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Manga: Towa Kamo Shirenai
A Miko and her bodyguard. Sorta.

Towa Kamo Shirenai ("Maybe Forever") is an 8-tomes shoujo manga by Michiyo Akaishi, published by Shogakukan. It has both romantic and supernatural themes in its plot, which goes like this...

Kosumo Koganehara is a young girl with the bad luck of being both extremely ill and having a very rare bloodtype. Because of that, the poor kid has lived her life going from hospital to hospital, and lately she's had to go to the USA for treatment. While writing a letter, Kosumo has an horrifying seizure and must be operated, but no one can find a donor.

Few blocks away from the clinic, a Japanese girl named Himiko tries to save a child from being hit by a truck and ends up being run over. She's rushed to the same clinic, but her injuries are so serious that she just won't make it. The doctors try to save her but fail, and then they realize that they can save Kosumo by donating Himiko's blood and heart to her. They ask her guardian and companion, Hitsuji, if he would allow them to do so, and he accepts.

While Himiko dies, Kosumo is saved, and everything seems to be all right. Not only that, but soon Kosumo now more or less healthy and can come back home. However, she starts noticing that things aren't the same anymore... Demons! There are many devils targeting her and others! Why?

The explanation is simple. Himiko wasn't a normal young woman, but a Miko and Magical Girl Warrior coming from a powerful clan. When her organs and blood were given to Kosumo, then, she inherited her powers and mission. And now Kosumo has to come to terms with it, with Hitsuji's own opinions about he deal, and the terrible dangers coming from being the heiress of the 99-th Miko, destined to save Japan from destruction by demons.

Towa Kamo Shirenai has the following tropes:

