Zerodaimu Kyupura Pa Azalraku Vairu Rua Darogu (a.k.a. Zero) once stopped the evil demon lord with his incredible psychic ability, and in the process saved the world from destruction and earned the honorable and highly imaginative title "The Man Who Stopped the Evil Lord."
Now, he has accepted a position as a teacher at Psychic Academy, a school for gifted psychokinetic youngsters who have demonstrated incredible raw powers and want to learn how to hone their abilities. Among the student body is young Ai Shiomi, Zero's little brother, a somewhat meek boy who, despite parental prodding and his fraternal reputation, feels that his limited skills hardly justify his presence at the prestigious academy.
However, everyone else is convinced that he, like his celebrated brother, is destined for greatness. A lot of pressure for a boy just entering adolescence!
Psychic Academy Oura Bansho was published in English as Psychic Academy by Tokyopop from March 2, 2004 to March 1, 2006. Tokyopop re-published limited editions of volumes 1 and 2 containing a DVD volume of the anime in 2005.
This is a great series imo, comparable to Mx0 series as a result of the male protagonist's rocky progress in school and their overrated fame. But this series is in 4xxxth rank... lol.
Right from the beginning, the author shows the male protagonist's hidden potential and adjusted his power gradually, and other characters' behaviours and powers do not change suddenly as well [coherent].
Romance parts were quite exciting as well, although even till the end there never seemed like a proper conclusion to all the romance plots placed inside.
However, towards the end and the ending parts the story began to include some cliffhangers, especially in the last
few chapters. And the ending is truly a mysterious and somehow sad one... which doesn't seem to be a good conclusion.
Very clear... I could understand most, if not all of the panel drawings and the art is good. Nuff said.
Character development is very good for the main characters, as to what their past led them to their present, and most of the main characters have both sides attached to them as well. However, some of the side characters were not well developed at all, eg. the Principal of the academy.
The excitement level throughout the story was very high, at least until the end. Lots of action, comdy etc. I read several consecutive chapters at once.
A good series overall, the basis of "aura" was very well developed, including weaknesses for certain elements. However, the ending seems to be rushed (or completed during a sleepy state), and kind of brought down the series a little. Should read this if you enjoyed Mx0.
Psychic Academy has a pretty straightforward story without any really original plot developments, but enjoyable none the less. My only complain about the whole plot is the ending, namely a HUGE CLIFF HANGER, some might say that I spoiled the series by saying that, but I think you ought to know xD *See REAL spoiler at end of post*. Secondly I can't stand unnecessary fan-service (despite being a boy), but that might be just me.
Now down to how I gave my ratings:
Story: Worth a 7 if it would have had an ending, this way a 6
Art: Can't stand all the fan-service, so a 6 instead
of a 7 again
Characters: Simply good (7), but nothing special
Enjoyment: Once again could have been a 7, but the fan service just distracted too much from the story making me give it a 6.
Overall: Because of the ending -1 and because of fan-service -1 as well, so a 5.
Post Scriptum: I have lately been trying out various reviews styles to see which type people regard as helpful, so this is a pretty plain review without any story specific spoilers.
I hate non-happy endings, and some agree with me and some don't... either way; The romance doesn't end in a happy way, if I am right to believe that the main character realises who he loves at the end (not entirely sure) than the person who he loves disappeared.
It was a great book and the story was nice. I liked the idea of the ''para-dream'' and aura powers, it made it very interesting. Although I wish the ending was different but this is my opinion, others might like the ending.
Over all the story was well made and the characters really fit in so it's a good read.