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After the body dies, the soul lives on. Many spirits progress toward the world of light, through the levels of the spirit world where they study how to improve their souls. These spirits are sometimes reincarnated into the physical world, and sometimes they are sent back as guardian spirits for other living people. Guardian spirits must protect their charge's souls from the blackness that oozes up from the world of darkness below.

Riyon is a very laid-back spirit, who often skips her spirit classes to fool around. To train her further, she is sent back to the physical world as a guardian spirit. Instead of following a human from birth, she is helping a beleaguered man, the Japanese Prime Minister Kasuga Soichiro, in the last year and a half of his life. After an unexpected close call with death, Kasuga gains some unusual talents, including the ability to see Riyon. Will Riyon and Kasuga together be able to protect his battered soul?


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One Person as Two
Soul Keeper

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v.8 c.74-84 (end) by Illuminati-Manga (1011d ago)
v.7 c.63-73 by Illuminati-Manga (1159d ago)
v.6 c.52-62 by Illuminati-Manga (1203d ago)
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8 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (181 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.21 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 19th 2016, 4:55pm PST



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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Very good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
March 9th, 2016, 5:19am
Liked it and had a good time reading it, the setting is good, the chars are great and the main idea or plot is interesting; still, I found Kubo's power to be excessive, which took that main idea to the realm of the unbelievable.
Also, I get the saving the citizens and Kubo being one but they should just had put Kubo out of his misery, if you are thinking about the citizens, saving one is not worth loosing many and potentially millions. It sounds heroic but to put it simple, Kasuga was gambling with those lives to uphold an ideal, comendable but the price to pay is too steep for a man who says he loves his country.
In any case, something different from the classic shonnen and shoujo manga we are so used to.

... Last updated on March 9th, 2016, 5:21am
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An enjoyable work   
Rating: N/A
by fattypneumonia
August 13th, 2015, 2:51pm
It reads as though it was commissioned as a propaganda piece against the most efficient power source in the world, however. That isn't to say the recent-ish event isn't a complete and irrevocable disaster we'll still be seeing the effects of for hundreds of years. It's just transparent and a little insulting. The ending was very emotionally powerful, and the faces of the main villain hilarious, so I can't rate it any lower than I have.
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Surprisingly good   
Rating: N/A
by Dr. Love
March 12th, 2015, 7:49pm
Tsutomu, as expected, does a good job creating a unique, charming afterlife setting but the manga isn't really about that. It's spiritual but the core of the story is the characters with a message about nuclear power and life.

The two leads, Riyon & the Prime Minister, carry the story. Their bond is one-of-a-kind and throughout the manga they develop a genuine fondness for each other in a father-daughter way. The antagonist isn't striking at first but as you learn about his past you understand where he's coming from. The climax was filled with the right amount of suspense and dread to make you wonder what's going to happen to the characters.
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Great manga, heartwarming ending, i cried   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Onemangalife
May 25th, 2014, 1:32am
This manga is purely a work of fiction, yet by portraying crises such as the 2011 earthquake and the nuclear reactor disaster, it made things really realistic. I was a bit disturbed over how the prime minister was characterised, and at times it seemed like the author was trying to allude to people in real life, if it was his intention, it sure did a good job at reminding us of the difficulties being in the seat of political power.

The plot of afterlife and guardian spirits is very engaging and the author, Takahashi Tsutomu is very good at illustrating and developing it, as shown by his other works. But the true gem of this story is its cast of characters, and its two protags, Riyon and the Prime Minister. The emotion that they show throughout the series is worthy of an Oscar award. The only disappointing part was the antagonist, whom I felt seemed to have too little relevance in a story that was supposedly about him.

Btw, this post might seem to contradict the previous reviews. Why? Simply because Ametroid didn't even finish reading the whole series, period.
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Cliche plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kronpas
May 24th, 2014, 4:25pm
... but considering it only served as an excuse to tell a very humane story, I still gave this manga a 9.

The mangaka sure knows how to tell stories of denizens of the spirit world.
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Very Seinen   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AMetroid
September 4th, 2012, 10:17pm
The art and pacing are all very Seinen. If you've read a number of non-echii non-battle Seinen and fine it you be your thing, you will definitely like this manga.

The plot follows a spirit inline for reincarnation who gets stuck with guardian spirit duty. She has to look after the Japanese Prime Minister using her abilities as a guardian spirit. The manga throws in some twists and an antagonist to not only the Prime Minister but the guardian spirit as well.

Read: 15 chapters
Rating: 4 of 5
It's a solid Seinen manga, but it's not the type of manga that really grabs you (with either plot or characters). If Seinen manga like Dorohedoro or Freesia]/Jormungand(Minus the violence/action) are up your ally I'd say you should check this manga out.
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