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Arcana (KOTEGAWA Yua)  
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From Selene Scans:

Murakami and Nakabayashi are just policemen trying to do their jobs. When there is a bomb explosion inside Shuei Primary School, they are asked to do their jobs as policemen and check out the lead. It turns out a doctor from a mental institution called in to warn about the explosion immediately before the bomb went off. And so begins their association with the nameless mental patient whom they would eventually call "Maki."
For some reason, Maki can "speak" with spirits. There are spirits all around us, and Maki can communicate with them. These spirits tell Maki about deep dark things... things that go on when no one else is looking...


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Associated Names
Arcana Soul

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6+Extra by Selene Scans over 13 years ago
v.1 c.1-5 by Selene Scans over 11 years ago
v.1-2 c.0-13 by Eternal Blue & Hikaru no Go over 13 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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Arcana by Cypher-Khan


User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (323 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.6 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 24th 2017, 7:03pm PST



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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Weekly Pos #808 increased(+132)
Monthly Pos #1423 increased(+609)
3 Month Pos #2761 increased(+344)
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On 328 wish lists
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cute but rushed   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 19th, 2015, 10:33pm
This was a very simple story that had a lot of potential, but didn't make full use of it.

The premise involves a girl who can see spirits---and there is more to her than what meets the eye.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
She is a living spirit and doppelganger who separated from the original person after the original got into a serious accident. She was split from the original spirit, and so is not a full human being.

I hated how the author didn't develop the interesting idea of living doppelgangers-- what a pity.

On the other hand, this manga had a sweet ending and a cute romance (as unrealistic as it may be)... so it was okay. The ending was too abrupt, but you can bet that everything turned out well for the main couple.

... Last updated on April 19th, 2015, 10:34pm
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That's it? O_O   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
July 6th, 2011, 6:39pm
...wait, what? That's the ending?! I'm not satisfied!! It seems like it just got cut short!! D=

The characters is funny. I laughed whenever she said his debt went up, according to the ghost behind him. Mild romance and mild horror, which I'm glad 'cause I'm not a fan of horror. Quite interesting to see what's the truth of Maki's body.

Hmm, I really like the storyplot. It was building up so nice, yet the ending (??) kinda just cut us off. Because of that, my rating went down.
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Short and Sweet   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
February 7th, 2011, 12:04pm
This story and its characters could have easily developed in depth with additional chapters, yet it wrapped itself up well despite that. The series also offered a continuous flow of surprises which was very much appreciated.
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too short   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by holibelle
June 9th, 2010, 10:20pm
this is one of those mangas that should have been longer but unexpectedly it was made too short. i find this really interesting. the characters are quite loveable and funny. i was really charmed by Maki-chan and Murakami-kun. the only thing that i have a bit of a problem is the ending. i'm looking for something more. i sure hope that the mangaka would make an omake for this. anyway, i think that is is a must read if you have nothing worthwhile to do.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2010, 10:22pm
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Don't give a damn   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kaloo
February 16th, 2009, 8:08pm
This series was cute and it made me happy and I don't have a damn clue why. It was confusing but as long as you don't bother with things like the plot it's a fun read.
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Good Read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
October 17th, 2008, 11:35am
Well, what can i say other than it's a good read, it's not amazing though and i thought it would be better. It defiently put a smile on my face, the charaters are likeable, and the art matches the story well, and the stories were very interesting as well. If your looking to invest your time in a manga, pick this up.
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cute and amazing   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by countingwounds
September 23rd, 2008, 5:01pm
i like a lot. all the right elements and nothing like i've read before. i didn't like the open ending, but ehh~.

i'd reccomend reading it. c:
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a few laugh   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by silverdezz
August 22nd, 2008, 5:03pm
i actually laugh out loud in a few part. i must is rare for me since i read tons of mangas and some funny part...i just don't laugh out loud
Very interesting the story but with the ending is more developed though..........LoL
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Rating: N/A
by bjorie
August 12th, 2008, 10:46pm
It was good, because I love spirits stuff, and though nothing really made me scared too much (at least not until I turned off my lights to read at night w/o getting in trouble), it was a nice read. The extra omakes were actually my favorite parts, give them a read. D:<
The ending wasn't bad, but was badly executed. :[
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Light-hearted mystery and romance   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Telengard
July 1st, 2008, 11:24am
Loaded with humor and jokes, this manga doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's easy to read. The supernatural elements are interesting, and the horror elements are very mild. Though the romance is probably the main point of the story, it's somewhat sidelined until the second volume.

The characters aren't very remarkable in themselves, but all have unique personalities. I was able to relate to the main characters fairly easily, and all were like-able. Maki-chan is adorable in her own unique way, but is a very mysterious character indeed.

The first volume of the manga is mainly episodic, with most stories requiring the detectives to find clues and solve a mystery. The second volume is a continuum where the main characters learn from each other, develop, and evolve their relationships.

The plot is a little erratic, with a few unproductive side stories filling time until the manga concludes. Think of the first volume as your introduction to the characters and their circumstances, while the second volume is where the plot really gets going.

Most readers will find something to like about this manga, whether it's the stories, the humor, or the characters. I liked it alot, and will watch for future works from this magaka.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2008, 9:25am
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