Psyren

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psyrenTitle: サイレン (JP) Psyren (ENG)

Artist: Toshiaki Iwashiro

Serialization: Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump
(Dec 2007 – Nov 2010) (Licensed to Viz Media in US & Canada)

Demographic: Shounen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Supernatural

Plot: Yoshina Ageha is a high school student who offers to help people with their problems for 10,000 yen. He’ll take care of your stalkers, find your lost animal, whatever you want. One day when he’s heading home, a nearby pay phone rings, and he picks it up. The only thing he hears however is his own voice echoing. After finding a mysterious card with the word ‘Psyren’ printed on it, his life suddenly changes as he is drawn into a crazy new world.

Impression: As the plot says, It is about a boy named Yoshina Ageha who gets pulled into a crazy world. He got pulled in by the request of one of his classmates and old friends named Sakurako Amamiya who has been to the world called Psyren many times before. Inside of Psyren it is a game world where survival of the fittest is law and the goal is to get to the designated victory point before they can go home. The world they are in, looks somewhat familiar to them but it is a complete wasteland void of all life outside of some strange creatures that attack them on their journey. It turns out, this barren wasteland is not a separate world, it is the future and its the near future at that. Ageha and Amamiya must work together to figure out what happened in the past to cause such an event to occur and work to create a new future.

Another real good series to read. Definitely well worth the time spent to read it. Just when the story was starting to get repetitive, it made an exciting twist. This series is well deserved to be in the Weekly Shounen Jump and I would have to say I Enjoy reading it much more than the worthless Naruto that I wont even go near anymore. The art is fairly good and it is well balanced. There is also a nice little push towards romance between Ageha and Amamiya throughout the entire thing but with all the crazy stuff happening, it doesn’t progress all that much. As it is right now, the last few current chapters have been nothing but fight scenes with more talking than action, which may explain why recent rating have gone down for the series. Eitherway, if you have not checked this series out, I suggest you check it out either online or purchase it when Viz starts distributing it later this year.