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Spiral - Suiri no Kizuna  
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From Yen Press:

World-class detective Kiyotaka Narumi's last words prior to his sudden disappearance continue to haunt his younger brother, Ayumu. The cheeky 10th-grader becomes equally embroiled in the mystery of the doomed “Blade Children” when he is mistakenly named the prime suspect in a murder at his school. Led by Ayumu's sister-in-law, Kiyotaka's wife and fellow detective, Madoka, the investigation into the murder gives Ayumu a chance to clear his name. But in doing so, he not only uncovers ties to the Blade Children but also more questions than answers about who and what they are.


Related Series
Spiral Alive (Prequel)

Associated Names
スパイラル 推理の絆
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning
Thám tử kì tài

Groups Scanlating
Chokoreto no Onigiri

Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.77 (end) by Minna-scan & Ascension (1643d ago)
v.15 c.76 by Minna-scan & Ascension (1828d ago)
v.15 c.Omake by KAW (1849d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 28

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (411 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 16th 2014, 9:18am PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen GanGan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (Complete)

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I liked it but...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MarineHaddock
September 30th, 2014, 11:28pm
I generally liked it, I liked the story and the characters. It's a good mystery and it's a good read for the most part. However, the romance between Hiyono and Ayumu felt forced and the entire last volume felt completely out of character. I personally didn't care about Hiyono and Ayumu's potential love life and the final volume tried to make me be more interested, however it actually gave me reasons to dislike the idea of them dating more. It's still a good manga though, but I have recommended skipping volume 15 in the past.
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So pointless   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by HoshiSama
September 27th, 2014, 6:54am
This is probably one of the worst manga I have ever read. There are no geniuses and no strategic minds in this story. This is not a mystery. Nothing that happens in this manga is a surprise. The mangaka should have picked a different genre because she did not posess the mental faculties neccicary to make this one convincing or interesting.
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this series bothers me...   
Rating: N/A
by nakie08
August 7th, 2013, 6:52pm
when i read a detective/mystery manga, i try to pay attention to everything so when the great revelation comes i'll be blown. so i noticed something about this manga and it just continued to bug me. it bothers me that everyone in this manga seems to be so nonchalant about death. granted i'm only in the third volume but still. characters like that makes it hard for me to continue reading. here's what happens in the very first chapter.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the mc walks up to the rooftop and saw someone fall off the railings. he peers down and saw the girl unconcious with her brain matter(well, more like blood) splattered on the pavement below. a girl saw him up there and accused him of pushing the victim off. you'd think he'd be just a little bothered by the death. but no. he's like 'why is this happening to me?' like someone accused him of stealing some underwear. then the police came and this lecherous policeman just started drooling over the id picture of the dead girl, and he's literally in front of the corpse. necrophilia? a few days later everyone is busy accusing the mc, who's wondering about the trick the killer used. everyone just seemed forget that a schoolmate of theirs actually died. no mourning, not even just a single tear shed whatsoever. is it just me who's bothered by all this?

i know an mc having the stomach for that kind of thing may show courage or maturity or he may just used to it, but he's just a high school student. it just borders on psychopathy. and what bothers me most is that the story and the tricks which i assumed would be the ones the author focused on, is just average if not lame. I may be a little harsh but having read titles like FMA or TOG i may be a little touchy when reading new manga.

this series is just too emotionally devoid for me for a series that features murder solving so i wouldn't recommend reading this. if you like murder mysteries Tantei Gakuen Q or Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro may be better for you. if you like complex puzzles i recommend Liar Game. but if you like a genius main character who likes to show off and a little psychopathic then go ahead and read it. 3/10 for the art

... Last updated on August 7th, 2013, 7:21pm
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Be prepared for a Mind Screw, but it's still good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Death_By_Muffins
June 16th, 2013, 8:23pm
Okay, first things first, if you think you're interested in this manga, please read the genres it's in first. Yes it's in tragedy. Yes it's in psychological. Yes it's in drama. I have seen several reviews of this series that have problems with things that are simply tropes of the genres the series is in, which doesn't seem like a fair judgement call. Please pay attention to your own tastes and realize that it may not be the series for you. It's in drama--it's going to have melodrama. It's not in Romance--so whatever it might have will be only the slightest glimmering hints.

Anyways, on to the review. First, the anime. If you're looking for a teaser trailer for the manga, the anime works. But if you're looking for depth, it barely scrapes the surface of where the manga goes. Whether that place is confusing, enlightening or cool or whatever, I leave up to you to decide. That and the anime has a gecko ending--a rush tie-up of loose ends kind of finish that has nothing to do with the manga because the manga hadn't been finished yet.

Now, the manga itself. The biggest problem is the scanslations. To be clear, I'm not going to bag on the translators. I admire and respect them for what they do. I just think that the subjects they were trying to tackle were difficult to translate to English. If you've read all of Spiral, you know this--it's not learning your ABC's in kindergarten. The subjects the characters discuss can get very abstract very fast. So naturally, that doesn't make for the best amateur translations. If you're seriously interested in the manga, you should be supporting the author anyway, so go out or go online and try to buy a copy of a volume--that's what I did.

