Owari to Hajimari no Miles ("Miles of the End and the Beginning") is a manga by Mohiro Kitoh.
It follows the adventures of Miles, a spirit medium, and Gikaku, a rather light-hearted god of destruction. They live in the Sky Ring (or Orbis Vanus), a large archipelago of floating islands, in which objects infused with spirit in the Small World (or Mundus Parvus) incarnate. Miles and other spirit mediums have the responsibility to manage these spirit objects as they go through their life cycle, from the Small World to their machine heaven.
The manga began serialization in Manga Erotics F in 2006, but ended with no plot resolution in 2012. Since the magazine carrying it has ceased publication, it seems quite unlikely to be continued.
This manga provides examples of:
- Anachronism Stew: The spirit objects come from all different time periods, though most are from the 20th century.
- Beautiful Dreamer: Gikaku deactivated Miles' alarm clock for the sole purpose of this.
- Big Eater: Miles
- Cool Boat: Gikaku is the spirit form of the Japanese battleship Nagato.
- Cool Plane: Plenty, as is par for the course in a Kitoh manga.
- Cut Short: It abruptly ends a few chapters after the first volume with no plot resolution.
- Dirty Communists: None actually show up, but it's repeatedly mentioned that the Soviet red star is a "symbol of evil"
- Eagle Land: The American spirit who appears late in the manga's run is a clear Type 2.
- Floating Continent: And even an ocean, though it didn't show up in the manga.
- Gratuitous Latin: Each chapter has a Latin subtitle.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to Kitoh's previous work. What it lacks in violence, however, it more than makes up for in innuendo.
- Military Moe: The characters aren't actually in the military, but the heavy emphasis on military vehicles (such as the Kawanishi N1K "Rex" fighter plane the protagonists use to get around) and cute girls puts it firmly in this genre.
- The Rival: The soft-spoken (but perverted) Kionona.
- Robo Sexual: If Gikaku is considered to be a "sentient machine", then Miles's relationship with him is this. It's apparently a standard practice for Spirit Mediums.
- Widget Series: It's about a world where machines go after they die, and the people who look after them there. It qualifies for sure.
- World in the Sky