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Shiori Honda's life didn't pan out the way she wanted to: She gets little respect from her students at school and her family life in tatters ever since her brother ran off and left them twenty million yen in debt. However, on her 27th birthday, she starts seeing the ghost of Jimi Hendrix, who can take control of her through a plug at the back of her neck, turning her into a virtuoso with the guitar. It turns out she has unwittingly become a Crossover - someone who's given the guidance of a musical legend, with the caveat that if she doesn't become a legend before her next birthday herself, she's going to die. What follows is part coming-of-age story, part supernatural thriller and part gorgeous artwork.

Shiori Experience - Jimi na Watashi to Hen na Ojisan (My Plain Self and an Odd Old Man) by Machida Kazuya and Osada Yu-ko that started serialisation in 2013 and, as of 2020, is still ongoing.



  • Artistic License – Music:
    • In general, because this series deals with real rock musicians brought back from the dead, it necessarily has to play pretty fast and loose with the details of their lives.
    • In chapter 8, Daiba kicks things off by playing the intro to "Purple Haze" on the drums. Problem is, "Purple Haze" opens with a guitar riff; the drums come in a couple measures later.
    • In chapter 37, Mitsuoka chugs a bottle of juice before practicing trumpet, which should make any brass, wind, or vocal performer cringe.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In-universe, Kurt Cobain cries tears of joy when he realizes Jimi not only knows who he is, but also starts playing "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • A Lesson in Defeat: The Light Music Club's first original song is an unmitigated disaster. Jimi knows the song they composed sucks, but tells Shiori to perform it live anyway.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subaru, the ringleader of the brass orchestra. The "sheep's clothing" part is completely dropped whenever she drills her students or when she gets angry at Shiori for even suggesting that the light music club is comparable to her efforts.
  • Cast of Snowflakes
  • Celestial Deadline: Starting from her 27th birthday, Shiori has one year to become a musical legend.
  • Comic-Book Time: The story takes place over the course of a single year, but the manga has been running since 2013.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Discussed as a major attribute of The 27 Club.
  • Deal with the Devil: What the Crossroads ritual amounts to: Get possessed by a musical legend, but die if you've failed to become one yourself before you turn 28. Since the ritual isn't something you can do by accident, both Shiori and Jimi wonder how they ended up with each other, given Shiori had no idea of the ritual's existence until after Jimi explained it to her.
  • Demonic Possession: This is technically what the crossroad contract is.
  • Editorial Synaesthesia: Being a manga about music, this is inevitable. Especially powerful music is often shown literally blowing the audience away, and the jam between Jimi and Kurt Cobain is shown blasting out of the club like a tidal wave.
  • Frame Break: At one point, Shiori plays a chord so powerful that it cuts the panel in half.
  • Historical Domain Character: Each musician who appears as a spirit in the series is a real rock star who died at 27.
  • I See Dead People: Spirits summoned by the crossroad ritual are visible only to others who performed the ritual, animals, and Kawasaki.
  • No Export for You: The manga will almost certainly never be adapted into an anime or licensed in English, due to the rights issues around the estates of Hendrix, Cobain, Joplin, and the rest of the real-life 27 Club.
  • Odd-Shaped Panel: The artist frequently uses the borders of the comic panels to create outlines of characters, creating a silhouette of negative space.
  • Painting the Medium: Most speech balloons are taller than they are wide, as is standard for manga. But the speech balloons for Jimi and other English-speakers are wider than they are tall, which is normal for American comics.
    • Quite literally in chapter 46, when Mitsuoka finally breaks free of Subaru's oppressive training and embraces the joy of music in an explosion of color.
  • Punny Name: Almost all of the characters are named after car models or car companies. Shiori Honda and her rival teacher Aoshima Subaru are the two most notable examples. Some are a bit more subtle:
    • Hatsunori Daiba's name is a play on Daihatsu.
    • Meguro is a motorcyle brand from Kawasaki, and Satsuki Meguro's best friend is Shinobu Kawasaki.
    • Topping it all off, the school where most of the story takes place is called Mitsubishi.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Light Music Club is effectively this, seeing how they're so unpopular that even the Go-Home Club is higher on the pecking order than them. The odd one out to this is Daiba, who actually was very popular by the time he joins, but due him abandoning the baseball club to do so he's treated little different from the rest.
  • School Clubs Are Serious Business: For Shiori, the success of the Light Music Club is literally life-or-death!
  • Spirit Advisor: Spirits act as mentors to the musicians that summon them, and can even "jack in", taking over their body, playing music for (and with) them.
  • Students Playing Matchmaker: The rest of the club wingmans hard for Shiori and Hino.
  • Title Drop: In chapter 35, and it ends up being the name of the club's band.
  • Training from Hell: Isuzu goes through this under the supervision of Subaru.
    • Later Deconstructed: As it turns out, practicing an instrument day in and day out without ever giving yourself rest can leave you with serious injuries and potentially give you permanent motor damage, as Mitsuoka finds out.
  • Training Montage: After the disastrous first live show, all the members of the Light Music Club spend their break pushing themselves hard to get better, and each one gets a chapter dedicated to their efforts.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Subaru, of all people. Ten years before the story starts, she's a cheerful saxophone player who ends up inspiring Mitsuoka to take up the instrument as well. However, by the time Mitsuoka enrolls in Subaru's school, that optimism seems to have left her entirely, after having her musical spirit crushed by her own equally ruthless music instructor.

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