07-Ghost is a fantasy manga written and illustrated by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara. It is currently serialized in the monthly shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum published by Ichijinsha. Seven bound volumes have been released as of January 2009. The manga has been licensed by Go! Comi for release in North America. 07-Ghost has been adapted into adrama CD.
The manga also won a double-first prize in the 3rd Zero-Sum Comics Grand-Prix, meaning it was chosen for first place by both readers and editors, which is very rare.
An elite is being trained. The “zaiphon” ability is being developed. Everyone’s capabilities are different, and in many cases, reflect their nature… Shrouded in darkness, seven ghosts wait.
07 Ghost takes place in a fantasy world with many different laws, kingdoms, gods, and magic. The Barsburg Empire is divided into seven districts, each with its own cities, rulers, and culture. Each district also has a House of God that is protected by an 07 Ghost.
Zaiphon is the “magic” of 07-Ghosts’s world. Zaiphon is the ability to convert life energy into various forms of power. Zaiphon is controlled by converting strong emotions into energy, and the power that comes from Zaiphon often takes the shape of words, though people may use weapons to channel Zaiphon. Those who have the ability to use Zaiphon are rare and thought to be blessed by God. Every user’s capabilities are different, and in many cases, reflect their nature. Zaiphon is generally categorized into three types:
- Healing Zaiphon: People with healing Zaiphon are able to heal wounds and share or transfer their Zaiphon to others. Characters who primarily use healing Zaiphon are Labrador, Assistant Archbishop Bastien, Ouka, and Capella.
- Offensive Zaiphon: People with offensive Zaiphon can attack enemies and protect themselves from attacks directed at them. Characters who primarily use offensive Zaiphon are Teito, Mikage, Ayanami, Hakuren, Frau, and Capella.
- Manipulation Zaiphon: People with manipulation Zaiphon (which is particularly rare) can move other objects at will. Castor uses this type of Zaiphon.
Barsburg Empire’s Military Academy is known for training elites who bring victory to the empire. Students of the academy freely utilize an ability called “Zaiphon” to fight, while the types of Zaiphon usable depends on the nature of the soldier.
Teito Klein, a student at the academy, is one of the most promising soldiers produced. Although ridiculed by everyone for being a sklave (German for slave) with no memories of his past, he is befriended by a fellow student called Mikage. While preparing for the final exam, Teito uncovers a dark secret related to his past. When an attempt to assassinate Ayanami, a high-ranking official who killed his father, fails, Teito is locked away awaiting punishment.
Only wanting the best for Teito, Mikage helps him escape. Teito ends up at the 7th District Church where he is taken in by the bishops. It is here that Teito attempts to evade the grasp of Ayanami and the Military, so he can rediscover his memories and learn why he is the person that can change the fate of the world.