Anime News Network says there will be 12 episodes. Thank goodness.
You first encounter Mint, this young girl holding a teddy bear who is apparently the granddaughter of a rich old man. They are staying at Howard Resorts and somehow, the grandpa lets the little girl roam around. Who does that?
She was bored but once she heard about this “Goddess of Victory” that every raves about, she goes to look for her. She heads to the crowds of people but keeps missing her or can’t get through. Eventually she runs into this actress named Rosa and she tells Mint to follow this ferret.
This ferret goes everywhere. *sigh*. But it eventually does get to the Goddess of Victory, who’s real name is Rio and she is this huge-busted cards dealer. You see that she does bring luck to everyone, as everyone starts winning once she walks by…
Why does she have ferret? I have no idea. Its name is Chip though (get it? like poker chips??)
You then find out she’s a maid for the boss and that he’s a total pervert. No surprise there. She walks Mint to her (Rio’s) room but encounter a bunch of mafia-looking men headed by Orlin, who has hearts on the side of his glasses lol. Yes, you guessed it. She proceeds to beat them up in her maid uniform. Fanservice? I think so.
Oh, you want more fanservice? You gots it. You see Rio changing and Mint behind her mentally measuring her size. They eventually get back to the main casino and the head attacker from before apologizes and wants to “sort it out.”
Since this IS a gambling-type anime, they gamble on it. The gamble? Leave Mint alone vs. …? Orlin questions what he gets out of it and Mint yells out that Rio will take off her clothes. Yes, this little girl gambles Rio’s clothes, someone who she just met. Of course, everyone is excited, especially Howard.
It seems that Rio has a connection with her gambling, since she wears a wedding dress to the game. She is “married” to the game. Previously, she had talked to the ball for roulette to help a guy make a decision on marrying his girlfriend.
And of course this game can’t be boring and there has to be some jazz to it.
She reaches out to get her card in this “other world” while Orlin does the same, except his is ugly, dark, and the cards look rusty.
Are you surprised she won? No.
Interestingly enough, you realize that Orlin wanted Mint because of her teddy bear. He thought it was supposed to be this collectible from Berlin but it turns out that it was made in China. Rio says that he does that to remember his dead wife. Bleh.
What, you sad she didn’t take off her clothes? Don’t be. Mint runs after Rio and asks her to be her sister but trips and rips her dress.
It could have been something similar to God of Gambling, an asian movie, but alas, nowhere clothes. Full of fanservice.
Horrible plot for the first episode, and most likely horrible plotline for the rest of the episodes.
While the drawings are passable, there is nothing worth noting.
Bottomline: Want boobs/fanservice with a terrible story? Then watch this.
Starts off with a boy named Yumeji having a dream of cats chasing him. In the dream world, these cats can talk and seem to be pretty vicious. There are also fish skeletons floating in the air, which is pretty hilarious to me. The dream ends when this rooster does his thing.
You go on to realize that he apparently has the power to predict a person’s next dream, but with poor accuracy except for nightmares. He sees red, yellow, and green dots and deciphers the pattern into a dream.
And with most magical animes, the female lead (obviously scantily clad) falls onto him in a suggestive way.
She runs away after she realizes her hat is gone but you later on learn that her name is Merry Nightmare.
Eventually Yumeji runs into a cat with Merry’s hat and he has a deja vu of it, as it reminded him of the cat in his dream. This prompts a change of scenery and becomes a mix of reality and dreamworld. He meets the head of the cats in his dream and you find out that he wants to exist in the real world but cannot do so until he obtains a vessel. Boss cat is named ‘Chaser John Doe’ which brings the luls. And of course, he wants Yumeji to be his vessel.
However, somehow Merry jumps into the picture though Chaser says that this in-between place was supposed to only allowed for Yumeji and him. Merry fights with Chaser and you find out that Merry wants to go to the dream world, as she ended up in the real world without a reason and not knowing anything.
Chaser refuses and leaves by fading away. Merry runs after him but can’t catch up because he has faded away.
