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Believe it or not Square-Enix has a manga publishing division in Japan called Gangan Comics.
There they have published titles such as Spiral, Fullmetal Alchemist, among others. This is topic is all about Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna other wise known as Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning.



About:

Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna is a mystery manga which was later turned into an anime by TV Tokyo. Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna is a shonen manga by Kyou Shirodaira (writer) and Eita Mizuno (art). It was published in Monthly Shonen Gangan, animated into a 25 episode series, and dubbed into English by FUNimation. Both the anime and manga are completed, the manga lasting fifteen volumes. The manga had recently been licensed by Tokyopop, but later dropped the license. In 2007, Yen Press acquired the license for the series. The released the first volume in October 2007 and plan to release the remaining volumes on a quarterly basis until the final volume is released in April 2011 The anime is at best an incomplete work in that it ceased production before any of the mysteries of the story were resolved.

Overall Story

Spiral is a mystery story with a plot that is much deeper than other detective series. The driving mystery of the story is the nature of the Blade Children, those who have cat-like eyes and are missing a seventh rib bone.

Narumi Ayumu's older brother Kiyotaka, a famous detective and pianist, disappears without a trace. The only clue as to his whereabouts are the "Blade Children", the only words Ayumu managed to catch in a final phone call from Kiyotaka. Two years later, a row of murders and incidents begin, all related to the Blade Children. Together with the infamous school journalist, Yuizaki Hiyono, Ayumu tries to figure out their destiny and the mystery shrouding their past.

Characters:

• Ayumu Narumi

Currently, Ayumu lives with his sister-in-law, Madoka Narumi, and attends Tsukiyomi High School as a first-year student. Ayumu is intelligent and also is skilled at cooking and playing the piano, but he suffers from an inferiority complex tracing back to his brother, Kiyotaka Narumi. Ayumu has stated that he tried to be like Kiyotaka, but it was a dream he couldn't fulfill. He repeatedly says that he is "not at all like his brother".

• Hiyono Yuizaki

The infamous school journalist, Hiyono is the bubbly and energetic sidekick of Ayumu, always stuck to his side. Very clever and a quick-thinker, her confidence borders dangerously on overconfidence. She is extroverted and is Ayumu's polar opposite, serving as one of the series' few comic-relief characters. Her skill with computers are as amazing as her hacking abilities and she has access to over one hundred resources. She blackmails Wataya often, and is very fond of Ayumu's cooking. Hiyono is also one of the few who whole-heartedly believe in Ayumu; she also has a great deal of faith and loyalty in him that carries on for the whole series. She attends Tsukiomi High School alongside with Ayumu Narumi.

• Eyes Rutherford

The 17 years old world-class pianist, he is second only to Kiyotaka Narumi, Ayumu Narumi's older brother. He is seemingly cold-hearted but definitely not heartless as he acts very brotherly toward Rio. Eyes is quarter English and debuted in the musical world at the age of 14. He cares a great deal about the Blade Children and would do anything for them to survive at all costs. He is exceedingly loyal to Kiyotaka's words and seems to believe in Ayumu the most out of all the Blade Children. Eyes knows much more than the other Blade Children do, holding secrets he keeps to himself. He is one of the first targets of assassination by the Hunters but outwits them at a charity concert with the help of Ayumu and Kousuke. He and Kanone have a some sort of bond, even though the friendship between Eyes and Kanone seems to shatter once he learned of Kanone's betrayal of the Blade Children. Eyes appears to be the leader of the Blade Children but he treats Kanone as either an equal or even an older brother.

In the end he concentrates on his piano skills, known as the "savior of the music world." This is the path he chose to create hope for himself.

• Ryoko Takamachi

One of the most down-to-earth members of the Blade Children; Ryoko is a clever and athletic person, probably the most athletic of the Blade Children. She is a natural-born runner and can outrace almost anyone. She is a childhood friend of Kousuke Asazuki and, unlike the other Blade Children, she despises killing. She dislikes Eyes Rutherford due to past issues and cares deeply for Kousuke, though she has a tendency to use him as a punching bag and make him buy her food. Her past is relatively unknown, though it is hinted that something traumatizing happened while Kousuke and Eyes were present. She is reluctantly brought back into the conflict of the Blade Children by Eyes after losing to him in a simple game of dodge ball. She honours their deal to join with the rest of the Blade Children, with only one condition: she will not kill anyone.

The manga reveals that Ryoko is capable to using a gun like the other Blade Children, though she dislikes using one. She is shown to have a strong intuition, being able to determine that Kanone would attempt to kill Rio. Ryoko's apparent feelings for Kousuke are also made more explicit in the manga. She blushes and cries as she hugs him after he wakes from a brief coma and becomes incredibly jealous of Rio when Kousuke stands up for her.

She is still with Kousuke and hopes to run in the Olympics.

• Kousuke Asazuki

He is the most arrogant, aggressive and violent of all the Blade Children Kousuke is usually the implementor of assassinations. Kousuke is very strong-willed and stubborn, choosing to fight the Hunters head on rather than hide from them. He is not afraid to kill and does not really trust Eyes, resulting in arguments between them. While Rio calls him stupid, in reality Kousuke is very intelligent; after skipping most of elementary school, he still manages to catch up to secondary school level from reading and learning from books. Kousuke left middle school after a run in with a teacher. He is a childhood friend of Ryoko Takamachi.

The final path Kousuke chose is "ordinary," in that he goes to college.

• Rio Takeuchi

The "midget" of the Blade Children group, she resembles a 13 year old child rather than her actual age, 16. Although Rio appears to be the most innocent of the Blade Children with her cherubic features and size, she is actually very shrewd and calculating. Rio knows how to create bombs, devise difficult plans and kill those she considers her enemies. Kanone even calls her a "fire pixie" in the manga for her small, impish appearance and skill with explosives. She is extremely intelligent and is able to escape from any sticky situation, no matter how small or tight it is. She is very straight-forward and has a crush on Eyes because he gives her 'netted pattern' melons (her favorite food). Like Kousuke, she will not hesitate to kill people if she has to.

The path Rio takes is working in third-world countries, defusing land mines left over from war.

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Videos:

Spiral Anime Opening



Spiral Anime Ending

Posted 7/8/08
Sweet. The group is becoming more versatile.
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Overall this is one of those anime that you can't get tired of. It's among my top 20 anime fav's.
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Posted 7/10/08
w0w..interesting..
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Posted 7/13/08
battle of the brains just like death note
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Posted 8/8/08
WOOTZ for spiral HOHO
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F / Earth (duh)
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Posted 8/10/08
SE published Spiral?? wow thats news to me lol had no idea
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