Review: AiON Vol 1 by Yuna Kagesaki

 

Title: AiON Vol 1

Author: Yuna Kagesaki

Publisher: Tokyopop

ISBN: 978-1427831873

 

May Contain Spoilers

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Tatsuya Tsugawa loses his wealthy parents in the middle of high school. Trying to fulfill his father’s dying wish of becoming an upstanding man, Tatsuya attempts to save a girl from obsessive bullies only to be consumed with intrigue and slight obsession himself. But what will Tatsuya do when his good will and earnest efforts lead him into a twisted fantasy world infested with mermaids and mind-controlling parasites?

Review:

I wasn’t wowed by this introductory volume of Yuna Kagesaki’s new series.  It has a monster of the week feel, but the adversaries in the opening chapters weren’t very compelling.  Protagonist Tatsuya is bland as well, and I found my attention wandering during the first half of the book.

Tatsuya Tsugawa is one of those mild-mannered, too good to be true characters who is an easy mark for school bullies.  He doesn’t fight back when they rough him up for his lunch money, and it’s his friend Yoshiyuki who comes to his rescue.  He’s a wimp.  Tatsuya’s parents have both recently died in an unfortunate accident, and he is now a millionaire.  On his deathbed, his father beseeches him to be a great man in everything he does.  Taking his father’s last words to heart, Tatsuya tries to overcome his conflict avoidance tendencies by trying to help new girl Seine when she is bullied by a girl at school. 

Tatsuya’s life takes an unexpected, and dangerous turn when he keeps trying to help Seine.  She doesn’t need any help, he soon discovers, because she is immortal.  She is locked in a war with mermaids and their mind-controlling parasites, and she scornfully rejects Tatsuya’s assistance, but the more she tries to brush him off, the more he wants to help and make his father proud.

I like the premise quite a bit, but found the execution dull.  Tatsuya has the personality of a dishrag, but I am hoping that will change as he gets more involved in Seine’s war with the parasites.  I also want to know more about Seine and the mermaids.  I loved Chibi-Vampire, so I have high hopes for AiON.  Hopefully all of the promising elements will come together  for me in the next volume.

Grade: C+

Review copy provided by publisher