Ranked #1059
Shamo (Manga)


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Japanese: 軍鶏


Type: Manga
Volumes: 35
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: 1998 to Jan 13, 2015
Authors: Tanaka, Akio (Story & Art), Hashimoto, Izou (Story)
Serialization: Evening


Score: 7.981 (scored by 2479 users)
Ranked: #10592
Popularity: #556
Members: 6,675
Favorites: 214
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At the age of sixteen Ryo Narushima was a genius and looked to have no trouble of getting into Tokyo University and joining the elite of society. However, that summer something cracked inside Ryo's head. With a small knife he brutally murdered both of his parents only leaving his sister alive and cowering in a corner. It is at this grotesque incident that our story begins...


Narushima, Ryo
Ilyuchin, Valery
Kurokawa, Kenji
 Fabio Marcos
Sanshiro, Fabio Marcos
Sugawara, Naoto
Takahara, Toma
Wukong, Sun

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Jul 1, 2013
Shamo is one of the darkest themed and most graphic seinen manga I have ever read. That being said I wouldn't recommend this to the young or squeamish.

“Your light will never reach me!” –Ryo Narushima

Shamo starts with a gory scene of a young boy covered in blood after brutally murdering his parents. Thus we are introduced to the protagonist of the story Ryo Narushima, a boy that was destined to become the elite of his society but becomes a cold-blooded martial artist. After his crime Narushima is sent to Ajigasaki Reformatory, read more
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Mar 26, 2013
Recommendable for anyone looking for an easy to follow, dark, action filled psychological seinen, which follows a young troubled protagonist. It's complimented with a visceral and detailed art style.

The story is an interesting commentary on Japanese underground crime culture, following a twisted anti-hero's struggle. It is mainly martial arts orientated and character/fight driven, so anyone looking for an exceptional or detailed story, maybe should look elsewhere. The manga does flow and read well as an outcome of this though.

What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in character development. The mangaka does a great job in engaging the reader with the characters choices, read more
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Both stories are centered around a protagonist striving to become the strongest warrior. They are both men who walk their own paths, furiously pursuing their dreams and stepping over bodies if necessary. They are both perceived as evil by the majority of people they encounter, but both are shown to be in possession of redeeming qualities even though their hearts are filled with darkness. Still, they do in fact have people who care for them and support them from the sidelines, and it's through these people as well as the people they encounter during their quests that allow them to grow as humans, negating the down-ward spiral they are both caught in. If they actually manage to break away from the darkness in their souls remains to be seen.
Both about struggling in Juvenile Prison.

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