So that was essentially what happens in the first episode. My thoughts? I’m usually a positive person so I’ll say that it has potential. As long as it doesn’t turn into another loli ecchi anime, I’ll be satisfied. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how his dream-predicting powers play a role in all of this.
Also, it seems that this anime will perhaps contain a bit of romance due to a scene near the beginning of the episode. While Yumeji is away buying a train ticket, you find out that he is living with his childhood friend, Isana through the teasings from their other two friends.
I will say that this is more of a typical anime- hence my hopes that it will bring something new to the season.
Psyren is follows the story of Ageha, a “typical” high school boy like in every manga. What starts out as an investigation to find his friend Sakurako turns out to be chase into the future. It gets kind of complicated but basically, Nemesis Q, who’s really just a messenger for a real person in the future, “gives” random people these Psyren cards that seem like calling cards. Once you accept the “mission” you are sent to the future once you hear this siren. It seems like a game to try to reach a certain point, but in reality, you are trying to change the future in order to save the world. Of course, some people have powers called ‘psi’ which can range from telekenetic powers to increased speed.
Well, would ya? Funny thing is that he goes through this hilariously long questionaire over the phone before this important part.
These psi powers I mentioned before were trained into Ageha and friends by Matsuri, a former “player” of Psyren. Since I mentioned that Psyren was played as a game, there is a way to “win.” Winning in most people’s cases is to reach the endpoint once sent to the future. There is a number of everyone’s Psyren cards and you must survive that many “rounds” of going into the future and reaching the goal.
Now, you’d think Nemesis Q was perhaps the enemy, which is what was assumed of in the beginning, til you realize Nemesis Q just wants to change the world for the future.
Ring ring ring, banana phone!
As you can imagine, the future is a desolate place with most things destroyed except for one area which is the headquarters of the W.I.S.E., who had eradicated all those without psi, a cleansing of some sort. They are led by humans but have monsterous subordinates. There are also random monsters in the future, as they are W.I.S.E.’s failed experiments on people.
One of the W.I.S.E.; Reminds you of Bleach, doesn’t it?
Insert ugly monster joke here.
Ageha, the protagonist, gets some help from these kids, who’re students of this old soothsayer type lady. They’re punks but quite helpful, as they were brought up to fight the enemy, Miroku, a boy who was experimented on the past and wants revenge (aka head of W.I.S.E.).
I gots candy for you in my truck out back…
Now, I’m usually weary of kids in manga/anime because they are often types really annoying and useless. However, in Psyren, they are an incredibly big help for Ageha, especially in the future when they are older. Though they are there for comedic relief sometimes, they participate in battles and are pretty damn good.
Oh, the enemy by the way, has this pretty K.O. move,as shown by below.
Yes, you’re seeing someone die but it doesn’t matter because Ageha can always go back to the past to change things.
I really enjoyed this manga, as it was a bit different from most other shojos and fluffy ones that I have read. The characters were given their full potential and much history of each character was given, often times helping understand the storyline. Their maturity level can be observed throughout the story, which gives them a more rounded characteristic.
The whole “learn new powers” thing was obviously similar to Bleach in some cases, but that’s also typical in many other mangas where characters have powers and must use them against evil.
Psyren’s graphics were not lacking in details but not overwhelming. It is definitely a very engaging and entertaining manga! Though I must tell you that it was cancelled in the end and so the ending is VERY rushed. There are a few things that are unexplained but I can look past them, as I can tell the mangaka definitely tried to make do with the abrupt ending. It is actually very surprising that it was cancelled, since it was a very popular manga, with 145 chapters! I really hope this is being made into an anime at the very least, but that’s highly doubtful.
It had minimal romance in it, so that was a bit refreshing for me. Though there were hints of romance (aka crushes, etc.) in the beginning, it blossomed too quickly in the end- almost seemed forced. I would have been fine if they didn’t show us that they liked each other.
At first, you may think that the time jumps and cause-effects would be confusing, but the mangaka does it wonderfully! The time-line works well and you are never left second-guessing what and when it is happening.
TL;DR: Time-jumping to save the world. Special powers involved. Great manga. Rushed ending due to cancellation. 145 chapters.