I was fascinated by this manga, and the Mu (have to read it to find out what this is) and would recommend this to any teen who likes graphic novels or wants to dabble in it.
As the children reach puberty, they're given tests to see if they're able to pass on to the next stage, where most of their memories of childhood are erased and they're sent to space stations to complete final brainwashing -- er, indoctrination. The Mother computers are designed with psychic powers to monitor children and make sure they're developing properly. As such, SD thoroughly tests children to sieve out the Mu. The first half of the book tells of Jomy Marcus Shin, a Mu who's avoided detection until just short of his fourteenth birthday, when he's scheduled to move on to the next phase of his training. Keith has been singled out as one of the elites who will lead humanity on the recolonized Earth, but he's developed doubts about SD -- doubts that he hides for fear of what Mother would do if she found out. Dear God, the hair!), the designs still look beautiful, particularly once the story heads into space.
The permeability of panels, figures, backgrounds, balloons, and sound effects can be enjoyed as pure comix; but it can also be understood as the natural expression of a universe in which telepaths are the next stage of human evolution. I like messes (Al Columbia, Josh Cotter, C.F.); and I like the more labored, intellectual strain of experimentation that seems to be happening a lot in comix right now (Ware, Mazzucchelli, Dash Shaw); but To Terra belongs in a third category, which we might call incidental formalism, wherein visual strangeness is dictated and informed by genre requirements.
Humans searched the far reaches of space for a new home, but were never able to find a new Terra. Having handed control of humanity's course over to a computer called "Mother", children are born in test tubes and raised by designated parents.
Sci-fi trilogy about a future when Man has mostly left Earth because we've polluted it so badly, and now humanity allows a computer designed to keep them docile and in-line. Many humans develop telepathic powers, and are called Mu rather than human, and were killed for many generations, until a few escaped and began to rescue all the future Mu. This leads to a war, a ultrapowerful Mu who wants to reunite with humanity, and the Mu trying to get back to Earth.
I don't know what to say: the mystery intrigues me (Terra, the Mu, what is really going on here?), but if I didn't have volume2 available straight away I might not continue reading (but because I've got it, I'll read the entire story).
Of all three volumes: The idea is that in a fully computer-dependent society, and by that I mean on ONE particular computer, a group of psi-powered mutants (the Mu) have been exiled from society and for some reason think that going back to Terra will solve all their problems. All the characters are exactly the same except for the goals we're told they have, and those same informed goals are the only reason for the plot. Since none of the characters have any reasons for their beliefs, their actions just come across as juvenile and ill-informed.
Their greatest sin isn't practicing eugenics, or having a non-traditional family unit (though their attempts to eliminate emotions from society is definitely something I'd consider a bad thing), as much as their greatest sin is treating the Mu, because they're ESPers, and are therefore different, as freaks to be (essentially) dissected and studied, rather than as being human beings like everyone else, and putting humans over their order.
I honestly can't see any contemporary shoujo publication that I'm aware of taking on a manga that looked like this, or a storyline more concerned with the battle between individuals and a highly centralized state than with sexxi bishonen.
To Terra is a story with a delightfully retro feel and a fun scifi narrative. Characters are have very distinct looks and personalities. It's a good story, perhaps not for everyone, but still recommend if it looks like something you'd enjoy.