As for the review of the story, I think the drama was proper--without giving anything away, I believe that they didn't blow anything out of proportion. What with the situations the characters were dealing with, any drama and angsting I believe was quite justified. It is a psychological manga, so this isn't some bishounen school frolic. The issues are all quite serious, and the drama is justified.

The mystery is a bit convoluted after you get through a few volumes, so if you don't like that sort of thing, steer clear. I'm not the sharpest crayon in the pack, so a few things did go over my head, but I still found it a fascinating story.

No. There's not romance. There are itty-bitty, microscopic moments, but don't go looking for anything fulfilling in that department.

It will make you think. And if you appreciate manga like that, I think you'll like this. But don't expect things out of it that it doesn't have.

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 8:25pm
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A idea with so much meaning   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CantoneseAnime
May 8th, 2012, 9:43am
The story was well prepared before the drawing and it had every emotion. It made me happy, feel sad, pity someone.
The idea was amazing even though I hate his mother for with she did. How could a mother to her own son?!
All in all just amazing!!!
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Jooles
February 15th, 2012, 11:32am
It started off pretty nice, with a Det. Conan-ish vibe, but it had a habit of changing tone and never seemed to know just what genre it belonged to. Continuing on with more focus on strategic minds, it held its ground and was a nice read until the beginning of the third act/part - the last five~ volumes.

At times it felt like I was reading a book. Pages were littered with text, and bubbles simply isn't a good medium for long-winded talks (more or less the only reason why I stay away from western comics), and when it was a topic like that... My mind just shut off after a while and I speed-read (only affects my long-term memory and immersion, not my comprehension) the volumes from then on. Which I'm glad for; nothing in those last five volumes sparked my interest. The final arc felt pointless, there were big questions I felt needed answers which got none, and the ending... Barf. (Did like the very last few pages of the epilogue, though)

I wouldn't actually recommend Spiral because of its last arc. I've read totally bland, generic stuff that didn't give me the taste of drawn-out agony like this did.
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Oh Boy   
Rating: N/A
by In-tuition
July 29th, 2010, 8:05pm
Many many moons ago, a friend of mine lent me the Japanese raws. I didn't understand much of it, but I loved the art, and Hiyono + Ayumu became my favorite fangirl couple (during that time). Afterwards, I found the scanlations and found the story to be...well, like what mysteries are.

I thought it was a bit wordy and confusing at times, but I guess it was the cute art that kept me going...and the occasional angst and melodrama.

So anyway, I think I only read up to volumes 2 or 3, but seeing the last chapter released, I came and read through the last 2 chapters (76 and 77). It was surprising to find the development in all those volumes I've missed. By that, I mean...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Hiyono wasn't "Hiyono".

But I'm not going to read all 15 volumes to see how that came to be, because THIS kind of mystery really isn't my genre. Maybe because it's not written too well and focuses too much on the character's genius...? And mighty emo-tionally violent kids?

But nonetheless, cute art. 7/10
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Review on Complete Manga & Anime   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Ty719
December 10th, 2009, 11:52am
I watched the anime of Spiral which lead me to read the manga. I have read the entirety of Spiral manga. I must say I love this author's style of art and storytelling.

First-off, the intensity of the mysteries (or action) grew as more people got involved. I found that exciting. The plot twists may seem rushed at times, but all-in-all I think they were well-planned.

Secondly, there wasn't a main character that I didn't like, and that's rare.
A lot of people might have found Ayumu annoying due to his inferior complex and such, but as someone whose also grown up with an inferior complex, his personality gave me a lot of insight on myself. Hiyono grew on me due to her intelligent ways of boosting Ayumu's confidence and gaining information.
I was also drawn into the Blade Children; people who claimed had no hope and no reason to live. Each of them had unique personalities which kept them interesting. Never did figure out why Eyes always brought Rio melons. T_T

The anime is good for if you want to see if the story is worth your time. I was drawn into the anime due to the music, however I was disappointed later to find they only used 6/15 Volumes in the anime and made Kanone look like a villian when he was a neutral character.

If you like Kyo Shirodaira's manga, I might recommend taking a look at Record of Fallen Vampire and see what you think.

... Last updated on January 1st, 2010, 4:40pm
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a complete waste of time.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by songofthewaves
July 10th, 2009, 9:40am
may seem interesting at first but i assume the writer started to lose interest, or was hurrying for a conclusion. reading up to volume 14, you realise the manga is unnecessarily melodramatic, focussing its plot twists on the most mundane of situations. furthermore, what i thought started off as a type of detective/mystery genre, ends up as a pseudoscientific, religious hogwash. in all, quite disappointing. attempts to have a deep plot, but in the end it is farily banal.
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Rating: N/A
by Revelmonk
June 20th, 2009, 4:12pm
This is manga is good but it has some annoyances that I would prefer they fix like the constant brother complex and the hints at romance but nothing developing(I would acctually prefer they leave it out than developing it the way they did.) Otherwise good mystery.
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