Sometimes I read Manga and really think I'm missing something. Sometimes a joke, sometimes a plot point. But often there's something that keeps me back from really liking a title. But Natsume's storytelling here is so strong I never questioned what was happening or why. While the basic story is pretty typical high-school shonen stuff, it's done well enough that, at least based on this one volume, it stands out as something really special. There are hints at a real power struggle and moral crisis here, and all of that makes for a really good story. It looks like Viz will be pumping most if not all 7 of the volumes in the series this year, so I'm really looking forward to tracking down the next one.