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Darren Shan (Manga)

Darren Shan

Alternative Titles

English: Cirque Du Freak
Japanese: ダレン・シャン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 114
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 9, 2006 to Feb 4, 2009
Authors: Arai, Takahiro (Story & Art), Shan, Darren (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Sunday


Score: 7.961 (scored by 1384 users)
Ranked: #10872
Popularity: #1621
Members: 2,915
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Darren Shan's an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers—Mr Crepsley—is in fact a vampire! That's when the hands of fate changes the lives of them forever!

(Source: Aku-Tenshi)


Crepsley, Larten
Hemlock, Debbie
Leonard, Steve
Mulds, Harkat
Shan, Darren
Burgess, Alice

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Mar 28, 2015
for those who do not know, the darren shan manga adaption is derived from a series of english novels known as cirque du freak. the original author shares the name of the main character, while the manga art is done by takahiro arai.

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the story starts off with two young boys, darren shan and his friend steve leonard. darren has an infatuation for spiders, while steve is obsessed with vampires. the two of them wind up going to a traveling circus known as the cirque du freak. within this circus is a vampire by the name of larten crepsley, whom steve recognizes. steve wants to read more
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Jul 27, 2008
This story is from the book "Cirque du Freaks by Darren Shan" and no the real author is not the actual character in the story.

For those who haven't read the saga of Darren Shan then this manga adaption will hook you in unless you already did, then I still recommend you to read it. The basic story line is that Darren was destine to become a vampire assistant, but it will change later on. I do say that if you read the saga(books) before reading the manga you find that the characters that the artist drawn is not exactly perfectly accurate but it does read more
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Apr 20, 2014
"I don't like it, but my hands are tied. I just want you to know this: if I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I'll take it. You'll never be able to trust me." ~ Darren Shan (the character)

Cirque du Freak, also known as Darren Shan, is a manga based off of a popular vampire novel from one of my favorite authors, Darren Shan (yes, he named the character in the book after himself). This isn't your normal vampire manga, however; it is a rollercoaster of twists and turns, and if you can get read more
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Nov 9, 2009
I am writing this review while I am still reding the manga.

Darren Shan (Cirque de Freak) is a manga version of the novel by Darren Shan. Darren Shan used his name for the main character even though it is not based on his life, however certain things in the manga did actually happen in his life!

The story starts with Darren Shan and his best friend Steve Leonard. A mysterious person gives Darren a flyer to a freak cirus and Darren and Steve end up going. Darren is fascinated by spiders and Steve by monsters.

At the freak circus Steve recognises that one of the performers Mr. read more
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