The manga revolves around Saike (pronounced the same as "Psyche"), a male middle school student without dreams or motivation. Within his normal everyday life, the only one who dotes on him is his female childhood friend, Mikan. However, one day, after seeing Mikan in extreme danger, he gains psychic powers that surpass human knowledge.
Before I write anything about this I want to say that I went into this manga 100% blind with no previous knowledge of it, and I honestly think that's the best way to go. I honestly think this is an absolutely fantastic series but not knowing the twist was something that genuinely surprised me and made something that I expected to be generic and uninteresting become much more engaging when the real plot began to develop. With that out of the way, I'll get on with the review.
Time travel isn't a new subject in Anime and it's definitely not done well all of the time, but the way Psyche Matashitemo handles time travel definitely does the idea justice and portrays it in a unique but not confusing manner. The protagonist, Saike, starts off as kind of emotionless and bland but over time he develops into a more relatable character and despite the short amount of chapters that are out he's seen more character development than some characters do in longer series.
The series has a lot of similarities to Darker than Black with the way it handles people having unique powers forced onto them, and not being given any specific purpose for their powers. The powers in Matashitemo aren't the most interesting part of the series but they serve their purpose as a way to drive the plot without being too much of a focus. Matashitemo is nothing ground breaking and it's pretty simple to understand but despite that I got a lot of enjoyment from the small amount of chapters that are out. It gave me the same kind of feeling that I had while watching anime like Eden of the East and Darker than black. A kind of feeling where I honestly had no idea where the plot would go and wanted to see what would happen next. It never left me bored or gave me any urge to rush through it, and it was all around and enjoyable experience.
Keep in mind that new chapters get released and translated at a pretty excruciatingly slow pace, I mean seriously it's been over a year and there's only 17 chapters out. The pacing of the story itself is reasonable but the release schedule is completely insane. I found myself getting hyped for the next chapter then waiting so long I had to reread it to remember what happened by the time the new chapters were out.
The art style in Matashitemo is off putting at first but I persoanlly liked it once I got used to it. It gives everyone a kind of wide faced innocent look to contrast with the dark tone that the series has during some moments. Apart from the eyes the art doesn't have much detail but it manages to make sure you always understand whats happening without getting lost.
I've never been a fan of the number rating system, personally I've always prefferred a simple yes or no answer to whether or not I reccomend something. With that in mind if your looking for something short that can keep you entertained for an afternoon, waiting for something, or your in the mood for self loathing and regret I recommend Psyche Matashitemo. It's a fun ride right up until you run out of chapters and forget it exists for a few months.
Saike Mata Shitemo (aka Psyche Mata Shitemo) sypnosis is quite misleading. You probably think this is going to be a redemption/ time-lopping manga, but that's actually the beginning of the story. This is about a guy with special power...And, yes, this is another ESP manga for you, but it's definitely NOT like some half-hearted ESP shows with screw-up logic (*cough*-Charlotte-*cough*).
*I've read 15 chapters (including the latest) so far...
The manga spends about 6-7 chapters on what its synopsis goes, and it did really well, and I felt it was even more relatable and realistic than other time-loop manga (i.e. ALL You Need is Kill). And, unlike All You Need, this manga doesn't end at succeeding at saving his friend's life. (Won't tell you more as it would be a spoiler). And, unlike the inadequate (though interesting) Charlotte, there are realistic details of time looping process. The manga captures the fact that saving a person's life is not so easy damn well. It would kinda remind you of Final Destination a bit.... (Not in a scary sense as this is a relatively heart-warming story.) Having said that, it has a darker tone, which reflects human psychology profoundly.
It might look like a lolicon art at the glance, but it's actually good -quality and I think the style simply takes after Shaft's Madoka kind of drawing. I can distinguish people perfectly well, and the character design is not exaggerated. Everyone looks cute and the scenery is nice.
The male protagonist is extremely relatable (at least to an introverted otaku like me). He is just your usual guy who initially doesn't know his identity or dreams or substance... etc. Not that he's an extreme doormat, he's just a disillusioned middle-schooler, cynical about society's phoniness and all. But over the course of saving his friend, he develops and learns to appreciate life, seeing the value of actively helping others. Ultimately, he decides to be a 'hero, and NOT in a crappy cliche Shonen manga sense, but through a logical and well-paced stages. All in all, he's a very admirable character who you can relate to. This manga guarantees you a character development.
Other characters are equally well developed and likeable.
I love it! It's funny and relatable at the same time. QUite different from most time-loop series I've ever experienced so far.
A very interesting, realistically paced and psychologically profound manga with a shaft-ish art and a very relatable and likeable protagonist. I would definitely recommend this manga.