Review: ION by Arina Tanemura


Book Information:

ION by Arina Tanemura
Illustrated by Arina Tanemura
Translated by Miho Nishida
Adaptation by Heidi Vivolo
Touch-up Art & Lettering by George Caltsoudas
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shueisha
Published in 1997
ISBN 9781421518008
216 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 4 out of 5

When Ion Tsuburagi chants her first name, good things happen to her. However, when she meets Mikado and touches something he’s been developing, her powers start growing into something more. What is the thing she touched; and why is it giving Ion special powers?

I really like Arina Tanemura’s works – I have two other works by her. Her artwork is always quite good. All her characters pretty much show a happy personality  – rarely ever sad, but they hide their sadness under their smile – and this one volume manga is no exception to this.

In this manga, there a couple of places where the artwork could been better, but you hardly ever notice it (unless you are really looking hard). ;) I love all of the characters’ personalities, even Ion’s happy-go-lucky one – especially when she turns into Kitty Ion (so cute). <3 Even Psychic Man’s small appearances were enjoyable. The designs for each character were wonderful, especially Kouki, the student council president, with his hair down. *drools*

Now that gotten the artwork part done, now for the plot. The romance is cliché, especially for a shoujo manga, but it’s still very enjoyable. I like how subtle the supernatural theme (telekinesis) is, and how it doesn’t clash with the romance parts. I kind of hoped she would end up with someone else, but oh well. :P

Anyways, overall, Tanemura put together a wonderfully drawn manga that I enjoyed very much. However, that’s not all, we need to go over how the Translation, Designing, and Art Touch-Up/Lettering people did from VIZ.

The art touch-up was very well done; you could hardly notice the errors in redrawing from where the Japanese was located. Also, I loved the cover design that VIZ did for the English version of ION. However, I wish some of the wording for the sentences and SFX were just a little bit better. Overall, VIZ did a pretty good job bringing this Japanese manga to life in English. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble