Whenever Ion Tsuburagi is in trouble or has a wish, she chants her name letter by letter and something good happens. However, nothing good can come out of student president Kouki Shirashi having a crush on her that she doesn't return! While escaping from him one day she runs into Mikado Hourai, president of the Psychic Powers Research Society. And soon after she finds an item that he's researching, ultimately leading her to acquire mystical powers of her own! After this discovery Mikado confesses to her, but Ion can't help but think he only wants her around for her powers alone...
I'll premise this by saying that I found I.O.N. on the bargain shelf at my local used bookstore. I had never even heard of the manga before I saw it sitting there, dog-earred and costing pocket change. Story: The story follows Ion as she gains psychic powers and falls in love with the president of the psychic research club at her school. There's a lot of romantic rival subplot, which is ok, but not really my thing. For how short it the series is (6 chapters), I felt the story suited it's length. And at one point, the mangaka even states (in a side note) that certain elements were only brought in when she found the series would be doubled in length. Knowing that, the story is pretty well put together. Art: Arina Tanemura has a very distinctive art style, as can be seen in her other works (like Gentlemen's Alliance). Arched, somewhat choppy hair styles, really huge eyes, and a lot of attention to facial expressions. Granted, this is kind of the art style of a lot of shoujo-like manga. I felt the art style was just a little too... cutesy for my tastes. Characters: The main love interests are done well enough that they have a range of emotional depth. I felt the love rivals were a little underdone, but perhaps with a longer series, they would have grown as well. There were some side characters, like Ion's friends, that were more filler than anything else. Overall: A decent 1 volume anime. Not something I'd normally pick up, but if you like love triangles, this is definitely up your alley.
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