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Spirit Circle  
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Description

Type
Manga

Related Series
Hoshi no Samidare (Alternate Story)

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

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.Epilogue by Psylocke Scans over 4 years ago
v.6 c.45 by Crunchyroll over 4 years ago
v.6 c.45 by /a/nonymous over 4 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (837 votes)
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Last Updated
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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)
Seven Seas (6 Vols - Complete)

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Pretty Good  
by Acradnxy
October 2nd, 2020, 8:35am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
This definetly better than Hoshi no Samidare. At least mangaka is improving on how to write characters. But why... why mangaka?? Still with wishi-washi chat? Them doing nothing? But "explain" the thing for 20ish pages. His problem with wishi-washi chat is still there. Then, the ending which supposed to end it all, left some new questions. Do you intend to make a sequel??

WARNING: SPOILERS! EMOTIONAL REVIEW! This review is based on my humble opinion only.

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For me, the best chapter is Vann. We learn Fuuta's past reincarnation as a fallen knight. I immediately feel sad to Vann. As a fallen knight, with no hope, he finds best friends, even a daughter whom he loves dearly. I feel bad for him, but also feel glad when his deranged brother died in a jest way (Vann dies in a jest way too, btw... what a shame... but at least, he dies happy.)

Through his pasts, we learn a lot about him and his friends. How he makes friends, how he has the mark on his left cheek, how Kouko hates him, how his friends behave why they are still entangled with each other, and many more. The character developments here is great, can't believe his Hoshi no Samidare is a shit. I honestly can't believe it's from the same mangaka. Well, the art is still not my taste, but mangaka is improving (with the writing). Each of every Fuuta's pasts make me sad and leave me with frustration.
Vann is the saddest one IMO, his friends died one by one, yet he still pretended to be tough, but deep down inside his heart, he felt lonely. Until he found Rei, he learned how to be "sober". The end of his life is a bit funny, but also sad. His life was thrown away just like that. Feel bad for him, but also good for him. At least, he's having fun.

Now, for the most depressing one is Lafalle arc. How is Lafalle the harbinger? I don't think he's wrong when he pulled all the plug of those machine that kept the brains alive. I believe in reincarnation, so I agree with Lafalle's theory. When you "alive", your soul is still with you. They can't go to the "place" to reincarnated. But I do think this is the plot hole: maybe people just don't want to make babies anymore? So, there's no body to be attached with the soul. As he mentions in the early arc, super humans don't want kids, maybe non-super humans don't want kids either, seeing how desperate their world have become?

In Fortuna's arc, there's again another plot hole. Fortuna said that the spirit circle and East are a set, but Koko just take off the spirit circle and use it ever since with her own. Then, the spirit scholars who East and Koko found made artificials spirit beasts. So, it's ok if it's animal spirits as long as it's not the human spirits when it's taboo? Flambe, the one who suggested it, took his own life after this. Then one spirit scholar said it's actually not taboo? WTF? Which one? So, Flambe's death is a vain? Fortuna's arc has lots of plot holes. Like he waited for Fuuta in some "dimension" to talk to him? How? If when Fortuna takes over Fuuuta's body is a personality, then it's fine. It's like you have multiple personalities disorder thing, but to have a soul un-reincarnated BECAUSE he wants to talk to himself? Dude... you need to reconsider it. How come Fuuta be born if the soul hasn't departed yet? It's not a bad arc, but it's a conclusion of all of the reincarnation, so it should be done with a great detail to close the curtain of this mystery.

Mangaka likes to make serious storyline but kinda trap in his own story and mind (like Tetsuya Nomura's galaxy mind, but at least, his art is great). And his ending/conclusion is still not good. Instead, it left with new questions: who are those 4 people in the first page near the end? Are they Gods and Goddesses who govern worlds? Who is whose father? (As one of the god said it to Spacifica). Who is Spacifica actually? A servant to those Gods? Why Spacifica appeared in Lafalle's arc? For what purpose? Just to choose a new manager? Perhaps, he chose the manager so someday someone like Lafelle can freed the souls? How the world created again after the destruction in Lafelle's arc? Fuuko seems to have the answer, but her arc is just a chapter. Who are those aliens? They are aliens, but with their conversation, they seem are cosplaying as aliens? In my faith, we learn that when the earth is destroyed, a new earth will be created and a new "God" (we actullay don't call Him God, but I don't want to said it so specificly) will be reborn. There are many many worlds in many many dimensions as well (as the four Gods presented to the readers). As long as there's "karma" in that earth of that dimension still exist, they (the earth and other living beings) will be reborn again, until each one of us can let it go. I see the mangaka probably has a certain faith like mine, so I kinda can absorb it without any question, but what about to those people who zero knowledge of this certain faith? They will be left confused. And as a mangaka/writer, it's your duty to make them enjoy your creation without any confusion.

