Manga: ZE

Since Raizou Shichikawa is left homeless and destitute after his grandmother dies, he accepts a job as a housekeeper at a Mitou mansion. He finds the family a bit weird, but things get more weird when one of the resident's arm gets severed and reattached without blood loss. That is because the Mitou family is composed of kotodama masters and kami. The kotodama masters wield a word-base power, and the kami-sama are human-like paper doll creations who heal their master's wounds caused by using kotodama.

The partnership between kami and kotodama-sama must be between between partners of the same sex to apperantly discourage them from having sex and falling in love, or something like that. But since this is a Boys Love manga of course there's lots of yaoi sex and even some yuri sex.


This manga contains

  • Anachronic Order: Other than Raizou and Kon's arc, as well as the conclusion of Shoui and Asari's arc, most of the stories of the other couples are told in Flash Backs. Genma and Himi's story takes place 16 years before the present, Ryuusei and Moriya three years, and Konoe and Kotoha's at least 14 years.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: All of the main couples at one point go through this.
  • Back from the Dead: Himi dies after taking a stab meant for Genma, but is revived without his past memories. Asari dies as well, but he comes back with his memories after a little bit of time.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Genma abuses Himi left and right. He does get better as a person after Himi dies.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch the box in Waki's room. Ever.
    • And if you harm someone's kami-sama or use them while they already have a master, said master will usually react violently.
  • Bifauxnen: More like Lady Looks Like A Dude when it comes to Ouka.
  • Bishounen
  • Bi the Way: Many of the characters seem okay with dating someone outside of their sex (such as Raizou), but one of Ryuusei's friends explicitly says that Ryuusei himself is bisexual, which is also seen in him having female Friends with Benefits and Moriya.
  • Boys Love
  • Butt Monkey: Konoe is often the subject of Asari's taunting, has to deal with borderline Tykebomb Kotoha's Berserk Button temper, and also has to fix the mansion after Kotoha accidentally destroys it.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Ryuusei gets drunk easily and Genma uses it to his advantage to punish him whenever he hits on Himi or insults him behind his back.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Both of the yuri and yaoi persuasion.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Twins Tsukito and Seiji develop a hobby of teaching Kotoha "dirty talk" and sexual meaning behind words, much to Konoe's horror and frustration.
  • Cosplay: Ouka and her kami-sama Benio are often dressed in costume rather than regular clothing, for no reason other than Ouka's enjoyment. Benio's clothes tend to lean more towards Sexy Whatever Outfit.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Asari, Konoe, and Kotoha's hair was longer in Flash Backs. Konoe and Kotoha both get an Important Haircut when they move out of the main house.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Averted. Konoe had a goatee for a while until Waki removed it, but hardly anyone really cares.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Moriya held this view until he met Ryuusei.
  • If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him: In a platonic example, Asari threatens Genma if he dares to hurt Himi.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Raizou is very goodnatured, but is also innocent and naive. Sometimes Konoe can't stand looking at him because he's such a good boy.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between a human and a paper doll.
  • Jerkass: Quite a few characters.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Lost Food Grievance: If Kotoha doesn't get his ice cream, a disaster will literally happen.
  • Love at First Sight: Raizou falls in love with Kon at first sight.
  • Magnetic Hero: Rikiichi. Kami-sama and human alike hold him in the highest regard. This status is more obvious when he died. His death utterly devastated the Mitou family, and even kami-sama see the time before he died as "golden, peaceful times".
  • Never Say "Die": In-Universe. If a kotodama user says words like "die", not only will the target of his/her frustration will die, but the kami-sama will intercept more damage. Ryuusei has been explicitly instructed by his mother not to say that word, and has been reluctant of saying it ever since he accidentally killed her using that word.
  • Only Sane Man: Konoe's the only one who doesn't get carried away with anything.
  • Power Incontinence: Kotoha is nicknamed the "beast" because his powers are so strong and he has trouble controlling them.
  • The Power of Love: This is what brings Asari back to Shoui in volume 9, and what allows Asari to regain his memories when he shouldn't be able to.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After the death of his parents, Raizou lives with his grandmother up until her death.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Asari is fond of these, and gives them to numerous characters.
  • Red String of Fate: When Shoui was younger, Asari attached their fingers with a red string as a joke to promise to be there for each other.
  • The Scapegoat: Shoui serves as this for the Mitou family for many years, when his kidnapping as an infant led to numerous deaths, including of family patriarch Rikiichi and Waki's kami-sama Magane. Because of this he's scorned by family members and numerous kami most poignantly his own kami Asari.
  • The Stoic: Kotoha is very expressionless. He only shows emotion when someone's stolen his ice cream or when Konoe is in danger.
  • Son of a Whore: Ryuusei is the illegitimate child of his mother and one of her customers.
  • Supreme Chef: Raizou lives in the house as the chef and housekeeper.
  • Token Minority: Despite his name, Raizou is not ethnically Japanese
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Death can do that to a kami.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Fraternal twins Tsukito and Seiji share the same kami-sama Hatsuhi, at the same time.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Ryuusei is strongly against beating up women and isn't afraid to serve anyone their worth of beating wheneveer he sees women abused.
  • Wife Husbandry: Konoe and Kotoha. But unlike most in the trope, Asari uses the context of their relationship to strike a "death blow" whenever he argues with Konoe.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: The kotodama powers in the Mitou family involve the power of words. By invoking their power whatever they wish can happen. But they must pay a price for using kotodama, and it's usually physical damage to their bodies, thus the existence of kami-sama to absorb their pain. Spells vary between the violent (ex. when various characters curse someone to die or humorous (ex. when Genma curses Ryuusei to never get an erection around women again.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kami-sama who aren't used will eventually die and turned into a blank slate.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The more injuries sustained will eventually lead to a kami-sama's death. Asari in particular knows that his death is imminent (due to the Red String of Fate, which Shoui had cast a spell that it would unravel when he dies, falling off his finger), so he runs away and hides in the beginning of the series. Shoui knows of this too, and uses Konoe to take his injuries instead.