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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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Surprise! It's not generic!
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.
(Just read chapter 10) Lets get this out of the way first; this manga is NOT for everyone. The cliche shounen, high school setting and hi-jinks are nothing more than a backdrop for the real story. So if you're looking for lighthearted comedy and romance, GTFO.
That said, the shounen tag is pretty stretched here. The plot ultimately revolves around "what if the love/grudge of past reincarnations were revealed to you?" If you were a knight of the church in the past, what would you think if you met the future reincarnation of
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a falsely accused witch who was trying to save the local village from a plague but you killed in cold blood before she could finish her work?
And she remembers exactly what happened.
Expect lots of brutal and tragic endings, alongside melancholy, quiet endings. If you like complex and thoughtful characters in your manga, this is outstanding to read. If you want simple, "good-vs-evil" characters and plots, move on.
... Last updated on March 18th, 2013, 7:47pm
Even better then usual
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
The thing I like about Mizukami Satoshi's manga is, every title has its story well thought. Or at least, appear well thought. I have yet to find loose end on any character development. If there is something extra to add to character's trait, but has no direct influence to the overall plot, the mangaka just introduce it in a passing. Sometimes with a generous dose of witty humor -- which I liked very much. That makes everything look solid. And it allow the plot to progress smoothly.
About Spirit Circle, I found the mangaka have grown more ambitious. He put Chekov's gun here and there, explaining fragments and bits without showing actual connection to the grand plot -- but only a hint.
He never done this before. He never developed storyline in 'burrying landmine' style. All his previous works is more of linear naration which only escalate in timely manner. And his new adoption have made me so excited! First, because we know that those landmines will be stepped upon. And second, because we've seen how epic Samidare's last arc could be. We know they will blow spectacularly!
I'm impatient to see how the grand plot unfold.
After reading hoshi no samidare and this one MIZUKAMI Satoshi officially became my favorite mangaka, sure he may not make long ass series like One Piece, Bleach or Naruto, but both of manga offer deep meaning making it whole different level from all other main stream crap. Definitely must read if you like hoshi no samidare.
A story about reincarnation
This is Mizukami's best work yet, and this story makes great use of multiple protagonists. Even though they're technically the same, being reincarnations and all, they all have their distinctive personalities. The writing is gripping and with each reincarnation we get to know more about the overall story. Some of these reincarnation stories pack a real emotional gut punch.
This...Do Not Pass Up
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
Mizukami Satoshi has really outdone himself, Spirit Circle is a must-read manga.
His portrayal of the main character is quite realistic; confronted with grudges from his past lives, the MC reacts much in the way you would expect him to - though he will sometimes surprise you with his strength of spirit and inner resolve. He's an extremely likable protagonist, and a large reason this manga is so awesome.
The plot is told in non-linear fashion, as the past is revealed step by step. You'll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see how the story progresses! I know I am.
... Last updated on November 18th, 2013, 5:45am
U want reincarnation stories? READ THIS (masterpiece)!
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...
Update: Yes, it's already ended... and beautiful on top of that. I really never thought a reincarnation story can become such a deep story within only 40 or so chapters. It's also interesting to see people compared this work with other author's works, like Hoshi no Samidare and Sengoku Youko. The urge is hard to resist because those three series are wonderful, n the author somehow hint few possibilities of cross-reference within the manga. Thus, it will be a sin for me for not doing so... okay, let's review it...
Fixed... All is amazing, the ending too. Compared to the other works, I like this one the most. It's simple, deep, good-paced, creative, and of course, heart-wrenching. This series succeed to make me wonder, what does it take to be a writer as good as Mizukami Satoshi.
I said before that I will call this work as a masterpiece if the series ended well. So, here it is... a masterpiece...
Hail to the author and scanlator!
... Last updated on June 10th, 2016, 4:19pm
After Wakusei no Samidare and this one I became a fan of Mizukami-sensei. This is the best series I read in a while and enters my top ten with ease, the story is great and not a cliche or re-mash of other series (not that I know of at least), the sub-stories (past lives) were all meaningful and interesting too, chars were interesting or even great and seeing them on many different "lives" yet connected was interesting and it was great to see how the different lives play out in the end and even a relation with Wakusei no Samidare in the last chapter. I would have liked to see a bit of the future life of the main char but the route it takes it's clear enough so I'll have to conform with that. Recommended for anyone, a great series.