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Shibariya Komachi  
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Description
Chiko is a high school student who can see other people’s red threads, which is the thread that connects one person to his/her soul mate. She uses her ability as a musubi-ya to advise her schoolmates on their love lives, for a fee of course! But upon stumbling upon a hidden room at her school, she sees a mysterious looking white spool of thread that suddenly comes alive and traps her. The next thing she knows, her body has become like a ten-year old kid again and the only way to get back her body is to use the mysterious thread to expel evil spirits and become a real musubi-ya!

Type
Manga

Related Series
Joou-sama no Inu (Adapted From)

Associated Names
紅線陰陽師
縛り屋小町
Bound Beauty
L'Attache cœurs (French)

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.20 by Transcendence (18d ago)
v.5 c.19 by Transcendence (222d ago)
v.5 c.18 by Transcendence (452d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (248 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
10
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9+
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Last Updated
August 8th 2012, 9:03pm PST

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Year
2006

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Princess Gold (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Go! Comi (3 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1003 increased(+96)
Monthly Pos #614 increased(+419)
3 Month Pos #1851 increased(+1307)
6 Month Pos #2569 decreased(-302)

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On 1340 reading lists
On 722 wish lists
On 33 completed lists
On 85 unfinished lists
On 241 custom lists

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Enjoyable and recommended, despite infrequent releases   
Rating: N/A
by formosa
March 7th, 2013, 3:53pm
I really like this series. Despite its weaknesses, I found it an enjoyable shoujo supernatural romance, in part because there aren't too many love interests, and because of the way Chiko manages to blunder into all these family plots and secrets. The characters aren't unique but are endearing enough that you want to find out what happens to them.

The ghost-of-the-week arcs are decent enough, serving as tutorials on how to use the 5-coloured threads, but it becomes clearer that the focus of the series is really on the past. What happened several years ago to turn Akeo and Nadeshiko against each other (and to her legs?) ? What have all the users sacrificed to gain the powers they have gained? It's clear that the series will explain all of these as the past unfolds, and that Chiko herself has an important part to play in resolving all the intrigues and mystery surrounding the main family and their magical artefacts. I know it looks confusing now, but judging from the raws, rest assured that it will all eventually be explained.

I like Takeuchi's artwork, it may not be unique, but it still feels distinct enough to recognise. Too many shoujo artists have a bland style that isn't skilled enough or unique enough to make them memorable. As a shoujo artist, her characters are suitably pretty without being ridiculously stretched or disturbingly moody-looking, as a result they are appealing enough. She has improved since her previous series, the drawings of Nadeshiko in both make that particularly evident. I also like how Takeuchi really integrates the sound effects into her artwork. It must be hell for publishers and scanlators, but artistically it feels well-integrated.

I'm not actually a fan of age-gap romances or teacher-pupil ones (I know Akeo's not really her teacher, but still) but at least she's 17, so the idea of that romance insn't as disturbing as it first sounds. Whether this angle is a plus or a minus depends on readers' preferences. And given that this series is otherwise pretty tame in the romance department, it does manage to get by without being really squicky.

It's worth mentioning that the series features a couple of crossover characters from Takeuchi's earlier work, His Majesty's Dog, so if you liked Nadeshiko the refined but dangerously powerful disabled onmyouji/miko/family head, she appears in this series in a more major role than previously.

What the series really suffers from is actually not related to the series. It was licensed, but Go!Comi who were releasing it officially in English have long since shut down. As a result, we're unlikely to see any more official releases. Meanwhile, as you can see above, whilst the scanlators do a good job, the series has been scanlated at a particularly slow rate over the past few years I've been following it, averaging 2 chapters a year. They clearly need more help with this series (come on, guys!). It's this that makes it challenging to keep up with the series because by the time a chapter's come out, you've half-forgotten what happened recently and have to re-read it a bit.

In summary: Enjoyable supernatural romance with complex characters with their own problems, and an intriguing mystery behind their family curse. However, releases are infrequent, so although I recommend this series, you will be waiting for new chapters. If you read French, the entire thing has been released in that language, which might help.
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It SUCKS!   
Rating: N/A
by jackalan
July 5th, 2012, 11:58am
And I'm regretting of ever downloading that 4 freakin volumes to my lap... (At least I won't be deleting any of it soon because I just don't want to waste my effort in downloading it)

I tried reading 2 volumes and still I couldn't pick it up. Man, this series is hopeless. And I'm not a big fan of the drawing either. Merrr, both left no impression or remark or whatsoever on my mind.

Damn it! I downloaded 4 volumes *crying*
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didn't think i was going to like it THIS much!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asianromance
August 5th, 2009, 4:00pm
I didn't pick this up for the longest time because I didn't like the fact that she turns into a child...but I picked it up today and loved it. it's funny, but it also has really great touching moments. there were times i felt like tearing up. Like someone else said earlier, fans of Yurara no Tsuki and Rasetsu no Hana will like this manga!
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Interesting   
Rating: N/A
by iitzHans
August 5th, 2009, 2:23pm
Average series with complex characters with depressing pasts. It foreshadows betrayal amongst the 4 five-colored strings users. It's a bit serious in some parts as the main character solves a murder mystery and appeases spirits who couldn't move on with their life. I think I shall continue to wait for new chapters instead of dropping it.
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love the boys   
Rating: N/A
by lumchan
November 29th, 2008, 12:35pm
i think the lolicon part is pretty funny since the girl is humiliated by being such a little kid. if i was stuck in a kids body and surrounded by hot guys it would drive me CRAZY!! i like all the guys though i think i like the sensei the most. this is a good manga for people who like romance and some supernatural stuff. defnitely reminds me of her majestys dog.
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Decent series   
Rating: N/A
by Andrakax
October 10th, 2008, 6:42pm
Not too bad of a series. The supernatural aspect is not very well explained in the manga, so it can be hard to follow. Pretty good art with a bit of lolicon at times.
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Heh   
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by JHax9999
May 22nd, 2008, 9:18pm
Damn, that guy on the cover is one sexy eye-candy... *drooool*
Totally inappropriate and sexist of me, I know.
But I am so reading this manga.
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Good Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by theoserenity
January 19th, 2008, 8:29am
If you like manga with Romance, Comedy and Supernatural like Yurara no Tsuki and Rasetsu no Hana, this is a manga you should pick up and read ^^.
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