From a young age, Harusumi Minami has had recurring dreams of Veronica, a princess whose kingdom is on the verge of destruction. He believes them to be recollections of his past life, and that he is herreincarnation. Because of this, he is ridiculed by his classmates. One day, when the mockery escalates into bullying, he rediscovers magic - something Veronica had studied and used. Reassured his past life is not merely a fantasy, Minami tries to learn more about his past memories and the reason behind them...Bokura no Kiseki is a fantasy mystery manga by Natsuo Kumeta. It began serialization in 2008 in Zero-Sum Ward, a sub-magazine of Monthly Comic Zero-Sum.
Bokura no Kiseki provides examples of:
Action Girl: Any female knight - or knight who was reincarnated as a female. Particularly standout examples are Takao and Hiroki.
When things get serious, Veronica herself also qualifies.
Adorkable: Jared, and to a certain extent, his reincarnation Midou.
Almost Kiss: Harusumi and Takao in chapter 12. Harusumi chickens out because he's not sure if Takao's feelings are romantic or merely loyalty inherited from Rida.
Atlantis: Chapter 29 has a passing reference to Lemuria, as a land that Zerestria was once at war with. If that's meant to be the "real" Lemuria of Earth, then it suggests Zerestria and Moswick belonged to the mythic past.
Attack Reflector: Veronica's (and by extension, Harusumi's) unique magic is to reflect magic back to its sender.
Badass: All over the place. It's to be expected, with a castle full of battle-ready knights and squires being reincarnated with their skill-sets intact. Particular mention goes to Harusumi (not only did he rediscover his magic three years earlier than the rest of the cast, his strategic and manipulative approach to battle tends to give him an edge) and Takao (even without the physical strength her previous incarnation had built up through training, she wasn't the Princess's primary bodyguard for nothing).
Badass Normal: Hiroki. Though she's the reincarnation of Bart, she can't remember how to use his magic. She doesn't let that slow her down.
Badass Princess: Veronica. Not formally trained in battle, but she still fought alongside her guards when Moswick invaded.
Because I'm Jonesy: This almost happens when Hiroki claims to be the reincarnation of Veronica, but Midou convinces Harusumi to keep quiet until they can figure out what her intentions are.
Big Brother Worship: It's understated, but Bart seems to have had a lot of respect for his elder half-brother, Glenn.
Bishōnen: Harusumi. Also, the Verbania siblings Glenn and Bart, and Prince Eugene of Moswick.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nanaura. His personality and his status as a squire of Zerestria make him seem trustworthy early on, but in reality, he's behind both the message to Veronica on the blackboard and the attack on Kikuchi (and quite possibly the attack on Kamioka as well). However, there's someone behind him too, who he's apparently loyal enough to that he's willing to alienate his crush, Maki, on said person's orders.
Blood Magic: Magic requires a small personal sacrifice to the spirits, to represent the personal strength used to power it. The most common sacrifice is a freshly-plucked strand of hair. But blood as a sacrifice is extremely powerful, even when it's old and dried into a piece of cloth. As a result, during some darker times the nobles of Zerestria and Moswick would occasionally enslave people to use as blood banks for abundant prepared sacrifices. Glenn's mother was to be used this way before his and Bart's father saved her from the knights who had bought her.
Break the Haughty: Maki. After spending several chapters gathering allies for her plans of her own including trying to gain new magic, she discovers that everyone she thought was an ally had just been tricking her, and is blackmailed into giving up her plans. After that she's completely isolated and feels unable to trust anyone but herself.
Yanuma as well. He was the highest-ranking knight in Eugene's entourage, and pushes around fellow students who were lower-ranking in their previous life, threatening people with magic to get his way. But then he starts dealing with others who are willing to push back and point out that, despite his relatively high noble rank, he was still sacrificed as a pawn along with everyone else, and that Moswick doesn't exist anymore to give meaning to his rank. The final push comes when he outright attacks Meguro and Minami has to play the vengeance-driven bloodthirsty Princess, striking Yanuma right in his pride and fear together.
Cannot Spit It Out: Averted with Harusumi and Takao, then played straight again within the context of their relationship. Harusumi asks her out very quickly and she accepts, but her past-life memories return and add some new complications. Now neither can spit out their questions about how the other regards them - whether Takao still likes Harusumi or is just retaking Rida's position as Veronica's bodyguard, and whether Harusumi isn't now waiting around for the reemergence of some old Love Interest of Veronica's instead.
