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Mieruko-Chan: The Girl That Sees "Them" is a Horror Comedy by Izumi Tomoki, originally published on Pixiv.

Miko Yotsuya is a completely ordinary Japanese high school girl. She goes to school, hangs out with her best friend Hana, and tries not to attract the attention of various horrifying ghosts and spirits that seem to haunt her hometown, creatures that no one else she knows can see.


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  • Accidental Hero: In chapter 14, Julia sees Miko's clumsy attempts to keep some ghosts away and thinks she's doing it deliberately, to show off.
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  • A-Cup Angst: There's a few jokes about Miko being jealous of her bustier friend Hana.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 10 focuses on Hana, who unwittingly goes into a haunted building to look for a lost dog.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Several chapters imply that Touno Zen, a sinister figure Miko encounters on several occasions, is a cat-killer.
    • Subverted when it turns out he actually likes cats. His mother, on the other hand, once killed a stray cat he brought home, and even as a spirit, she clings to him and is the one that’s actually been causing the deaths of cats in the area.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Chapter 9 has Miko go downstairs and see a troll-like ghost haunting her family, who are eating breakfast totally unaware. Miko looks and acts incredibly uncomfortable the entire time, seemingly because there is such a horrifying ghost around her parents. The end of the chapter reveals it's because her father is also a ghost who died a year before and seeing him upset her.
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  • Big Eater: One of Hana's defining attributes is her big appetite; she's especially fond of sweets. It’s implied to be because her powerful aura attracts spirits that feed on it, causing her to constantly be hungry.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: After a particularly close encounter with an axe-wielding ghost in chapter 15, Miko has to make another stop on the way home for underwear, implying she soiled herself in fear.
  • Bust-Contrast Duo: Miko is subdued and constantly stressed out from being a Magnetic Medium, and there are several jokes about her A-Cup Angst compared to her bubbly, extroverted friend Hana.
  • Creepy Good: The "gods" that banish the monster haunting Hana in chapter 11 appear benevolent, but are just as terrifying as the other creatures Miko sees. They also offer Miko a cryptic warning: "Three times."
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: For all that the ghosts are horrifying, some of them are fairly harmless.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: In chapter 17, Miko rather awkwardly discovers that Julia eats lunch by herself... in the girls' bathroom. Hana, oblivious to the tension between the two of them, offers to let Julia eat lunch with Miko and herself.
  • Face of a Thug: In chapter 4, Miko convinces Hana to give a stray kitten to Gozuka, a thuggish-looking fellow covered in tattoos. He's surrounded by ghostly cats (which are actually based on nekomata) that are much more benevolent than the spirits Miko normally sees, and he does turn out to be a Kind Hearted Cat Lover.
  • Framed for Heroism: In chapter 14, the spirits from the shrine in chapter 11 show up to save Miko and her friends from a particularly horrifying ghost, but Julia seems to assume that Miko was the one who saved everyone.
  • Freudian Excuse: Chapter 21 reveals Toono-sensei's mother was an emotionally-abusive Education Mama.
  • Haunted House: In chapter 18 Miko, Hana, and Julia visit a haunted house set up by a local bakery as a promotional gimmick. Hana is tempted by the promise of free donuts to those who make it all the way through, and Miko relishes the rare chance to not have to hold back from freaking out at scary things.
  • Hospital Hottie: Miss Kido, the nurse at Miko's school, proves to be a more tempting target than Hana for a perverted ghost in chapter 3. Unfortunately for the ghost, who gets exorcised by her powerful flower-scented perfume.
  • I See Dead People: Miko inexplicably gains the powers to see strange ghosts and monsters wherever she goes.
  • I See Them, Too: Chapter 12 introduces Julia, a young girl who can also see ghosts and spirits, though not as well as Miko. She declares Miko her rival after learning she (unwittingly) drove her mentor, the "Godmother of Downtown", to quit the fortune-telling business.
  • Kitsune: The "god" from chapter 11 that devours the spirit haunting Hana vaguely resembles a fox with multiple tails.
  • Madness Mantra: In chapter 13 Miko encounters a ghost muttering the words "Four... six... three... one..." over and over. It turns out to be the ghost of an old woman's husband, trying to remind her of the combination to his old safe.
  • Magnetic Medium: Central to the plot. Once Miko started seeing spirits, she's only started seeing more and more as time goes on. Though one chapter implies that it's actually Hana the ghosts are attracted to even though she cannot see them herself.
  • Masquerade: Miko does her best to keep her ability to see spirits a secret.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: In chapter 14, Miko winks at Julia to indicate they should give up trying to get through the haunted tunnel. Julia thinks that Miko wants her to show what she can do.
  • Not-So-Phony Psychic: In chapter 6, Miko goes to Mitsue Takeda, the "Godmother of Downtown" for help with her ghost problem. Mitsue seems like an old fraud who's just looking to make money, but she does have enough genuine psychic ability to see the presence haunting Miko.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In chapter 7, Miko's younger brother Kyousuke becomes convinced that his sister's weird behavior is because she has a boyfriend.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The creatures Miko encounters come in all shapes and sizes, some of them almost human and others horribly twisted parodies of humanity.
  • Parting Words Regret: Chapter 9 implies shortly before the death of Miko's father, she had an argument with him over eating a seasonal chestnut pudding cup she'd bought for herself.
  • Refusal of the Call: Rather than try and reach out to the creatures and ghosts she sees, Miko does her level best to ignore them and get on with her everyday life.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Miko and Hana's relationship has overtones of this, with one or the other teasing her friend about being in love.
  • Rule of Three: The shrine god (rather cryptically) promises to protect Miko from evil spirits three times. She accidentally uses two before understanding what’s going on. She intentionally uses her third to destroy the spirit of Toono Zen’s abusive mother.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the "Godmother of Downtown" learns her strongest wards and spells are no match for the latest presence haunting Miko, she calls it quits on being a fortune teller and goes back to the country to live with her son.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: In chapter 21, Miko tries to catch Toono-sensei in the act so she can report him to the police, but she can't bring herself to let an innocent cat be harmed.
  • Twist Ending: Chapter 9 ends with the reveal that Miko's father is a ghost, too.
  • Weirdness Magnet: An unwitting one. Hana has such an intense aura that enormous quantities of spirits are attracted to her, but she can't see the chaos that occurs in the spirit world as a result.
  • Wham Shot: In chapter 16, Miko is shocked to see a familiar face serving as her substitute: Toono Zen, the guy surrounded by creepy spirits last seen in chapter 4.
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