Ranked #393
Shigurui (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Death Frenzy, Crazy for Death
Japanese: シグルイ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 84
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 19, 2003 to Jul 17, 2010
Authors: Yamaguchi, Takayuki (Art), Nanjou, Norio (Story)
Serialization: Champion RED


Score: 8.281 (scored by 1880 users)
Ranked: #3932
Popularity: #934
Members: 4,633
Favorites: 208
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The story begins in 1629 Shizuoka during Tokugawa Tadanaga's rule. The daimyo staged a tournament where the participants fought with real steel Japanese swords rather than bokken, against his vassals' strong objection. The story revolves around the first match between the one-armed swordsman Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind samurai Irako Seigen and deals with the circumstances that led the two to participate in Tokugawa's tournament.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Adaptation: Shigurui


Fujiki, Gennosuke
Irako, Seigen
Funaki, Kazuma
Iku, Lady
Iwamoto, Kogan
Iwamoto, Mie
Okitsu, Sanjuurou

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Jun 21, 2013
_Shigurui_ is about power. Seizing power, developing power, sabotaging power. We see power exercised in casual assassinations, marauding groups of murderers, offhand executions of random ronin, the social power of giving bad etiquette advice, the confinement of a demon warrior within a rigid hierarchy, the seductive power of beautiful women... It's not so much that _Shigurui_ is an extended demonstration of the amorality of power, but it demonstrates the corrupting effects of power, the *immorality* of power. Power once had will be abused, and we will see it done so for every reason: bloodlust, sexual lust, entertainment, pride, advertising, money, "reasons of state", and so read more
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Feb 16, 2014
Shigurui is one of my favorite stories of all time but I almost chose not to read it due to the fact that I really did not like the anime and how it was done. In the end I gave the manga a chance and loved every moment of it.

the plot
The story is about two great swordsmen one is blind and crippled and the other has lost an arm. They are sworn Enemies and hate each other read more
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Dec 11, 2008
PLEASE NOTE: I rate all tens because I really don't want to fiddle around with numbers.

Shigurui is a story with amazing presentation. The story is both linear and not-linear at the same time.

The story is of two men and their respective paths toward each other. It relies heavilly on narration with description.

What inspired me to write this review is that the manga has continually been able to keep me wanting to get to the next chapter. The story never reaches a moment of stagnation. Things keep happening.

The art is very very detailed. I don't usually prefer art like this. But Shigurui is a read more
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Apr 25, 2013
Shigurui is one of the mature gore and realistic art themed mangas I was searching for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, infact I finished it in just two sessions.

I love the mature portrayal of nudity, especially loved the display of naked women every now and than though out the story, I must admit it was titillating. I absolutely loved it and even jerked off a few times. I must say I am getting a boner just thinking about it. It was just so much better than all the stupid hentai doujins I had read.

The extreme gore and blood indeed made me read more
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As far as graphic violence in Japanese graphic novels go, these two are in the top-tier. Ichi has a modern setting and far more sexual content/rape, but Shigurui's ALMOST as fun to read as Ichi when it comes to OTT violence; body parts flying everything as both fists and swords kill everything. You could describe Shigurui as Ichi's samurai equivalent since the main draw of both is seeing people get brutally murdered and, strangely, enjoying it. 
There are many instances in these series that are quite similar such as characters, especially samurai, who aspire to be stronger in terms of their skills in swordsmanship, or same desires of individuals who want to conquer their obstacles (i.e. enemies or hardships). Also, numerous historical events and people had been mentioned, although in different circumstances. Both art are marvelously realistic, but Shigurui takes the gore level higher than Vagabond.  
Although not in the same era, both are violent samurai manga set in historic Japan containing explicit scenes, gore and plentifull amount of bizzare depictions of, for instance, martial arts training in secluded schools, deranged people etc. While Shigurui is told in a form of a flashback story for two samurai participating in a death match, Sidooh has more adventurous form of storytelling. If you enjoyed Shigurui you just might like Sidooh. 
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awesome art, samurai period, swordplay and realistic plot........seems different , the same feeling I got when reaDINg Shigurui...... 
Swords. Violent and well drawn action. 
reportRecommended by D3v - Add to favorites
Don't you just love it when manly battles to the death get accompained by manly narration and manly animal representations of the characters?  

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