Tokyo ESP, Volume 1, 2 & 3 by Hajime Segawa

Tokyo ESP, Volume 1: There’s a New Heroine in Town by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Vertical Comics
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Tokyo ESP (Vol. 1)

My son is addicted to this series and I just had to give it a shot. It sounds very strange, and it is, but it also manages to be a fantastic piece of science fiction Japanese superhero manga at the same time! We start off with a flying penguin and glowing swarms of flying fish. The penguin seems to be chasing the fish and the daughter of a yakuza is secretly keeping him as a pet. When a person swallows, or rather when a fish enters a person, they get super powers. Rinka wakes up one day to find she can pass through solid objects, she meets a schoolmate, Azuma, who can transport and her father comes home from work with metal objects attached to him. Azuma wants to become a fighter for justice, help people, stop crime and tries to get Rinka to join him but she just wants to be human again. Then they meet a thief who can go invisible who frames them for her crimes and things just go all haywire from there. The yakuza get involved, the penguin has a power, Azuma has a secret past, beings from somewhere weird show up, oh my! What is going on? I love this!! Volume 2 is lined up ready and waiting!

Tokyo ESP, Volume 2: The Professor Appears by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 388 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Vertical Comics
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Tokyo ESP (Vol. 2)

There is a lot in these volumes! They are actually omnibus editions containing 2 volumes of the original Japanese editions and there are colour pages at the beginning and in the middle at the start of the second volume. We meet the Professor who is the leader of the bad guys and they terrorise Tokyo by sending a huge floating freighter over the city and dumping it. This leaves all our heroes busy rescuing people but they also have to face the fact that they can't save everyone and that realisation affects each of them in their own way. New powers are revealed and a fun episode with a superpowered hippo floating through the city encased in a blob of water. The second volume brings some new characters and mostly includes training with their new master, a panda who looks like Yoda when he takes his head off! There are political stirrings, family dynamics and a little romance blossoming. But the book ends on a heavy note with the bad guys recruiting. Love this series!!!

Tokyo ESP, Volume 3: The White Girl is Dead. Long Live the White Girl! by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Vertical Comics
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Tokyo ESP (Volume 3)

Whoa, my god! The first half is so intense! The series has become incredibly dark now with the superpower terrorists planning to take over the world. While on the other hand, the government has decided to outlaw all superpowers sending these people to an underground detention centre. It's an all-out civil war! Meanwhile, we find out the true story behind the Professor and the reasons behind his insanity giving us sympathy for his character. The intensity continues for the epic second half and sees the end of this story arc. It's all out war between the Professor's group and humanity. There is an end and one side sort of wins but everything is so unstable. Tokyo is now anarchy, those with superpowers equal those without and our group has taken on justice as a team full-time. The blurb for the next book tells us it will start one year, four months later. Need next book ....