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.
Mousou Telepathy is a perfect example of a manga that evolves as it's written. I feel like the author originally started the series as a gag comedy, but started to become so engrossed in the characters that he/she started to expand the idea into something much greater. Honestly, when I started reading it, I was just trying to kill some time and was in the mood for some ecchi comedy. However, over the course of the manga, the genre gradually morphs from a 4-koma ecchi gag comedy into a romantic drama/comedy about mind-reading. The comedy is still there, but the serious plot aspect becomes much
more pronounced. As the genre morphs, so too does the presentation format. Even though it's still technically a 4-koma format, the standalone pages start to blend together until you start to feel like you're reading full-length chapters, though there are still occasional standalone pages.
If you're just looking for some silly ecchi gags, you'll enjoy this manga up until a certain point, but eventually it does change, so if you're not interested in investing yourself in the characters and reading an actual story, you may lose interest there. On the other hand, for those of you who want an interesting supernatural romantic comedy with some depth but have no interest in ecchi, I recommend just putting up with the early ecchi focus. It actually becomes a very relevant and purposeful plot point later on, so it's worth reading through it to get there.
Overall, I've given this manga a 7 on MAL (7.5 on my personal scale). It's more than just your average ecchi gag and turns into what is actually quite a good romantic comedy.