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Old Boy (Manga)

Old Boy

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English: Old Boy
Synonyms: Oldboy
Japanese: オールドボーイ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Authors: Tsuchiya, Garon (Story), Minegishi, Nobuaki (Art)
Serialization: Manga Action


Score: 7.661 (scored by 1861 users)
Ranked: #25202
Popularity: #1099
Members: 4,063
Favorites: 94
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Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn't even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn't know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed...transformed himself into something else...something hard...something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life...and what's left is revenge.

(Source: Dark Horse)


Gotou, Shinichi
Kakinuma, Takaaki

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Feb 23, 2010
The objective of this review is to compare Old Boy manga with its Korean live-action adaptation.

I've watched Oldboy's live-action first, and so I decided to also read the manga.

The Korean Oldboy is a very violent film, but yet a cult, full of psychological elements and plot twists. In the film, Goto is also locked in a hotel room, a private prison. While in the manga he spends 10 years locked, in the film, he is locked for 15 years. In the live-action, Goto is accused of murdering his wife. But the murder occurred while he was imprisoned, so he wasn't guilty. read more
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Apr 13, 2013
A man finds himself imprisoned for a reason unknown to him for ten years before he is released. He keeps himself sane by acknowledging one logic of the situation - that he is still alive. With his past behind him and nothing to lose, his only goal is to find a man who has kept him imprisoned all this time.

The world of manga, much unlike its brother in the western culture (i.e. comics), is undoubtedly plagued with fictions that do no better than to establish a rather conventional story, a rather predictable set of characters, and art that is well refined but nothing reflective read more
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Nov 16, 2010
A man that has not felt the warmth of a women for ten Years! ;)

Gotou Kidnapped imprisoned in a small room, for ten years He was stuck in this small space, For what reasons? Eating the same thing every day for a decade; only thing he has is a T.V.

Not interest you yet. Like letting a bird out of its cage.

Not knowing who to trust, coming back to a world that has changed a spectacular story where a man must step up his game and find the one who imprisoned him, Revenge is on his mind, curiosity is on his mind. Now read more
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Oct 29, 2012
A psychological thriller, Old Boy deftly addresses concepts of isolation and vengeance while managing to, for the most part, carry suspense. It definitely has strengths, in particular the characterizations which are interesting and for the most part realized. It explores the psyche of both the protaganist and the villain, both outliers from most of society, in a way that is compelling, and makes both of them relatable and sympathetic. Where this manga suffers, though, is the pacing and the story. While the concept is certainly interesting, in the end it feels almost anticlimatic: the buildup is there to be unleashed, with diverse elements being unraveled read more
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User Recommendations

Both stories are thrillers that are a race against time as the protagonist has to remember events and people from his childhood to protect himself and those he cares about. They definitely have the same kind of series-long tension that keeps you reading late into the night. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
The twisted atmosphere and the protagonists questioning their identities and trying to recall their pasts connect these two manga series together.  
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Revenge stories about a wronged protagonist seeking vengeance against those who have done them wrong. Old Boy has the added twist of having to find out the reasoning behind the crimes committed against him while interacting with the antagonist throughout the series whereas Lady Snowblood is a comparatively straightforward search for the antagonists with the backstory being gradually revealed, but they have the same kind of feel at a number of points throughout the series. Aside from that they both deal with a kind of protagonist-centred grey morality that makes things interesting. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
In both mangas the protagonist is a grown man who is trying to solve a crime... to find a certain man who, in a way, ruined his life. And in both cases the answer is buried deep in they're memory's. The art is similar too(or so I remember) 
reportRecommended by Dille

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