Final exams are coming up and Kyousuke Kamiya’s only hope for salvation from this murder academy to see his sister, is a chance at parole. However, he doesn’t have to wait very longer when he realizes that his sister, Ayaka, is the new transfer student in his class. The both them are very glad that they are back together again, but Kyousuke is concerned about Ayaka in this school full of killers. On the other hand, Ayaka thinks has his brother all to herself, but when she soon get introduced to Kyousuke’s other female friends…
Things get a bit more personal in Psycome’s third volume with the introduction of Ayaka Kamiya, Kyousuke’s younger sister. Ayaka brings more of the classic romantic comedy jokes featuring family members, but as we soon discover, typically with Psycome’s darker spin on the rom-com genre, some individuals aren’t as they appear to be. That said, while uncovering our newest character, the show gives us a good measure of how far his bonds with his other friends have grown.
Despite being a novel about outcasts surrounded by juvenile convicts, it still takes place in a school setting where normal school ordeals happen, even if they are a bit offkilter. The final exams are upcoming and Kyousuke and his friends are not particularly excited. At least, until that prize for having the top score is parole. While there are a couple of moments where the finals really have an impact on the cast, it mostly just serves as providing scenarios for its newest character to interact with the usual cast.
Ayaka Kamiya has an extreme brother complex. Ayaka is also your standard obsessive and aggressive yandere archetype. So when she figures out that his brother has only female friends, she gets very irritated. If Kyousuke even pats a girl on head, she’s not going to take it very well. The volume likes to make Ayaka’s rage very apparent to the reader. Even if the main character is Kyousuke and we do see the events in his point of view, it’s quite blatantly obvious.
Like with the last volume, all it takes is a couple of pushes to really set someone off. That happens here as well, but the method and cause is different this time around–quite the opposite in fact. At this point, the other characters are closer together as an established group in this delinquent school. They start to trust in each a lot more after the ordeals in the summer camp. Kyousuke was worried and concerned for his other friends in previous volumes. Now it’s time for them to return the favor. Eiri, Maina, and Renko work up the courage to attempt to get closer to Ayaka for Kyousuke’s sake. Each of the characters gets some stellar moments in this volume in showcasing their concerns and perceptiveness–the best one being Renko’s performance in the volume’s climax.
Moving away from the serious portion of the book, Psycome isn’t Psycome if it didn’t have some of its usual romantic comedy aspects. The introduction of the little sister checks off that type of character off the list and proceeds to create a variety of jokes featuring her. It offsets the usual banter and arguments between the usual cast, which was quickly running out of energy. I felt that these jokes felt more stronger than the previous jokes in the series, but that may be attributed due the reason mentioned above.
The illustrations are big on the full face profiles for this volume and they are done in full effect when presenting an emotional moment for the character. in addition, one particular observation is that Kyousuke is now drawn more sharply; his character design veering away from the softer curve facial features and the younger looking depiction.
Kyousuke has definitely changed from first volumes. At first, he wanted no more than to escape from this high school hell. Kyousuke still wants to get out, but now his suffering and burden has lessened bit after making some friends–unusual but friends nonetheless. Now that Ayaka has joined this group of unusual outcasts, they can work together to survive whatever the school has in store for them. And judging by the epilogue, it won’t be long.
Author: Mizuki Mizushiro
Translator: Nicole Wilder
English Publisher: Yen Press