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High school girl Nanoka Kiba, who had been in an accident when she was a child, is suddenly pulled into a world of conflict, travelling between the past and present, and assisting an exorcist named Mao.

A manga by Rumiko Takahashi which started in May 8, 2019. Not to be confused with the actress Mao Ichimichi who often is credited as M•A•O, the series Mao-chan, the game Mao etc.


  • Big Bad: The Seven Tailed Cat Demon. It cursed Mao and Nanoka in the hopes of possessing their bodies. Later chapters reveal it's a pawn who was created by the real big bad.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nanoka arriving in time to save Mao from having all of his blood sucked out by a flea demon.
  • Character Title: The title is the same as the male co-protagonist's name.
  • Creepy Good: Nanoka's maid looks off and forces her to drink a smoothie that makes her sick but it's revealed she's Mao's shikigami sent by him to protect her from the seven tailed cat demon when it crossed the tori gate to Nanoka's time.
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  • Curse: Both Nanoka and Mao are cursed by a seven tailed cat demon.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Nanoka and Mao's curse gives them unnatural strength, resilience and agility, but also has turned their blood corrosive.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Onmyodo runs on this principle, wood beats earth, earth beats water, water beats fire, fire beats metal and metal beats wood. The Seven-tailed Cat Demon who is a shikigami created outside the five elements of onmyodo is not vulnerable to any of them
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Unlike the senior apprentices called to the Five Color Shrine, Shiranui was an unskilled student who was despised by the master.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Mao originally had black hair, but being cursed by the seven tailed cat demon caused part of his hair to become white and he gained a mark that runs from the bottom of his left eye. His seniors that he's met have a similar mark, but on their right side.
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  • Muggle-and-Magical Love Triangle: Nanoka's classmate Shiraha has a crush on her, but she's more interested in Mao, the mysterious immortal man from the past who was cursed by a cat demon.
  • Multicolored Hair: Mao has black hair with a white fringe.
  • Narnia Time: Nanoka notices that the time flow between the modern day (Reiwa era) and the Taisho era varies with each trip she takes. Sometimes less than a day in the Taisho era results in months passing in the modern day, other times a few days in the Taisho era has only an hour pass in the modern day. It's later revealed that past Nanoka had traveled to the Taisho era before at a time current Nanoka is currently in.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Nanoka has been raised by her grandfather ever since her parents died.
  • Real Event, Fictional Cause: The Great Kantō Earthquake that destroyed a big part of Tokyo and caused a great fire in September 1, 1923 is shown here to have been caused by the Seven Tailed Cat Demon fighting Mao in an attempt to take his body.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Mao has lived for nine hundred years, originally as an onmyoji from the Heian era. He has used his onmyodo to keep himself alive for so long for the sake of revenge. He later on meets his seniors who somehow also have lived nine hundred years, but are confused why.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mao's eyes are red and he's cursed by a seven tailed cat demon. Nanoka's eyes turn red when she taps into her powers.
  • Stable Time Loop: It's eventually revealed that the reason why Nanoka is cursed by the Seven Tailed Cat Demon like Mao is due to a time loop. When she was a child, on the day of the accident that killed her parents, Nanoka wandered into the portal that transferred her to the Taisho era, the same of the Great Kantō Earthquake. There, she was attacked by the Seven Tailed Cat Demon and got covered in its blood, becoming the same type of being as Mao.
  • Smurfette Principle: Masago, a skilled miko was a student at the Five Color Shrine and Mao suspects she was the apprentice of water called by the master to assassinate him and not Shiranui.
  • Time Travel: A tori gate in a modern (Reiwa era) shopping district lets Nanoka travel to the Taisho era.
  • Time-Travel Romance: Nanoka is from modern-day Japan and she can travel to the Taisho era (1923) where she meets Mao and they slowly develop feelings for each other.
  • Whole Costume Reference: In flashbacks to the Heian era where Mao is being trained in the Five Color Shrine, he is wearing an outfit identical to Inuyasha.
  • Yōkai: The series revolves around them.
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