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Shirokuro Kitan (Manga)

Shirokuro Kitan

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Monochrome Kitan, Monokuro-Kitan
Japanese: 白黒奇譚


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 2009 to ?
Genres: Shounen
Authors: Kusunoki, Rinka (Story & Art)
Serialization: GFantasy


Score: 7.741 (scored by 390 users)
Ranked: #20042
Popularity: #2312
Members: 2,082
Favorites: 26
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Ririko lost her parents and siblings in a mysterious incident where details remain in the shadows. Before Ririko moves to her new home in Kaminoshiro, a detective gives her a letter that her father wrote before his death, which contained a card with a black and white checkered pattern on it. At her new school, Ririko becomes friends with Maya and has some interest in a male student named Shirou. She questions about the black clock tower that stands in the center of the town, but no one bothers to answer the question. Her new life in her new home seemed all as well until one day Maya calls Ririko out and takes out the same checkered card that Ririko was given to her and she summons some unknown creature! As Ririko is in confusion as to what's going on, Shirou appears and says "Not another one....." What's going on around here?


Benibana, Ririko
Kagenui, Kurokichi
Magakumo, Itsuru
Otori, Shirou
Hisumi, Raiya
Momo-oka, Hachizou
Sonomachi, Maya

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Apr 23, 2012
Personally, I don't really write to many reviews since I'm not very exceptional at it but this manga needed some justice. There is so many things to say about this manga considering the rarity of it. Although, of course theres a few quirks but if you are the type of person I am you will enjoy it regardless. The story starts off a bit slow with a girl named Ririko who had just lost her father under strange circumstances and is only left with a mysterious card. Along the way she meets two quite interesting characters. One named Shirou who is serious, smart, and hates read more
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Nov 4, 2011
Manga has extremely abusive ideas, images and themes

---> if you aren't bothered with reading the whole review (you scallywag) then skip to the Themes and Ideologies paragraph

Ririko is an annoying skull-picture-clad girl whose father had just died. And instead of leaving the mystery to the clueless cops, she decides she wants to play hero and nab the criminal herself. And so she arrives in Kaminoshiro armed with her limited wits, a mysterious black card and her righteous thinking.

And she gets utterly no where.

For an awfully perverse story, it gets completely no where.
For example, we get told of a mysterious black read more
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Dec 8, 2012
Well, let's begin...

Story - 3/10 I had no idea what was going on. It was so confusing and rushed, I feel like it would have been a lot better if they slowed it down. It seems like they're trying WAAAAY too hard to put gothic / psychological themes in it. This manga reminds me so much of Pandora Hearts. It's like a combination of Pandora Hearts, Black butler, and Death Note. I'll go on more about this in the art and character section.

Art - 8/10 I liked it. I feel like they over did it with the read more
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Similar art style; characters in odd gothic costumes; similar vibe overall.
Similar art style and feel. Both have gorgeous bishies and feel moments.
Both are slightly gothic fantasies with similar "dark fairytale" themes. Art and style similar. SK has a modern setting, PH is historical. (PH probably has more depth to it)
Both are dark and mysterious, filled with fancy clothing and beautiful characters, who appear to be superior than ordinary humans. In Kuroshitsuji you can find demons and shinigamis, while in Shirokuro Kitan the Malice users are called with the same names by the people, even though it is yet to be revealed what are they truly. The main characters (Ciel/Ririko) are trying to find the truth behind their parents' death/disappearance and some kind of supernatural being/power is helping (or wil help) them, but not for free. Also, it seems that in both there is some kind of conspiracy going on in the shdows, for which only a few of the characters know. Their parents are most likely involved in it. You can find similarities in the art too, since the artists rely on it more than on words when it comes to showing a character's emotions.
Both have gothic artwork, dark plot, fantasy and many mystery. Both are great reads~
Neither the stories nor the settings are similar but the main characters give off the same vibes. Shirou acts like Light: organized, proper, and uptight. No maniacal laughs though. He also takes issue with the L-like Kurokichi. Kuro is weird, mysterious, "all-knowing", somewhat impartial and aloof, just like L. He even has dark circles underneath his eyes and also has a kind of food fetish (milk in Kurokichi's case) Ririko looks like Misa with the hairstyle and gothic outfit. She's also pretty useless. Same thing. The characters of Shirokuro Kitan might as well have been copy-pasted from Death Note, otherwise heavily influenced by it. It's too suspicious. Overall there's a dark ambiance around both of these manga titles. I suggest you read Shirokuro Kitan with the Death Note characters' voices, it makes the reading experience so much more awesome.

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