto/Bleach manga. I like this series a lot, it is one of the few series in which Iike the entire cast of characters. I think the whole traveling to the future and back is a fantqastic idea, and the psychic powers although not original is a compelling concept. My main problem with this manga is that the main enemy organization is too small, 5 members? That's ridiculous, it's as if the author is making a point to make this a relatively short manga(which is something I suspect he might be regretting now); I think it was clever how the author killed almost the entire cast on the first mission to create the atmosphere that any character could die at anytime(Gantz did something similar); this series has some very likable characters, good fights and a well done plot, I fear however that the series may be too short for the author to develop characters in depth. I reccomend this manga to any shounen fan. I expect I will love this series more as it progresses.
I give it 8.9 out of 10
I started to love this manga,
I propably dont have a full score for it in my reading list yet but I should. Ive been reading it for a while and been hooked just as long. By now I completely forgot the bit that is in the description about Ageha though. Even though people have Superhuman powers *PSI*, the usage iof it is very interesting and fun to read and its not like some people are just super powerfull. On first glance a lot of things seem generic like The Wise being a group of 5 bosses.
But the personalities of the Elmore kids, the depth between at first glance strong characters and the actions of people I jus'don't know how to explain it other then GREAT.
I feel that Ageha has a little less depth though but maybe thats how you really get sucked into it through his vision.
Although I enjoy the story very much, it is extremely predictable. Everything I think that will happen ends up happening within a few chapters. But as I said, I still enjoy it
I have read somewhere around 100+ different manga, from Abara to Zombie Powder and this is by far the worst manga I have ever read, it bored me to %^$#ing tears. Nothing new at all just more generic shounen stuff, the art, characters and story are just tired recycled crap. First time I have ever giving up on a manga after reading only one chapter.