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Psyren Vol. #09 Manga Review

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Psyren Volume 9
Psyren Volume 9
Fake prophets and a mysterious island!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Toshiaki Iwashiro
Translation: Camellia Nieh
What They Say:
Ageha must assemble a team of fellow Psionists to travel to the mysterious Dreameater Island to help the master of the enigmatic Nemesis Q. They’ll have to battle monsters and enemies on the treacherous journey. And their progress is being matched by Usui, a Psionist intent on destroying Nemesis Q!

Content:
In response to the message from Nemesis Q’s creator, Ageha and Sakurako prepare to head out to Dreameater Island. To their surprise, though, the kids offer to come along as well, and it is determined that Kyle, Fredrika, and Mari will be the ones to accompany our heroes. Elsewhere, we see that the corrupt police officer Usui has formed his own empire in the future as the mystic future-teller “Master Amakusa.” By using the knowledge he gained through being a Psyren Drifter, he accurately predicted the future and profited greatly. In order to solidify his position, he decides to wrap up the final loose end by locating Nemesis Q and killing it. On the way to Dreameater Island, Ageha and company take a break, only to be assaulted by Brain Beast, the special tactical unit of “Neo Amakusa.” Though our heroes make short work of the group, one of them manages to escape and alert their boss.

Upon arriving at Dreameater Island, Ageha and company pass through a hole in the protective barrier hiding the location and find a beautiful forest filled with life. They are met by a miniature Nemesis Q who goofily leads them to its master, but before they can meet, Usui and his minions burst onto the scene. Unlike the last group, these minions appear to be a decent match for our heroes, easily tearing through their defenses. The large man known as Okugo rides a massive lion-esque beast into battle, while the mysterious Taiga uses chakram to fight. Though they are forced to hold back against their all-to-human opponents, our heroes are able to pull off a win, with Ageha revising his Melzez lance into a new disk form and the kids combining their powers.

Meanwhile, Usui, Mari, and Sakurako arrive at the location of Nemesis Q’s master, a woman floating in a tube. Usui intends to kill this powerful Psionist, and backs this up with his anti-psionic powers and his ability to delete people’s memories and minds. When Usui prepares to crush Sakurako’s mind using these abilities, Mari goes berserk and absolutely crushes him, proving in the process just how powerful she’s become.

In Summary:
This is yet another nice volume, but it honestly feels like a bit of a sidestory. The enemies here manage to put up a decent fight in the end, but they’re not terribly exciting and don’t feel particularly important. It is nice to get to see a little more of the grown-up versions of the kids, and they remain incredibly fun and interesting characters. Meanwhile, we get to see Ageha take one step further, and some core plot elements set themselves up to be revealed in the next book. Hopefully the following volume will manage to really get things back on track, but for now the story here remains a decent addition to the series.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
MSRP: $9.99

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