One would think that the ability to read minds would be incredible, but for Ayako Nakano, it is an involuntary power she wishes she never had. Being exposed to the harsh thoughts of others is one thing, but knowing what people want of her has made it difficult to act on her free will. Having quickly learned that revealing her power would alienate her from her peers, she keeps her abilities a secret, deciding that it is better to stay isolated and keep them hidden. Gloomy and friendless as a result of her power, Nakano is set to begin her final year of high school alone, as always.
This changes when she meets Hayato Toda. Though virtually expressionless, Toda is a popular student, and Nakano is puzzled to discover that he has an intense crush on her. Yet, his thoughts reveal something more: he has lewd, perverted fantasies of her nearly every minute of the day, which Nakano now has to suffer through on a daily basis. Even so, Nakano soon finds herself becoming a part of his group of friends, thrusting her into her very first foray into friendship and romance.
Equal parts adorable and funny, Mousou Telepathy is ostensibly about a telepathic introvert named Ayako and her interactions with the upstandingly popular Hayato who has nothing but indecent daydreams about her nonstop. Along for the ride is Hayato's childhood friend and admirer, Manami, who despite her bitchy first impressions, ends up blossoming into a great character and Ayako's first friend.
While the art is certainly plain yet undeniably adorable, I have to compliment the use of colour exclusively to illustrate the inner thoughts of characters. It does a very on-the-nose job of showing how colourful, expressive, and different people can be on the inside despite whatever
their outward appearance would suggest.
What seems like a fairly basic and light gag 4-koma at first ends up being a pretty heartwarming story about Ayako's life as a telepath, and the gradual expansion of her social circle unintentionally kickstarted by Hayato's antics. I'm not trying to overstate the depth and complexity of the message this story is trying to tell - I mean, it IS still a 4-koma gag strip - but there's certainly more to it than what it first appears to be, and all of the characters are far more realistic and in-depth than they initially appear on the surface.
If you want an engaging yet easily digestible read, look no further.
The balance of lewd images together with cute character development and the finding of love ... you think you've seen it all... holdup XD
Mousou Telepathy has reached a new level. The mangaka embraced the cliché over used high-school setting that we love to see and created a relatable comedy that we all wish was true. Lets face it anyone would like to read minds especially to find out what lewd teens actually think about their crushes. It combines the shonen fan service with an adorable high school search for love and to top that off a bit of the classic supernatural power. What makes this
4-koma stand out though, is that it doesn't seem to be aimed at either girls or boys with the echi being kept at a decent standard and with the school experience at a relatable level that both sexes can enjoy.
The character development is gradual but evident and the art style is original and pleasing to eye. If your looking for a pleasant engaging way to pass your time then this is a perfect feel-good slice of life.
... but what I love about this manga is the seemingly pleasant blond loli and what she really thinks of her classmates.. hehe >.<
As the title suggests, protagonist Nakaho-san holds the one power everyone has thought of having at least once: telepathy.
Unfortunately, it's more of a curse than a power, as she is forced to hear the true feelings of those around her while they put up false smiles and compliments. This has caused her to become timid and quiet in school, and she's pretty much a loner. But what happens when the coolest guy in class actually has an insane crush on her and constantly has erotic fantasies about her?
The idea of a main character having a power
they didn't ask for is nothing new in the fantasy genre. However, being able to read the thoughts of someone that likes you, rather than reading the thoughts of the one you like, is something you don't often see.
Mousou Telepathy is a 4-koma drawn (scrawled?) by computer. The art is messy and sloppy, but I gave it extra points for the way it is presented. The "real world" is in black and white, but thenever Nakano is reading someone's thoughts or looking at their fantasies, it is in color. I liked that part, and if this ever gets an anime, I hope the studio continues that style.
Nakano is nothing new--shy, studious, and clearly scarred by the harshness of the world around her. But no one ever really hated a character like this, so I can't say much other than the fact that she's very average as a protagonist.
Toda-kun is a fun character who hides a seriously perverted (but not atypical of a hormonal teenage boy) side behind his chic and cool personality. Only Nakano knows of this side, of course, and so she's generally turned off by him, despite being intrigued at the fact that he likes her. As the most sociable and popular kid in school, it's still a mystery as to why he has such an obsession with the quietest girl in class.
There are other characters in this story, but you'll find that Toda is the most interesting.
Even though this manga doesn't have anything particularly novel to offer, it's quite a fun read. Each "chapter" is literally a 1-page 4-koma so it's not hard to catch up in one sitting. The characters aren't particularly memorable but they're endearing nonetheless.
The plot of Mousou Telepathy follows a whole bunch of clichés and tropes, yet it manages to use this setting to its advantage to setup the main plot point that drives the story. Ayako Nakano can’t read minds, as the synopsis would have you believe: she hears what people think. It’s this fundamental difference that establishes everything in Mousou Telepathy, and the concept is used very well. It’s not overused, and it follows a very specific set of rules that breathes originality into the ‘mind reading ability’. Furthermore, it’s a 4-koma style manga and its really easy to read in heaps, or to pick it
up for a few chapters. It also has the quality of being really easy to binge, and since there are 620 chapters (1 page chapters) out right now, I have to warn you that its addicting.
Because it’s a comedy with undertones of romance (essentially an overarching romance), the characters are all lovable and fun. The interactions between our main cast of four is just a great source for fun interactions with a broad comedic reach. It’s also a big fan of lewd comedy, being set in high school and all. Ayako’s the introvert shy girl with glasses, Hayato is the perverted love interest, Manami is the love rival turned best friend and Akira is Hayato’s best friend. They are all archetypes, but they are handled very well, and they are explored as characters through Ayako’s mind reading in interesting ways, forming interesting bonds and relationships. I do however feel like the support cast is just there for support and comedy, but that’s no fault of the manga, it’s a rom-com 4-koma so it doesn’t need that (and it convolute things a lot).
The drawing style is very simple and clean, and I love it for that. The lines are clean, it’s easy to look at and read and it’s so simple that nothing can go wrong with the art. And then, we have the use of colours, and by Jove is it amazing. It’s just a rainbow of everything right with simple drawings that say a lot with little. And the colours have thematic purpose, which at this point is just asking for me to gush over it. Which I am doing.
What can I say, I really enjoyed this manga. It’s really to get into and to read through, it’s only 620 pages long right now. For what it’s worth in time, this is a quality manga that every 4-koma should aspire to.
I can’t give it a 10, simply because it’s not completed yet and I really want to know where the story goes specifically. I think it’ll end up with a 10, but I at least want to pretend I’m not super biased when it comes to it.