ION

Hm. I don’t know how I feel about Arina Tanemura other than she writes the most boring sidebar material on God’s Green Earth, which sometimes contrasts unpleasantly with things like Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Tanemura is VERY popular. I’ll give her all the credit she deserves and more for KKJ, but thinking about the end of Full Moon still makes me angry, especially since I loved the beginning to bits. Full Moon scared me off her new series, which I heard wasn’t that good, but I thought I would try her shorter works, seeing as how they were first and KKJ was her first long series.

Well, the story in this volume is definitely a rookie effort, but it’s still pretty fun. It’s basically just a cute little Ribon-style high school romance with some psychic powers thrown in. The main female character is actually kind of strong-minded, which is refreshing. Of course she falls for the brainy kid who finds a way to unleash her latent psychic ability, and after several short episodes where Ion saves the day with her powers, the question comes up as to whether the boy likes Ion for herself or her psychic powers. There’s a rival love interest that Ion has no interest in. He was actually really annoying, but I was rooting for him anyway, he had a bit more personality than the main boy.

I really liked the way Ion’s powers were unleashed, which was always done by chanting her name as I-O-N. I’m not too big a fan of psychic power, but it was hard not to get caught up in the cute stuff in this volume.

The story and romance isn’t really all that exciting or original, and it just feels very rough and unpolished, which is understandable given that this is her first work. It’s a pretty good first try though, and is pretty enjoyable and fun in a shallow way. It brought my opinion of her up a little bit, but I still have to come a long way in order to forgive her the ending to Full Moon.


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