Ranked #221

Gangsta. (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Gangsta.
Japanese: GANGSTA.


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jan 21, 2011 to ?
Genres: Action, Drama, Seinen
Authors: Kohske (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic@Bunch


Score: 8.401 (scored by 5359 users)
Ranked: #2212
Popularity: #197
Members: 17,770
Favorites: 1,194
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In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

(Source: VIZ Media)


Gangsta. has been published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since February 18, 2014.

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Jun 8, 2015
- Unbearably cliché and boring.
- Feels like it was written by a teenager by the way it treats sex and violence.
- Extremely inappropriate clashing of tones between violence and humor.
- A chore to read.

I saw a promotional image for the upcoming anime. It showed two tough guys and an attractive woman. Then I read up a description and thought it sounded kinda cool. But it’s just so fucking cliché and boring.

I gave it 3 chapters. I know first episodes, first scenes, or first chapters can be shaky because the creator is trying to find their pace. But I wasn’t even finished with read more
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Jul 24, 2015
I caught up with this series in a few days, and I'm so happy that I gave it a shot.

Pros: lovable and deep characters with ACTUAL human development and emotions, unique story line that includes blood, sex, and super humans known as "tagged", the use of a bad ass disabled main character, art that seems to improve with each new chapter, easy to follow fight scenes

Cons: sometimes confusing story line because of all the mafia families and the characters within them that intermix and mingle that can sometimes confuse the reader as to who is who and who is doing what and why (this read more
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Aug 23, 2014
Okay, let me just get this started. I just read it couple weeks ago, and I fell in love instantly.

Story : Gangsta tells you about two 'handymen' who lives in dysfunctional city of Ergastulum where crimes, thieves, prostitutes, mobsters, and corrupted cops are everywhere. Worrick, an easy-going freelance gangster and Nic, a deaf, aloof also a freelance gangster, together they sometimes got hired for doing 'dirty' work people normally won't do. And then the plot develops. From Worrick and Nic's daily life as 'handymen', some big problems began to show up. The story caught my interest, and I was surprised how interesting the story is read more
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Mar 2, 2015
This manga has defeated me and i will stop reading it now. I'm not very good with depressing material, but the intensity and mood this sets is unlike anything i've ever seen or read.

The story is about two middle aged friends who live in a crime infested city filled with abnormal humans, some of which are very powerful. Not shounen type powerful, but very strong / hard to kill. The focus is on the two main characters who do odd jobs for the local mafia type gangs, from bodyguards, to delivering packages. Early they meet a prostitute doing tricks read more
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Both feature feature working for a freelance agency of people with special powers in a basically corrupt town. Gangsta gives the impression that it takes place in Italy somewhere while Bungou definitely seems to take place in Japan, but the settings are both vaguely semi-corrupt cities where mafia violence breaks out on a day to day basis, giving the characters a chance to be badasses. Their art styles are rather different, with Bungou leaning toward bishounen-style art, and Gangsta being more seinen, but both are high quality. The abilities in Gangsta are also clearly stigmatized and given a more or less thorough explanation, whereas in  read more 
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