Cy Believers, vol. 1
By Shioko Mizuki
Rated OT, Older Teen, 16+
Go! Comi, $10.99
Cy Believers is a strange little story. It features some of the most unlikable characters I have ever encountered in a manga, set in an incredibly artificial situation, and yet I liked it anyway.
Shioko Mizuki is the creator of the excellent soap opera Crossroad, so naturally I was expecting more of the same, but Cy Believers heads off in a different direction. It’s set in one of those Japanese boarding schools where an elite student government rules everyone’s lives with an iron hand. When I was in high school, student government was a pretty token affair, but in manga, they are more like ruling juntas, with seemingly unlimited power and a special structure of their own.