Asian Horror Month: Psychic Academy by Katsu Aki

Psychic Academy by Katsu Aki
How NOT to write a Middle Eastern Character.

The National Psychic Academy: A place for psychically gifted youth to expand their powers, be hit on by frisky co-eds, and meet talking bunnies. Poor Ai doesn’t even believe that he has psychic gifts. How can he be expected to survive at a school where his brother is a hero and his talking bunny keeps pushing him into embarrassing situations?

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This manga is rated 13+, and reads like a schoolboy locker room chat. With many racy shots, young girl’s bathing, naked little fairies, and several “accidental” boob grabs, this book seems written by a young boy, for young boys.

The bunny, who claims to be Master Boo, speaks like Andrew Dice Clay and seems to want to pick up girls more than help Ai learn his skills.

“Now watch an’ learn as I pluck a coupla young, unsuspecting, ripe tomatoes.”

Ai’s brother, Zero or “The Vanquisher of the Dark Overlord”, is over the top with his two-page intro where the artist paints him like an old-time comic book hero, metal codpiece, cape blowing in the breeze. It gets worse later, when Zero fights off a bully, using the clothes vanishing technique and tells the bully,

“That’s terrifying coming from a fool with his wee wee hanging out.”

Ai’s roommate was portrayed as the “stupid foreigner”. I think he is supposed to be Middle Eastern and the way they treat him I find offensive. He wears robes, sleeps like some sort of Kama Sutra pretzel, has a symbol on his head, and is always doing dumb things.

If you’re not a male pre-teen, you’ll probably hate this one. For me, it was slightly entertaining because of the few magic fights involved, but not worth reading more volumes.

Extras: None. But you do get to see a preview of the next volume. Featuring… another accidental boob grab! -.-

Manga Review: Psychic Academy by Katsu Aki

pacdemyThe National Psychic Academy: A place for psychically gifted youth to expand their powers, be hit on by frisky co-eds, and meet talking bunnies. Poor Ai doesn’t even believe that he has psychic gifts. How can he be expected to survive at a school where his brother is a hero and his talking bunny keeps pushing him into embarrassing situations?

This manga is rated 13+, and reads like a schoolboy locker room chat. With many racy shots, young girl’s bathing, naked little fairies, and several “accidental” boob grabs, this book seems written by a young boy, for young boys.

The bunny, who claims to be Master Boo, speaks like Andrew Dice Clay and seems to want to pick up girls more than help Ai learn his skills.

“Now watch an’ learn as I pluck a coupla young, unsuspecting, ripe tomatoes.”

Ai’s brother, Zero or “The Vanquisher of the Dark Overlord”, is over the top with his two page intro where the artist paints him like an old-time comic book hero, metal codpiece, cape blowing in the breeze. It get’s worse later, when Zero fights off a bully, using the clothes vanishing technique and tells the bully,

“That’s terrifying coming from a fool with his wee wee hanging out.”

Ai’s roommate was portrayed as the “stupid foreigner”. I think he is supposed to be Middle Eastern and the way they treat him I find offensive. He wears robes, sleeps like some sort of Kama Sutra pretzel, has a symbol on his head, and is always doing dumb things.

If you’re not a male pre-teen, you’ll probably hate this one. For me, it was slightly entertaining because of the few magic fights involved, but not worth reading more volumes.

Extras: None. But you do get to see a preview of the next volume. Featuring… another accidental boob grab!

Guest Blogger Zombie Bunny on: We’re Alive

We’re Alive – A story of survival: Written and Produced by KC Wayland.

This zombie podcast is unlike any that I have heard before. It boosts a full cast of players with unique and colorful characters.  The first episode of this ongoing podcast starts the zombie out break on May 9, 2009, where in which you meet one of the main characters, Michael, voiced by Jim Gleason (who played in “The Onion Movie” and made an appearance on the TV show Big Love). Michael is at school when an apparent riot is hitting all of L.A. where men and women are attacking each other. He gets a call from another main character, Lieutenant Angel, and heads to the army base to meet up with this Unit. Only to discover that Sergeant Michael Cross, Lieutenant Angel Tunudo, and Specialist Saul Tink are all that is left of the Army in L.A. They come up with a plan for survival and do their best to implement it while trying to find other survivors and fortify their new home, which is an apartment building they call the Tower.

I do not want to go into too many more details for fear of spoiling what is to come of this totally awesome series. I gave this zombie podcast two maggot ridden thumbs up! I love the way you can just get lost with the story lines and suspense. This is easily achieved by the sometimes creepy music, sound effects and excellent performances by the cast. As established over the next few chapters, the characters find that writing journals and keeping personal records of each account as therapy to deal with what is going on, I find myself writing a journal along with them. Each character has their own unique perspective on what has happened and how they see what is happening around them.

If you plan on listening to this podcast, which I hope you will, they have a schedule on their website, www.zombiepodcast.com, for release dates on new episodes as well as live readings for the cast in L.A.  They just had a live reading on April 14 and you can watch it on their forum if you have missed it.  I hope you will all enjoy the zombie mayhem as I have.