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Shamo (Manga)

Shamo

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 軍鶏

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Nov 12, 1998 to ?
Authors: Tanaka, Akio (Story & Art), Hashimoto, Izou (Story)
Serialization: Evening

Statistics

Score: 7.981 (scored by 2323 users)
Ranked: #10422
Popularity: #571
Members: 6,022
Favorites: 204
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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action seinen

Synopsis

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...

Characters

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



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Jul 1, 2013
UrameshiNHK
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
samgantz
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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User Recommendations

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.
Berserk is set in a medieval European time setting full of monsters and Gods while Shamo takes place in modern-day Japan dealing with martial arts fights. These two pieces are mature works and share a pervasive dark mood throughout, and the art of both reflects that, being highly detailed and gritty -- don't ever expect flowers and rainbows. Both are chock full of violence, sex, rape, and two protagonists who share an immeasurable will to survive, ruthlessly fighting to defeat something that is undeniably a bigger force than they. Both of their journeys' will suck you right in, so be ready for a rough ride.

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