As someone who believe in reincarnation, I can say that this manga is taking it pretty well. We have "debts" to our previous lives’ friends, that's why we still meet them in the current live. We will keep meeting until we or them pay off their "debts". Notice how the mark on Fuuta's cheek is fading away little by little in each past? It symoblize their (Fuuta and Kouko's) hatred. It's completly faded in the end of the series indicated they already break the circle of their hatred.


Near the end of the series, it feels so rushed like his editor said to him "Dude, ain't nobody want to read this no more, just end it ASAP!!! So mangaka, make a kinda conclusion that maybe not on his plan?

Anyway, it's an OK manga. Good story at first but rushed in the end.
Overall: 7.0/10. Worth the time!
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Eh...  
by cutiewootie
August 7th, 2020, 2:04pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
It was okay. I ended up not finishing it, because I got bored. The beginning and middle portion of the series was interesting, but as I got towards the end, it stopped hooking me in..

... Last updated on August 7th, 2020, 2:06pm
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Masterful plot weaving  
by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 5:11pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Really enjoy the concept of reincarnation and how all the different lives were tied together
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Good Enough  
by Shellshock
January 2nd, 2020, 10:32pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Satoshi is probably the most overrated author alongside Naoki Ursuawa but i will give props where props are due.

This is a good manga worthy enough to be read once. I found the romance simplistic but fun the action was eh and the comedy sometimes needed to take a backseat.

It maybe that im attacking this series a bit more than i should but its still a good manga. Way better than Lucifer and the biscuit hammer

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2020, 10:33pm
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Unique, fun and meaningful  
by Y_Sasuke
September 30th, 2019, 4:15am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This manga actually tackles life, and it does it well. Kudos to Mizukami, there is depth to this creation.

The only complaint I have is the digital copy I had by Crunchroll was realtively low resolution. Hopefully a better one will be available in the future.
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Reincarnation done right  
by whitespade
April 11th, 2019, 10:34pm
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
This mangaka have the best idea in parallel universe, reincarnation, time, souls - they are explained clearly by the end of the story and tied up everything beautifully. Anybody who like anything a little more high brow and deals with these topics should read this.
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One of the greatest  
by XileDragon
August 5th, 2018, 6:26am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Simply said, Spirit Circle is one of the greatest manga ever written. Mizukami Satoshi is an unbelievably talented writer as demonstrated in Hoshi no Samidare, but Spirit Circle manages to even surpass that. It baffles me how he is able to express in 45 chapters all the emotions, depths, struggles and growth that most Seinen/Shounen authors cannot express in their entire careers.

I wished the journey could have lasted even longer, because what a journey it was. The tension between the main characters are amazingly drawn out; the supporting characters play important and impactful roles throughout the story, and yet the author still manages to leave the audience with so much possibilities to imagine for ourselves.

A must-read, timeless masterpiece for all manga fans out there.
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Not for the shallow  
by seanna2k
September 12th, 2017, 6:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
A great manga. One of the best and most unique that I've read so far, and I've read mountains of stories, manga, novels, etc. All in 45 chapters and 1 Extra too! The romance and nostalgia may be too difficult for some to grasp, but for those who appreciate meaningful and well written stories, instead of the usual shallow material, this manga is just for you.
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I'm speechless  
by pseudipto
March 24th, 2017, 9:01am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The author makes such good use of nostalgia. I have no words at how good this manga is. He created such a deep universe in 45 chapters. I am so happy to be born in this era to be able to read this.
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A great and very unique manga, but that ending...  
by Swifft
September 12th, 2016, 6:27am
Rating: N/A
I am fairly certain this is Mizukami-sensei's best work. I wrote a long review explaining why I think so. The man loves reincarnation and this is all about that. It tells multiple stories of different kinds and they pretty much all draw you in. I don't think the series is perfect, though; aside from the ending (which I do not like) I think there are some other problems, specifically with some characters. It doesn't totally harm this as a series, however. So long as you don't go into this expecting an action manga, you'll find a downright fascinating journey.

Full review:
https://terrenceswiff.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/spirit-circle/
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