Cross (manga)

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Cross by Sumiko Amakawa v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Cross
十字 クロス
(Juuji Kurosu)
Genre Horror, romance, supernatural
Written by Sumiko Amakawa
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Monthly Asuka
Original run 19972000
Volumes 5
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Cross or Cross Oneself (Japanese: 十字 クロス, Hepburn: Juuji Kurosu) is a shōjo manga by Sumiko Amakawa.


Amakusa Takara, a teenage Catholic priest, uses his holy power to exorcise demons. He's blessed with the ability to produce the 'sign of the cross'. When he uses his gift the divine power of the cross allows him to vanquish demons and send them back to Hell, but he must suffer insane amounts of pain and mental anguish while doing so.

One day a woman called Shizuha arrives at the church desperately seeking help from Takara and his father, both Roman Catholic priests. She tells them how ancient inscriptions of "The Holy Scriptures" can appear on her body. These inscriptions confer massive power if used correctly. This makes her the target of demons, cults, and people seeking power by any means. Her parents want to use her power. They join just such a cult since they did not know how to invoke and direct the power their daughter, Shizuha, possesses.

Takara and Shizuha are attracted to each other, even though they know their love is forbidden by the Catholic Church. They decide to try to suppress their sexual feelings for each other, but they need to work together to protect each other from those that would misuse and abuse them.


Takara Amakusa (天草 聖, Amakusa Takara)
A junior at Holy Cross Academy High School. An enigmatic exorcist who produces the Holy Cross from his forehead. He is the Heir of the house of Amakusa. He is the Son of Gerardo Bernardo Serlio, an exorcist and a Roman Catholic Priest in Stella Cross Church. His mother is also an exorcist who died when he was very young. He is a quarter Italian. The hero of the story. Has strong feelings for Shizuha, but tends to suppress them as his priestly duties hardly allow for romance. He often is very rude and strict when it comes to Shizuha for he knows that their love is impossible.
Shizuha Matsuri (祭 静羽, Matsuri Shizuha)
English teacher at Holy Cross Academy High School. She is the one on whose body the Scriptura appears. The heroine of the story. Passionately in love with the younger Takara.

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