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Spirit Circle  
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Description
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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Manga

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

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Latest Release(s)
c.42 by Crunchyroll (27d ago)
c.41 by Crunchyroll (67d ago)
c.39-40 by Crunchyroll (97d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
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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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Year
2012

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young King Ours (Shonen Gahosha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Crunchyroll (Simulpub)

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Monthly Pos #329 decreased(-84)
3 Month Pos #250 increased(+34)
6 Month Pos #293 increased(+129)

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Fascinating   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imercenary
March 18th, 2013, 7:44pm
(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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
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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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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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Ambitious   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by yuno19
July 3rd, 2013, 8:19pm
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.
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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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Absolutely fantastic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gammasun
November 18th, 2013, 2:47am
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
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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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Brilliant   
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
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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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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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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.)

PS:
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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