Ranked #108

Sanctuary (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Sanctuary
Synonyms: Santuario
Japanese: サンクチュアリ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 105
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1995
Authors: Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Buronson (Story)
Serialization: Big Comic Superior


Score: 8.561 (scored by 3514 users)
Ranked: #1082
Popularity: #390
Members: 10,492
Favorites: 502
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Akira Houjou and Chiaki Asami are childhood friends who have experienced hell and lived to tell about it. They arrive in Japan to attend school, and soon witness the corruption and apathy of the country's population. Enraged, Akira and Asami vow to create a new Japan; a sanctuary with a new form of politics, devoid of corruption, where people are empowered to participate in the politics and future of their country. To accomplish this, Houjou and Asami aim to conquer Japan through two dramatically different routes: the Japanese Diet and the Yakuza. Decided by a game of rock-paper-scissors, Houjou ventures to seize control of the underworld while Asami pursues the position of Prime Minister.

Sanctuary is a dark, political thriller that tells the story of these two friends as they attempt to change Japan from the inside out and create their sanctuary.

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Sanctuary was published in English by VIZ Media.

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Jun 6, 2008
Written by Sho Fumimura (aka Buronson) and drawn by Ryoichi Ikegami, Sanctuary is an engrossing epic that validates manga as a medium, it defines it; transcends it. In short it deserves the title of masterpiece.

Hojo and Asami seek to change Japan, to rock it to its very core. They share a dark past, and both have vowed to stick to the path they chose together, to keep rising up the ranks of society in order to make the changes needed to create a new Japan. One lives the life of a yakuza; the other the life of politics. What this manga read more
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Jul 3, 2013
Sanctuary is a manga about two Japanese young men who grew up in tumultuous Cambodia, due to their parents being doctors. When they return to their home country they vow to forge a sanctuary, an ideal nation, in Japan. One of them becomes a yakuza boss and the other a politician. Together they will shake the world. Sound good? It did to me, but I was ultimately disappointed.

The two main characters are indistinguishable from each other in terms of personality. They are strong (and manly) charismatic geniuses who are perfect in every single way. One of them takes over a political party with a single read more
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May 26, 2013
Sanctuary tells the story of two men who escaped the killing fields of Cambodia as children into Japan to try build a safe haven for themselves. Except wait, they’re not actual Cambodian children. They’re handsome young Japanese children trapped in Cambodia because their parents were doctors. Don’t want to be like those smelly Cambodians with their funny coloured skin and wonky teeth. Asami, the glasses-wearing handsome young fellow, gets into politics to try build them their ‘Sanctuary’, while Hojo, the spectacle-less but still incredibly handsome young fellow, joins the yakuza to help Asami from behind. But not actually from behind because that would be gay read more
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Jul 17, 2013
What can I say about Sanctuary that the 10 rating doesn't do for me?

This manga, is quite simply, a masterpiece. It's very rare that you will come across a piece of media that can be called that, but still to this day, Sanctuary holds that hefty crown still.

Written by Sho Fumimura, better known as Buronson, the creator of Fist of the North Star and other famous works, and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. The two have collaberated many times since then with things like Heat and the still ongoing Lord. They do have a fondness for one word titles don't they?

I'll try not to spoil any read more
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Banana Fish and Sanctuary are both political thrillers where you just can't turn the pages fast enough! Banana Fish deals with mafia and inner city gang politics in America while Sanctuary deals with the Japanese Diet and Yakuza in Japan. Both series are page turners as words and simple expressions are just as engrossing as gun fights. In addition, both series have two males whose relationship to each other could best be described as "bromantic" or "heterosexual life partners". If you liked one, you should check out the other. 
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Except for similar art and setting, both of these manga feature specific kind of character growth - becoming more influential in yakuza society. If you liked Hojo side of Sanctuary story, and how he advanced trough the ranks you might like Heat which is about young ambitious yakuza starting to get more attention and influence. 
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