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: "Hitsuji, I will love you... for all eternity!"
  • Bodyguard Crush: Hitsuji, on Himiko. And Mizuki mixes this with Unlucky Childhood Friend.
    • Himiko's predecesor has this kind of relationship with a guy named Hishou, who already had a Precocious Crush on her. It ended in tears.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Hitsuji, via Susano-oh... his Superpowered Evilside of sorts.
  • Broken Bird: The 98th Himiko.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Butterflies! Everywhere! So pretty! Wha...? Aieeeeeee!
  • Came Back Wrong: Mizuki's sister, Azumi.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Azumi, also a Necromancer and a Knife Nut.
  • Deal with the Devil: Hishou sorta made one with the ice demon Hyousetsushin to save his father and his town. Hyousetsushin agreed to protect him, but at the cost of isolating him eternally from everyone else.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Purity Sue, through the swan song of one 98th Himiko.
  • Driven to Suicide: Hitsuji intended to kill himself so he and Himiko could be Together in Death. He doesn't go through, once the Ikutama starts glowing...
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Kosumo and Hitsuji manage to vanish Tokoyo-no-kami, save the world and stay together. However, Mizuki's sister Azumi died again after a tearful confrontation with her brother, and .
  • Famous Last Words: Himiko's last spoken words are "Darn, this isn't powerful enough!" after she fails to use her powers for self-protection, and her last thoughts are: ''"Hitsuji... we won't see each other anymore...!"
    • Also, Azumi's "Older brother... I'm sorry!"
  • Heart Trauma: The source of Kosumo's troubles.
    I have the feeling that my poor heart is a defective product, which menaces to stop...
  • He Knows Too Much: Himiko's clanswomen try to kill Kosumo because of this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: By double: Himiko was fatally injured to save a little girl, and then her blood and organs were what saved Kosumo. Lampshaded by an American doctor, who refers to Himiko as "an heroine" while speaking to Hitsuji.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Kosumo really wants to live and pull through. Pity she's an Ill Girl.
  • I Know Youare In There Somewhere Fight: Kosumo and Mizuki, to Hitsuji. Doesn't really work. Kosumo tries again later via a True Love's Kiss and succeeds.
    • Later, Mizuki tries it towards Azumi, alongside a Cooldown Hug. It doesn't work either, but ultimately she's exorcised by Kosumo.
  • Ill Girl: Kosumo was this, to the extreme. The action starts when she gets better.
    • And later we meet another: the 98th Himiko, the one who came before the Himiko we know. She was a fellow Miko who died of cancer when the 99th Himiko was 10 years old, which wasn't helped by her already suffering of a years-long depression and being separated from her bodyguard and lover Hishou.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Kosumo tries to protect herself and Hitsuji with a toy laser sword. It then glows and lets her channelize Himiko's powers within her.
  • Invisibleto Normals: The Inugami
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Hitsuji, when Brainwashed and Crazy via Susano-oh.
  • Light Is Good: The light released by the Magic Mirror of Amaterasu, when Kosumo uses it against the Big Bad Tokoyo-no-Kami.
  • MacGuffin: Himiko's pendant, which contains a mystical item known as the ikutama.
  • Magic Mirror: One of Kosumo's most powerful artifacts is one of these, known as the Mirror of Amaterasu. She uses it to grant Azumi a Mercy Kill, and then to vanish Tokoyo-no-Kami.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Himiko, and eventually Kosumo.
  • Meaningful Name: Himiko's name comes from the legendary queen of Yamataikoku.
    • Himiko is associated often to Amaterasu, goddess of the sun. Likewise, Hitsuji's name means "sucessor of the Sun", alluding to him being in service of Himiko.
  • Meaningful Rename: Every woman who becomes a Himiko priestess takes up the title as her first name, and is referred as such. Hishou was actually named Koshou, but the 98th Himiko re-named him when she took him in.
  • Miko: Himiko, the 98 women who preceeded her, and their entourage.
  • Parental Favoritism: Kosumo feels bad for, in her own words, "monopolizing" her parents's attention. She was putting said feelings in her letter to Mirai when she had the almost fatal seizure.
  • Plucky Girl: Kosumo
  • Replacement Goldfish: An issue regarding Kosumo and Hitsuji.
  • Saymy Name: "HIMIKOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Sempai/Kohai: Kosumo and Mizuki
  • Shock and Awe: Himiko's thunder and lightning powers.
  • Snow Means Death: Plays heavily in the backstory of a man named Hishou. An angry snow/ice spirit (an Omiwatari spirit named Hitsoushin) caused a massive snowstorm that lasted days. Hishou, who had the ability to calm spirits down, went in the snow to try talking to them when his father, a local priest, almost froze to death. He manages to do it and the spirit pledges himself to him... and then becomes pretty much Yandere for the dude
    • Hishou and the 98th Himiko finally found each other again in a snowy day. (It's hinted that, by that time, Hitsoushin had given up on isolating Hisou from others). Two days later, she died of illness.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The 98th Himiko and her guardian Hishou.
  • Shoujo
  • Tall Darkand Handsome: Hitsuji
  • True Love's Kiss: Kosumo uses this in the end, to try debrainwashing Hitsuji. It causes his two personalities to start struggling... and when Azumi attacks Kosumo afterwards, he breaks free and protects Kosumo. Sort of a Justified Trope in this case: Kosumo deduces that she can use her Miko powers to directly debrainwash Hitsuji, but to do so she needs to have close skin contact with him. What would be better than a kiss on the mouth, huh?
  • Tsundere: Kosumo starts as this. In her first meeting with Hitsuji, she scolds him for killing a butterfly in front of her (to be fair, back then she has no idea about what these butterflies actually were). Then she protects him without hesitation from Himiko's other subordinates... and they start bickering right there.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Poor, poor Mizuki.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Three in the same scene! Kosumo calls ut Hisuji first, then he gets called out by Himiko's clanswomen led by Hiyoshi, and then Kosumo calls the ladies out for their treatment of Hitsuji.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Himiko, before her death. Fitting, as she is the leaderess of a clan that is very traditional in addition to its mission.
    • All the Himiko priestesses are this, in different ways. The 97th Himiko was the Older and Wiser version, the 98th Himiko kinda deconstructed it due to the psychological toll it took on her, and the 99th Himiko was the plucky and headstrong one.
  • Yandere: The revived Azumi, to a degree. Her desperate desire to live overrid anything else in her life, so she clings to the Brainwashed and Crazy Hitsuji like crazy.
    • Hitsoushin, my gawd.
  • Youhave Failed Me: Hitsuji gets told this by Hiyoshi and Himiko's other relatives. Kosumo stopped them.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Well, Kosumo didn't exactly kill Himiko, but she got her heart and blood. Now she's stuck with Himiko's powers and life duty.

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