Book Reviews of Mai: The Psychic Girl

Mai: The Psychic Girl
Mai The Psychic Girl
Author: Kazuya Kudo
ISBN-13: 9780929279282
ISBN-10: 092927928X
Publication Date: 10/1990
Rating:
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Publisher: Viz Communications
Book Type: Paperback
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Book 2. This is a great anime/graphic novel we have had for over a decade (published in 1989). According to Wikipedia it is "the very first manga to be translated into English and published in North America." For a while, we heard that Steven Spielberg had picked up the movie rights. I don't know what happened to that, but the story is solid. We never found book 1, but it is easy to jump into the story.

From the inside cover (spoilers):

STORY UP TO NOW:

Mai, a seemingly normal girl of fourteen, is discovered by the Wisdom Alliance to possess awesome psychokinetic powers. The Alliance, in the name of world peace, has hired the Kaieda Intelligence Agency to capture Mai and deliver her to their clutches. Mai's father, Shuichi, however, escapes with Mai to the Togakushi Shrine, where Mai learns of her heritage and her solemn responsibility as the possessor of such power.

Kaieda, however, soon discovers their whereabouts. Shuichi attempts to flee over the mountains with his daughter, but is forced to send Mai ahead alone when Kaieda releases the man-monster Tsukiro to bar their way. Shuichi battles the awful beast but is defeated and throne into the ravine. Mai turns with hatred to fight Tsukiro when Intetsu, a University student who is hiking through the mountains, intervenes and defeats Tsukiro himself.

Intetsu aids Mai in returning to Tokyo, but when Mai falls suddenly ill, he decides to become her permanent protector and takes her to stay with him at his college dorm. While he is away, however, Mai wanders sadly through the streets of Tokyo wishing for the simple life she had led before being discovered by the Wisdom Alliance. In an act of pure loving innocence, she befriends a stray puppy, but inadvertently causes a terrible auto accident while trying to save the puppy from being killed by on-rushing traffic. The incident alerts kaieda to Mai's presence in Tokyo and the hunt to possess Mai begins anew.
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Book 4. This is a great anime/graphic novel we have had for over a decade (published in 1989). According to Wikipedia it is "the very first manga to be translated into English and published in North America." For a while, we heard that Steven Spielberg had picked up the movie rights. I don't know what happened to that, but the story is solid. We never found book 1, but it is easy to jump into the story.


From the inside cover (spoilers):

The German psychic girl, Turm Garten, arrived in Japan with the intention of killing Mai and proving herself the most powerful psychic on Earth. The manipulative Wisdom Alliance, however, convinces Garten that the true test of her skills would be to apprehend Mai and deliver her to them. Thus Garten plays a subtle game of cat and mouse with Mai, finally tricking the Japanese psychic girl into the open by convincing Mai that her father is still alive. Meanwhile, the Kaieda Agency orders the assassinatiion of Garten.

Mai, believing that she is going to meet her missing fatehr, arrives at a posh Tokyo hotel only to find that it is a trap set by Garten. Mai attempts to flee and makes good her escape when Garten becomes occupied fending off the attack by Kaieda's ment. Looking for sanctuary, Mai hides on the grounds of a modest Tokyo home, only to discover that her father really is alive. Mai's joy at finding her father is soured, however, as she realizes that he suffers from amnesia and has no recollection of her. The Wisdom Alliance, meanwhile, seeing that they can never possess Mai, orders Garten to kill her. The final confrontation is at hand.
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Book 3. This is a great anime/graphic novel we have had for over a decade (published in 1989). According to Wikipedia it is "the very first manga to be translated into English and published in North America." For a while, we heard that Steven Spielberg had picked up the movie rights. I don't know what happened to that, but the story is solid. We never found book 1, but it is easy to jump into the story.

From the inside cover (spoilers):

STORY UP TO NOW:

Mai, pursued by the enigmatic Wisdom Alliance and their hired pawn, the Kaieda Intelligence Agency, has gone into hiding with the help of Intetsu, a University student who has become the Psychic Girl's protector in the wake of her father's apparent death. Mai, however, understanding for the first time the awesome power in her possession, becomes convinced she is a threat to those around her and thus turns herself over to Kaieda. It is then that Kaieda reveals that he has no intention of delivering Mai into the hands of the Alliance; he distrusts their vision of the future and wishes to keep Mai's power from them. Kaieda gains Mai's trust by revealing that her father may indeed be alive.

Meanwhile, the Wisdom Alliance, prepared for Kaieda's treachery, called upon the talents of another psychic girl, a German youth named Turm Garten, whose cunning is matched only by her viciousness. Garten, jealous of Mai's power and eager to prove that she is the world's strongest psychic, travels to Japan to kill Mai.
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A must in every manga collection.