Iris Zero (1/ongoing)
Pro Shiki (Author)
Hotaru Tanaka (Artist)
(Chapters 1-4 / Extras)
I enjoy reading blogs, reviews, and participating on forums that talks about manga and anime. I would visit lots of site everyday. I often find good series because of these things. So yesterday, I’ve read a post by someone on ANN about this series called Iris Zero. The name had me interested so I checked it out! Glad I did!
Iris Zero is a series about people who have special Irises. Each individuals has a supernatural ability unique to thierselves. Although it wasn’t as common as it used to, but recently children that are being born with this special Iris skyrocketed about 99% rate. The powers of the Iris can range from simple to ridiculously scary abilities. Such as the ability to know what’s for meal, to be able to distinguish which individual is qualified or suited for something. The ability to tell someone’s emotions, or if one is lying. Knowing the danger ahead or even when someone is going to die.
Now enter our main character, Mizushima Toru. He is different from the others, he was born without a special Iris. People who doesn’t have a special Iris are called Iris Zero. The result is they are often looked down, made fun of and get bullied. So Toru, our main guy has his own policy that he must follow, “Low Exposure”. This is to ensure he live a peaceful life without attracting too much attention and enemies.
Things turned into worst when he found himself gathering an unwanted attention after a sudden “confession” from one of the popular girl in school, Sasamori Koyuki. It’s not so much about romantic aspect at first, but throughout the volume she’s developing a romantic feeling towards Toru.
I enjoyed all of the cast of this series. A refreshing main guy whose intellectual. Toru seems to be laid back and cool, though doesn’t have much of a hint about romance. The typical cute girl who seems pure, cheerful and a goody two shoes, thank god Koyuki is not clumsy nor ditzy. Then the childhood girl that seems feisty and spirited. Of course the cool bestfried.
The first volume focused around the introduction of Irises. Then followed by a case of “lies” and the misunderstanding between Yuki Asahi, supposedly Toru’s childhood friend and her homeroom teacher. Their problem was solved by the help of our main guy. Though he might not have a special Iris, Toru is very observant and have a good sense of perspective. That trait of his makes him a good solver. It’s like a detective series where a case is presented then the characters tries to solve it. Not as much as a crime scene, though not yet. In the last chapter a new character was introduced, she somehow resembles Sasamori but with two braided pigtail. She must be Sasamori’s rival, but we’ll see. Toru seems to get along fine with her too!
This series is great! The art is nothing spectacular but it’s charming. The growing feelings of Sasamori towards Toru is cute. I’m a sucker for this kind of romance where one is oblivious to others romantic feelings. I can’t wait to see Toru’s reaction if he finds out. since he has a policy to follow and Sasamori attracts to much attention and add that he’s an Iris Zero it was bad enough before he met her. What would his life would be like?
Oh and the funny omake at the end of the volume was a sure delight. It was fun and ridiculously good. It’s a conversation around the main characters in their chibi forms. They talk about why Iris Zero doesn’t have an ecchi scenes which was uber cute.
Definitely a series I want to be license!