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Koroshiya 1 (Manga)

Koroshiya 1

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Synonyms: Koroshiya Ichi, Ichi the Killer
Japanese: 殺し屋1


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 101
Status: Finished
Published: May 1998 to 2001
Authors: Yamamoto, Hideo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)


Score: 7.971 (scored by 3011 users)
Ranked: #10832
Popularity: #619
Members: 6,170
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1 indicates a weighted score
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In Shinjuku Kabuki-Cho, the biggest sin town in Japan, there are two crazy guys. Ichi is a coward and a wimp, but once he breaks into tears, he turns into a human weapon. With great martial arts skill and a blade hidden in his boots, he butchers a bunch of enemies into mincemeat in the blink of an eye. His arch enemy is Kakihara, a yakuza boss who's tired of everything, including himself. Only when he pierces, cuts, and burns his own and other people's bodies does he feel that he is alive.

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Prequel: 1
Adaptation: Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0


Hajime, Shiroishi
Kaneko, Shuuji
Masao, Kakihara

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Jun 20, 2010
Okay first things first, having read through Ichi the Killer I feel obligated to say - nay warn - you that this series does NOT pull any punches. The imagery used is both graphic and perverse, many of the characters possess varying degrees of sadism/masochism and the implications that are brought up are quite disturbing all in all.

Now with all of this said it's important to note that it is because of these aspects that the story works; because Ichi the Killer does not filter content it can show the darkest part of the criminal underbelly in the least flattering light possible, a light a read more
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Apr 2, 2008
Ichi the Killer is a Seinen, Psychological, Thriller about a twisted yakuza warfare involving psychological mind games. The story itself is about excommunicated gangsters seeking revenge however this isn’t made clear until later on in the manga.

For the most part the story follows a fearsome killer known by his codename (Ichi) and the orders he undertakes from his so-called uncle. The main story may lack some depth but it tries to add some by revealing the past bullying experiences of Ichi, which led to his current state of mind. Although it doesn’t seem to do a good job at relating it to the present, it read more
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As far as graphic violence in Japanese graphic novels go, these two are in the top-tier. Ichi has a modern setting and far more sexual content/rape, but Shigurui's ALMOST as fun to read as Ichi when it comes to OTT violence; body parts flying everything as both fists and swords kill everything. You could describe Shigurui as Ichi's samurai equivalent since the main draw of both is seeing people get brutally murdered and, strangely, enjoying it.
Main characters who are seemingly nice, shy and ordinary people, but in reality they're deranged sadistic killers out on a quest for revenge against those who tortured them in school.

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