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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Manga in the 80's Pt. 4

Mai, the Psychic Girl. Written by Kazuya Kudo and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami (His later art can be seen in Crying Freeman & Sanctuary). Ran for 28 Biweekly Issues from May 1987 to July 1988 by Eclipse International\Viz Comics completing the story arc.

This beautifully illustrated style from Ryoichi Ikegami that has a very realistic look and feel to it unlike the Bambi eyes and angular chins of other later manga artists, was most welcome to the fledgeling manga audience in telling the plight of this 14 year old heroin Mai Kuju.
 whose Psychic powers are bringing unwanted attention from the secret organisations of “The Wisdom Alliance”, and its rival the “ Kaieda Agency” as she maybe the Worlds strongest Esper!  She fights with the speed of thought with enough Psychic energy to explode your organs in protecting her father and friends from others with Psychic powers!

[Note: Akira Issue Number 1 was not until August 1st. 1988, on month after Mai had finished.] 

[reprints of the first few issues showed its popularity and in the UK, Titan books Ltd in1989 had permission to print the 4 volumes that combined all the material in to a digest format (this did include a previously omitted nude scene).]

[Mai, has been reprinted in a range numbered volumes by Viz over the years.]

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