Hana to Yume Comics, 1997
I can’t express how happy I was after picking up this 2-volume manga series by Hisaya Nakajo! If you’ve read my summaries of my other manga by her (‘Yume Miru Happa’, and ‘Hanazakari no Kimitachi E’) you’ll know that I really love this artist’s style. I am not exactly sure why, it is just so .. hmm… clean? I dunno, I just think it’s cool ^^ (Yeah, you KNOW it’s probably because I think the way she draws guys is great 🙂 Anyway, This is a 2 manga series. The main story, ‘Missing Piece’ takes up 1 and 1/2 of the volumes. The rest of the second volume is filled with three other, non related stories. Missing Piece is a story involving high school kids, romance, and extraordinary powers, woo hoo!
It begins with high school girl Ai-chan being late for school after having a strange dream in which she is a child and a little boy her age rescues her from something, saying he will always protect her because he loves her. The dream seems like a fragment of a memory for Ai, but she isn’t sure why. At school, things begin to get weird. There is a guy in Ai-chan’s class who she does not recognize at all. When she asks her friends if he is a new transfer student, they look at her like she is crazy! Akizuki Tohru-kun has always been in their class, doesn’t she remember? Everyone is acting like they know this Akizuki guy, but Ai-chan has never seen him before! When he first talks familiarly to a confused Ai-chan, he grabs her hands and stares intensely at her, but Ai-chan pulls her hands away because she saw the light around them turn green for a moment! There is something strange about Akizuki-kun!
A quick check of the school records proves that he was never a student at their school. Ai wonders if he is some sort of alien from space, but when confronted about it, Akizuki admits that he is not normal. He is an ESPer, someone with paranormal abilities. Ai looks reluctant to believe him, but must after witnessing him pull a jedi-mind-trick on the school guard who leaves them alone even though they aren’t in class. It turns out Akizuki-kun is at their school on an investigation. Recently there have been a lot of strange drug-overdose deaths. The police think that the one behind it is connected to Ai-chan’s school. Akizuki is there to find out. All this news is stunning for Ai-chan, but she quickly decides with great resolve to help Akizuki find the suspect. This kicks off the story of Ai’s involvement in the life of Akizuki the ESPer, and the dangerous events as they look for who is behind the drugs!