Damn You, Muscle Memory: Takao suffers from an inversion when she first regains her memories as Rida. Her mind remembers the correct ways to move in a fight, but her average high school girl body can't keep up, so she just ends up off balance and in slight pain.
Failure Knight: Takao. Deeply regretting failing to protect Veronica as Rida, she becomes even more determined to protect Harusumi in the present, rarely letting him out of her sight.
Functional Magic: A form of Theurgy, as the spirits of the world grant magic to those who make the proper pacts. However, only clergy and those of noble blood (which the clergy may be drawn from) may make the pacts, leaving commoners out in the cold. As well, specific kinds of pacts are only available to specific people - most any noble can learn the basic attack spell, but royals can also learn special spells exclusive to them such as Veronica's reflection magic, and priests also know the rite to grant others magic. Priests can also learn healing magic, but can only use it on other priests or else they'll lose all magic. A pact is said to be "engraved on the soul," but is also supposed to be wiped clean upon death - which has obviously left most everyone confused about why they still have magic in their new lives in the present day.
Gender Bender: Harusumi, the male protagonist, is the reincarnation of Princess Veronica. Though given this premise, the series contains little to no gender-bending antics.
Hiroki turns out to be the reincarnation of Bart Verbania, Glenn's younger brother.
Ghost Amnesia: Reincarnation style. All of the reincarnated characters note they have extremely vague memories of how the war they died in started, and many of them can't seem to remember how it was they died. Especially prominent in the priests, who should have been evacuating the area, and thus would've been nowhere near the castle when it fell. (Even Jared/Midou, who snuck out to the castle anyways, shouldn't have gotten there in time.) Harusumi assumes that he's remembered all of Veronica's memories over the years, but with Teshimano's revelation that he remembers seeing Veronica fighting with Lucas, Harusumi realizes that Veronica must have lived beyond the memory that he had always assumed detailed her final moments.
Hearing Voices: Something keeps haunting Harusumi at random moments when he's alone in his bedroom reflecting on the situation. The Voice challenges and contradicts most of his hopeful thoughts, suggesting he should (or secretly does) want vengeance instead of peace, and hearing it leaves Harusumi bent over in pain.
Identity Amnesia: Zeze has some general memories about living in the castle in Zerestria, but he's not really sure who he was. (And he seems to feel he's probably better off that way.) Harusumi pretends to have this in order to protect himself from Veronica's potential enemies.
Knight in Shining Armor: Meguro embraces this mindset after remembering his previous life as a squire of Zerestria.
Legendary Impostor: An interesting example occurs when Hiroki claims to be the reincarnation of Veronica. All the characters know Veronica, but because of the reincarnations, no one knows what she looks like in the present time. It turns out Hiroki is really the reincarnation of Bart, and that she was pretending to be Veronica in order to serve as a Body Double until the real Veronica chose to reveal herself.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Nearly every member of Class 4 becomes important to the plot at one point or another. And then there are the past lives for each of them. Essentially, you need to remember two names, faces, and personalities for every single character.
And that's not even counting the characters in the present and past that haven't yet been linked by reincarnation...So they must be remembered as separate characters who could actually be the same person.
Love Confession: Significant in that all confessions that have appeared so far have been spur-of-the-moment, very public confessions.
First there's Harusumi's confession to Takao in chapter 1. He just randomly tells her he likes her in the middle of a crowded hallway. And, after a Beat and a shocked, "Whoa", she replies the same way.
Then there's Moto's confession to Hiroki in chapter 6. When she tries to leave to deal with a dangerous situation on her own, he loudly declares his love for her and insists on going with her to protect her. In the middle of the classroom. Much later, when the chaos finally dies down, she turns him down.
The Magocracy: Past-life society has strong elements of this. For some reason, only those born to noble parents (plural; bastards of one noble and a commoner don't count) could learn magic. It seems to be a purposeful demand of the spirits, with whom contracts must be made to learn different kinds of magic. As a result, most nobles learned magic and wielded it to maintain power over others. Presumably most of the clergy were drawn from the nobility as they were at certain points in Europe's history, too, since most priests can use magic too.
Minor Major Character: Prince Eugene. His presence pervades the story, as he was Veronica's husband and possibly one of the only people in the castle who knew why Moswick was attacking its ally Zerestria, yet readers know almost nothing about him beyond that he was the Third Prince of Moswick.
