Yeah, yeah, I read this one in Animerica Extra too. I remembered not liking Wild Com much save for the unrelated stories, but I didn’t remember how much I loved the unrelated stories.
This volume contains 3 stories. The first and longest of these stories is Wild Com, which features a somewhat weaker heroine than Tamura usually does, and the story about psychic powers and the girl discovering hers by getting a convenient way out of her guilt was kind of lame. It was okay, but I would not read an entire series based around this, or probably even an entire volume.
The two other stories were what made this volume good. One was about a passionate relationship between a yakuza assassin and a girl with a sugar daddy. It was a bit short and a bit… I don’t know, it had some abstract ideas, but it was still pretty cool. The better one was about an asshole movie star who dumps his childhood girlfriend who made him big, winds up beating her up, and then getting his from someone else for being a total asshole. I LOVED this short story. The second story was pretty short, but this one gets substantial time so that you can fully appreciate everything that’s going on. It was wonderful.
The end features several pages of 4-panel gag strips from Tamura which actually all wound up being funny. She mentions that people with psychic powers always have the most awesome jobs, so what would happen if they actually did put their powers to use for a practical purpose? A few of the strips start off with braggart kids with various powers saying what they think their future job will be, and having it always wind up being a power plant worker. One kid who can see the future gets kidnapped by the government because apparently “they don’t wanna know.” One kid who can develop her mental images on photo paper doesn’t get a job. They’re all really funny, though.
It was also funny that one of the ads in the back for Basara advertised it as “From the creator of Chicago!” Because… because Chicago was more well-known than Basara at the time, you see. Basara… from the creator of Chicago.