ES (Eternal Sabbath) (Volume 1)
ES is a more mature paranormal manga than most of what the medium has to offer, with more in common with Parasyte than anything else I've read. It's just very well-crafted and suspenseful. The opening "chapter zero," a prologue of sorts, focuses on Akiba, introducing his powers and setting up a pretty brutal dilemma that he has to deal with, the ramifications of which bleed into the next story, which officially begins as "chapter one." Beginning with this chapter, the series is seen through the eyes of Mine Kujyou, a neurological specialist who finds it hard to see the world around her outside of the lens of her field. And as such, she is kind of a misfit who can't relate to others, as is apparent in an over-the-top scene in which she goes way overboard going on about the resilient mind and mating behaviors during an omiai, a sort of arranged dating that the couples hope will lead to marriage, but ends up failing in Kujyou's case, and not for the first time. But then Mine notices a man unaffected by a murder that takes place not far from where he walks, and seeks him out, eventually making contact with a man who demonstrates awesome powers, and is at odds with the world around him, like herself. He's very cold and confrontational to Mine, but reveals that his mind control doesn't work on her, which infuriates him. Not very many people are immune to his abilities. Shortly thereafter, Mine meets a man who was part of the experiment that created Akiba, one that saw him cloned, with a more out-of-control counterpart that couldn't contain its subjects. This opening volume certainly promises an action-packed, well-crafted science fiction series, offering up plenty of amazing scenes upfront. There are plenty of mysteries in play here, with a rich premise to maneuver these characters through. There's also a lot of cool, interesting elements in this story to keep the momentum running through several volumes.