Comic Book / Miki Falls
High-schooler Miki Yoshida has made a vow: for her senior year at Fukuyama High School, she has resolved to become a more assertive, decisive person. This new resolve is quickly put to the test when she meets Hiro Sakurai, who has just transferred into the school. Taciturn and more than a little weird—he can be seen secretly observing people and taking notes on them with some zeal—Hiro immediately gets Miki’s attention, and, despite Hiro’s protests, she resolves to befriend him and, if possible, figure him out.
With some work Miki eventually finds out that Hiro is actually a Deliverer, part of a group of quasi-celestial beings whose mission, as it turns out, is to save love. Love, it is revealed, is actually a finite force, and Deliverers, with the help of their hold spirits—quasi-sentient shape-shifters—make sure that it is transferred from bad couples to good ones before it is killed and depleted.
As Miki becomes more involved in Hiro’s life, and their friendship deepens, it brings about a score of challenges, which they must deal through in the most eventful year of Miki’s life.
Published as a series of four manga-sized volumes, one for each season of the year, Miki Falls was written and drawn by Mark Crilley, of Akiko
fame. Some of its characters include:
- Miki Yoshida: Protagonist. An ordinary high school girl.
- Hiro Sakurai: Deliverer assigned to Fukushima. Has every intention of excelling at his job.
- Anra: Hiro’s strangely independent hold spirit.
- Yumi: Miki’s best friend.
- Reika: Hiro’s old flame, a Deliverer who threatens to expose his and Miki’s budding relationship to her superiors.
- Akuzu: A high-ranking Deliverer in charge of most of Japan. His influence and rigid approach to his work makes him the greatest threat to Miki and Hiro.
- Toshiko Yamada: A former Deliverer who vows to protect Miki and Hiro from Akuzu’s wrath.
- Mother Freya: Goddess of Love and supreme leader of the Deliverers.
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