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Manga / Gate 7

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Gate 7 is the newest manga by the popular all-female manga-ka circle known as CLAMP. It was first published in 2011 in Jump SQ and went into a hiatus in 2014.

When Chikahito Takamoto decides to finally take a trip to Kyoto he stumbles across three strangers. When he realizes things aren't quite what they seem, he is attacked by a faceless creature that is quickly slain by Hana. Chikahito wakes up in an apartment and is greeted and offered udon by Hana, Tachibana, and Sakura who have gone through his things, thinking him an assassin. For some reason, Chikahito is unaffected when Tachibana tries to remove his memory. Flashforward three months later and Chikahito has tranferred schools to Kyoto and is now involved with the trio. One thing is known: this wasn't the Kyoto he wanted to experience.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Locked Out of the Loop: Explanations are slow coming from the Urashichiken residents, leaving Chikahito (and the audience) in the dark about what is really going on with the oni and their masters. In Chapter 5, Sakura even asks to Chikahito to go buy some tofu to avoid him listening about the Tokugawa.
  • Power Copying: Hana's ability.
  • The Power of Love: Masamune claims to Gracia that if her Oni's abillity is to control men's hearts, it wouldn't work on him because his heart is Hana's already. Cue Imagine Spot.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at this little boy, It's fricking adorable!
  • Running Gag: Chikahito screaming and Tachibana saying him he's too loud. Dope Slap optional.
  • Sacred First Kiss: It's implied that Chikahito's first kiss is taken by Hana when the latter performs a charm on him to make him return to Kyoto.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Now that the school year began, we can expect a lot of chapters with Chikahito in his uniform.
  • Seers: Mikoto's forte. Also, Sugihime's power.
  • Shown Their Work: In real life, Date Masamune is probably bi. In show he's obsessed with the one agendered character.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Well, when it's about "Hana being cute", Chikahito and Tachibana of course think alike.
  • Synchronization: If the circles (the barriers where battles are fought) are pushed to far, the one that created it suffers the damage. The same happens with the weapons Tachibana and Sakura create and between Oni and contractor.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hanaloves noodles.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story is set in modern day Kyoto.
  • Wild Card: Those with the Not genus (meaning they're neither Yin nor Yang) can't be predicted to be of fortune or misfortune by foreseeing and foretelling types of Oni; they also possess unpredictable abilities which can make them both valuable allies or dangeruos enemies.