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Spirit Circle  
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Fuuta Okeya is a normal 14-year-old boy, except for his perpetually bandaged cheek and his ability to see ghosts. A cute girl called Kouko Ishigami transfers into his class one day. He admires her, but she is angry and aggressive towards him. In contrast, the ghost of a man called East that follows her around seems happy to see Fuuta, although they've never met before.
Fuuta almost succeeds in getting along with her, but ends up failing after she sees the birthmark on his face that he usually keeps covered. She then declares that he is her enemy, that his birthmark is a cursed brand she gave him in a past life, and that they have a long history through many reincarnated selves.
Who is this girl and her ghost, and why does she think she must destroy Fuuta's very soul?


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Associated Names
Кольцо духов
スピリットサークル -魂環-

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5 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (300 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 5th 2016, 1:00am PST



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Young King Ours (Shonen Gahosha)

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Surprise! It's not generic!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
November 21st, 2015, 5:32pm
I was pleasantly surprised by this manga. I wasn't expecting very much. I haven't picked up any new manga that I REALLY liked in a while, so I was looking for something new and interesting. I had refrained from shounen for a while because I was frankly tried of reading disasters.

But boy oh boy I am so happy that this one surprised me. I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher readership.

Basically as the description reads, these two have a long history of past lives. Almost every one of them gives you a different feeling to their dynamic. And don't assume each of these past lives involves romance like I did. Romance only matters in their current life, and even then it is the least focused on part of this manga. Revenge, karma, duty, justice, all of these themes play a role in every life.

Every life involves some kind of sadness or pain, yet happiness and self growth as well. I like the art style as well. It gives me... DETERMINATION!

But anyway, I suggest picking this up and having a read through. It's not that long, but it's a nice read.
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U want reincarnation stories? READ THIS!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
May 3rd, 2015, 9:37am
N not those reincarnation 'crap' who suddenly throw people to other dimension and become so overpowered without any good reason.

Ahem... my apology, I hope my critique can be addressed really well even if my words seem so... ungraceful. Anyway, let's start the review...
Art, character, plot... they are all amazing! Nothing can describe this series more than that word. If the author can lead this series to a beautiful ending... I'll call this masterpiece...

Hail to the author and scanlator!
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Even better then usual   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
December 2nd, 2014, 6:19am
Satoshi is a gifted writer and is developing beautifully. This is his best series to date from borth the art and writing perspective. The time jumps (the future arc was amazing) feel all very tough out and build upon another.
I will write a real review when the series finishes but have to counterpoint that this manga is a (great) romance.
No questions there. Read the 10/10 Billy Bat and Hi no Tori for an even better take on the themes present here.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2015, 5:53am
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instead of romance give it physcological//   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ajaykumaryadav
October 15th, 2014, 7:22am
Just because boy-girl interaction doesn't means romance.....neither male nor female show affection for each other but rather baseless random place random life .....with no meaning of plot chapter 1. And latest chapter---actual plot development is zero...///
It should be physcological because ...because plot is still missing one time they are in past other time in future ...whyconfused? Don't know
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Develops into a good series   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by great_k
October 13th, 2014, 7:28am
For most of the early part of this series I did not rate this series very highly.
The main male mc is typical happy go lucky character and the main female is a tsundere and a huge hypocrite.
The female mc keeps blaming the male mc for his past mistakes while glossing over her own mistakes which far outrank his.
I must admit I am enjoying the current futuristic arc which is a lot more grounded and mature than the past arcs.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hurafloyd
October 13th, 2014, 4:53am
If you truly have re experienced past lives with hypnosis or read theories about souls, reincarnation or life from many religions and theologists, about karma and that our decisions always bring consequences, then this manga will sound as realistic as a true story. This manga is not meant for everyone, you need to keep a really mature point of view to value this manga as it is, a very rare and unique masterpiece. We still need to know how it will end but, this is my assumption by the latest chapter (28)
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I really hope they manage to solve their karma and their issues from past & future lives, more as a glimpse of hope than wishful thinking about some manga

I just thought of this after I finished writing this comment, since this manga always focus on choices, just a question to bring some self evaluation, what would you have done if you had to make the choices?