Mugging the Monster: Those bullies in chapter 0 were this close to being blown to pieces via magic before Harusumi stopped himself. That being said, they were still knocked out with a weaker spell.
Not So Different: Harusumi says this to Yanuma. He thinks Yanuma's desire to force everyone to respect him with his rank in the past and his superior magic is similar to Harusumi's desire to attack his bullies with dangerous magic back in chapter 0.
Painting the Medium: Once in a while, black Speech Bubbles with white text are used to represent someone speaking in the past-life language in the present day, usually when it's important to distinguish them from speaking in modern Japanese. Otherwise it's left up in the air which language they're speaking at any given moment.
Past Life Memories: Harusumi has slowly recalled memories of his previous life as Veronica since he was young. All the other characters have the memories of their past lives triggered all at once as high school students, due to various triggers like seeing Harusumi's notebook or witnessing magic.
Posthumous Character: Considering they all died at the castle and were reincarnated, all characters from the past are essentially this.
Protectorate: The castle for Veronica (though that didn't work out so well). Likewise, the school for Harusumi. Zeze theorizes that he's trying to get rid of his regrets for failing to protect the castle by protecting the school.
Psychotic Smirk: Harusumi is pretty fond of these. He'll occasionally combine it with a Death Glare for some truly terrifying expressions.
Rebellious Princess: While mostly mindful of her responsibilities, Veronica definitely wasn't a conventional princess. She was very easy-going and flouted rules of propriety left and right.
Reincarnation: The main basis of the series. Not only is Harusumi the reincarnation of Veronica, nearly everyone in Class 4 is a reincarnation of someone who was in the castle when Moswick attacked.
According to the religious myths of the past, only those who were killed by magic can be reincarnated.
Reincarnation Romance: Played with. Harusumi's girlfriend Takao is the reincarnation of Rida, his primary bodyguard in the past. After she remembers this, things get complicated. All Harusumi wants is for her to stop treating him like royalty and for their relationship to return to how it was; Takao, on the other hand, is convinced that Harusumi is really yearning to meet the reincarnation of Veronica's Love Interest, Glenn, and that when Glenn's reincarnation finally appears, she'll lose Harusumi.
Sinister Minister: Lucas Erlanger, the only priest besides Bishop Gale whose reincarnation has not yet been revealed. In the memories of his past life, Teshimano remembers seeing Lucas attack Veronica, and Lucas's reincarnation is the top suspect for attacking Kamioka at the beginning of the series. Not to mention, when he finally appears in a flashback, there is something just not right about him.
A recent flashback that Teshimano had reveals that it may be a case of Just Following Orders, as Glenn was begging Lucas to cease doing as Prince Eugene ordered him to do.
This Is Unforgivable: There's a lot of this feeling among the Zerestrians towards the Moswickians when everyone in Class 4 regains their Past Life Memories. In particular, Meguro, reincarnation of a squire of Zerestria, freaks out and tries to kill Nishina, who was a knight of Moswick. Teshimano and Harusumi talk him out of it.
Undying Loyalty: Rida to Veronica. The fact that Rida's reincarnation Takao shares this feeling for Harusumi just makes Harusumi uncomfortable.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Maybe. Momo admits rather bluntly that her past self, Lilly, had a huge crush on Hiroki's past self, Bart. Momo's subsequent embarrassment seems to be at least as much at her sudden bluntness as the possibility that it looks like she just confessed to another girl.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Harusumi's more elaborate manipulations of other people to settle a crisis or find out something important about the motives of those around him. Usually of the We Would Have Told You, But... or No Time to Explain varieties (the latter sometimes trending into Indy Ploy and Batman Gambit), as he has to think quickly when a crisis pops up, giving the most general directions (if any at all) to his allies. His tendency to manipulate even his allies has put people off, though, and he has to move almost as quickly to soothe hurt feelings and prevent distrust.
What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Because of how his commoner mother, the mistress of a noble, was treated and discarded, and because of how he was treated as a result, Glenn gained a cynical outlook on love. He acknowledges that he likes Veronica, but he has no idea if those feelings are what would be called "love".
The Wise Princess: Veronica. While she didn't seem to have a lot of political power - her having elder brothers that are ahead of her in line for the throne are vaguely alluded to, her marriage is decided for her - she's shown to be responsible and intelligent, with a firm conviction to protect the people living under her care. Her regret over her failure to do so seems to have carried over to Harusumi. Zeze theorizes that's why he's so obsessed with protecting their school.