Out of the blue, a beautiful girl asks Kakeru to run away with her. It turns out that the girl is on the run from a shadowy government organization intent on using her psychic abilities for its own nefarious ends. But why does she need Kakeru’s help? Could it be that he has secret powers, too?
*At the time of this writing there are 18 chapters scanlated and that is what I'm basing this review on.*
*Despite its name, Psycho Busters has no affiliation with Ghost Busters.*
This isn't a cheesy, completely unrealistic, children's hour manga, don't worry. Psycho Busters mixes up the old "escaped secret lab experiments" premise by making the main character Kakeru just a normal guy that gets caught up with the escapees instead of an escapee himself. There are so many mysterious aspects of each of the characters and their powers but none of the mysteries are or become annoying or obvious like they do some times. The strength of this manga is that it has the perfect amount of romantic idealism that's overstressed and seems to ruin the realism and appeal of so many manga/anime. Psycho Busters does this by skirting, for the most part, self-ritious heroism. In this way it's a little serious but not dark and doesn't force comedy places to lighten the mood. But, of course, the best parts are the fights which flow naturally with the story and in themselves. Powers from spirit channeling and possession to chi and fire manipulation are used. No loud announcements of techniques and just enough strategy are used in the fights so that they don't look like drawn out games of chess with players shouting "knight to B-4!" but also aren't just people blindly charging each other.
The art is satisfactory, though it can be a little confusing at times. It has very detailed body language and scenery, but is balanced with enough simplicity to keep frames uncongested and their focus obvious. Like most recent manga when compared to manga of the past, this art is much more realistic. At the same time, it is hard to tell a few characters apart due to the more tame modern anime facial structures and costumes combined with the lack of coloring that would otherwise help discriminate between characters. In the end I give the art a 8 because it works well to tell the story when seen in the context of the limitations of todays manga and art style.
Though there's originally only one girl in the group of four companions that Kakeru joins, and even though just as much attention is given to the boys in the group as the chick, Psycho Busters grows to be a bit harem-like with multiple new chicks and uncharacteristically subtle ecchi that is more comic relief than fan service. The actions and pasts of almost all reoccurring characters are shown, giving them a very realistic and multidimensional feel.
Good quality relationships and fights that are balanced and flow naturally = I like
If you have time, like this genre, and above are 14 years or so, then you know what I'm suggesting you do. If you don't, you probably wouldn't like this manga and I would suggest sticking with Doremon (I'm not nocking Doremon, just steering you to the right aisle).read more
This was a great manga and i'm extremely anticipating the rest of the chapters.
My enjoyment was 10.
It is a very action fast-paced story giving off a apocalyptic feeling like Psyren and Alive: Final Evolution with a toss up of love in it.
Kakeru a somewhat socially withdrawn gamer boy, playing and creating videos games to pass most of his time being bullied by his sisters, dreaming one day to be a hero that saves the damsel in distress like in a video game.
While his dad is working overseas his mom and sisters go off on vacation leaving him with free leisurely time for his games.
When fate knocks on his door literally, it is about "Prodigy's" people with supernatural powers that were kept in a secret lab and facility called the "Green House". Kakeru meets up with his old friend from a past he can't rememeberl and are being hunted by the "Farmers" that are trying to kill them and recover Joui because of his special abilities.
The art is extremely good, and I feel that anyone that liked Psyren or Alive: The Final Evolution will find this action packed with a touch of love turning the pages as easy as breathing no joke, this is one of my fav mangas now.read more
I would consider this manga unique even though it falls into many very annoyingly stereotypical manga situations (i.e. wimpy protagonist who wants to save everybody). These negative attributes degrade the manga's originality but the overall story is still extraordinary.
One draw back of the manga is its characters. They are bland base models of typical characters.
On the other hand, the art is above average. The pages definitely rise above the standards of its genre, in which the art is usually secondary.
The story is where this manga truly shines. Now there are parts which are boring because of the stereotypical plot advances, but I can over look many of them. This is mostly due to the awesomeness of the main character's superpower. There are a lot of manga out there in which the protagonist has an amazing hidden superpower, but none of them (albeit Blue Exorcist) can compare to this. The main character's control of time creates many interesting events in the story. The other characters' powers are normal and not surprising in the least. The romance sucked in this manga. To be honest the main girl was freakin' hot. "Close but no cigars."
The romance between the protagonist and the girl was extremely superficial and I couldn't wait for it to be over. The girl was a total yandere. -.- That's as far as I will comment on.
Towards the end of the story there were many twists and turns to the plot that fell shot of my expectations. (i.e. Surprise! The good guy is actually evil; seen that.) Even worse is when the protagonist sacrifices himself to save the world. It was practically the same as the ending of Superior Cross. RANT TIME: Alright I can role with that, however the last chapter ruined it. It is a kind of epilogue in which the lives of all the characters were shown after they were altered. In the end the protagonist appears and everyone becomes all happy skipping down the street like in some fairy-tale. The characters' lives were altered extremely seeing as how they were reset by ten years and their conditions of living where entirely different. Therefor they should not be the same person. END OF RANT.
This manga was definitely different than the average manga. I would recommend it to people as an interesting read but would tell them not to have high expectations. They might like it but it won't be a favorite. 6/10.read more
This story was very good. the main character may seem like a wimp at first but as you read along you slowly see how strong he becomes.
The main character Kakeru is a very nice person that cares a lot about others instead of himself.
This is an amazing story and you should read it too!!!!!