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Manga: Helen ESP
A manga written and drawn by Kigitsu Katsuhisa, the same mangaka responsible for the remarkably dark Franken Fran.

It tells the story of Helen Takahara La Guido, a young Japanese girl who, five years ago, lost her sight, hearing, and ability to speak in a traffic accident. Until the beginning of the story, Helen was having a peaceful and normal life with her uncle and her guide dog Victor, when suddenly strange powers woke on her. Despite the range of those powers are unclear, the series shows Helen helping several people in extremely unusual ways with them, as well as sensing and meeting beings that are unseen to normal people. Beside all this, she also can communicate with Victor via telepathy. With her innocent and optimistic nature, Helen is able to solve problems that couldn't be done by a regular human, albeit some of them make her in getting herself trouble.

Started in 2008 and finished in 2010, spawning only two volumes, the series is a big surprise to the readers who know Katsuhisa's other work. While Franken Fran presents us with shockingly violent scenes, very disturbing situations and not so happy endings, Helen ESP surprises in showing a more positive and light-hearted story. However, one thing that both series have in common is that the protagonists see themselves entagled in problematic situations of the human nature, and try to solve them no matter what cost. A good suggestion for someone who is looking for something completely different, but which still retains the great story-telling seen in Franken Fran.


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