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Ageha Yoshina is a self-confident high school student who helps others for a fee. On his way back from a job, he finds a strange calling card with the word "Psyren" imprinted left behind in a phone booth and decides to keep it, unaware of its purpose. The very next day, Ageha discovers that his classmate Sakurako Amamiya has the exact same calling card in her possession. When he questions her, Sakurako asks him to save her, signaling the day his troubles begin.

Confused by the circumstances of this encounter, Ageha realizes something is wrong when Sakurako goes missing. In an attempt to figure out what is happening, he decides to call the number provided on the calling card and is asked a series of questions by a mysterious voice, ending with a final, cryptic question: "Would you like to go to Psyren?" Thus begins two teenagers' participation in a game of life or death within a strange world inhabited by monsters called "Taboo." Granted the ability to use psychic powers known as "PSI," the duo fight to return to the place they call home.


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AniMaBON Team
Bod Rangzen

Latest Release(s)
c.Omake by Muda Scantrad over 6 years ago
v.16 c.145 (end) by Muda Scantrad over 7 years ago
v.16 c.144 by Muda Scantrad over 7 years ago
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16 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (1940 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.37 / 10.0
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February 18th 2018, 8:01am PST



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Viz (16 Volumes - Complete)

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Light Novels over 3 years ago
Psyrens originality is questionable...? over 4 years ago
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Psyren ending over 6 years ago
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by dreamer00013
December 5th, 2010, 6:29am
The one thing I was always looking forward to, which I thought would definetly happen, never happened. Guess the time was missing.
Nevertheless, I do not regret reading this manga. No, I actually very much enjoyed it. If you want action plus shounen plus a tad of romance, go ahead! Read "Psyren" you won't regret it. And for me, I can finish this manga which I've read continually every week after about ch fourty or fifty ^^
It was a fun time, there were times I was really looking forward to the new chapter, but that's over now. Wish there would be a sequel though wink You know, when they are all more grown up and maybe my anticipated but never shown arc will come~~ it was implied, more than just once, but oh well. Nothing you can do about it ^^
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Pretty awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
October 8th, 2010, 11:53pm
I very much enjoyed the story. It was wellpaced, easy to understand, and likable. I like Ageha, and the humour is subtle, understated and funny. Also, the romance is well done and believable, and really kind of absolutely adorable. It's a very awwww sort of thing; you just can't help yourself.

However, I do agree with DarkSlushie, who said there were way too many characters and it's impossible to keep track of them. There are and it is. Sometimes a chapter ends with a Great Dramatic Reveal, and I have to go and Google "Psyren character-name" to figure out who they were. It takes a lot of Dramatic out of it. But in general. it's a fantastic series. Everyone is kickass, no one is useless, and no one annoyed me so much I had to put it down. Definitely worth a shot if you're into shounen.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2010, 11:56pm
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psyren is not your average bleach   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by pxhai
October 5th, 2010, 7:47am
I just rant a bit, don't throw your anger on me biggrin. I've just started reading Psyren last week, but I like it very much, same as when I first read Bleach. But as the stories go, I found Bleach so boring and dragging and repetitive, while Psyren has definitely become better and better. Characters are cool, art is awesome, fights are great, and no tear, no unexpressed feelings (wtf to do with that in a fighting shonen?). It should be more popular, unfortunately Bleach and Naruto have had a long way ahead with the massive advertisement. And someone said the publisher is gonna end it soon so that the mangaka has to rush the story. What a shame.

And please don't compare Psyren with other shonen, because all shonen nowadays share some common aspects like that. If you want some original ones, read DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho or Ranma 1/2, or quit reading lol
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salt and black pepper   
Rating: N/A
by kujika
March 31st, 2010, 1:45pm
I like the subtle humour Psyren has. To summarize the beginning, it's basically some kind of "survival game" some unknown entity invented. The inhabitants of this "game" don't know who those strangers said entity sends are or where they come from, but they kill them anyway. As my current fav character Oboro is just awesome and, as long as the translator didn't screw that scene up, he seems to harbour some secret. Gets crazy when he is cold... wishes for destruction power and gets "cure" instead... suddenly hugs whoever he likes (also guys)... freak <3

Oh and the art is somewhat similiar to Bleach... probably the mangaka is in some way connected with Bleach's mangaka... kind of like with Naruto and Satan666.
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well, kinoko nasu said...   
Rating: N/A
by junesue
March 17th, 2010, 3:41am
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.
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It was good... until we had human   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by okigen
December 22nd, 2009, 9:51pm
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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
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A good story with bad characters.   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by DarkSlushie
December 2nd, 2009, 6:28pm
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 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.
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the heroine is just unheroic   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by acritic
November 28th, 2009, 2:47am
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.

- new comment for ch.44 -

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
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Hero sux   
Rating: N/A
by brave86
October 25th, 2009, 9:38am
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.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by windwisper89
October 8th, 2009, 11:58pm
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'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...
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