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Sanctuary (Manga)


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English: Sanctuary
Synonyms: Santuario, Sankuchuari
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: 8.611 (scored by 2852 users)
Ranked: #802
Popularity: #411
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Akira Hojo 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, Hojo and Asami aim to conquer Japan through two dramatically different routes: the Japanese Diet and the Yazuka. Decided by a game of rock-paper-scissors, Hojo 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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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 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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In both the protagonists are aiming to change Japan through unconventional means.
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Similar premise. Both have childhood friends who went to different fields in order to change society. One became a yakuza while the other worked for the government/authorities. The two friends are still in communication but they hide their relationship from public to avoid suspicion.

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