... Last updated on October 13th, 2014, 5:02am
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This...Do Not Pass Up   
Rating: N/A
by Paraph
June 10th, 2014, 10:49pm
Do not pass on this one. Read it. Reincarnation is not new, but the story, the way it deals with lives, it's great. The dialogue, the panels, the plot. I sincerely hope this one ends with a bang.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2014, 10:51pm
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A better Cloud Atlas   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kronpas
May 31st, 2014, 9:02am
I've never read the original novel, but liked the adapted movie quite a lot even though it was confusing as hell. This manga does a way better job at telling linked stores from multiple incarnated lives. Instant fav and undisputed 10 from me.
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Who is this mangaka?   
Rating: N/A
by Qaexl
March 30th, 2014, 8:10pm
A lot of folks commenting here have spoken about the realism of the characters' motivations, so I won't speak about that. I too was expecting a manga like Shaman King, and was stunned with the contents of the first chapter.

In the past three years, I've had a number of intense spiritual experiences. Some them relate to past life experiences of one kind or another. Based on my own experiences, this manga depicts this in a very realistic way. I say this because I often meet folks who tell me that past lives seem to be a fantasy, and I tell them that, often times, they are related to things about your journey you don't want to see. There are good times, and there are a lot of really intense times. Sometimes, meeting folks harking from a past life is brief; sometimes it is a bit longer. Having access to past lives have more to do with healing the wounds you didn't even know you carry, than it is as a way to tell people how special you are.

The story is depicted well enough that I was moved to tears many times over the course of reading the story. Not so much for the tragedy, but rather, for the sheer beauty of how souls come together, the kind of cosmic orchestration I have seen in my experiences. The healing that takes place, it's all done out of love, both the personal kind and the transcendent kind, and I can clearly feel that from the story. And it makes me wonder... what has this mangaka experienced himself?

For the record, there are a few details that are there for dramatic or for storytelling purposes.

The manga does a good job of showing how people move from culture to culture often and changes roles and relationships. But the kinds of lives one lives varies a lot more. You might change professions or utilize vastly different talents. There are also changes in gender ... but that probably would have complicated this story.

People don't look the same either. However, when you recognize someone from a past life, you get taken by a strong sense of familiarity. Sometimes, the facial features you see flashes into one you might recognize. I think the mangaka, in choosing to emphasize certain features of each of the character, does a good job relating this aspect of it.

I've never seen a spirit circle. That's not to say that doesn't happen, it just hasn't manifested for me and I had not heard something like that manifesting for other folks. It makes for a good plot device though.

There is no such thing as an "old" soul. Every soul has been traveling the cosmos for a long time. Though it is true that some souls are more aware of others, and it has more to do with the amount of awareness one practices one lifetime after the next.

The birthmarks, and things like having your hands and arms chopped off doesn't always manifest so cleanly. There are other ways past life trauma can manifest: diseases, ailments, allergies, near-sightedness, etc.

I'm glad this manga got written and published. Perhaps, it might spark a few readers around the world to investigate this and heal.
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Surprisingly great! One of my favorites now.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by MeisterKleister
December 9th, 2013, 7:09am
Started reading with low expectations, thinking it was going to be another generic Shounen manga and was positively surprised.

If you can get past accepting the concept of reincarnation, memories of past lives and that souls are bound by fate, you'll find likeable characters; deep and touching story elements; rational, sensible and relatable characters; well-written dialogues; and a great mystery - all of which kept me wanting for more.
This has become one of my new favorites and I'm eager to find out the mystery and what will happen the the characters.

(Latest chapter is 17 as of now.)

I have started reading a few other works by the same mangaka, and Spirit Circle beats them all, in my opinion. In his previous works that I read, motivations and some other puzzling but important plot points were often unclear and/or left ignored, unquestioned by the characters, and explained too late in the plot.

... Last updated on December 17th, 2013, 5:04am
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