The world is not as clear cut as most people believe it to be. Standing behind almost everyone is one or more spirit.
A lost girl with no memories has the ability to see and communicate with these souls and no-one is sure why. When a doctor calls a school to ask them to evacuate because of a bomb the police are dragged into the event. They question the doctor and he reveals that it was his patientâs prophecy.
Thus begins the strange relationship between the lost girl (later named Maki [after a department store bag]) and Murakami a detective from the first division who has an unusually powerful spirit standing behind him.
Lost girl (later named Maki); No-one knows where she came from, who she is, why she can see spirits, why she can force others to see spirits and why she can move hundreds of kilometres in an instant... But she can... go figure...
Detective Murakami; Behind him stands a powerful spirit and it exerts its influence to protect Murakami. Murakami himself is an interesting person and over the two volumes he just gets better.
Detective Nakabayashi; heâs a fool detective who does nothing but sink further and further into debt... He's Murakami's partner and their antics with Maki will get them transferred through basically every division in the force.
Michiru; An awesome girly-boy with an extreme aura of violence (This guy is almost half my reason for liking this manga).
Very well drawn. Kotegawa Yua has an odd kind of style, never before have I seen such violence and bloodshed side by side with super-cute chibi faces... itâs a very strange contrast and I canât think of anywhere Iâve seen something similar (Anne Freaks not-withstanding [same mangaka])
Anyway; they are beautiful characters all are nice to look at and the hair and eyes are very detailed. This is worth owning just for the art alone.
The spirits are sometimes just plain freaky.
If guys ripping their own hearts out and super-deformed chibi faces are your thing then you should like it. If youâre looking for something funny; skip this title; if youâre looking for something super-violent; skip this title... if youâre looking for a strange blend of both, then by all means read Arcana.
The manga is only two volumes long so itâs not really easy to do the characters and the story justice; this is where the manga fails. Itâs beautiful to look at, and has an interesting story and an interesting cast... but thereâs just not enough time. Natsu (a late introduction character) could simply have been removed and no-one would ever know the difference. The only characters with *any* development are Murakami, Maki and Michiru. And its just not enough as far as I was concerned.
Overall it wasnât too bad a finish; its very open and only one thing is resolved (regarding Maki)...
But; the shortness of the manga shouldnât really be held against it. Itâs still worth a read.
And I canât not mention it; the omake at the end is priceless!!