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Saike Kuzushiro is an Ordinary High-School Student who's just going through the motions. His closest friend is Mikan Karatachi, who he's known since they were little kids, and the two have had some fond memories together. Tragically, Mikan gets hit by a drunk driver after the two reminisce at Mogura Pond, and if that weren't enough, Saike falls into the pond and drowns...

...but wakes up in his bed, 7:00 AM, on the day of Mikan's tragic death. Figuring out that he can turn back time by diving into Mogura Pond, Saike figures out a way to rescue his childhood friend from a fatal end, but that's only the beginning of his strange new life as someone with an honest-to-god superpower.

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This series provides examples of:

  • Amnesiac Hero: Eventually, Saike's brain forgets everything he's learned after awakening to his Oracle as a defense mechanism in order to avoid fatal damage. This takes a turn for the worse when Oracle supremacist Johann tries to take advantage of the memory gap and turn him over to his side.
  • Animorphism: The Cat Cafe owner's Oracle is turning anyone who drinks his tea into cats. He wants to turn Japan into a country of cats so its people can live simpler, easier lives.
  • Bishounen: Quite a few characters, particularly Calim, Johann and of course Saike, who's one of the prettiest protagonists you'd find in shounen manga.
  • Blood Knight: Hizu is bored of everything that isn't finding interesting new people and beating the crap out of them.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Ana had a falling out with her best friend Hitomi because she used her Oracle to trip up her rival, which got Hitomi disqualified.
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  • Comically Serious: Kuroda, especially that time he held up a picture of a lesser panda to Saike's team to tell them that's their target.
  • Darkest Hour: As the climax of the Nepal arc approached, Saike only had one day left to live, his condition painfully worse and as it turned out, the oracle holder his friends seek out to heal him had a dangerous price and he only had one more use before becoming a fetus. To make matters worse, Johann storms in and take the healing god for himself then after a long chase, kills Hizu and Ana. Saike's only solution was to drown himself in a lake he had no idea his power would even work at or any idea he would survive another reset even if it did.
  • Deconstruction: Of “time rewind” Manga where the protagonist can repeat a set amount of time over and over, such as ReZero. While that series was dark enough, this one really gets into the nitty gritty of the serious dangers that power could pose to it’s user. While it essentially let’s the user have infinite do-overs, all those memories have to go somewhere, and the combined memories of all the loops can result in Saike’s brain literally overloading. This means that Saike actually has a finite usage of them, and potential overuse will kill him permanently. Repeated use has also mentally aged Saike long past his physical age, and he now acts more like a young adult then a middle-school kid. While he displays freakish determination in the beginning, it becomes clear during the fight against Hizu that Saike’s ability is mentally destroying him and he has become a very different person in a short amount of time.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
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    • Hizu, the first Oracle-user whom Saike defeats, becomes his Lancer...but only because he's interested in seeing his final moments.
    • Also happens with Ana after Saike dives into Mogura multiple times just so she can live.
  • Depower: Yumewo's Oracle gives the target a choice between dying or giving up their gift.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Quite a few.
    • Saike was introduced narrating his everyday life which mostly involved keeping to himself and reading. His teacher then talked to him about his aspirations for the future, that there may be something that really snatches his attention but Saike responded that he doesn't have any dreams. This all set up the starting point for a long and fulfilling character arc for our protagonist.
    • Although Johann technically appeared for a page in chapter 22, his formal introduction has him revealing that he's been manipulating Kuroda to gather oracle holders before betraying him and brainwashing them. Johann then went on about his ideals to create a world of oracle holders that will succeed humanity.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Johann is an Oracle-user who believes those with special powers are the progenitor of a superior species to humans.
  • FantasticRacism : Knowledge of power users eventually becomes more widespread and such there is much hostility towards them.
  • Genre Shift: The first volume is relatively grounded and centers around the emotional turmoil of an ordinary boy as he tries to save his best friend from a horrible fate, but after Saike finds out there are other people with superpowers, the focus shifts to him trying to outwit all of the hostile power-holders that come his way.
  • Heroic RRoD: Saike's Oracle is taking a bad toll on his brain, which has to process all the info he gains from the time loops.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yaotome attempts to push Ana to safety while diving off a crumbling cliff, but is rescued by Saike.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Sure Saike can take different routes in each of his loops for most of the future to change. However, for some reason, no matter what changes, Mikan will always end up standing at the exact same spot, at exactly 5:30 with the exact same truck coming at her in every single loop. It's easy to understand Saike's frustration at this.
  • Knight Templar: Yumewo and his underlings want to get rid of Saike's Oracle because they think his good deeds are depriving people of the chance to grow through their mistakes and losses.
  • Logical Weakness: Saike's body gets regenerated every time he dives into Mogura, but his brain remains the same. He's got to retain those memories somehow. This, coupled with his brain starting to take damage from the stress of using his Oracle, puts Saike in a very precarious position.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Hizu was born into affluence, but ended up a listless hooligan thanks to his dad's unreasonable expectations of him and other kids ganging up on him.
  • Morality Pet: At the beginning, Hizu had no moral compass and just beat up any people with abilities he could find. When his Heel–Face Turn came, it was only due to his newfound loyalty to Saike, this was even shown to be dangerous as Hizu would sacrifice others without hesitation to save his friend. However, much later in the series, it seems he's been inspired by Saike to take on heroic values too.
  • My God, You Are Serious: A dark, internalized and serious take. Ana asks Saike just how many times he drowned himself to do their fight over again. His response, with a smile, is about 226 times. Ana is horrified by the implications and lack of self-preservation the boy has at that point.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Dr. Myuton has the attitude of a cutesy little girl, but the cruelty of a kid who likes to rip off the legs of an insect and watch it squirm.
    • Possibly Johann too, who acted like a keet while faking friendship with Saike. Acting or not, he was obviously having some fun with it.
  • Save the Villain: Saike goes so far as to turn back time just to save Ana from falling to her death. He even saves Yaotome's life with a bit of quick thinking and Ana's Oracle, though Yaotome repays him by skating off to tell his superiors.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Hizu, who's not used to having friends before meeting Saike but is very loyal to him. Saike also used to be this way at the beginning of the series when he acted apathetic due to his fear of associating with others.
  • Telephone Polearm: As a matter of fact, Hizu's favorite weapon is a telephone pole, which he turns into Styrofoam and reverts just before the moment of impact.
  • The Unfettered: Even though Johann believes his ideal world is what's best for everyone, his strong ambition drives him to ruthless methods to accomplish it such as kidnapping, killing and brainwashing other oracle holders to join his cause. What makes it more frightening is that he was shown to understand what he did was truly cruel but was not bothered by any sense of remorse at all as he sees his actions as necessary means justified by the end.
  • Undying Loyalty: Hizu to Saike, who died so Saike snapped out of hypnosis, not even expecting him to redo the day to save him. Hizu was even about to force someone to effectively kill themself to save his hero without hesitation.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Yaotome cheerfully flaunts the fact that he won't repay our heroes saving his life while rocketing off to inform his superiors...though he does tell his teammates to stay away from them because "they're just your run o' the mill weaklings" and "there's no point in bothering to beat 'em."
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