Ranked #1180

Ibara no Ou (Manga)

Ibara no Ou

Alternative Titles

English: King of Thorn
Synonyms: Ibara no Oh, King of Thorns
Japanese: いばらの王


Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 37
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 2002 to Oct 2005
Authors: Iwahara, Yuji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Beam


Score: 7.881 (scored by 4483 users)
Ranked: #11802
Popularity: #468
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Two twins, separated by fatal illness and a selective cure. Kasumi and her sister, Shizuku, were infected with the Medusa virus, which slowly turns the victim to stone. There is no cure, but of the two only Kasumi is selected to go into a sort of cryogenically frozen state along with 159 others until a cure is found. At some point in the undetermined future, Kasumi awakens to find herself and others who were in suspended animation in an unfamiliar world with violent monsters. Resolving to unlock the mysteries of her current situation and the fate of her twin sister, Kasumi struggles to survive in a treacherous world.

(Source: Tokyopop)


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Jun 28, 2013
Given the recent popularity of the horror survival genre in games and live action in the west, it’s a bit surprising that the east hasn’t shown too much keen in this rich genre, needless to say there will be some oddballs such as Iwahara Yuji who try to give it a go, and he achieved this with a few shocking results.

With a cure yet to be discovered, the disease Medusa scourges through the human race, leaving only suffering, sorrow and ultimately death in its wake. It is in such a world that Kasumi finds herself in, and with the disease already plaguing her, it’s only read more
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Aug 25, 2008
This is one of those series that keep you hanging and wanting more. The plot has such great twists and is EXTREMELY original. Though there are a few things that are hard to understand, but its a great series and deserves to have more readers. I HIGHLY recommend this series to any action/adventure sci-fi manga fans.
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Aug 19, 2010
Sooo.... I just finished this series like a few minutes ago.
It was incredibly intense~!
I loved it, even though it didn't seem like something that really fit my style. So even if you're not into the whole "what happens in the future" thing, you should at least try it ^^
It was surprising. There were some things that I totally wasn't expecting. AT ALL. But that made it so much more enjoyable :D After all, nobody likes a predicable story ne?
Also, despite it being mainly action, there were some sentimental moments. Those moments that just make you cry. (kinda... ^^;;)
You could get pretty attached to read more
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Aug 9, 2011
Overall (7/10) - This series is a good read for those who are into post-apocalyptic sci-fi as a genre enough to read every such series that comes out, or those who are looking for something a bit different. It is rather fast-paced (I would consider it a quick read), and the story is decently original, but don't expect to be moved by it. It is more of a 'just for fun' rather than 'I am going to try hard to make a point about something' type of series.

Story (8/10) - Post-apocalyptic with a bit of sci-fi and psychological and a tiiiiny dab of horror. Plot read more
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